Sunday’s TV tips

Sunday night telly tips for a night on the couch.

Sunday’s TV tips

FILM: Live and Let Die (ITV, 4pm)

(1973) 007 must travel from the streets of Harlem to the Caribbean to stop a drugs lord, rescue a beautiful clairvoyant, and fend off the attentions of a voodoo master, a superfly-style narcotics baron and a henchman with a hook for a hand.

This is one of Roger Moore’s finest outings as James Bond and ticks all the right boxes.

The action sequences arguably rival anything that Hollywood has put out in the 40-odd years since, while Moore hadn’t yet started the tongue-in-cheek nonsense that made his later offerings so excruciating.

Optional extras include a searing Wings title track and some chilling scenes involving half a dozen crocodiles and a henchman with a steel hand.

Very light on plot but an entertaining diversion nevertheless.

Starring: Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, Yaphet Kotto

MUSIC: The Voice of Ireland (RTE One, 6.30pm)

The third episode of this year's Voice of Ireland sees more contestants from around the country perform in the Blind Auditions for a place in the Battles.

Two new ladies join the coaching panel, who between them have 11 chart topping albums and 24 singles – Una Foden and Rachel Stevens. Both pop stars have toured the world as part of chart topping bands The Saturdays and S Club 7.

They will join our Voice of Ireland stalwarts, Kian Egan and Bressie, on the spinning red chairs as each of the four coaches pick their top 14 acts to perform in the Battle stages.

Rachel has the unenviable position of sitting between Bressie and Kian, they are a noisy pair but when she wants an act she pulls no punches.

Una tells us ‘I’ve had so many doors slam in my face and felt it was never going to happen’ she’s been there, done that. Surely the perfect pitch to fill her team. One thing is for sure all four coaches are in it to win it.

REALITY: Get Your Act Together (UTV, 6.45pm)

These days, the telly schedules are packed with reality telly efforts putting various familiar faces through their paces as they attempt to learn a new skill.

And yet, we’ve still not grown tired of them. So tonight ITV strides in with another series of a similar set-up, in which celebrities will battle it out to learn jaw-dropping talents, including contortion, fire dancing and ventriloquism.

Yep, it’s going to be another good one.

Presented by Stephen Mulhern, the series kicks off with an episode in which model Danielle Lloyd will be mentored by The Catwall Acrobats; ex-Westlifer and presenter Brian McFadden will be taught by magicians Penn & Teller, and singer and actor Ray Quinn will learn from the talents of impressionist Debra Stephenson.

Plus, Loose Woman and actress Sherrie Hewson is mentored by plate-spinning expert Andrew Van Buren, and former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be shown the ropes by Circus of Men.

The studio audience will then decide which celeb has entertained them the most and gets a chance to go through to the final...

SPORT: Live Snooker: The Masters (BBC2, 7pm)

The Masters may be a non-ranking event, but it remains one of the most prestigious and popular tournaments on the calendar, and the two players taking to the table for this evening’s second session in the final at Alexandra Palace will certainly be doing their utmost to clinch the trophy.

Ronnie O’Sullivan started the week as the defending champion after winning his fifth Masters last year, giving Mark Selby little chance in a relatively one-sided final that showed off his consummate skills to the maximum.

That victory edged the Rocket one title closer to the six held by Stephen Hendry, whose record for centuries scored in competitive matches will also be in O’Sullivan’s sights during the week.

However, retaining this trophy has proved notoriously difficult in recent years, as Paul Hunter was the last man to do so, back in 2002, when he won the tournament for the second time in his career.

DRAMA: Foyle’s War (UTV, 8pm)

Here’s one to make you feel old...

Child star Honeysuckle Weeks will be celebrating her 40th birthday this year - and she’s certainly made those years count, clinching roles in some of television’s biggest ratings grabbers, including children’s favourite The Wild House, Midsomer Murders and Poirot.

This particular offering wraps up another series tonight in a tense episode which sees Foyle re-examining Hilda Pierce’s top-secret role during the war after an attempted assassination is carried out on her outside MI5.

Foyle suspects the shooting may be connected to the hunt for a traitor within the Special Operations Executive who it’s thought was behind the deaths of nine agents in France.

Meanwhile, Sam’s finds herself with a dilemma when Adam and Glenvil crack down on the black market in East Peckham. Game of Thrones fans should keep a keen eye out for Conleth Hill in a guest role, alongside Katherine Press and Emma Fielding.

FILM: The General’s Daughter (TV3, 9pm)

(1999) When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

Starring: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell

DRAMA: Last Tango in Halifax (BBC1, 9pm)

It would seem Sarah Lancashire’s star knows no bounds.

Sure, the actress has always been a hit in television, but these days it seems if she isn’t signed up to the latest gritty drama, it simply isn’t worth watching.

Sarah wasn’t lying when at the beginning of the series, she promised major changes for her character Caroline, explaining: “Caroline’s story is very eventful this year, it’s an emotional rollercoaster; well it is for all of us this series.

Unusually we’ve all been previously involved in each other’s stories but this year we have our own story strands. We’ve all got big things going on in our lives individually.”

In tonight’s instalment, Caroline is struggling to accept how she will cope with a new baby _ that is until a stranger walks into her life who might just be the answer to her prayers. Meanwhile, Raff is over the moon to hear his mum and uncle are getting married.

DOCUMENTARY: The Joy of Mozart (BBC4, 9pm)

Presenter Tom Service has played a bit of a blinder here.

Not only is he exploring the life of one of the most talented composers ever to have lived, but he’s travelling to Vienna and Salzberg in Austria to do so.

Not bad work if you can get it...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a phenomenal composer, competent on keyboard and violin by the age of five, and composing and even performing before European royalty soon after, eventually going on to find fame in Vienna where, in his later years, he composed many of his best-known symphonies and concertos.

In this one-off documentary, Tom explores the key cities and rooms in which Mozart lived and worked, and even plays some of his original instruments and scores before learning about his tragic death at the age of 35.

Contributions are included from John Eliot Gardner, Nicola Benedetti and Paul Morley.

FILM: Gone (Channel 5, 10pm)

[media=youtubehttp://youtu.be/QZsF7IRTgMQ[/media] (2012) Jill Parrish was abducted from her home, bound with tape and left in a deep hole in the middle of Forest Park in Oregon.Miraculously, she escaped her knife-wielding abductor but without any DNA evidence to corroborate Jill’s chilling story, police doubt her version of events and she is consigned to a psychiatric facility, then released into the care of her sister Molly.One year to the day after her alleged ordeal, Jill returns home from a late shift at a cafe to discover that Molly has vanished without trace.Jill is convinced that her assailant has returned and she begs Detectives Powers and Lonsdale to launch an immediate search, but her pleas fall on deaf ears.If you like red herrings, then this thriller should be right up your street.Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Emily Wickersham, Daniel Sunjata, Katherine Moennig, Michael Pare, Wes Bentley

(2001) Jack Dodd was a London butcher who, for 50 years, liked nothing better than having a pint in the pub with his mates.

His last wish was for his pals and foster son Vince to scatter his ashes in the sea at Margate.

Here, we watch them do just that, as each one looks back at their memories - good and bad – of Jack and his beloved wife Amy.

Quite simply, this is a masterclass in acting. Moving, and funny, Last Orders is a real gem, and it’s a shame it didn’t make more of a splash on its cinema release in 2001.

Given the passing of a couple of key cast members, it naturally has an extra degree of poignancy now.

Starring: Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone.

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