Saturday’s TV tips

Tonight's things that are on telly you might like.

Saturday’s TV tips

FILM: The Wind Rises (Film4, 3.25pm)

(2013) It’s an animated, somewhat fictionalised biopic of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi.

When his childhood ambition to become a pilot is thwarted by his poor eyesight, Jiro turns his attention to designing aeroplanes instead.

His innovative ideas earn him success during the 1920s, but his country is going through turbulent times, and he does not foresee the uses his creations will be put to during the Second World War.

A movie about the man who designed the fighter planes used in kamikaze missions was always going to be controversial, and some viewers may feel that the film never really engages with the serious questions it raises.

However, as animation fans have come to expect from Hayao Miyazaki, the man who gave us Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, it’s also an absorbing, visually stunning movie.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci

ENTERTAINMENT: The Voice UK (BBC1, 7.15pm)

You can run but you can’t hide from Rita Ora at the moment.

A worthy replacement of predecessor Kylie Minogue, she was hitting headlines everywhere when she first took her chair for The Voice UK; it seemed the press loved any excuse to lavish attention on her.

The singer still is big news of course, but now the spotlight is less on her, more on the talent she and fellow coaches Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and Will.i.am are sniffing out.

The foursome have picked out some brilliant voices so far, but the expectation is building for them to complete their teams – and that means the pressure is ten-fold for the contestants also.

One of those who is feeling the pressure is 19-year-old Essex rapper Brooklyn – but does he have what it takes to entice one of the coaches to turn around.

Pop fans should keep an eye out for a familiar face tonight – Brother Beyond singer Nathan Moore fancies his chances...

FILM: Basic Instinct (TV3, 9pm)

(1992) Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a successful bisexual mystery writer may also be a ruthless murderer.

Everyone close to Catherine dies, and troubled policeman Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) must find out why.

In the process, Nick becomes sexually involved with both Catherine and police psychiatrist Beth Gardner (Jeanne Tripplehorn), while the bodies begin piling up and Catherine turns the cat-and-mouse game around on Nick.

Starring: Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

FILM: American Reunion (Channel 4, 9pm)

(2012) Growing up disgracefully, the stars of the original gross-out teen movie American Pie return older but non-the-wiser.

It’s 13 years since the high school graduation, and Jim is still married to his teenage sweetheart Michelle, with whom he has a two-year-old son.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang have also settled down and got regular jobs, but the news of a Class of 1999 reunion brings the promise of a bit of old-school fun, especially if eternal man-child Steve Stifler is involved.

If you’re not a fan of the first American Pie movies, this isn’t the best place to start.

But if you did enjoy the original trilogy, you’ll definitely get a kick out of seeing the old gang back together, especially after all those straight-to-DVD spin-offs with different casts.

The cast’s sheer likeability helps to make up for some unnecessary retreads of old jokes, and Seann William Scott’s Stifler is still a real scene-stealer.

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy

DOCUMENTARY: Hitler’s Hunting Experiment (More4, 9pm)

This intriguing documentary recounts the untold story of a Nazi vision that will leave viewers stunned.

This vision goes far beyond the military conquest of European countries – they came up with detailed blueprints for Aryan settlements and vast hunting parks full of extinct but revered game animals.

They employed the best scientists in Germany to launch the ambitious programme of genetic manipulation, both in the wild and for domestic use.

It was a far-fetched plan to recreate animals that had long vanished from the earth, beasts that they believed a new Nazi super-race would be able to hunt across Europe.

This programme explains how the Nazis tried to take control of nature and change the course of evolution.

This is fascinating viewing, and if you’re particularly interested in the Nazi era, stay tuned for Hitler’s Hidden Drug Habit which follows immediately after.

DRAMA: Casualty (BBC1, 9.25pm)

It’s inspection day down at Holby, so Connie decides a pep talk for the rest of the staff is in order.

However, she couldn’t possibly anticipate the problems that lie in wait.

Two soldiers are brought in after an explosion during a training exercise, but Rita is left confused when it transpires that one of them is lying about the accident.

Meanwhile, a computer hacker winds up in the ED after trying to spread a little joy, but as the doctors treat his illness, Robyn unwittingly spreads his virus to Holby’s computer system.

Elsewhere, Honey gets a shock when she catches Big Mac helping himself to food from the food bank, and it’s a turn out for the books when Zoe and Max rekindle their passion.

Amanda Mealing, Chloe Howman and Sunetra Sarker star in the long running hospital drama.

FILM: Broken (BBC2, 9.50pm)

(2012) Skunk is a diabetic 11-year-old who lives in a seemingly typical English suburb and has befriended a troubled young man named Rick.

However, the youngster’s life is about to change when she sees a neighbour brutally attack Rick, who he accuses of raping his daughter.

Skunk finds herself increasingly drawn into the drama – and her home life also becomes more complex due to the tangled relationships between her kindly single dad, the au pair and her favourite teacher.

Although it takes a turn for the melodramatic towards the end, Broken is still a gripping drama with a very strong cast.

Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear are reliably great, although the real stand-out is young Eloise Laurence, who is a real find in the role of Skunk.

Starring: Eloise Laurence, Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Lily James, Denis Lawson

MUSIC: The EBBA Music Awards (RTE Two, 10.55pm)

Blathnaid Treacy presents the European Border Breaker Awards from the city of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Hosted by Jools Holland, the EBBA’s celebrate European artists who have achieved international success with their first release.

Nominees include Hozier, Milky Chance and John Newman, with live performances from The Common Linets , Indila and previous winners The Ting Tings.

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