Thursday’s TV tips

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Thursday’s TV tips

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Film4, 6.45pm)

(2004) After their parents are killed in a fire, Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman) are sent to live with distant relative Count Olaf, but are plagued by a series of mysterious “accidents”, and begin to suspect all is not as it appears... Jim Carrey is at his diabolical best as the cunning Olaf, out to murder the three orphaned siblings in a bid to steal their fortune.

A visual tour-de-force, complete with man-eating leeches, attempted murder, terrible fires, giant snakes and even a gun-toting elf, plus fine supporting turns from Meryl Streep and Billy Connolly.

Ireland’s Wild River: The Mighty Shannon (BBC Two, 8pm)

The Shannon runs through the heart of Ireland, is the longest river in the British Isles and for locally born naturalist and cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, provides endless hours of entertainment and a rich source of material for his wildlife documentaries.

Here, he takes to the water in his trusty canoe to offer an intimate insight into the secret lives of the creatures living both in the water and along the banks, including elusive kingfishers, predatory pike and native red squirrels.

Grand Designs (Ch4, 8pm)

In the second of four special programmes, Kevin McCloud looks at the challenges of self-building in the UK’s most remote places, where beautiful landscapes often meet savage weather.

Drawing on footage from 15 years of the programme, as well as new visits to extraordinary and incredible homes, Kevin reveals which designs work best, and why.

Along the way, he interviews pioneers at the forefront of architecture in the wilderness and sees the astonishing lengths people go to live on the edges of society.

The Holiday Airport: Sun, Sea & Scousers (Ch5, 8pm)

New series. Documentary following the staff and travellers at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.

Retired prison officer Ron is treating his wife to a romantic Valentine’s getaway, only for things to go awry when he loses his keys, while a would-be snowboarding champion is off to his first competition in the Alps with his mum.

A gang of elderly party girls on their way to the Costa del Sol get carried away in the airport bar, and the appearance of a few famous footballers causes excitement.

Aircraft dispatcher Rachel has a tough decision to make about getting some vital medical supplies away, while replacing the runway lights - all 2,000 of them – causes a headache for engineering manager Dave.

Adoption Stories (TV3, 8.30pm)

In the final episode of the series, Theresa Hiney Tinggal who, at the age of 48, discovered she was adopted.

What shocked her even more was that her adoption was illegal - she had been born in a private nursing home and handed over to her parents, who registered her as their own.

For the past 12 years, the only clue to who she is, or who her mother is, is a name on a piece of paper - Margaret O’Grady.

In this case, public records are of no use, as her birth certificate is false. None of the authorities have helped, because there was no legal adoption. Even the Irish Human Rights Commission couldn’t help, despite the fact this was an illegal act.

With no paperwork, no support and no interest from the authorities in pursuing those responsible, Theresa turns to DNA testing, to see if that will turn up a blood relative who will lead to

Next up to take on The Lie are friends from Wicklow Mary and Amy.

Big Brother: The Live Final (TV3, 9pm)

After nine weeks of time bombs and bombshells, time warp shenanigans, the appearance of legendary housemates, hotel madness, and constant shouts of SHOWBIZZZZ, the moment of truth is finally here for Chloe, Cristian, Danny, Jack, Joel and Nick as they find out which one of them has been chosen as the viewers' favourite for 2015.

Emma Willis whittles the hopefuls down one by one, leading the runners-up quickly through the best and worst of their time on Big Brother, until there is only one remaining.

She chats to the winner about life in the house, why they think they have won and how it feels to be back in the outside world.

There'll also be a roll-call of all the evictees from the series and a speedy look at what the housemates got up to yesterday.

And fans needn't worry - the normal series may be over for another year, but Celebrity Big Brother returns soon.

Celebrity MasterChef (BBC1, 9pm)

So far, this year’s Celebrity MasterChef has been a lot of fun – some of us are now hoping that comedian Syd Little will form a new double act with chef Aldo Zilli, and wondering about the state of Girl Aloud Sarah Harding’s own kitchen.

However, this week, the time for games is over as the best eight cooks prepare for the semi-finals.

And John Torode and Gregg Wallace won’t be taking it easy on them, as they whisk the contestants back in time to Blists Hill Victorian Town, an open-air museum in Shropshire. It’s not just their surroundings that have a 19th-century feel, as the celebrities will have to cook up a meal for the museum’s 70 volunteers using only ingredients that would have been available during the period.

Then it’s back to the studio to whip up their versions of some British classics.

Coast (BBC Two, 9pm)

The team explores some of the incredible riches within the seas and the surprising stories of how people use them. Nick Crane heads to the Faroe Islands, where he gathers all manner of bounty for a traditional feast.

Mark Horton is in Denmark, finding out why Stone Age man preferred to fish at night, Hermione Cockburn delves into the world of plankton that fascinated the Victorians and Tessa Dunlop hears about a man who turned seaweed into a balsa wood replacement destined for use in the Mosquito fighter plane during the Second World War.

The Man Whose Mind Exploded (Film4, 12.30am) Premiere

(2012) Filmmaker Toby Amies records the extraordinary life of a seemingly unremarkable man in this eye-opening documentary. Seventy-six-year-old Drako Zarhazar suffered brain damage, which robbed him of the ability to create memories.

So he exists, as he puts it, “completely in the now”, in a flat that he has transformed into a 3D autobiographical collage to remind him of the people and places he has visited in the past.

Working with Zarhazar, Amies attempts to gain a better understanding of a charming, exotic and amusing character, who is oblivious to the desires or needs of people around him.

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