TV tips for Sunday evening

Lords & Ladies takes the viewer on a historical journey to celebrate our past through the wonders of food and the glories of cooking.

TV tips for Sunday evening

Lords & Ladies (RTÉ One, 6.30pm)

Lords & Ladies takes the viewer on a historical journey to celebrate our past through the wonders of food and the glories of cooking.

The series features three of Ireland’s finest Chefs: Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Flynn.

Each week the Chefs arrive at a Great Irish Country House (this time in Birr Castle, Co Offaly) and must recreate a grand dinner from its history while tantalising the TV audience with sumptuous descriptions of the treats that are on the menu.

But first they must draw lots for the division of labour – one will gather the ingredients, one will cook, and one will get to dine with the gentry.

Sunday Night at the Palladium (UTV Ireland, 8pm)

Jack Whitehall brings the second series of the variety show to a conclusion, featuring an appearance by Simply Red, marking part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Leona Lewis performs her new song Fire Under My Feet and Jess Glynne sings her number-one single Hold My Hand.

There’s also comedy from Sara Pascoe and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jack Carroll, and more unusual acts such as Japanese dance troupe EL Squad from The Wrecking Crew Orchestra, and knife thrower Jack Dagger and his assistant the Unkillable Jenny. Last in the series.

Julie Walters in Conversation with Richard E Grant (BBC4, 8pm)

Julie Walters is considered one of the UK’s most popular light entertainers and comedians, as well as a successful stage performer, bestselling author and award-winning screen actress.

In an interview recorded at the British Film Institute Southbank, Richard E Grant, who cast her in his directorial debut Wah-Wah, chats to the Birmingham-born star about her career including Walters’ movie debut in Educating Rita, and roles in Billy Elliot, Calendar Girls and the Harry Potter franchise.

International Soccer Friendly – Republic of Ireland V England (RTÉ2, 8.30pm)

Darragh Maloney is joined by Richie Sadlier and Ronnie Whelan for highlights of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the oul’ enemy England at the Aviva Stadium.

Commentary from Adrian Eames and Jim Beglin.

FILM: Hannibal (3e, 9pm)

Based on the controversial sequel novel of the same name, Hannibal, is the much-anticipated follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs.

Anthony Hopkins returns as Dr Hannibal Lecter, one of the world's most cunning and feared serial killers, who resurfaces after a decade in hiding to toy with FBI agent Clarice Starling (this time played by Julianne Moore).

As Starling's career flounders thanks to a drug bust gone wrong, Lecter attempts to elude a greedy Italian police detective (Giancarlo Giannini) who's willing to alert the authorities to his presence in Florence for a price.

In the meantime, a maimed but wealthy former victim of Lecter's named Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) plots to get his revenge on the doctor in a most unusual and grisly fashion.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 39%

Channel 4’s Comedy Gala 2015 (Channel 4, 9pm)

This is the sixth year of Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, and once again the line-up is something to behold.

Joining McIntyre, Jon Richardson and Kevin Bridges on the bill are: (deep breath) Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Attraction Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Jonathan Ross, Paul Chowdhry, Rich Hall, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Trevor Noah and Warwick Davis.

Justin Gorman, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4 says: “The Comedy Gala is without doubt one of the funniest nights of the year and we’re very proud to have it on the channel for a sixth consecutive year.

“What better way to enjoy a raft of top quality stand-up than from the comfort of your very own living room.”

The Station Agent (Film4, 11.30pm)

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey.

Though he tries to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly hot-dog vendor. Critically acclaimed, this arthouse offering deserved a bigger push when it was released on the big screen.

Touching, daring and thought-provoking, it boasts some impressive performances and will have you doubting your preconceptions by the closing reel. It also features yet another brilliant performance from Peter Dinklage, who went on to find fame in Game of Thrones

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 95%

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