Friday's TV tips

Live Athletics: Anniversary Games (BBC2, 8pm)

Friday's TV tips

Live Athletics: Anniversary Games (BBC2, 8pm)

Jonathan Edwards presents further coverage of the meeting at the Olympic Stadium in London, which marks the third anniversary of the Olympics and also serves at the 11th round of the Diamond League series.

Mo Farah is scheduled to compete in the 3,000m, while another British hero from the Games, Jessica Ennis-Hill, is expected to take part in the 100m hurdles.

With analysis from Colin Jackson, Paula Radcliffe and Denise Lewis, commentary by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter, Steve Backley and Brendan Foster, and reports from Phil Jones.

Celebrity MasterChef (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Last in the series.

The remaining three competitors’ penultimate challenge is the toughest and most daunting of the competition – The Chef’s Table, hosted by Michelin star chef Angela Hartnett at Murano.

The trio must deliver food of an exceptional standard to impress some of the best female chefs in the UK.

Back at headquarters, they are tasked to present a faultless three-course meal for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in what represents their last chance to prove that they have what it takes to be crowned champion.

20 Moments That Rocked Pop (Ch5, 9pm)

From Elvis Presley to Justin Bieber, pop music has had a huge impact on youth culture the world over.

Now, this countdown is here to remind us of some of the performers, songs and events that made headlines, influenced generations, or simply got us all talking in the nations’ pubs, offices and playgrounds.

Among the pivotal pop moments are 1985’s Live Aid concert, which marked a watershed in broadcasting and the way we donate to charity.

The programme also looks at the Spice Girls’ contribution to girl power, and reveals how a 50p pair of hot pants reignited Kylie Minogue’s career.

But it’s not all a cause for celebration, as we’re also reminded of some musical tragedies, including the shocking death of Amy Winehouse at just 27.

Wanted: A Very Personal Assistant (BBC3, 9pm)

For most young people, leaving home is a rite of passage – but if you suffer from a long-term physically limiting disability, you may find you need help to live independently.

In this two-part documentary, a group of twenty-somethings are invited to interview for a personal assistant’s job, but are not told that if they are successful, they will be working for a disabled person their own age.

In the first episode, some of the carers struggle with their new positions, although one young woman, Emily, tackles the intimate personal care with aplomb - it’s the other domestic chores she struggles with.

*New Series** The Imelda Show (RTE One, 9.35pm)

Presented by Imelda May and filmed in front of a live studio audience The Imelda May Show is back for a second series this July 24th.

Guests on the show this series include; Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats, Lulu, Kodaline, Delorentos, Hothouse Flowers, Coronas, Damien Dempsey, Soak, Mundy and Marc Almond to name but a few.

And of course Imelda herself will perform live in studio with her band.

What Ever Happened to Rock ’n’ Roll? (BBC4, 10pm)

There’s no doubt that the rise of MP3s and online streaming services has had a huge impact on the music industry, but some pundits have also started to question whether the future of rock ’n’ roll itself is also in crisis.

Can the genre still be considered as dangerous and subversive, or has it become more of a lifestyle choice?

Lauren Laverne attempts to get to the bottom of the issue as she leads a discussion from London’s 100 Club, featuring Savages’ lead singer Jehnny Beth, Dr John Cooper Clarke and former Animal Eric Burdon, with contributions from Noel Gallagher and Dave Grohl.

The Best of the Late, Late Show (RTE One, 10.40pm)

This week on The Best of the Late Late Show, Ryan invites us to have a look back at some of his favourite moments from this seasons show.

With music from legendary songwriter Albert Hammond, there is also the hypnotic Keith Barry, an insightful Margo and a very entertaining John Cleese.

Public Enemies (ITV, 10.40pm)

(2009) Perfectionist director Michael Mann doffs his fedora to Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in this beautifully-crafted biopic, starring Johnny Depp as the roguish gangster.

Dillinger has been basking in the glory of crime’s post-Depression heyday.

He’s regarded as a modern-day Robin Hood for stealing from banks and other organisations rather than struggling citizens. The only problem is: like all good things it has to come to an end.

The fledgling FBI is assembling on the horizon, and Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) is a man who’ll stop at nothing for justice.

The film masterfully evokes the era with impeccable production design and costumes, while Mann’s loose shooting style invests the film with a nervous energy that builds in breathless action sequences.

Retreat (TV3, 11.30pm)

(2011) Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton & Jamie Bell star in this gripping thriller. Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat.

Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell

Wild at Heart (Film4, 12.50am)

(1990) From the first few bloody minutes, this David Lynch drama will either make you switch channels or keep you hooked until the final, delirious scenes.

Nicolas Cage plays Sailor Ripley, a drifter who goes on the run with his girlfriend Lula (Laura Dern), unaware that her mother (Diane Ladd) has hired a detective (Harry Dean Stanton) to find them.

Brutal, sexy, surreal and far too long, this is a stunning piece of work from one of Hollywood’s most original directors.

The eclectic soundtrack features Chris Isaak’s hit Wicked Game and the excellent thrash metal track, Slaughterhouse by Powermad.

Co-starring Isabella Rossellini, Willem Dafoe, Lynch favourite Freddie Jones and Twin Peaks veterans Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee.

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