Wednesday’s TV tips

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Wednesday’s TV tips

Inspector George Gently (BBC1, 8pm)

New series. A prostitute turns up at the station claiming to have been raped, and as Gently looks back at past cases, he is shocked to discover that very few have been successfully prosecuted – if they made it to court in the first place.

Risking animosity from his colleagues, he becomes suspicious when he notices the same police inspector’s name appearing repeatedly in the files, but before he can act, the body of another rape victim is found, prompting a visit to the local brothel.

Meanwhile, Bacchus has started an affair with Gemma, the wife of a fellow copper. Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby and Lisa McGrillis star, with guest appearances from Denise Welch, Derek Riddell and Emily Woof.

Autopsy: The OJ Simpson Murder Case (Channel 5, 9pm)

In 1995, the trial of American footballer-turned-actor OJ Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman was headline news around the world, with Simpson being acquitted after eight months.

In this documentary, forensic pathologist Richard Shepherd goes back over the last few days of Nicole’s life to try to unravel what happened on that fateful night, examining the post-mortem report and forensic evidence, as well as talking to experts and those who knew the Simpson family.

The Verminators: Reality Bites (RTE Two, 9pm)

The Vemintators follow Rentokil Ireland’s crack teams of Pest Eradication Experts as they rid Ireland’s homes and businesses of nasty invaders, from rats to cockroaches, mice to bedbugs.

For the first time ever cameras have been allowed to follow Ireland’s Pest Control Operatives in the field and the field is filthy.

Headed by car-mad Kerryman Michael the crack team include Marketing Manager Sadbh , high-performing Sales Operative John, Technician Ken and Resident Boffin Dr. Colm Moore who’s Ireland’s most knowledgeable expert in the science of vermin extermination.

From bedsit Dwellers dealing with Cockroaches living in every nook and cranny, to families driven to leave their homes due to rodent infestation.

The show also follows The Verminators’ on-the-job training at the UK’s only ‘Rat Farm’, where hundreds of rats are bred and housed for study purposes, and all trainees go to study the specifics of rat behavior by getting down and dirty with the rat packs in their own natural habitat. The Verminators– do you have the stomach for it?

The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4, 9pm)

It’s four days since the men killed a crocodile and they haven’t been able to repeat that success.

Most of their meals are coming from Vic, who so far is the only member of the group to have mastered his improvised fishing rod. However, Vic feels he’s being taken for granted and goes on strike.

Will comes up with an ambitious plan to catch the bigger fish that inhabit the deeper waters surrounding the island, and with help from the others, he builds a raft from all the plastic bottles washed up on the beach.

Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC1, 9.30pm)

There was a time when sitcoms would be aired on TV and then you’d get to watch them on a streaming player. Not any more it seems.

Many viewers may already have seen Peter Kay’s new vehicle, pun intended, before this terrestrial version hit the airwaves.

Between April 24 and 28, all six episodes were available, which makes this one of those rare occasions where the BBC screen a repeat before it’s even been on TV.

“To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity,” remarked Kay recently.

The actor and writer also directed this series which features him and Sian Gibson as supermarket co-commuters: assistant manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson, Will they get along?

FILM: Fast Five (3e, 10pm)

(2011) Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five.

In this instalment, additional returning favourites Jordana Brewster, Chris Ludacris Bridges, and Tyrese Gibson, assemble for a high-stakes race that places an unlikely alliance of cops and racers in from Rio de Janeiro.

In Brazil they must defeat a corrupt businessman who wants them all dead.

Dwayne Johnson joins the cast as the dogged federal agent whose strike team tears through South America in hot pursuit, but soon has a difficult time determining the good men from the bad.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson.

First Dates (Channel 4, 10pm)

Former model Joe knows exactly how to charm, but he finds himself working for the affections of personal shopper Nicole.

Devout Christian Tawanda gets to know Marvin, a Trevor Nelson doppelganger, while Essex girl Sian is on the hunt for her dream man – and Londoner Tom ticks all the right boxes.

There’s a linguistic battle of wits between Irish fashionista Laura and her date Frankie, with explosive results, and confident Charlie hopes to right his previous relationship wrongs as he meets one-time ballet dancer Nelly. Last in the series.

FILM: Two Mules for Sister Sara (ITV4, 10pm)

(1970) Clint Eastwood gives it his all as a grizzled drifter who rescues a nun (Shirley MacLaine) from a vicious gang.

He sets about escorting her to the nearest town, but quickly realises there’s more to his feisty companion than meets the eye.

This is a hugely underrated and extremely entertaining Western, and there is palpable chemistry between the two leads – despite the fact they didn’t get on in real life.

Clint’s mentor, director Don Siegel, handles the action scenes well. Listen out for Ennio Morricone’s mule-inspired score too.

Interestingly, the film may never have been made were it not for Elizabeth Taylor – she gave Eastwood a copy of the script while he was making Where Eagles Dare with her then-husband Richard Burton.

Manolo Fabregas and Alberto Morin co-star.

FILM: Rushmore (Channel 4, 2.20am)

(1998) An offbeat comedy/drama about an unusual high-school student from director Wes Anderson, co-written by him and his mate Owen Wilson.

It’s a highly likeable movie that does well for the first two thirds and then goes off the rails a little.

The tale centres on Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a brilliant 15 year-old who was given a scholarship to an elite California prep school.

But when he neglects his studies in favour of after-school clubs, he finds himself on ’sudden death academic probation’ – fail one more test and he’s out.

While continuing to get up the nose of Rushmore’s principal, Dr Guggenheim (Brian Cox), Max becomes friends with Herman Blume (Bill Murray), a rich Rushmore alumnus who is impressed by the adolescent’s drive and energy.

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