Saturday's TV tips

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Saturday's TV tips

FOOD: Home Cook Heroes (TV3, 1.40pm)

Now in its fourth year, the Easy Food Home-Cook Awards is Ireland's biggest cookery competition for amateur cooks.

This year's final, hosted by TV3?s Martin King, is as heated as ever as 30 finalists, from various corners of the country and from all age groups, battle it out in the cook-off in Cooks Academy cookery school.

Aprons on and spatulas at the ready, the 30 finalists cook their tried and tested entries for judges Catherine Fulvio, Paul Flynn and Gina Miltiadou.

Who will be crowned a Home-Cook Hero? Which dish will win Easy Food Dish of the Year? Tune in to find out!

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm)

Just how fair is Strictly? After all, current series favourite Pixie Lott makes a living with nifty dance moves for pop promos and tours while DJ Scott Mills clearly doesn?t.

So there was perhaps little wonder that after many episodes of humiliation, Mills was finally voted off the other week after his Addams Family routine.

Now the wheat has been sorted from the chaff, things should get really interesting this week as Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly, and the SCD entourage set up camp at Blackpool's legendary Tower Ballroom, the spiritual home of dancing.

The nine famous (or semi-famous) performers and their partners hope to get their names at the top of the leaderboard and avoid the fate of last week's unlucky duo.

As usual, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell will be passing judgement, and the results can be seen Sunday at 7.15pm.

NOSTALGIA: It Was Alright in the 1970s (Channel 4, 9pm)

For those of us who grew up in the 1970s, it was a simpler time of three TV channels, no internet, video games were in their infancy and the thought of a video recorder, which debuted in 1976, was the stuff dreams were made of.

Reflecting on the era of punk, strikes, and some risque humour is Matt Lucas, sadly present in voice only.

This two-parter meets the people who appeared in the programmes, those who watched them and those who made them.

Episode one concentrates on pleasure and leisure on TV in the Seventies. The fact there were outrageous sex jokes in pre-watershed sitcoms, cigarettes were smoked on prime-time panel shows, and St Bernard dogs were offered for prizes is enough to leave many slack of jaw.

What do those who grew up in later years think of that extraordinary era in 2014? Here's a chance to find out.

FILM: My Left Foot (RTÉ2, 9.30)

This cinematic masterpiece is the brilliant portrayal of legendary Irishman Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis) who, despite crippling cerebral palsy, learned to use his one controllable extremity - his left foot - to become an accomplished artist and writer.

Paralyzed from birth, Brown (played by Hugh O'Conor as child and Daniel Day-Lewis as an adult) is written off as helpless.

But Christy's indomitable mother (Brenda Fricker) never gives up on the boy. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Brown learns to write.

He grows up to become a well-known author, painter, and fundraiser, and along the way falls in love with nurse Mary Carr (Ruth McCabe). Rating: 100%

FILM: Chronicle (Channel 4, 10pm)

Three teenagers develop superhuman abilities after exploring a mysterious cave. They delight in experimenting with what they are able to do, documenting their actions on video.

However, one of them lets his new-found power go to his head, and as he begins using it to evil ends, the others realise only they can stop him.

A mash up of The Tommyknockers, Heroes, Cloverfield and Akira, this found footage offering is really just a 10-minute finale stretched out to 115 minutes.

Clearly inspired by anime movies, director Josh Trank emulates scenes from some of the best, hurling cops and people around like rag dolls. There are good effects considering the budget, but the dialogue needed more polish. Dane DeHaan is superb as misfit teen Andrew; just a pity his name is repeated so often it grates.

While DeHaan is lined up to reprise his Green Goblin role for a Spider-Man spin off movie, The Sinister Six, Trank has re-teamed with Michael B Jordan for a reboot of The Fantastic Four.

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B Jordan Rating: 85%

NEW ON NETFLIX: Monsters Inc.

Lovable Sulley and Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at MONSTERS, INC., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis.

When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, monsters are scared silly.

So it's up to Sulley and Mike to get her back home.

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal Rating: 96%

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