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Saturday’sTV tips

MUSIC: The Voice UK (BBC1, 7pm)

Judge Ricky Wilson took to this talent search like a duck to water. So how does it feel to be back? “It’s something totally different to my day job – my Saturday job,” he explains. “It creeps up on you really fast and now I’m back with Tom Jones whispering sweet nothings into my ear.”

One of the things about the show that gets him excited is the fact he gets to do things he doesn’t usually get to do when he’s touring the world or sitting at home.

“It’s very real when you’re in the chair, it’s only a handful of people who get to press the button and swing around. I mean we all did it at home trying not to look and swearing at the coaches when they make the wrong decisions or make a different decision to you, but when you’re actually doing it yourself it’s a mad experience.”

This week it’s round four of the blind auditions and Ricky, Tom Jones, and Rita Ora continues their efforts to build a 12-strong team. Emma Willis and Marvin Humes will be backstage celebrating with or offering commiserations to the contestants’ families.

SCIENCE: The World’s Weirdest Weather (Channel 4, 8pm)

Britain has experienced its fair share of weird weather over the last couple of years – just ask the residents of the Somerset Levels.

However, there are some even more extraordinary phenomena taking place elsewhere around the globe, and this new series is here to explore them via amateur footage, eyewitness accounts and some remarkable experiments.

The first episode takes viewers on a trip to a cave system with its own weather, and a desert in Brazil where you can go for a swim in the lagoons while admiring the sand dunes.

If that doesn’t sound strange enough, the programme also catches up with a San Diego surfer who rides glow-in-the-dark waves, and a Canadian family who filmed an upside down rainbow.

We hear how a storm-chaser in Texas captured footage of a rare type of ’spider lightning’, and there’s a closer look at the mysterious lights in the Michigan sky that have been baffling observers for 50 years.

FILM: Basic Instinct (TV3, 9pm)

(1992) A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone

FILM: Ted (Channel 4, 9pm)

(2012) On Christmas Eve 1985, young John Bennett stares adoringly at his favourite teddy and is granted a wish: that Ted could talk and be his best friend.

Fast-forwarding to the present day, John now works for a car rental company and has a beautiful girlfriend, Lori.

When their four-year anniversary dinner ends in a fractious discussion about priorities, John responds by asking his best buddy to move out of the apartment and stand on his own two paws.

This is a deliciously foul-mouthed comedy – essentially a live-action, adult version of Toy Story.

Writer-director Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad!, has great fun with his real and virtual characters. Just a pity his follow up, A Million Ways To Die in the West was such a laugh-free disaster.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Jessica Barth, Bretton Manley, Ralph Garman, Alex Borstein and the voice of Seth MacFarlane

FILM: The American (Film4, 9pm)

(2010) A brooding assassin travels to Italy to complete his final assignment.

Very little is given away about the mysterious character, all we know about him is he goes by the names ’Jack’ and ’Edward’, is a trained killer, and someone has hired him to manufacture a rifle for them – the rest is left open to speculation.

After falling in love with a local prostitute, he must dodge the attempts of some fellow assassins to kill him as he grapples with his own internal conflict, played out on screen towards a dramatic and powerful ending.

Those looking for a heart-pounding action thriller may be disappointed, but that is not to discredit the film.

It’s more of a psychological insight into the mind of a man who kills for a living and raises a number of pertinent questions on morality and human integrity.

Directed by famed photographer Anton Corbijn, the cinematography of the film is, as to be expected, exquisite.

Starring: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli

FILM: Ginger & Rosa (BBC2, 10.30pm)

(2012) Ginger and her best friend Rosa were born on the same day and in many respects are kindred spirits, enjoying the freedoms of swinging 1962 London.

They play truant together and talk excitedly of where their lives might lead - of something bigger than the domestic drudge endured by their mothers.

Ginger is incredibly close to her parents, Roland and Natalie, but tensions crackle and the girls’ friendship feels the strain when Rosa embarks on an extra-marital affair with Roland.

As her parents’ marriage falls apart, Ginger finds emotional refuge with a charming gay couple and their poet friend May Bella.

This is one of director Sally Potter’s best movies. Elle Fanning and Alice Englert are terrific as the lead protagonists, delivering natural performances, and their on-screen friendship is perfectly credible. The excellent older cast are also good value for money.

Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Alessandro Nivola, Jodhi May

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