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Saturday’s TV tips

Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (ITV2, 4.05pm)

Remember when Record Breakers was must-see TV for millions across the country?

Who could possibly forget Roy Castle’s tap-dancing routines and chirpy persona as he introduced some of the people who had pushed their skills to the limit to set new standards in a wide variety of weird and wonderful ways?

Sadly, Roy and Record Breakers are no more, but the characters who want to challenge themselves still exist, and here, Matt Edmondson narrates some of their feats as they tackle a range of incredible and peculiar records.

Prized Apart (BBC1, 7pm)

The eight remaining adventurers are in the ancient city of Fes, Morocco, where they face a shopping trip with a difference in order to avoid tackling the survival challenge.

The contestants are split into two teams for their first test, set on the labyrinthine streets and alleyways of the city, with the losing team then having to take a terrifying leap into the darkness of north Africa’s largest cave.

The lowest-ranked three contestants are then flown back to their studio partners in the UK, who have to answer quiz questions to make it through to the next round. Presented by Emma Willis and Reggie Yates.

Burt Bacharach @ Glastonbury (BBC4, 7pm)

Coverage of this afternoon’s Pyramid Stage set by the Oscar-winning American singer-songwriter, who has been responsible for more than 50 Top 40 hits in the UK by artists including Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones.

Back in 2000, Bacharach was unable to perform at the festival due to a shoulder injury and today saw his debut on the main stage, performing a selection of songs from his back catalogue of classics.

Here’s hoping the likes of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, The Look of Love and Walk On By made it onto the setlist.

Casualty (BBC1, 8.55pm)

Charlie continues his efforts to help Louis manage his heroin withdrawal, but seems to be fighting a losing battle with his son, while Cal convinces a pushy mum to come clean to her daughter after she fails to reach a beauty pageant.

Robyn and Zach finally share a kiss, Dylan’s bad day suddenly improves after he mistakenly pockets a ’lucky’ talisman, and Zoe and Max fall out over money, with Max choosing to spend a night sleeping in the car after his embarrassment becomes too much for him to bear.

Kick-Ass (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2010) Being a superhero is a dangerous business in Matthew Vaughn’s brutal coming of age tale, based on the comic written by Mark Millar and John S Romita Jr. An unnoticed high school student (Aaron Johnson) surprises his comic-book obsessed friends by appearing one day with a new wetsuit and declaring that he is going to be a superhero.

Kick-Ass is a thrilling, hilarious and at times heartbreaking portrait of teen angst which also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

The sequel, Kick-Ass 2, also proved popular, although it lacks some of the original film’s impact.

Friends with Benefits (E4, 9.00pm)

(2011) Like No Strings Attached, this is another of those romantic comedies about a couple of bright young things trying to have sex without love or romance getting in the way.

This is the better of the two, even if a heart-wrenching dramatic sub-plot does feel shoehorned in to add some gravitas. The plot: an art director joins the staff of a magazine, and is soon sleeping with the recruiter who hired him.

Both are determined to avoid a relationship and resolve to keep their feelings out of the arrangement – which proves harder than expected. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are the easy-on-the-eye protagonists.

The John Bishop Show (BBC1, 9.45pm)

Leona Lewis has been quiet of late, you may be thinking. Well fear not, the former X Factor winner is back singing for her supper tonight, as she joins the Liverpudlian comedian for another evening of entertainment from London’s the Hackney Empire theatre.

Lewis will be performing her new single Fire Under My Feet from her forthcoming album I Am which is scheduled for release in September.

Also on the bill are indie rock band The Courteeners, fresh from their recent success at Glastonbury.

Plus, there are stand-up routines by Lee Nelson (who may or may not be in his stage persona of Simon Brodkin), winner of Best Newcomer at the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Alex Edelman, UK-based French comic Marcel Lucont and brash comedian Luisa Omielan. Plus, the host joins in a special performance by the Tiller Girls dance troupe.`

Saturday Night With Miriam (RTE One, 9.50pm)

Saturday Night With Miriam features a mix of entertainment, showbiz, sports, current affairs, music and human interest stories.

Miriam O’Callaghan is one of the country’s most respected broadcasters.

Among those who have previously joined her on “Saturday Night With Miriam” are Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Radcliffe, Kyle McLachlan and Mischa Barton to name but a few.

The new series promises plenty of surprises along the way too.

The 80s: The Best of Bad TV (C5, 10pm)

The 1980s was a turbulent decade all over the world. It was also a period of massive change in television.

Although it was the decade of the VCR, many people didn’t make plans if there was a big TV show listed in their magazine that night. And Channel 5 is dedicating some of this weekend to the 1980s and it’s best (and worst) TV shows and films.

This nostalgic retrospective takes a look back at some of the so-bad-they-were good programmes we were watching during the decade, which was a golden age for sitcoms, sci-fi dramas, police procedurals and big, silly action adventures where the good guys always won.

And who can forget the undisputed king of all prime-time soaps, Dallas?

Hannibal (3e, 11pm)

(2001) 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 (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.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Giancarlo Giannini.

Rambo: First Blood (TV3, 11pm)

(1982) When Police Chief Teasl arrests a vagrant hitchhiker for resisting arrest, little does he realise that he has set in motion a series of events that lead to disaster and catastrophe.

The vagrant, looking down and out, is in fact John Rambo, Congressional Medal of Honour winner, and hero of the Vietnam War.

Responding to the harassment of Teasle’s deputies with sudden ferociousness, Rambo makes a daring and thrilling escape from the small town jail, steals a motorcycle, and roars off toward the wooded, mountain area nearby. Once in the hills, Rambo is in his element: guerilla warfare.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy

The Wicker Man (ITV4, 11.30pm)

(1973) Christopher Lee delivers one of his finest performances in Robin Hardy’s seminal 1973 horror, which remains one of the glittering gems of the genre, inspiring numerous imitators and a disastrous 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage.

Inexperienced police officer Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) travels to a remote Scottish island to locate a missing girl called Rowan Morrison.

He stumbles upon a close-knit community devoted to strange Pagan practices, which clashes with Howie’s Christian sensibilities.

The community’s leader, Lord Summerisle, and other islanders hamper Howie’s investigation, and as the investigation unfolds during preparations for the island’s harvest festival, matters take a very sinister turn indeed. Britt Ekland and Ingrid Pitt also star.

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