Tuesday’s TV tips

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Tuesday’s TV tips

The Go-Between (BBC2, 2.35pm)

(1971) Harold Pinter’s thoughtful adaptation of LP Hartley’s novel sees sterling performances from Julie Christie and Alan Bates.

At the turn of the 20th century, 13-year-old Leo (Dominic Guard) encounters the beautiful twentysomething Marian (Christie). The two spend time together and a bond soon develops as Leo falls under her spell.

But when Marian uses the youngster to ferry secret messages back and forth to her rakish neighbour Ted (Bates), Leo grows increasingly uncomfortable with his role as messenger as the realisation dawns that Marian is involved in a love triangle with Ted and her fiance Hugh.

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (Ch4, 8pm)

Prehen House was built in the 18th century in Co Derry for the MP Andrew Knox. It is now owned by Colin Peck, a distant relative of much-missed Hollywood star Gregory Peck, who regarded the place as his ancestral home.

Emily Bronte is also said to have been aware of it. Prehen House is undoubtedly a beautiful property in a wonderful setting, but it does have a big problem – namely the amount of clutter it contains.

Ben and Lynsey are determined to sort it all out, and make a brave start in the old silver strong room before moving onto the morning room. But how will Colin feel about the adjustments he has to make?

Hive Minds (BBC4, 8.30pm)

BBC Two has poached Only Connect, so BBC Four is in need of a new fiendishly difficult but oddly addictive quiz. Will its new offering Hive Minds fit the bill?

Fiona Bruce sets out to test the contestants’ general knowledge and mental agility, as they try to prove they not only know the answers to the questions, but can find them hidden in a hive of letters.

If the team names are anything to go by, the first lot of players have probably honed their skills watching Only Connect – this week, the Lutraphiles take on the Pascallywags.

Empire (E4, 9pm)

It’s very soapy, occasionally plain daft, and it’s left that Drip Drop song stuck in our heads for weeks, but Empire has also been outrageously entertaining.

So, we’re expecting big things from this season finale, as Lucious gathers his children to announce who should run Empire – could the answer be ’none of them’, as we’re not sure we’d trust any of them with the business just yet?

Meanwhile, Anika has advice for Hakeem, Rhonda has an announcement to make, Vernon confronts Andre, and the scene-stealing, one-liner spouting Cookie has a plan of her own. We wouldn’t expect anything less...

Child Genius (Ch4, 9pm)

Standing between the remaining 12 competitors and a place in the semi final are two testing rounds.

First, it’s language and comprehension, followed by a spelling test of some of the most complex words in the English language. At the end of each round, two children are eliminated.

Hoping for a place in the semi-final is 12-year-old Giovanni, whose father believes intense competition is vital in bringing out the best in children.

So far, Thomas has been the one to beat, but after coming top in every round, the 12-year-old is feeling the pressure.

**New** The Sound Barrier (RTE One, 9.35pm)

Filmed over nine months, The Sound Barrier follows a number of people who have made the decision to receive a cochlear implant and captures their individual remarkable journeys from silence to sound.

The ability to hear is something that most people take for granted. While for some deafness is a cherished identity, for others it’s a barrier to overcome.

Gemma Lawlor is a mother of two from Clonee who yearns to hear her name being spoken again.

Tina O’ Brien & Michael Kavanagh are the young parents of one year old Tegan. They hope that their daughter’s bilateral implant (operation on both ears simultaneously) will allow Tegan to acquire language skills.

Richard Cantwell is a father of two from Dublin whose progressive hearing loss has robbed him of his lifetime passion for music.

The documentary follows the unique stories as they individually prepare and undergo cochlear implant surgery with unprecedented access to the corridors and operating theatres of Beaumont Hospital to capture this uplifting story from the front line of the Irish health system.

Not Safe For Work (Ch4, 10pm)

Being away from the hotbed of London doesn’t mean that the Northampton team can escape any of the pressure associated with their work – out of sight certainly does not mean out of mind.

As if to underline that point, the minister’s aide, Martine, arrives, and Katherine feels it’s up to her to keep Danny out of trouble – although that will probably mean she doesn’t have the time to get any actual work done. Martine, meanwhile, makes her presence felt by taking a shine to Anthony, but it’s her secret link to Jeffries that could set tongues wagging.

Then, as Jenny receives some bad news, Danny shocks everyone by pulling the department out of trouble. Zawe Ashton and Sacha Dhawan head the cast of this ever-improving comedy drama.

Imagine – Toni Morrison Remembers (BBC1, 10.35pm)

Alan Yentob talks to New York-based author Toni Morrison, who was born into poverty in Ohio, and went on to win acclaim for her novels, including Song of Solomon, Beloved, and God Help the Child.

The Nobel Prize-winner’s books, which encompass African American history, but live and breathe in the present, are rich in vivid characters, haunted by ghosts.

Contributors include political activist and author Angela Davis, whose biography she edited, and Grammy-winning opera singer Jessye Norman.

Marley (Film4, 1.10am) Premiere

(2012) Made with the consent and co-operation of Bob Marley’s family, Kevin Macdonald’s affectionate and extensive documentary traces the history of the musical icon from his childhood when he was bullied mercilessly and became insecure about his mixed-race heritage, to his later years when he spread his love liberally between his adoring wife, mistresses, children and millions of ardent fans.

Snippets of concert footage and previously unseen images are intercut with more familiar archive material and interviews with the people who knew the musician best, set to a rousing soundtrack of Marley’s biggest hits.

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