Thursday’s TV tips

Tonight's TV tips.

Thursday’s TV tips

DOCUMENTARY: Coast Australia (BBC2, 8pm)

This new eight-part series sees Coast host Neil Oliver head to a land Down Under to investigate some of the stories involving the people, history, geography and nature of Australia’s coastline.

One wonders whether he knows what he’s letting himself in for – after all, there’s a lot more deadly animals there than, say, in Torquay – but he’s not one to shy away from a challenge.

That perhaps explains why, in the first episode, Neil becomes one of only five people known to have set foot on the isolated island known as Skull Rock.

Meanwhile, adventurer Tim Flannery explains the role he played in helping to discover Australia’s polar dinosaurs, and historian Alice Garner pays a visit to Cheviot Beach where she recalls the events of one fateful day, when the country lost its Prime Minister Harold Holt to the treacherous waters when he went missing while swimming there.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Reggie & Thunderbirds: No Strings Attached (ITV2, 8pm)

Actor, television presenter and BBC Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates fronts this documentary taking a look at the making of the new children’s TV series Thunderbirds Are Go, a relaunch of the original puppet-based action adventure show which first hit the small screen 50 years ago.

He begins by heading off to New Zealand, where he takes a tour of the famous Weta Workshop studios. They’re famous for their involvement in big-budget movies such as The Hobbit and Avatar, however Reggie learns about how they are involved in recreating the TV classic.

Next, he returns to London, where he joins up with the new cast – which includes actress Rosamund Pike voicing Lady Penelope, and ’Fonejacker’ Kayvan Novak who takes on the role of Brains.

It’s undoubtedly going to be a whole new experience, but hopefully one which remains true to the spirit of the original. F-A-B!

Home of the Year (RTE One, 8.30pm)

This week the judges travel to the south west coast to visit three very different homes.

From a renovated bungalow bursting with colour to an energy efficient split level home that has been cut into the landscape and final they see a fantastic family home in the form of a renovated farm house.

Don’t Tell The Bride – Still Married (RTE Two, 9pm)

Have you ever wondered though what life was like for the Don’t Tell The Bride couples after the wedding day? Did the brides really like their wedding day or have they never forgiven their grooms for organising the worst day of their lives? Was it the fairytale day they craved or was it their worst nightmare?

We revisit six couples who are part of the unique club of Don’t Tell the Bride. Was it heaven for some or just the worst experience ever? The lads swap their most memorable moments while the brides tell us what it was like to be on the receiving end of their now husbands jokes, organisational skills and general teasing!

BLACK COMEDY: Inside No 9 (BBC2, 10pm)

Last week saw the return of one of the most innovative shows in recent years - one which blends elements of dark comedy, drama, thriller and mystery in a format that’s more akin to a stage play than a telly serial.

Behind the door marked 9 this week is a woman named Christine (ably played by Cilla star Sheridan Smith), who lives to regret bringing a man home to her flat after a New Year’s Eve party – especially when he keeps appearing there in the middle of the night...

Tom Riley also stars as the mysterious figure who seems to be behind the gradual unravelling of poor Christine’s life, while Michele Dotrice, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are among the supporting cast. League of Gentlemen stars Shearsmith and Pemberton are also the writers behind this remarkable series.

FILM: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Channel 4, 9pm)

(2012) Bella gradually acclimatises to her heightened powers as a vampire and to her new life with husband Edward, best friend Jacob and the Cullen clan.

Alas, Edward’s cousin Irina mistakenly identifies Bella and Edward’s daughter Renesmee as an immortal child – an abomination under ancient law. Irina reports her fears to the Volturi, the vampire counsel led by Aro, Caius and Marcus, and they amass an army to slay Renesmee and anyone who shelters the child.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson stare dreamily into each other’s eyes to an angst-heavy soundtrack of Green Day, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri and Feist. Michael Sheen devours the very expensive scenery with a twinkle in his eye.

The climactic battle royale between the diabolical Volturi and the Cullens is certainly spectacular and director Bill Condon, who also helmed Part 1, orchestrates this special effects-heavy mayhem with verve.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen.

FILM: Unstoppable (Film4, 9pm)

(2010) The train at the centre of this thriller has no driver and is speeding along the tracks at 70mph. And to make matters worse, it’s carrying a cargo of deadly toxic chemicals.

Denzel Washington stars as the veteran train operator out to prevent a tragedy, while Star Trek’s Chris Pine is the rookie colleague who’s about to be given a baptism of fire.

It may sound like a slightly cheesy premise, but a classy cast, which also includes Rosario Dawson and Ethan Suplee, and director Tony Scott’s slick direction, makes for a gripping movie.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn, Kevin Corrigan

FILM: Trainspotting (Film4, 10.55pm)

(1996) Heroin addict Renton makes periodic attempts to get clean, but finds his friends are more of a hindrance than a help.

Fellow junkies Spud and Sick Boy don’t offer him much encouragement, and while his mate Begbie may not touch drugs, he is prone to random bouts of violence. It seems Renton’s only chance of escaping the self-destructive cycle may be to leave his native Edinburgh behind.

From the opening scene, cut to Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, it’s clear the audience is in for an exhilarating mix of grit, energy and black humour, with the odd surreal flourish thrown in for good measure.

Anyone who thinks it’s glamorising heroin use really isn’t paying attention to some of the film’s grimmer scenes, which may prove too much for squeamish viewers. Luckily, the terrific ensemble cast help to keep it palatable.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald

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