Saturday's TV tips

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Saturday's TV tips

Tour de France (ITV4, 1pm)

This year’s event may lack some of the excitement of 2014 when it began in Yorkshire, but cycling fans are still looking forward to seeing how the 102nd Tour de France will develop before the final race down the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 26th.

The whole shebang gets underway this afternoon in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with a 13.8km individual time trial. Britain’s in-form 2013 champion Chris Froome starts as favourite to triumph again, while compatriot Mark Cavendish hopes impress too.

Gary Imlach presents, while Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Chris Boardman provide the commentary.

The Princess Diaries (Film4, 3.05pm)

(2001) Shy, awkward teenager Mia Hermopolis (Anne Hathaway) lives with her artist mother Helen (Caroline Goodall) in San Francisco, where they share a cosy warehouse apartment.

However, Mia’s mundane routine is thrown completely out of kilter when she learns that she is a real-life princess.

Her father was king of the small European principality of Genovia and as heir apparent, Mia is expected to take up her rightful place in the royal line of succession under the watchful eye of her domineering grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), and loyal aide Joe (Hector Elizondo).

Hathaway’s ugly duckling-turned-belle of the ball is an appealing mix of goofiness and pluck in this teen comedy, while Andrews lights up the screen as the grand dame who has only a few weeks to polish Mia’s rough edges.

Prized Apart (BBC1, 7pm)

For the last couple of years, it seemed Emma Willis could do no wrong – with TV executives queuing round the block to work with the presenter who fronts The Voice: UK and has breathed life into Big Brother.

However, the first few of editions of this adventure game show haven’t exactly been a hit with the critics or the viewing public, and the programme’s future could be in more jeopardy than the couples taking part.

Willis and her co-host Reggie Yates present the fourth episode tonight, as the adventurers build a boat and row it across a vast reservoir in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

But will their efforts be good enough to save them from the survival challenge – a 360ft abseil down a waterfall? Meanwhile, back in the studio, their partners answer make-or-break questions in an attempt to keep both of them in the running.

Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (Channel 4, 8pm)

Yes, we know it’s been on More4 before, but this is still one of the best shows on the box this weekend. Why? Perhaps because it’s full of olde-worlde charm.

Like many of the characters she has played, you get the impression that Penelope Keith doesn’t suffer fools, but places great store in good manners – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The last leg of her journey takes her to Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, where she visits villages that have been used as locations for various film and TV productions – including where her own classic sitcom To the Manor Born was shot.

Wimbledon 2Day (BBC2, 8.30pm)

If you’ve missed any of today’s action at All England Club, Clare Balding is on hand to look back at the sixth day’s play.

Balding will be joined by former players and celebrity guests to answer questions from a live audience to delve in detail into the matches on both the show and outside courts.

Weather-permitting, today should have seen a continuation of this year’s third-round singles matches, with the world’s leading players and top seeds looking to make it through to the second week at SW19.

One headline casualty on this day last year was five-time singles champion Serena Williams, who threw away a one-set advantage and lost out to French player Alize Cornet in one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history.

Casualty (BBC1, 8.50pm)

A mother on the run from the police sacrifices her life for her pregnant daughter, while Dylan learns the power of belief through a patient who has a holistic therapist, and decides that the number four is unlucky for him.

Charlie’s continuing battle with Louis takes a dramatic turn when he finds his son in a drug den, and his threat to inject himself if Louis does finally leads to his offer of help being accepted.

Meanwhile, Cal reveals he is taking exams with Ethan, Robyn breaks up with Zach, and Lily is on the hunt for a partner.

Attack the Block (E4, 9.00pm)

(2011) Time and again, when extraterrestrials invade Earth, they choose the trigger happy United States of America as the point of inception.

But in Attack the Block, a riotous action comedy from writer-director Joe Cornish, the aliens descend instead on an unsuspecting south London council estate. Trainee nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is mugged on her way home by a gang of wayward lads led by Moses (John Boyega).

The assault is thankfully cut short by a meteor shower and when the youths investigate, they come face to snout with a creature from another world.

What follows is a mix of energetic action sequences in and around the tower block as well as hilarious one-liners – and transforming young people, who are demonised by society, into humanity’s unlikely saviours is a nice touch.

Cordon (BBC4, 9pm)

Last week’s opening double-bill was gripping stuff, and the latest episodes of the Belgian thriller are also set to impress.

As certain food products become increasingly scarce, Lex organises to hand out food via the container sluices - but the death of Thomas at the distribution point causes further issues.

Leo asks his friend Ingrid to provide a video diary from within the zone; her footage includes the death of her girlfriend, which brings home the enormity of the problem.

Meanwhile, army support arrives to keep the cordon secure, but the cancellation of all leave could lead to a rebellion.

The John Bishop Show (BBC1, 9.45pm)

The actor, comedian and charity campaigner returns to the Hackney Empire theatre in London to introduce another evening of comedy, this time featuring the stand-up stylings of Nina Conti, Glenn Wool and Nish Kumar.

Barmaid-turned-wannabe cabaret star Myra Dubois leads the audience in a sing-a-long performance, while more professional musical offerings are lined up courtesy of singer-songwriter Rita Ora and Brit Award-winning musician James Bay.

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

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Channel 4, 11.10pm)

(1991) Terminator Genisys, the action-packed reboot of the sci-fi franchise, blasts into UK cinemas this weekend so it’s the perfect time to lock and load with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the mechanised killing machine in James Cameron’s hugely entertaining 1991 blockbuster.

In 1995 Los Angeles, young John Connor (Edward Furlong) is living with foster parents, separated from his mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton), who has been consigned to a mental hospital.

Skynet sends a shape-shifting T-1000 Terminator (Robert Patrick) back in time to kill John and end the human resistance.

When the future John Connor learns of Skynet’s nefarious plan, he deploys a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator (Schwarzenegger) as a protector for his younger self, setting the scene for a series of outrageous action set pieces that director Cameron orchestrates with typical bombast.

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