Tonight's TV tips

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Tonight's TV tips

DOCUMENTARY: Ireland’s Greatest Robberies (TV3, 9pm)

In the final episode of the series we examine two more of the biggest heists to take place in Ireland.

The first robbery we look at it took place in 1983 when crime boss at the time Martin Cahill, along with his gang, carried out a robbery on the O’Connor's jewellery factory in Harold's Cross in South Dublin.

After terrorising and tying up the staff, the gang got away with approximately £1.5million worth of jewellery, making it the biggest robbery in the history of the state at the time.

The final story we look at it took place in 1995, when a gang who had become well known to Gardaí for their many armed raids, carried out a raid on the Brinks Allied Depot in Clonshaugh, North Dublin.

After meticulously planning the robbery for several months, the robbers got away with approximately £2.8 million, and nobody was ever caught for the heist.

DRAMA: Gotham (RTE Two, 9pm)

“The Mask”

When a Gothamite is found beaten to death, Gordon and Bullock are intrigued by the motive and take on the case. Meanwhile, Bruce returns to school and has trouble making friends.

HORTICULTURE: Kew on a Plate (BBC2, 9pm)

Last week, this new series began life like most gardens – at springtime. Tonight’s second episode sees summer arrive at Kew, and with the new season comes new challenges – and possibilities – for the fruit and vegetable plots at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Raymond Blanc is busy attempting to protect his carrot crop in order to ensure he has a plentiful supply to use in a stew. Meanwhile, Kate Humble takes a look at the history of the popular root vegetable, learning how it was once used for medicinal purposes.

Another crop which has undergone a great many changes over the years is cocoa, as we find out when food historian Marc Meltonville makes Kate a cup of hot chocolate in the same manner that the Georgians would have prepared it, before Raymond prepares a vegetable bean chilli using a recipe which includes raw cacao.

DOCUMENTARY: Tom Felton Meets the Superfans (BBC3, 9pm)

Actor Tom Felton is best known to most people for his role as Draco Malfoy in all eight of the Harry Potter films, but here he turns his hand to directing for the first time. This entertaining feature sees him meet up with erstwhile co-stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint to discuss the nature of fandom, before travelling to Wizard World in Tulsa and Birmingham’s Comic Con to spend time with some of the franchise’s biggest ever fans.

They include a 20-year-old from New York who dedicates his free time to tracking down celebrities, as well as a 26-year-old from Pittsburgh who has built his own version of Hogwarts in his basement. So, a little more dedicated than your average autograph hunter, then.

Considering his character’s mile-wide mean streak, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if a few Potter fans are a little less than pleased to see him...

DOCUMENTARY: Above the Law (RTE One, 9.35pm)

During the Troubles, over 6,000 men, women and children were victims of so-called paramilitary ‘punishment’ attacks.

Despite these brutal punishments, there was widespread support within communities for the paramilitaries’ own form of justice.

In the documentary Above The Law, victims speak, some for the first time, about their experiences.

COMEDY: Raised by Wolves (Channel 4, 10pm)

Caitlin and Caroline Moran were never going to struggle with inspiration for their co-written sitcom – it’s based on their own chaotic upbringing.

Although the setting’s been brought bang up-to-date, the scenario – loads of kids, no money and a home-school curriculum consisting of plenty of books, films, TV and pop music – is pretty familiar to the sisters.

In the second episode, Grampy takes it upon himself to try to make Wyatt feel better about being male – however his idea of a suitable activity is questionable to say the least...

Meanwhile, an unfortunate incident involving Germaine’s underwear means Della (Rebekah Staton in hilarious form) is forced to take the kids on an emergency shopping trip. Once they get into town, though, the kids soon realise that their mum’s at the end of her tether – and they need to work together if they’re to avoid bearing the brunt of her wrath.

FILM: Tears of the Sun (Channel 5, 10.55pm)

(2003) When a Navy Seal team head into war-torn Nigeria to rescue a doctor there on a Catholic mission, they soon find themselves with a moral dilemma.

They’re only supposed to get the doctor and get out, but she wants them to help the stranded refugees she’s working with to safety.

Will they do their military duty, or let their consciences overrule it?

Bruce Willis is good in pretty much any film, and this is no exception. He plays a man of few words, but the words he does utter are powerful enough to draw you into the film, and you’ll really relate the struggle the characters face.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Eamonn Walker

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