Sunday’s TV tips

A quiet night in?

Sunday’s TV tips

DRAMA: Call the Midwife (BBC1, 8pm)

Unless you happen to be a nun yourself, chances are you don’t know too much about the way they live their lives.

If this series is to be believed, they’re sheltered from the realities of ordinary life – until a baby needs to be delivered.

And that’s probably why Sister Winifred gets a shock when she journeys into Poplar’s seedy underworld - certainly meeting with the area’s ladies of the night proves to be an eye-opening experience.

She is at least able to impart some good advice about safe sex to the working girls, and provides one of them with some much-needed help.

While Sister Winifred is feeling useful, Sister Monica Joan feels anything but and looks on as her friends and colleagues busy themselves with the day’s tasks - although a tricky emergency birth involving Shelagh may give her an opportunity to prove she still has something to offer.

FILM AWARDS: The British Academy Film Awards (BBC1, 9pm)

Award shows are sycophantic and ten a penny. So why-oh-why do we find ourselves continually drawn to the predictable run of well-rehearsed accolades, TV clips, a conveyor belt of celebrity guests droning “...and the winner is...” and half-hearted applause which gets weaker as the evening draws on?

The answer is, quite simply, because they’re addictive. From the moment you dare to mutter, “Let’s just watch this bit...” you’re hooked, unable to tear yourself away from “just one more” clip or the next star guest in case you miss a vital snippet of gossip which will be the talk of the town by the morning.

So, which films and their stars will be hitting the headlines on Monday? It’s highly likely that The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman and The Theory of Everything will dominate the ceremony – The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the way with 11 nominations, while the other two trail not very far behind with 10 each.

But the likes of The Imitation Game, Boyhood, Whiplash, Nightcrawler and homegrown favourites Mr Turner and Pride have the potential to cause a few upsets.

It’s a big night for host Stephen Fry too – this will be the 10th time he’s presented the event, which takes place once again at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

MOTORING: Top Gear (BBC2, 9pm)

The long-running motoring show could be described as a marmite production – you know, one of those programmes that people either love or hate.

Millions across the globe are hooked on the antics of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, but the rest simply can’t see what all the fuss is about – it’s basically just Last of the Summer Wine but with younger blokes getting up to mischief rather than pensioners.

Their latest challenge involves trying to improve an ambulance. Richard thinks the issue of shortening response times can be solved by finding a way to move other motorists out of the way, James concentrates on passenger comfort and Jeremy invents the ’sports ambulance’. But will any of their innovations be a success?

There’s also a chance to see how Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo gets on as the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

DOCUMENTARY: Our Guy in India (Channel 4, 9pm)

The North East Lincolnshire town of Grimsby has, in the past few years, made its mark on the media map.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin and Joanne Clifton hail from there, and so does the star of this series, larger-than-life biker Guy Martin.

Last week’s edition saw him set off on a 1,000-mile trip across India on his beloved Royal Enfield motorcycle, and he continues the journey here by calling in on Mumbai, where he takes umbrage at the state of the welding on its tallest building.

He then visits a slum that changes his perception of what such a place is like before sampling the refreshing sensation of monsoon season.

Guy makes the final leg of his journey on a traditional trawler as he travels to Goa, but ignores the resort’s famous beaches and heads straight for his ultimate goal – Rider Mania, which has the largest gathering of Royal Enfields on the planet.

REALITY: The Ibiza Weekender (ITV2, 9pm)

“There’s going to be ups and downs, there’s going to be tears and tantrums. At the end of the day, there’s a lot of vodka involved,” says Imogen, the head rep - and in doing so, gives potential viewers a good idea of what they can expect from the sun-kissed show’s latest run.

She’s hot-footed it over from Magaluf, and quickly makes her presence felt - and turns a few heads too, not least those of girl-hungry duo Deano and Ben.

“When Imogen walked in, I was like ’Who is this?”’ grins Deano. “ She looks fit, nice body, all glamorous and tanned.”

Romance could be on the cards, too, because she finds him “easy on the eye”. Will they end up mixing business with pleasure? Well, you’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

Meanwhile, there are guests to take care of too, including 19-year-old shy guy Jack, who wants to chat up the bikini-clad girls on the island, but doesn’t know how.

FILM: Mission Impossible (TV3, 9pm)

(1996) An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organisation.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart

CHAT: The Meaning of Life, with Gay Byrne (RTE One, 10.30pm)

Gay Byrne returns for another six-part series in which he talks to major public figures from all walks of life about the things they believe and the things they have done, that give their lives meaning.

In the the third programme in the series boxing legend Barry McGuigan talks to Gay about his strong Catholic faith and how how it helped him to cope with the ups and down of life including the loss of his father and brother.

FILM: The Bounty Hunter (Channel 5, 9pm)

(2010) Cop-turned-bounty hunter Milo is given the unenviable task of tracking down his journalist ex-wife Nicole after she skips bail.

However, she isn’t just any old fugitive from justice – she missed her court date because she’s chasing a story about a murder cover-up. And when Milo tracks her down, he discovers he’s not the only one on her trail.

She’s also being chased by the criminals she’s been investigating, which makes their trip home even more fraught.

This is a predictable film even by romcom standards, but you have to give leading lady Jennifer Aniston credit for throwing herself into her role.

And if the banter between her and leading man Gerard Butler never reaches the heights of the classic screwball comedies its clearly aiming for, it does at least deserve points for trying.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Gio Perez, Joel Garland, Jason Kolotouros, Matt Malloy, Jason Sudeikis

FILM: Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Channel 5, 11.20pm)

(2008) Childhood pals Zack and Miri can’t afford any of their utility bills and are months in arrears with the rent.

With few alternatives remaining, they hit upon the novel money-making idea of shooting a porno movie.

As the film unravels, it becomes obvious Zack and Miri will eventually find true love – with a few sexual mishaps and gross-out moments along the way.

The title suggests that this is hardly going to be an Oscar-winning ensemble drama, but the film itself is nowhere near as provocative as its moniker.

Sure, there are some icky moments and a lot of the scenes are little short of puerile, but it’s never less than very funny.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes.

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