Saturday’s TV tips

Some of these even conflict with the rugby game. *gasp*

Saturday’s TV tips

Planet of the Apes (5*, 4.30pm)

(2001) It is the year 2029. Brave astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) risks life and limb to rescue a chimpanzee pilot called Pericles stranded in space.

Leo’s ship develops technical problems of its own, and he crash-lands on a strange planet inhabited by a race of barbaric, talking apes.

Eager to escape, Leo marshals the forces of other captured humans and leads the rebellion against the apes – a bloodthirsty war, with many casualties.

Planet Of The Apes, the 2001 remix, is a bold and muscular film, shot with director Tim Burton’s trademark brio and quirky eye for detail, featuring thunderous set pieces which punctuate the inter-species love story with Helena Bonham Carter’s ape.

The X Factor: The Boss Looks Back (ITV2, 5.20pm)

Simon Cowell presents a behind the scenes look at the talent show, and cast his eye over some of the most memorable moments from the past 11 years.

Keep an eye out for highlights such as Jedward doing Britney Spears, Wagner’s mash-up of She Bangs and Love Shack, Sinitta showing up at Simon’s house in a leaf bikini, Abbey Johnstone punching pal Lisa Parker live on stage, Sharon Osbourne throwing drinks at Louis Walsh, as well as Debbie Stevens, a contestant also with a penchant for throwing water.

Proms Extra 2015 (BBC2, 7pm)

For those who are not fans of classical music, this time of year is probably a bit of a nightmare.

The Beeb’s schedules are often dominated by the latest performance from the Proms season, and now, the broadcaster has added this spin-off show to its roster too.

But for those who can’t get enough of it, this is a welcome addition to the schedules. Katie Derham is back this week with another edition of the magazine show that takes a look at the week’s events.

Here she is joined by Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena, and there are reviews of Nicola Benedetti’s performance of the Korngold Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and two Pastoral Symphonies. Tonight’s Inside the Score section features an insight into Britten’s Four Sea Interludes with David Owen Norris.

Keep It in the Family (UTV, 7pm)

Emmerdale stars Gemma Atkinson, Mark Charnock, Tony Audenshaw, Matthew Wolfenden, Fiona Wade and Eden Taylor Draper are the famous faces appearing in this week’s competition.

The first family attempting to win a major prize are the Derbyshires – mum Emma, uncle Kieran, granddad Ian and daughter Izzie.

They will be going head-to-head with the Carty clan, which comprises of mum Alev, dad Sean, nan Ayla and son Sean. Each family will attempt to mimic the extraordinary talents of Valo and Bobby, who are a levitating bike act.

Also featured is an unusual rendition of Hard Knock Life from the musical Annie – and, of course, the nanas will be on hand, this time to give their unique take on modern phrases.

The Saturday Night Story (UTV, 8pm)

Part one of two. Celebrating the best-loved and most watched moments from Saturday night TV, including documentaries and interviews with stars of the past and present.

The first show looks at how dancing has evolved from being the supporting act to the main draw, with the advent of programmes like Strictly Come Dancing.

The spotlight is also on the best pranks played on the public and celebrities in hidden camera phenomenon shows like Beadle’s About and Ant & Dec Undercover. Narrated by Stephen Mulhern.

Grown Ups (TV3, 9pm)

(2010) Thirty years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their biggest victory to mourn the passing of their late coach.

Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the five friends realize that just because they've all grown up and started families doesn't mean that they've lost that old spark.

Adulthood is what you make of it, and no one at the lake house is eager to be the grown-up of the gang.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider.

Casualty (BBC1, 9.10pm)

Dylan creates a scene in front of his colleagues when he hits back at staff nurse Lofty, so Connie gives him one day to prove he is fit enough to carry out his medical duties.

Tess’s son Sam visits the hospital and introduces her to her first grandchild, meaning she has a difficult decision to make.

Meanwhile, after helping Max out with options for the big day, Big Mac is overjoyed when he is asked to be best man at his wedding to Zoe, and Ethan takes the opportunity to ask Honey out after her unsuccessful date.

The Mexican (2001) *** (BBC3, 9.15pm)

Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are both cast against type in this gritty crime caper laced with moribund humour.

Mob boss Nayman (Bob Balaban) hires small time crook Jerry Welbach (Pitt) to retrieve a priceless ancient pistol known as The Mexican from across the border.

Jerry accepts: he’s heavily indebted to Nayman’s boss, Margolese (Gene Hackman), currently languishing in jail.

Unfortunately, Jerry’s girlfriend Samantha (Roberts) isn’t too pleased about him taking on another job, and promptly leaves him. On the road, she is kidnapped by notorious hit man Leroy (James Gandolfini), who agrees to exchange her for the pistol.

American Horror Story: Murder House (5*, 10pm)

The origins of the rubber suit are revealed, as is the identity of the enigmatic man who wore it to make love to Vivien and to kill Patrick and Chad. Meanwhile, Hayden has a plan drive Vivien crazy and rob her of her unborn children.

After getting information from Moira, Vivien is worried about her safety and tries to flee with Violet.

However, she steals Marcy’s gun and shoots someone by mistake, giving Ben, who also learns that Violet hasn’t been to school for two weeks, no choice but to commit her to an institution for evaluation.

Match of the Day (BBC1, 10.20pm)

Gary Lineker presents highlights of the latest Premier League matches, including Southampton v Everton at St Mary’s Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

The Toffees last claimed an away win at Southampton in 2002, while Stoke were looking to emulate the 2-1 victory they recorded at the Lane in the previous campaign.

Plus, action from Sunderland v Norwich City, Swansea City v Newcastle United, Watford v West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United v Leicester City, and Friday night’s clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United.

The White Countess (BBC2, 10.40pm)

(2005) Merchant Ivory heads for the exotic splendour of ’30s Shanghai in this romantic drama. Former US diplomat Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes), who lost his sight at the same time as he lost his wife and children, hopes to open the perfect bar in the centre of a city bracing itself for Japanese invasion.

Aided by a shadowy figure called Matsuda (Hiroyuki Sanada), Todd sets about creating an oasis of decadence and romance.

During his visits to many rival bars, Todd meets disgraced Russian countess Sofia (Natasha Richardson), who earns money as a dancer and prostitute in some of the city’s shadier nightspots.

Desperate to have Sofia as the jewel in the crown of his bar, Todd entreats her to work for him. In the process, the former diplomat experiences a long overdue self-awakening.

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