Tuesday’s TV tips

What to watch on TV tonight, and not a shamrock to be seen!

Tuesday’s TV tips

FOOD: The Hairy Bikers and Lorraine Pascale: Cooking the Nation’s Favourite Food (BBC2, 7pm)

They might look worlds apart but Si King and Dave Myers and Lorraine Pascale have one thing in common – a passion for good, lovingly crafted food.

Bearing that in mind, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before they came together on a project such as this.

The TV chefs will be announcing which evening meals are Britain’s best-loved. Plus, the trio will be demonstrating how to breathe new life into the often lacklustre weekly menu, and offering tips on how to make simple, yet tasty weeknight dinners.

Si, Dave and Lorraine are also getting out and about, visiting spice shops in Scotland, apple orchards in Kent, Thai kitchens, fish-and-chip shops and farms in the hope of finding inspiration.

FILM: Beastly (Film4, 7.15pm)

(2011) Beauty is only skin deep, right? That certainly seems to be the case with Kyle, an attractive high school student with the power to make his female classmates go weak at the knees with just a shake of his tousled blond locks.

However, he’s not a nice chap, and he makes the mistake of playing a trick on fellow pupil Kendra, a witch who takes revenge by making him as beastly on the outside as he is on the inside.

A story of humility and superficiality, of equality and acceptance, Beastly is a film that encapsulates the dissociation and isolation felt by a good many teenagers the world over.

It’s odd seeing the usually perfect Alex Pettyfer all uglied up, but he’s on fine form here, with a top-drawer cast, including Mary-Kate Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krause, matching him every step of the way.

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Krause.

SPORT: UEFA Champions League - Monaco v Arsenal: Live (TV3, 7pm)

Monaco entertain Arsenal at Stade Louis II in this last-16 second-leg match.

Arsene Wenger’s side need to score at least three goals if they are to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010, having suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat at home last time out.

As has been the case on several occasions this season, they were especially susceptible to being hit on the counter-attack as a result of too many men pressing forward.

It will have been particularly galling to concede the third goal in this manner after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had appeared to give them a lifeline by narrowing the gap to a single goal in stoppage time.

The Londoners will draw some hope from the fact they already have one three-goal Champions League away win to their name this term, having beaten Galatasaray 4-1 in the group stage.

However, their opponents have not conceded at home in the current European campaign so are overwhelming favourites to progress.

REALITY: Back in Time for Dinner (BBC2, 8pm)

And now for something totally different...

In this brilliant idea for a reality series, a family embarks on a time-travelling adventure to discover how a post-war revolution in the food we eat has transformed the way we live.

Their experience will date back to 1950, as a couple and their two children say goodbye to open-plan living, and get used a formal dining room and a tiny kitchen with the most basic of facilities.

Guided by presenter Giles Coren and food historian Polly Russell, they live off dried eggs, national bread, dripping and liver. The roles of the time see mum Rochelle cooking in the kitchen, with dad Brandon putting his feet up and relaxing with a pipe.

The end of rationing in 1954 offers a lighter mood, and the late 50s bring with them an electric oven on hire purchase, and funnily enough, Mary Berry...

DOCUMENTARY: Life After Suicide (BBC1, 11.15pm)

Suicide is still something of a taboo topic, yet it might shock most to learn that it is the leading cause of death in men below 50.

Angela Samata, from Birkenhead, knows more than anyone how suicide affects those left behind, after her partner Mark took his own life 11 years ago.

In this one-off documentary, Angela meets others who have suffered a similar loss, and tries to get to the bottom of why some people choose to take their own lives, and whether their loved ones can ever come to terms with their bereavement.

Featured in the programme are Downton Abbey actor David Robb, whose actress wife Briony McRoberts died in 2013, a Somerset father and his five young daughters, and a Norfolk woman who is living with the suicides of both her husband and her son.

With so many questions clouding their loved ones’ passing, can they ever fully move on?

FILM: The Double (BBC1, 12.15am)

(2011) Richard Gere plays Paul Shepherdson, a retired CIA agent who returns to duty when a senator is murdered.

The former spy believes the killing has all the hallmarks of an infamous Soviet union assassin that he spent most of his career in pursuit of, so he joins forces with the inexperienced FBI agent assigned to the case,.

For those who think Richard Gere should stick to the suave, charming ladies man he’s become famous for, you’ll be eating your words following his performance here.

He’s superbly cast, alongside Topher Grace and Martin Sheen, while the many twists and turns should keep you guessing until the end. Not the best film offering of the week, and yes it’s on a little late, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen.

FILM: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (ITV4, 1am)

(1999) The grown-ups of the Colorado town lead America into war with Canada in the hope of eradicating bad language from TV.

The four youngsters set out to bring peace to the world, but they hadn’t banked on coming up against a fearsome alliance between Satan and Saddam Hussein.

Although a feature-length version of the hit animated TV series, this is still a lot of fun. Probably the best moment arrives in the first 10 minutes with a highly offensive musical number from those badly drawn boys, Terrance and Phillip.

Roly poly Eric Cartman steals the show (as always) while the plot contains plenty of laughs – perfect for sitting back and putting your brain into neutral.

Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, George Clooney, Eric Idle, Isaac Hayes.

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