Tuesday’s TV tips

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Tuesday’s TV tips

REAL-LIFE: Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (Channel 4, 8pm)

We’ve seen a few shock cases in this latest series, but it seems the leading lights behind the programme have saved the best until last, as this final episode focuses on the festive period.

Christmas is a stressful time for obsessive compulsive cleaners – the clutter and dust needs tackling, and that’s before any bleaching of the baubles.

Cameras follow Lynsey, Mark and Amanda as they demonstrate how they ensure a cleaner Chrimbo.

For Lynsey, the opportunity must be taken to throw out her children’s Christmas cards when they’re not looking, while Mark takes time ensuring his decorations are evenly spaced on the tree, and Amanda steam-cleans her tree before spraying it with an antibacterial product.

Meanwhile, the show also catches up with memorable folk from previous episodes - but have they been keeping on top of their housework?

DRAMA: The Missing (BBC1, 9pm)

James Nesbitt sure knows how to pick ’em – fantastic-looking, solidly scripted dramas that is. He’s the go-to guy these days for telly’s leading lights, but then that’s because he puts his all into everything he signs up to.

This latest drama, about a couple’s missing five-year-old, is no exception. In tonight’s instalment, Tony is desperately trying to cover his tracks in 2006, as he deals with the consequences of his actions, while Emily finally breaks down when she realises that there are no real leads in finding Oliver, and Julien is in danger following an unprovoked attack.

In the present day, Tony and Julien finally catch up with the man they’ve been looking for. He promises to stump up the information they need – but it’s going to come at a price, so Tony is forced to go cap in hand to Emily, begging for her help.

DOCUMENTARY: Autopsy: The Last Hours of Elvis Presley (Channel 5, 9pm)

Dr Richard Shepherd has been linked to some of the most iconic celebrities in history – it’s just a shame that none of them are alive to enjoy his company.

The forensic pathologist is now famous for his in-depth televised autopsies in which he analyses the untimely deaths of famous folk notorious for their often self-inflicted ill health. Tonight, as the title suggests, he kicks of this new series by focusing on Elvis Presley.

Robert picks through the facts surrounding the singer’s demise at his Memphis home Graceland in August 1977, using accounts from his best friend, his cousin and his private nurse, as well as considering all the medical facts.

The programme reveals that the post-mortem report showed that towards the end of his life, nearly all of Presley’s vital organs were almost double the size they should have been, and what’s more, his system was full of prescription drugs.

FILM: Braveheart (Film4, 9pm)

(1995) Mel Gibson directs and stars in this multi-Oscar-winning epic which charts the life of legendary Scottish hero William Wallace and his efforts to defeat Edward I. After his father and brother are killed in battle, a young Wallace is taken in by his uncle.

Years later, he looks forward to living the quiet life as a farmer but vows revenge against the throne when the King’s soldiers murder his wife.

It takes a special film to win five Oscars, and while this Hollywood hit isn’t an accurate lesson in 13th-century British history, it is a superb example of accomplished directing as Gibson expertly managed thousands of extras for some truly awe-inspiring battle scenes.

Gibson’s accent may be a little wobbly but the acting is decent too, with Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan all on fine form.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson

FILM: The Specialist (ITV4, 9pm)

(1994) Sylvester Stallone stars as a former explosives expert who is tempted out of retirement by the chilly charms of a vengeful woman (Sharon Stone), who is hell-bent on destroying the gang that murdered her parents in cold blood.

However, our hero soon discovers that there is more to his employer’s motives than is at first apparent.

Stallone and Stone are impressive, despite their slightly two-dimensional roles. However, it’s veteran Rod Steiger, as a Miami mobster, who steals every scene he’s in, while Woods and Eric Roberts have a whale of a time.

This is an entertaining flick making the most of a good-looking cast.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger, Eric Roberts.

REAL LIFE: Life is Toff (BBC3, 10pm)

It’s probably safe to say that none of us have met anybody quite like the Fulfords.

Masters of the 3000-acre Great Fulford estate in rural Devon, they’re quiet a chaotic bunch, but it can’t be easy for the younger generation of the family. They have got to deal with all the normal pressures of growing up, as well as carrying the weight of 800 years worth of history around with them.

It’s been an enlightening series, as cameras have followed the Fulford children - Arthur, Matilda, Humphrey and Edmund – while they go about their daily business.

Tonight, we’ve reached the final episode, however. In it, the household tries their luck at winning a prestigious Devon tourism award, which has the potential to put their estate on the map.

Meanwhile, Ed goes on a ghost hunt, and tackles the rats that are terrorising Great Fulford’s chickens...

DOCUMENTARY: Imagine – Colm Toibin: His Mother’s Son (BBC1, 11.35pm)

For those of us familiar with author Colm Tobin’s work, the various themes running through it won’t have gone unnoticed.

The Irish writer has become synonymous with novels which often return to the dark narrative of his childhood and the complicated relationship between mothers and sons.

Alan Yentob certainly thinks the writer has had an interesting-enough life and career to feature tonight, so he meets Toibin at his homes in Ireland and Spain, where he reveals the origins of his novels.

This year, bestseller Brooklyn is being adapted for the cinema, and the writer has also recently published new novel Nora Webster, so he’s certainly keeping busy. And with Nora Webster promising to be his most poignant and personal novel yet, it’s to be hoped he’ll touch upon it tonight.

Contributions come from Fiona Shaw, Anne Enright and Nick Hornby.

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