Saturday’s TV tips

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Saturday’s TV tips

CHILDLINE: Cheerios Childline Concert (TV3, 5pm)

Book the best seats in the house for this year’s Cheerios Childline Concert.

TV3 will be in the 3Arena to bring you all of the action and performances from chart-topping Irish and international pop sensations - not to mention the atmosphere provided by a buzzing audience!

Join us at the annual Cheerios Childline Concert with Boyzone, Olly Murs, Shane Filan, Hometown and Ryan Dolan all performing in aid of Childline.

CONTEST: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm)

What with the storm in the tea cup over Len Goodman dropping an f-bomb the other week, and Pixie Lott’s jaw-dropping, scenery chewing take on The War of the Worlds, this is shaping up to be one of the most explosive series yet.

Some of us still can’t quite believe that finale to the Roxanne-themed performance by Simon Webbe and professional partner Kristina Rihanoff at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.

Hanging from his crooked arm by one leg, she was an inverted extrovert who left audiences slack of jaw; little wonder Webbe looked rather pleased with himself. But that was weeks ago, and now this quarter final should really sort the wheat from the chaff.

Who will win over the judges, and who will be packing their bags and going home?

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly shall reveal the winners and the losers on Sunday, but for now sit back and prepare to be amazed.

MUSIC: The X Factor (TV3, 8pm)

It happens in late August each year: the launch of The X Factor, which means every Saturday night in the run-up to Christmas will be dominated by the daddy of all talent searches.

However, this 2014 series seems to have flown by as we’re now at the semi-final stage.

The acts have been in rehearsals all week and now the time has come for them to show the voting public why they deserve a place in next week’s grand finale.

Judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh will be looking for nothing less than note-perfect performances from the contestants as they search for a worthy successor to last year’s winner Sam Bailey, but will the pressure to deliver lead to disaster for any of these would-be pop stars?

Dermot O’Leary deals with the drama on the panel, and the results can be seen tomorrow at 8pm.

FILM: Battleship (Channel 4, 8pm)

(2012) Alex Hopper is a dropout, whose antics on the Hawaiian island of Oahu reflect badly on his brother, Stone, the captain of the USS Sampson.

Alex joins the Navy and is assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, under the watch of Vice Admiral Shane, who just happens to be the deeply disapproving father of his girlfriend, Samantha.

During a series of competitive naval exercises, extra-terrestrial spacecraft crash-land in the Pacific. The USS Sampson, USS John Paul Jones and JDS Myoko under the command of Captain Nagata are dispatched to assess the threat.

Sexy weapons specialist Cora Raikes and boatswain Ordy stand alongside Alex on their destroyer, awaiting the order to attack.

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano

IRISH AWARDS: People of the Year Awards (RTE One, 9.50pm)

Now in its 40th year, the People of the Year Awards provide a unique opportunity for the Irish public to honour those who have made a real difference to people's lives, whether as unsung heroes or as household names.

Now in its 40th year, the People of the Year Awards provide a unique opportunity for the Irish public to honour those who have made a real difference to people’s lives, whether as unsung heroes or as household names.

Presented by Grainne Seoige, this year’s Awards will honour the truly inspirational, courageous and talented people within our society at a glittering Awards presentation ceremony in the Citywest Hotel.

The People of the Year Awards are organised by Rehab.

CHAT SHOW: The Jonathan Ross Show (UTV, 10.35pm)

Jonathan Ross has pulled out all the stops where tonight’s guests are concerned (if it is even possible to better last week’s chats with Barry Manilow, Phillip Schofield and James McAvoy).

With the final part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, about to hit cinemas any day now, its star Martin Freeman will be dropping by to discuss what has no doubt been one of the best roles of his career.

Meanwhile, another of our best offerings Miranda Hart will also be sat on the sofa, and will probably have plenty to say about the hugely successful Miranda, as well as Call the Midwife, which we can expect to return to screens in another Christmas special in a couple of weeks.

Outspoken Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson will be providing plenty of banter, and music for the evening comes courtesy of former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson. Her success these days seems to know no bounds, but the singer will be taking a few minutes out of her busy schedule to perform latest single, Yours.

Yep, Ross has definitely done it again – given us plenty reason to cancel any plans we might have had. Pour a glass of your favourite tipple, sit back and enjoy...

FILM: From Dusk Til Dawn (Channel 4, 10.35pm)

(1996) Two criminal brothers on the run are hotly pursued by the Texas police and bound for Mexico.

The villainous Richie and Seth Gecko abduct ex-preacher Jacob, his daughter, Kate and adopted son Scott, and end up at an all-night bar where the brothers intend to meet their contact, Carlos, and live a life of luxury down Mexico way.

However, things take a sharp left turn when the regulars turn out to prefer blood to tequila, so Richie, Seth and their hostages are left fighting for their lives against a small army of bloodsuckers.

This is a film of two halves. The first is a gritty road movie; the second a full-blooded fang-in-cheek horror thriller.

Starring: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek

FILM: The Talented Mr Ripley (Channel 4, 12.40am)

(1999) An opportunist is paid to convince a spoiled youth to return home from Europe. But he decides that it would probably be more beneficial to him to assume his new friend’s identity when he grows jealous of his lavish lifestyle.

Terrific performances simmer away in Anthony Minghella’s (The English Patient) exquisite looking drama-thriller, adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s first Ripley novel. There’s something for everyone here; it’s beautifully acted, with a fantastic script and superb cinematography – you’ll be hard-pushed to something you don’t like about this film.

This is an elegantly polished effort, which explores characters with a world of depth, and is one of the best things to come out of the 1990s.

Starring: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett.

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