Sunday's TV tips

Football, penguins, lego and more.

Sunday's TV tips

Happy Feet (ITV2, 3.40pm)

(2006) Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Nicole Kidman are just some of the stars providing the voices to this feelgood, computer-animated musical comedy about a misfit’s quest to find his place in the world.

In a colony of emperor penguins where singing is the only way to find true love, a tone-deaf youngster called Mumble is ostracised for his lack of vocal talent.

His only skill is for tap-dancing, which only emphasises how different he is to the rest of the penguins, leaving him an outcast in a harsh, unforgiving environment.

The story of young Mumble’s quest to fit in will warm the cockles of your heart, interspersed with some funky musical interludes.

Live International Football (ITV, 4.30pm)

England look to maintain their 100-per-cent Euro 2016 qualifying record as they face Slovenia at the Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana.

In the reverse fixture at Wembley Stadium last November, Roy Hodgson’s men fell behind due to a Jordan Henderson own goal, but a Wayne Rooney penalty and two goals from Danny Wellbeck they claimed all three points. With their unblemished record,

England are sitting pretty atop Group E, and will be odds-on favourites to get the win this evening ahead of their double header against Switzerland and San Marino in September.

Animals Unexpected (BBC1, 5.35pm)

Animals are turning up in strange and unexpected places, some even thousands of miles from their natural homes.

Biologist Lucy Cooke is on the case, turning detective and going on a journey around the globe to discover why these creatures have relocated, and examining the unusual skills animals use to adapt to new surroundings. Among the creatures she discovers are wolf-like animals in New York,

North American raccoons in Berlin and ancient sea creatures flocking around power stations. She also looks the role humans have played changing the world and making these animals act so unpredictably.

The Secret World of Lego (Channel 4, 8pm)

Documentary presenting a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the construction kit company, revealing the secrets behind its position as the world’s most profitable toy firm.

The programme follows a design student as he seeks a coveted job with Lego, as well as meeting an executive who has risen through the ranks from that same position.

Meanwhile, two adult fans come up with money-making schemes based on their love of the kits and a ’reputation manager’ guides the camera crew through the company’s secretive world.

Humans (Channel 4, 9pm)

You’ve probably seen the trailers, including that deliciously creepy mock-advert for your very own robot housekeeper, Sally, but now the eight-part drama has finally arrived.

Humans is set in a parallel present, where the must-have gadget is a ’Synth“, a lifelike android that can carry out all manner of domestic tasks.

Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) thinks acquiring one will take some of the pressure off his marriage, but his wife Laura (Katherine Parkinson) isn’t quite so comfortable with having Anita (Gemma Chan) in her home.

Meanwhile, retired engineer George (William Hurt) is too attached to his rickety old Synth Odi (Will Tudor) to consider an upgrade, and human Leo (Colin Morgan) has gone on the run with his android Max ((Ivanno Jeremiah), but what exactly are they fleeing?

The BBC at War (BBC2, 9pm)

Although it has more than its fair share of critics, these days the BBC is largely regarded as a national institution.

However, that wasn’t quite the case in 1939, when the corporation was still establishing its reputation, putting it in a precarious position when the Second World War broke out.

In this two-part documentary, Jonathan Dimbleby draws on preserved recordings and previously unseen documents to discover how the BBC found itself going into battle not just against Hitler, but also with the ministers of Whitehall.

The presenter also discovers that the conflict led to many of the old class barriers being swept away, allowing voices that would never have been allowed behind a BBC microphone during peacetime to become radio stars.

Magic Mike (Channel 4, 10.00pm)

(2012) Adam (Alex Pettyfer) lives with his sister Brooke (Cody Horn). He lands a temporary construction job alongside nice guy Mike (Channing Tatum) but on his very first day, Adam is sacked.

As he roams the town, Adam crosses paths again with Mike who introduces him to the local male nude revue bar, where delirious women thrust dollar bills at gym-toned Adonises.

It transpires that Mike is the club’s star turn and earns big bucks alongside fellow dancers Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and Tito (Adam Rodriguez) under the watchful eye of manager Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).

A mishap affords Adam a chance to perform on stage and under his new moniker of The Kid, and he becomes a firm favourite of the female clientele. But he finds that adulation comes at a price.

Secretariat (BBC2, 11.00pm)

(2010) Based on a true story, this endearing Disney tale follows the efforts of housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) as she agrees to take over the running of her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.

Against all odds, Chenery, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), manages to navigate the male-dominated business of the 1970s, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years with colt Secretariat.

Strong performances from Lane and the ever-reliable Malkovich make this underrated gem a must-see.

Hope and Glory (Film4, 11.25pm)

(1987) A timely showing of acclaimed writer/director John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical project about a nine-year-old boy called Bill Rohan (Sebastian Rice Edwards) as he grows up in London during the Blitz of World War Two.

As the city comes under fire from Nazi forces, Bill and his family and friends struggle to maintain some degree of normalcy in their lives, but he still finds time to enjoy the adventure of growing up in such a turbulent time - especially when his school is destroyed by the enemy’s bombs.

The long-delayed sequel, Queen and Country, is currently doing the rounds in cinemas across the UK.

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