Saturday’s TV tips

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Saturday’s TV tips

The Simpsons Movie (E4, 4.00pm)

(2007) It took the efforts of eleven credited screenwriters, working for more than two years on rewrites and polishes to more than 100 script drafts before the long-awaited feature-length spin-off from the animated series was finally unleashed on the big screen, but fans were rewarded for their patience.

In a gag-filled tale, hapless Homer accidentally pollutes the local lake, prompting the authorities to encase Springfield in a gigantic dome as they prepare to destroy the town.

Fortunately, the family manage to escape and race against time to prevent the wanton destruction of their home, aided and abetted by Homer’s new pet, “Spider-Pig”.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (ITV, 7.00pm)

(2012) Director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth in the first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, based on JRR Tolkien’s novel.

Jackson begins his film at Bag End, with the elderly Bilbo (Ian Holm) penning a book to his cousin Frodo (Elijah Wood).

Rewind 60 years and we meet the young Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the Shire as he encounters Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and a 13-strong company of dwarves, who intend to reclaim their lost gold from the dragon Smaug in his mountain lair.

Bilbo agrees to accompany dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his troops on their perilous mission.

En route, they encounter elvish allies including Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), as well as wretched Gollum (Andy Serkis) and the corpulent Goblin King (Barry Humphries).

The Trainer and the Racehorse: The Legend of Frankel (Channel 4, 7pm)

In the 1980s, any horse under the tutelage of charismatic trainer Sir Henry Cecil was virtually assured of success.

But a change in fortunes and failing health left Cecil adrift in the world of horse racing, until he finally clawed his way back to the top of his game, and encountered the horse that would ensure his place in the history books – Frankel.

This insightful documentary charts the horse’s rise to fame, and examines the impact of Cecil’s work, which led to Frankel becoming the highest-rated racehorse in the world.

With an unbeaten 14-race career, his stunning performances in Grade One events against outstanding opposition saw him become a firm favourite with racegoers across the globe.

Prized Apart (BBC1, 7pm)

New series. Adventure game show, presented by Emma Willis and Reggie Yates, in which 10 couples battle it out for the chance to win a life-changing prize.

One member of each couple takes part in a series of challenges on location in Morocco, while the other is based at Farnborough airport, ready to answer a series of questions to potentially save their partner, should they find themselves in the bottom three and in danger of being eliminated.

In this opening show, the adventurers have to jump from a helicopter and complete a jaw-dropping canyon swing, with the lowest-ranked three contestants flown back to their studio partners in the UK.

Match of the Day Live: Women’s World Cup (BBC3, 8.30pm)

Following their tournament opener against the French, Mark Sampson’s England team return to the Moncton Stadium in New Brunswick, Canada, to take on Mexico.

After a few years of rebuilding and restructuring, the English seem to have flourished under coach Sampson, and will be looking to make it beyond the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time in their history.

However, they will have to escape Group F first, and this tie against Leo Cuellar’s Mexicans could be crucial, depending on how the match against France went on Tuesday.

Casualty (BBC1, 8.55pm)

Connie’s back, but not everyone is pleased to see her.

She has also decided to try out a new leadership technique – but it soon becomes clear that to win her team’s respect she will need to start being herself.

Elsewhere, when a patient dies in his Dylan’s care in the ED, it leads to a massive loss of confidence.

And things get even worse when a team-building exercise goes horribly wrong. Louis also finds himself back in the ED after he sticks up for a teenage girl.

Eventually, everyone learns out about his heroin addiction, and after another overdose Charlie tells his son they need to look out for each other.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (BBC2, 9pm)

Kirsty Wark and Morgan Quaintance visit Burlington House in Piccadilly to attend the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, which provides domestic and international artists with a chance to display their works alongside those of the Academy’s most famous faces as part of the world’s largest open-submission exhibition.

Kirsty and Morgan meet some of the people responsible for staging this year’s event, including co-ordinator Michael Craig-Martin, the conceptual artist and painter who helped the renowned YBAs make their mark on the art scene.

The pair also meet singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, who will be attending the opening night party, and some of the talented aspiring artists from across the UK who have submitted their work for the approval of the Hanging Committee this year.

The John Bishop Show (BBC1, 9.45pm)

The comedian is joined by more guests for another evening of entertainment, recorded at the Hackney Empire theatre in London.

Tonight’s music is provided by indie rock band Florence and the Machine, who will be performing material from their album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

Meanwhile, there are stand-up routines by Canadian comedian Tom Stade, Snog Marry Avoid? presenter Ellie Taylor and London-based comic Phil Wang.

Finally, John tries his hand at magic with one of the regulars on BBC series The Magicians, Pete Firman.

Hobo with a Shotgun (Film4, 10.45pm)

(2011) Rutger Hauer shoots first and thinks later in Jason Eisener’s affectionate and bloody tribute to the exploitation movies of the 1970s and 1980s. A hobo (Rutger Hauer) jumps from a freight train to start anew in a city where he hopes to buy a second-hand lawnmower from the local pawnshop.

Instead, he discovers that crime boss Drake (Brian Downey) holds the entire city in a vice-like grip, flanked by his psychotic sons Slick (Gregory Smith) and Ivan (Nick Bateman).

In a city awash with corrupt cops, murderers, paedophiles and rapists, the hobo attempts to rescue prostitute Abby (Molly Dunsworth) from her life of drudgery, only to fall foul of Slick and Ivan. Pushed to the brink, he decides to take up arms, fight back and prove that one good man can make a difference.

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