Wednesday’s TV tips

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Wednesday’s TV tips

DRAMA: Waterloo Road (BBC1, 8pm)

We’re sure school days were never like this when we went – after all, the teachers at Waterloo Road are usually up to no good just as often as the students are.

As the drama continues, Lenny’s not having to easy a time of it. He’s struggling with the pressure of the looming exams _ but all-night studying sessions and sister Lisa’s attempts to lead him astray aren’t helping matters.

Meanwhile, life isn’t much more settled for the teachers. Allie is keen to move forward in her relationship with Vaughan, but she may not get her way – she finds out he’s been keeping a big secret from her and forces him to make a decision about his arrangement with his ex-wife.

Elsewhere, Sue tries to put a bit of distance between her and Hector, but it would seem he’s not willing to let her go all that easily.

REAL LIFE: Posh Pawn (Channel 4, 8pm)

If you’ve never thought there was such a thing as high-end pawnbroking, you wouldn’t be on your own, but you can think again – it’s actually becoming a rapidly growing industry.

Those who caught the first series of Posh Pawn will remember Prestige Pawnbrokers in Surrey in the documentary that revealed that there was no limit to the type of luxurious and costly objects being pawned; from a £1million helicopter to a £100,000 Lamborghini and a Hermes handbag worth £25,000.

In this second series, the Prestige team are now juggling their time at three offices, including a shiny new store in central London. First up, a celebrity hat designer visits the pawnshop. She wants to sell a diamond-encrusted ruby necklace to raise money to open a boutique.

Meanwhile, there’s a dilemma when paintings done by the famous Kray twins are brought in, and MD James tries out an extreme water-jet pack.

DRAMA: Downton Abbey (TV3, 9pm)

Preparations are underway for Rose’s big day, but family tensions on both sides threaten to derail proceedings.

Edith’s arrangement with Marigold is happily working out, but how long can she and Cora conceal the truth from Robert?

In London, Denker reveals an unexpected side to her personality, which causes trouble for more than one of the servants.

With the war memorial due to be unveiled, Mrs Patmore is still upset but Robert has something up his sleeve.

Meanwhile, Branson has come to a heart-wrenching decision and the storm clouds that have been gathering over Anna and Bates finally burst.

DOCUMENTARY: Broadmoor (UTV, 9pm)

Let’s make no bones about it – the first part of this documentary made for rather shocking viewing, and this concluding part doesn’t get much easier.

Then again, that’s why, before now, cameras haven’t been allowed in the most famous high-security hospital in the world.

In tonight’s final instalment, one patient describes his life as ’satanic’ and gives details of his abusive childhood, while another is finally considered well enough to leave Broadmoor after spending more than a decade there.

Meanwhile, the cameras follow patients taking part in a group drugs counselling session and the nursing staff are on some vital training of their own. They’re getting special training in managing small-scale riots kitted out with helmets and shields.

Plus, it’s explained how a new hospital is being built nearby to replace the old hospital, so we may never see Broadmoor in this light again.

REALITY: The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm)

Let’s face it, no one watches The Apprentice to glean advice on how to get ahead in business.

We watch it to enjoy the spectacle of arrogant fools failing their tasks miserably despite their bragging and self-aggrandising posturing, before being put in their place by the indignant and constantly punning Lord Sugar.

This week, the big man is summoning his entrepreneurs to HMS Belfast, as the battleship inspires the next task – devising and selling a board game. While one team comes up with a globetrotting game for the family, the other pins their hopes on something a little more risque.

As the candidates head out on to the streets in search of sales and to arrange appointments with retailers, that’s where things start to fall apart a little.

One of the hopefuls makes a mistake that threatens to scupper their entire sales operation, while one of the products raises quite a few eyebrows.

And later, the boardroom analysis is as fiery as ever...

DOCUMENTARY: People Like Us (BBC3, 9pm)

Birmingham has long since proved itself to be a hot bed of lively and interesting characters, so it’s little surprise then that the camera crews have rolled in to the town of Solihull to film the young adults who’ve grown up there.

Yes, the second series of this observational documentary filmed on a housing estate has been eye-opening to say the least – of course, we knew what to expect after the first offering, based in Manchester, made waves when it aired last year.

In tonight’s penultimate episode, Antonio is preparing for a day in court, while Pete the wrestler is feeling under pressure to impress his home crowd.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s struggling with an altogether different problem – she runs the community gardening scheme, but getting the residents of Chelmsley Wood into the flower beds is proving difficult. Plus, Josh awaits his A-level results.

FILM: Miss Potter (BBC4, 9pm)

(2006) This biographical period drama stars Renee Zellweger as the acclaimed Victorian writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter.

The film follows her as she works on the book that eventually becomes The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and struggles to find a firm willing to give her writing a chance.

However, when a shy publisher shows interest in her work, she is surprised to find romance as well as the possibility of literary recognition.

This charming romantic biopic is full of warmth and will offer pleasant reminiscences to anyone who read Potter’s wonderful tales as a child.

As well as the human tale, the film sees Potter’s characters brought to life in her imagination through unobtrusive animations, making for a heartwarming experience, no matter the historical inaccuracies.

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson

SPORT: Second Captains Live (RTE Two, 9.30pm)

The lads are joined by very special guests for a look back at Ireland v South Africa at the Aviva Stadium and a look forward to the Republic of Ireland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early and Ciaran Murphy will again be joined by the most insightful names in sport, who will continue to frustrate the nation with their Good Wall choices for the top ten Irish sports people of all-time.

The lads will uncover more wondrous Irish television archive, continue to embarrass themselves by competing in farcical quizzes and have their egos dented by the return of the show’s real star and most popular slot, Boring Irish Sporting Tweets with Roddy Collins.

FILM: Dog Soldiers (Film4, 11.15pm)

(2002) A squad of British Army officers, led by Sergeant Wells (Sean Pertwee), takes part in a routine military exercise on the Scottish Highlands.

They stumble on a pile of human remains and an injured comrade who appears to have been attacked by an animal. Wells and his men soon find themselves under attack from giant, wolf-like creatures.

Shot on a minuscule budget, Neil Marshall’s werewolf horror flick splices gore and lashings of blood, with a sick and twisted sense of humour.

Dog Soldiers is a triumph of invention over slick special effects, and puts to shame some of Hollywood’s more recent efforts – but it won’t suit anyone with a weak stomach.

Starring: Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham, Darren Morfitt

FILM: The Notorious Bettie Page (BBC1, 12.35am)

(2005) This biopic charts the story of controversial 1950s pin-up and bondage model Bettie Page, from her upbringing as a naive devout Christian in Nashville, Tennessee, through her sexual abuse, failed marriage and rape, and ultimately into her career which saw her attain levels of fame and notoriety which led to her provoking the wrath of a conservative senator.

This is an ambitious take on the true-to-life tale which skimps not on the details in a bid to paint a comprehensive picture. It neither defends nor condemns the world in which Page made her name – a stance which could have seemed non-committal but instead comes across as balanced and mature – and remains admirably accurate throughout.

Gretchen Mol is simply superb in the lead role, which sees her demonstrate hitherto unproven acting chops.

Starring: Gretchen Mol, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson, Cara Seymour, Norman Reedus

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