Wednesday's TV tips

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Wednesday's TV tips

DIY SOS: The Big Build (BBC1, 8pm)

Nick Knowles and his crack team of builders, plasterers and electricians come to the aid of Frank and Christine Burrows in Wigan.

In 2012, their 35-year-old son Mark was paralysed as the result of an unprovoked attack that left him with severe brain damage.

Mark now needs constant care, but the Burrows’ family home is not yet fit for purpose, so Frank and Christine have been forced to take their son to a care home 15 miles away.

With the help of designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, Nick’s experts set about constructing a self-contained apartment alongside the Burrows’ two-bedroom bungalow, which will provide Nick with the space, independence and security he needs to return home.

The Auction House (Channel 4, 8pm)

It’s a new year at Lots Road auction house, so let’s hope the staff have made a resolution to be more punctual because general manager William is determined to get tough on time-keeping – although the good news is that boss Roger is planning to be nicer.

Hopefully, the team will give him plenty of reasons to stick to it, as Bob unearths a unique collection of African tribal art, and former fashion buyer June challenges Nick to find the perfect Afghan rug to compliment her gold-themed Chelsea home.

Neven Maguire: Home Chef (RTÉ One, 8.30pm)

Neven visits Christ King Girls’ Secondary School in Cork which prides itself on providing healthy food for its students. Neven meets the Principal and Samantha Kelly from KC Catering and shows the students some ideas for making lunchboxes more interesting.

Dishes include Crepes with Ham and Asparagus, Salmon Fishcakes, and an instant Strawberry Ice Cream made with buttermilk.

A Sporting Chance (RTÉ Two, 9pm)

‘A Sporting Chance’ is a three-part documentary series set in Limerick that tells the story of a group of educationally disadvantaged young men and women who are brought together and given a ‘sporting chance’ to change their lives forever through sport.

Over three months the group takes on a sport and life skills course in an effort to boost their confidence and enhance their future job prospects.

From the makers of The Notorious comes a new three part documentary series set in Limerick City that tells the story of a group of young men and women who come together to turn their lives around through sport.

In this episode, a serious lack of commitment from some threatens to pull down the entire group as Liam and Rosie struggle to get numbers to training.

The Interceptor (BBC1, 9pm)

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD don’t have the monopoly on catchy acronyms – this new drama series introduces us to UNIT, an undercover law enforcement team on a mission to get to the criminals at the very top of the chain.

Their newest recruit is streetwise Ash (O-T Fagbenle), who has two great loves in his life - catching criminals and his family.

His wife Lorna (former EastEnder Jo Joyner) isn’t sure that the two are compatible, and worries that his new job will put their family at risk. It seems she may have a point, as Ash, his best mate Tommy (Robert Lonsdale) and the rest of UNIT set out to infiltrate a drug gang with an aim to identifying the hierarchy.

As it becomes clear the illegal organisation is bigger than anyone could have imagined, just how far is Ash prepared to go to get a result?

24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4, 9pm)

It’s not just the staff of St George’s hospital in south west London who are dedicated to their jobs – some of the patients are just as committed.

Professional actor Dudley, 68, is brought in with a broken shoulder, but insists he needs to be out in time for his performance that night.

But will the show still go on when the doctors think they may have uncovered another, more serious issue?

We also meet husband and wife Barbara and Clarence, a married couple in their 80s who have been knocked over by a motorbike, while the paramedics treat a man following a suspected drug overdose.

The Reader (More4, 9pm)

The collective guilt of Germany’s ’second generation’, struggling to come to terms with their parents’ role in the Holocaust, underscores every elegant frame of The Reader.

At the blackened heart of the picture is a tour de force performance from Kate Winslet as a woman accused of heinous crimes during her stint as an SS guard.

As a young man in 1958 Neustadt, Michael (Ralph Fiennes) falls dangerously ill and iss assisted by passing stranger Hanna Schmidt (Winslet).

The pair embark on a passionate affair, but when they meet eight years later, Hanna is standing trial for her crimes. Rating: 61%

What Lies Beneath (Film4, 1.15am)

A doctor’s wife has recurring nightmares after a car accident about a ghost who asks for her help.

When she tells her psychiatrist about the visions, he encourages her to communicate with the troubled spirit, though her husband thinks they’re simply a result of the accident.

But while investigating the ghost, she realises there is some sort of connection to a local girl’s disappearance – and uncovers some shocking truths about her own marriage. This is a surprisingly good supernatural thriller complete with creaky floors, sudden appearances and lots of plot twists and turns.

Having such fantastic stars as Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer helps boost its appeal too. Rating: 46%

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