Saturday’s TV tips

Some top classics on telly.

Saturday’s TV tips

Singin’ in the Rain (BBC2, 12.45pm)

(1952) One of the greatest musicals ever made, Singin’ in the Rain is bursting with catchy songs and general joie de vivre.

The dance numbers are superb, but what really gives the movie its edge is the witty script and top-notch performances from the leading trio of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

Silent film actor Don Lockwood (Kelly) is one of the biggest names in Hollywood thanks to his on-screen partnership with the glamorous Lina Lamont (Hagen).

Or at least they are until the arrival of ’the talkies’ threatens to expose his hammy acting and her nails-down-a-blackboard voice.

However, Don’s new girlfriend Kathy (Reynolds) can carry a tune – which gives his best mate Cosmo (O’Connor) a very bright idea...

Jane the Virgin (3e, 6pm)

A doctor's office mishap causes Jane to become pregnant with a specimen meant for someone else in the series premiere of this comedy-drama about a chaste young woman who struggles to tell her religious family about her unplanned in-vitro pregnancy.

Prized Apart (BBC1, 7pm)

The four remaining adventurers in Morocco compete on the side of Barrage el Mansour’s dam, with the two who collect the most sandbags in the challenge making it through to the final.

The last two must face another test at Ouarzazate airport to secure their survival, before flying back for an emotional reunion with their loved ones in the studio for the climax to the series, as their partners answer questions in an attempt to secure the £100,000 first prize.

Presented by Emma Willis and Reggie Yates. Last in the series.

Proms Extra 2015 (BBC2, 7pm)

New series. Katie Derham presents the weekly magazine for this year’s Proms and is joined by leading stars of the musical world.

She chats about all the Proms has to offer with violinist Nicola Benedetti, who performs exclusively in the studio, and introduces highlights and exclusive previews of the first week’s concerts, including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Ten Pieces Prom and the opening night.

Plus, David Owen Norris presents Inside the Score and there is a feature on the contrabassoon.

Pitch Perfect (Channel 4, 9.00pm)

(2012) Beca (Anna Kendrick) arrives at Barden College with dreams of becoming a music producer, to the chagrin of her father, university professor Dr Mitchell (John Benjamin Hickey).

He promises to fund a career in Los Angeles if she agrees to become involved in campus life.

So Beca reluctantly signs up with all-girl a cappella group The Bellas, who flopped spectacularly at last year’s sing-off when soloist Aubrey (Anna Camp) projectile-vomited over the audience.

Aubrey’s right-hand gal, Chloe (Brittany Snow), is open to Beca’s bold ideas to reinvigorate the repertoire but Aubrey insists they stick to her songbook of 1990s favourites.

New girl Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) throws her considerable weight behind Beca but as the competition draws near, tensions are evident.

Shrek (BBC3, 9.00pm)

(2001) Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a swamp-dwelling and grumpy green ogre whose life of solitude and peace is ruined when ruler of the realm, Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow), banishes all the fairytale folk from his kingdom and forces them to live in the ogre’s neighbourhood.

Shrek agrees to rescue spirited Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) if Farquaad removes them from his swamp, and thus embarks on the quest of his life with motor-mouth donkey (Eddie Murphy) in tow, amid colourful visuals and uproarious humour.

Animation is lifelike, while the story is engaging and contains laughs for children and parents alike.

Tears of the Sun (TV3, 9pm)

(2003) A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci

The Nation’s Favourite 80s Number One (ITV, 9pm)

For viewers too young to remember the 1980s, it was a decade of big hair and even bigger hits. And while not every number one of the era has stood the test of time, others are still as popular today – but which is the nation’s favourite?

Zoe Ball narrates this countdown of the 20 greatest musical moments from the 1980s, featuring contributions from stars such as Spandau Ballet, Bonnie Tyler, Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners and the Communards.

The programme also tells us the stories behind classics such as Don’t You Want Me, Billie Jean and Tainted Love, and finds out why the Eighties pop scene wasn’t all about the music – thanks to the advent of MTV, it was also about the visuals and the fashions.

Cordon (BBC4, 9pm)

The penultimate episode of the Belgian drama sets things up nicely for the explosive conclusion.

After the brutal raid on the lab, computer scientist Jana is desperate to get away and finally agrees with Sam the cleaner to attempt to escape via the route being controlled by the black marketeers.

Meanwhile, Jokke and Lien hear rumours of a boy who is immune from the virus, while handsome head cop Lex calls on journalist Gryspeerts to find out why he has not published his evidence.

What does he have to hide? We shouldn’t have long to find out as the final episode airs at 9.50pm.

Casualty (BBC1, 9pm)

After last week’s explosive introduction, in which he did all he could to make sure his friend was seen to, new staff nurse Jacob Masters (former EastEnders actor Charles ’Chucky’ Venn) starts his first day at Holby’s Accident and Emergency department.

And he immediately has to put his powers of persuasion to use when a lie nearly costs a seriously sick girl her life.

But will his sweet talking work on notoriously ruthless consultant, Connie, who already seems to have an issue with him?

Live Championship Boxing (Channel 5, 10pm)

Mark Pougatch presents coverage of the bout for the British Middleweight title between Nick Blackwell and Damon Jones at Derby Arena.

Wiltshire-born Blackwell won the Lonsdale belt at the third attempt back in May thanks to a shock stoppage of John Ryder over seven rounds.

And the 24-year-old now takes on an undefeated opponent from Leeds who earned his shot with a technical decision victory over Grant Cunningham, despite sustaining a heavy cut above his right eye.

Dave Farrar and Richie Woodhall are the commentators.

Zodiac (BBC2, 10.40pm)

(2007) David Fincher’s gripping fact-based crime thriller chronicles the tortuous hunt for a mysterious serial killer who terrorised San Francisco in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and taunted both the police and the media with cryptic messages.

When the murderer’s reign of terror inexplicably came to an end, three men became fixated with identifying him, but their growing obsession was to take a heavy toll on their personal lives.

Fincher’s attention to detail perfectly captures the fears and frustrations of the time, and the film is bolstered by sterling performances from lead actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Brian Cox.

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