Thursday’s TV tips

Here's a few tips on what to watch tonight on TV.

Thursday’s TV tips

Inside Shannon (RTE One, 7pm)

With unprecedented access, Inside Shannon, filmed over a year, will give viewers a unique insight into life inside the airport.

This week in Shannon the fire services rush to an emergency landing, Operations Director Niall Maloney has to deal with an aircraft traffic jam and the World’s first duty free gets a make over.

Eat Well for Less? (BBC1, 8pm)

New series. MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin set out to help the Scott-Dent family in Newport with their food shopping, showing them simple and effective ways to save money.

Kate and Chris have three children under 10, they both work, and Kate hates cooking, so relies on freezer food, Gregg and Chris secretly watch them on a weekly shop to see where they are going wrong, and their mistakes include buying sliced and grated cheese, pre-prepared fruit and veg, and overpriced frozen food.

The couple are shocked when they are told that they are spending twice the amount of an average family of five.

Plus, Chris tries to allay Kate’s fear of using food near its sell-by date, and investigates how safe our food labels really are, while dietician Lucy Jones investigates the nutritional differences between margarine and butter.

Cradle to Grave (BBC2, 9pm)

It’s a good week for anyone who wants to watch 1970s-set programmes based on the early lives of British celebrities, hot on the heels of Monday’s fictionalised account of Lenny Henry comedy beginnings, Danny and the Human Zoo, comes this sitcom based on the teenage years of journalist and radio DJ Danny Baker.

However, if you’re still not sold on the premise, Cradle to Grave gives comedy fans another big incentive to watch _ Peter Kay has been cast as Danny’s dad, Fred. (His mum Bet is played by former EastEnder Lucy Speed)

In this opening episode, Danny (Laurie Kynaston) is about to take an unforgettable trip to the West End courtesy of his sister and her plimsole-wearing boyfriend.

Jamie’s Sugar Rush (Ch4, 9pm)

Jamie Oliver investigates the huge contribution sugar is making to rising global health problems, with experts warning that excess sugar is as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco, contributing to huge rises in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

He meets people suffering the devastating effects of type 2 diabetes, including leg amputation, and talks to a dentist who frequently has to remove milk and adult teeth from primary school children.

Jamie analyses a typical day’s food and drink and reveals how much sugar is getting into our healthy-looking foods without us realising. And he travels to Mexico, where more than two thirds of adults are obese or overweight and type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of death.

Inspired by Mexico’s soda tax of 10% on drinks with added sugar, he decides to introduce a surcharge on cold drinks with added sugar sold in his UK restaurants, with the money raised going to food education programmes.

Love and Betrayal in India: The White Mughal (BBC4, 9pm)

Historian and author William Dalrymple travels to the Indian city of Hyderabad to explore the 18th-century love affair between British diplomat James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un Nissa, the young Muslim princess he eventually married.

Dalrymple tells the story of the Kirkpatricks, and their children, through the art and architecture of the time, from the classic Georgian portraiture of George Chinnery and Thomas Hickey to the Deccani miniatures of Venkatchellam and Tajully Ali Shah.

Atonement (More4, 9.00pm)

(2007) Joe Wright boldly directs a visually stunning adaptation of Ian McEwan’s haunting love story set against a backdrop of Second World War Europe.

In 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) discovers that her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) has started a fledgling relationship with their family servant’s son, Robbie Turner (James McAvoy).

The teenager becomes increasingly jealous of the pair’s growing closeness and spitefully accuses him of a terrible crime – despite knowing he is innocent – unaware that her actions will have tragic repercussions for all concerned.

Excellent performance and a strong script make this drama a must-see.

Boy Meets Girl (BBC2, 9.30pm)

It may sounds like the oldest premise in the comedy book, but there is a bit of a twist to this new sitcom.

The boy in question is twentysomething Leo – and the girl is Judy, who is in her forties and transgender.

In the opening episode, the couple meet on what is shaping up to be a very bad day for Leo (Harry Hepple), who has just lost his job and is forced to play gooseberry on a night out with his brother, James (Jonny Dixon).

Things start to look up when he gets talking to Judy (Rebecca Root) at a bar, and he asks her out on a date.

But while Leo may be excited about the prospect of dinner with a beguiling older woman, it seems not everyone is so impressed by his budding relationship. With a supporting cast that includes Denise Welch and Janine Duvitski, this looks set to be a real heart-warmer.

The Special Needs Hotel (Channel 5, 10pm)

This insightful documentary series follows a group of young students with a range of learning disabilities as they receive hands-on training to prepare them for future careers in the hospitality trade.

In the opening edition, cameras follow 22 teenagers from across the country as they begin their first day at the Foxes Hotel in Somerset, the grand Victorian hotel which specialises in running this unique training academy, and for Amanda, Thomas and Katie it is also their first time away from home.

What Richard Did (Film4, 11.15pm)

(2012) A single reckless act has tragic consequences in Lenny Abrahamson’s slow-burning drama based on a novel by Kevin Power.

Eighteen-year-old Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor) is a model student and son who is close to his parents, Peter (Lars Mikkelsen) and Catherine (Lorraine Pilkington).

The young man takes a shine to pretty and popular school friend Lara (Roisin Murphy), who used to date his rugby team-mate Conor. Richard becomes jealous of Lara’s close relationship with her old flame and he turns to the bottle. Following one boozy house party, he lashes out and there are terrible consequences.

As Richard struggles to come to terms with his guilt, his father Peter must decide whether he should protect his boy at all costs or sacrifice his own flesh and blood for the sake of justice.

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