Tuesday’s TV tips

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Tuesday’s TV tips

Firefighters (RTE One, 7pm)

Multiple crews respond to reports of an explosion in a ghost estate which is ripping through a row of terraced houses.

A group of firefighters travel 1600 kilometres by land to Niger in West Africa to deliver two badly needed fire appliances and an ambulance. They will also be providing training to members of the local military who have been reallocated to work as lifesavers.

At Dublin Fire Brigade’s training centre the recruits are about to experience their first up close and personal encounter with heavy heat from a live fire. Will they be able to keep their cool in the sweltering 150 degree heat?

Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals 2015 (RTE Two, 8pm)

Live from Vienna, Austria artists from 16 countries will take to the stage tonight to sing for a place in the Grand Final on Saturday in the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest. With commentary from Marty Whelan.

The countries taking part in the first semi final are: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, The Netherlands.

33 nations will compete in the two semi-final competitions, before behind whittled down to the final 20. The “Big Five” nations UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy will all automatically qualify. As the winning nation, so will Austria. And this year, Australia will take part!

The final takes place on Saturday 23 May and will be broadcast live on RTÉ One.

My Big Fat Gypsy Life on the Run (TV3, 9pm)

This special episode follows the free spirits of a travelling clan as they test the limits of the law.

For centuries the commons of England were lawful stopping places for gypsies and travellers. Today, an endless cycle of invasion and eviction brings frequent conflicts with the rest of society.

While many travellers continue to roam, their presence is rarely welcomed. Should they have the right to pitch up on public parks and roadsides? If not, it could spell the end of this traditional way of life. In a constant game of cat and mouse with local residents and councils, the clan face a long harsh winter. Summer brings happier times as 19-year-old Helen plans a spectacular big fat gypsy wedding.

Blinging Up Baby: You Won’t Believe It! (Channel 5, 9pm)

Some people may not see the point in buying expensive clothes for kids, especially when the designer gear will only end up covered in stains before being outgrown in what can seem like a matter of weeks.

However, a growing number of parents are choosing to dress their young children in glamorous outfits. In fact, the trend is so widespread that following last year’s one-off documentary, Channel 5 is now bringing us an entire series devoted to it.

In this first episode, we meet mum-of-three Lisa Marie Whitcombe, who is entering two of her daughters into a beauty pageant, and Candi Donaldson, who has already taught six-year-old Frankie how to put on make-up and false nails.

The mothers also explain why they believed that by making their tots look their best, they are giving them the confidence to face the world.

No Offence (Channel 4, 9pm)

Racial tensions in the area are on the rise when an Asian woman is murdered in what is suspected to be a racist attack. So, the pressure is on when an undercover operation is organised to bring the prime suspect to justice.

Deering is finally allowed to resume her place on the serial killer investigation, but time may be running out for her team to catch the murderer, as Dr Peep is convinced that he has missed his fix and will strike again very soon. Crime drama, starring Joanna Scanlan, Kate O’Flynn and Elaine Cassidy.

24 Hours in the Past (BBC1, 9pm)

Ruth Goodman and Fi Glover reveal they have been saving their most gruelling challenge for last. Having spent the past 72 hours experiencing the grim reality of life in Victorian Britain, the six time-hopping celebrities must now ensure the horrors of the workhouse, where there are no rewards and only punishment.

Stripped of their already-meagre belongings, Ann Widdecombe, Alistair McGowan, Zoe Lucker, Colin Jackson, Tyger Drew-Honey and Miquita Oliver face relentless graft under the yoke of the workhouse master and matron, who punish anyone who dares to break the rules, and have no time for former MP Ann’s acts of rebellion.

Last in the series.

Welcome to the Punch (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2013) Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) is an ambitious rookie detective who attempts to single-handedly take down notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong). Disobeying orders, Max chases Jacob without back-up and is shot in the leg.

Three years later, the battle-scarred detective is gifted a chance at redemption when Jacob’s son Ruan (Elyes Gabel) is involved in a bungled heist and the elusive criminal is lured out of hiding to seek revenge in the capital.

Max seizes the chance to hunt down his arch-nemesis, creating friction with police chief Thomas Geiger (David Morrissey) and fellow detective Sarah Hawks (Andrea Riseborough).

Hunter and hunted orbit one another, unaware they are being drawn into a deeper conspiracy involving a hired killer (Johnny Harris) and a spin doctor (Natasha Little).

Big Brother (TV3, 10pm)

The sixteenth series of the groundbreaking reality show, Big Brother, hits our screens with a brand new bunch of eccentric, entertaining and unique housemates.

Hosted by Emma Willis, the new ‘Timebomb’ theme will see a Mad Men-influenced, '60s-style decor for the new house as part of an upbeat, glamorous, thrilling and mischievous series.

Big Brother will play with time during tasks and have secret missions to create tension in the house.

Later Live – with Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm)

Jools introduces another batch of live performances. Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, currently on her final UK tour, sings songs from her back catalogue.

Also appearing are Mercury and Brit-nominated South London drum and bass group Rudimental, who perform tracks from their forthcoming second album.

American gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges sings songs from his new album Coming Home and rock singer Ezra Furman is joined by his band for a couple of numbers blending pop, punk and 1990s indie rock.

Revenge ***Final (RTE Two, 10.05pm)

The final ever season of Revenge finishes on RTÉ2 with a dramatic double bill.


Emily fights friend and foe to discover the truth about Victoria. Emily enlists Nolan and Jack to help prove her innocence while Ben takes measures to keep her locked up. Christa B. Allen Returns and Courtney Love Guest Stars

“Two Graves”

Emily confesses to her crimes. Backed into a corner, Emily is forced to admit her guilt, but she’ll have to decide how far she’ll go before admitting defeat.

Starter for 10 (BBC2, 11.20pm)

(2006) Inspired by David Nicholls’s comic novel of the same name, the film remains faithful to the hugely enjoyable page-turner, and accomplishes that rare feat of surpassing the source material.

James McAvoy is scarily believable as a socially awkward 18-year-old, who is ill equipped to woo the woman of his dreams – but that doesn’t stop him trying.

After enrolling at Bristol University in the 1980s, working-class Brian tries to impress the object of his desires by joining the institution’s University Challenge team.

Unfortunately, his plan has a few flaws... Alice Eve, Catherine Tate, Charles Dance, Lindsay Duncan and Mark Gatiss (almost unrecognisable as quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne) also star.

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