Sunday’s TV tips

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Sunday’s TV tips

FILM: Addams Family Values (C4, 3pm)

(1993) The kooky gothic clan are back and this time, there’s a new addition. Pubert is already at risk of death at the hands of his ridiculously jealous siblings and so Gomez and Morticia set to work in finding the perfect nanny.

Uncle Fester takes a bit of a shine to the new childminder, but what he doesn’t realise is that she plans to kill him and get hold of the family fortune.

The original Addams Family movie was a case of all style and little content. However, young Christina Ricci proved to be so memorable, producers decided to give her more screen time for this improved follow-up.

Anjelica Huston and the late Raul Julia star in the sequel to the blockbusting comedy, with fine support from Christopher Lloyd and Joan Cusack.

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Joan Cusack.

FILM: Superman (Channel 5, 6.25pm)

(1978) An alien baby is rocketed from his disintegrating home planet and crashes on Earth, where he develops special powers.

After leaving his adopted home, he sets up a frozen base, moves to Metropolis, assumes the identity of a geeky reporter and fights crime as a costumed hero. However, he meets his match in Lex Luthor, a villain intent on world domination.

The first big budget superhero film is also one of the best. Christopher Reeve is perfect as the Man of Steel, while the brilliant screenplay successfully crams the origin story and a good old disaster epic into its running time. It’s still light years ahead of any of the sequels and reboots, including Man of Steel.

Starring: Christopher Reeve , Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford, Margot Kidder

REALITY: The X Factor (TV3, 8pm)

Tonight sees another heart-breaking elimination. Following last night's breath-taking performances, the finalists have had a nerve wracking day waiting to find out who stays and who goes.

In tonight’s show the tension in the studio is palpable as host, Dermot O'Leary, tells the remaining acts who is safe and who has scored the lowest number of votes. There will be a nail-biting sing-off before another X Factor dream comes to an end.

Throughout the live shows an outstanding line-up of guest stars will perform.

HIGH-OCTANE CHALLENGE: Speed with Guy Martin (Channel 4, 8pm)

He’s something of an anachronism, Guy Martin. One minute he’s obsessed with the past, presenting documentaries devoted to antiquated engineering methods, and the next he’s hurtling around a track atop a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art motorcycle.

Still, whether he’s riding a Victorian steam engine or a race-tuned 1,000CC Suzuki, he always looks like he’s having the time of his life.

In this latest edition of his high-octane series, Guy is likely to have an especially big grin lodged between his sideburns, as he attempts to break the world speed record for a hovercraft – which means staying above 86mph over a kilometre.

However, at those speeds, even the most experienced pilots will experience difficulties – and the weather is not on Guy’s side.

MOTORSPORT: Formula 1: The Brazilian Grand Prix (BBC1, 8.30pm)

It’s hard to believe that the F1 season is winding up already, as the penultimate race of the season takes place at Interlagos in Sao Paulo today. On hand to present all the key moments from the event is Suzi Perry, as the standings going into the final race at Abu Dhabi are decided.

Mercedes have dominated the season and have the constructors’ championship in the bag already, and the drivers’ championship is essentially a two-horse race now between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel, who won comfortably here last year, began the last race in Texas from the pits after being unable to qualify.

Victories have eluded Vettel this season – perhaps he’ll fare better when he moves to Ferrari next year – but this track will certainly present one of his best opportunities until then.

DOCUMENTARY: Brian Cox: Space, Time & Videotape (BBC4, 9pm)

It’s the battle of the Brians in this first instalment of a new factual series, as the soft-spoken Brian Cox tries to get heard over famously boisterous Brian Blessed.

Host Cox is celebrating the long-standing history of science broadcasting and communication, and has invited actor and adventurer Blessed as well as Coast and Horizon presenter Professor Alice Roberts along to help him prove his point.

The trio touch on everything from the Moon landings to Patrick Moore, from Carl Sagan to Blake’s Seven, as they demonstrate how, for as long as there has been video technology, there have been people eager to use it in the name of science. There’s also a look at what the future holds for the medium – can it help prove if we really are alone in the universe?

It’s enough to put us in the mood for some stellar programming, which is just as well because the channel has a whole evening dedicated to the cosmos.

DRAMA: Downton Abbey (UTV, 9pm)

It seems as though we spend an age waiting around for the next series of Downton to start, and then no sooner do we get our wish than it draws to a close again. Okay, so it’s been eight weeks since this fifth run began, but it seems to have passed like the blink of an eye – and now it’s wrapping up with a grand finale.

Preparations are well underway for Rose’s wedding – however, family tensions on both sides of the engagement look certain to derail proceedings ahead of the big day. And to complicate matters even further, Edith still has an arrangement with Marigold which can only remain hidden from Robert for so long.

Denker, meanwhile, reveals an unexpected side to her personality – something which ends up causing problems for a couple of the servants – and Branson comes to a heart-wrenching decision.

Matters truly come to a head, though, when Anna and Bates’ situation finally reaches a point of no return.

AWARDS SHOW: The MTV EMA 2014 from Glasgow (Channel 5, 9pm)

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow’s newest big venue, has earned itself the affectionate nickname of ’the Flying Saucer’ amongst locals, thanks to its space-age appearance. Funnily enough, since it’s the venue for this year’s Europe Music Awards, it gets to see more stars than a real-life UFO would.

Chief among them are R&B stalwart Nicki Minaj, who not only hosts the ceremony, but also turns in a performance to rival any of the award recipients. Also performing live are Ed Sheeran (who, funnily enough, just spent two nights headlining the Hydro at the end of last month), Calvin Harris, Enrique Iglesias and Ariana Grande.

Leading the nominations is none other than Katy Perry with a whopping seven nods, while Grande herself is up for six and 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams each have five to their names.

It’s shaping up to be a memorable night – and a must-see event for pop fans.

FILM: Contraband (C4, 10.05pm)

(2012) Chris Farraday and best friend Sebastian Abney were “the Lennon and McCartney of smuggling” but both men have gone straight.

Chris now works on the right side of the law, installing security alarms to provide a steady income for his wife Kate and children.

Trouble looms large when Kate’s baby brother Andy runs drugs for gun-toting mad man Tim Briggs and dumps the narcotics when US customs unexpectedly storms the cargo ship.

Chris reluctantly agrees to smuggle millions of dollars of fake bills from Panama to pay off Andy’s debt with the help of old pals Danny Raymer and Igor aboard a ship commandeered by Captain Camp.

Once the boat docks, Chris has a small window of opportunity to collect the bills. However, he must locate maniacal crime lord Gonzalo, whose heavily guarded warehouse is in the heart of the gridlocked city.

An assured reworking of the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam starring Baltasar Kormakur, who sits in the director’s chair for this slick remake. He shot it in 30 days for a relatively cheap $40m.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones, Lukas Haas

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