Saturday's TV tips

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Saturday's TV tips

RWC Live: Italy v Canada (TV3, 2pm)

Tommy Martin, Hugo MacNeil and Peter Stringer are Live in studio as TV3 bring you live coverage from Pool D as Italy take on Canada.

With commentary from Gordon Bray and Chris Paterson.

RWC Live: South Africa v Somoa (TV3, 4.30pm)

All the action from Pool B as two-time World Champions South Africa take on Samoa.

Tommy Martin, Hugo MacNeil and Peter Stringer will be live in in studio.

Commentary from Tony Johnson and Joel Stransky.

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.15pm)

Following last night’s first live edition, in which the first six celebrity hoofers made their dance-floor debuts – not counting the group number they all exuberantly threw themselves into in the launch show earlier this month – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman introduce the nine celebrities who have been patiently waiting in the wings, ready to show off what they’ve learned in the rehearsal room – or not, in the case of any potential John Sergeants and Ann Widdecombes.

With no public vote or elimination this weekend, the scores given by judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell are carried over to next week, when the first couple will leave the competition. To paraphrase Tess and Claudia – it’s time to geeeeeeeet dancing!

RWC Live: England v Wales (TV3, 7pm)

Matt Cooper, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Shane Jennings are Live in studio as TV3 bring you live coverage from Pool A as England take on Wales.

Commentary from Conor McNamara, and Liam Toland.

The Wedding Planner (TV3, 7pm)

(2001) Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars alongside Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lopez in this fun-filled romantic comedy.

Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor.

She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey.

Celebrity Benchmark (Ch4, 7pm)

Paddy McGuinness may become Britain’s new Mr Saturday Night if he isn’t careful. He’s already the much-loved host of Take Me Out, and now he’s fronting this celebrity version of his Channel 4 game show.

It’s a sort of cross between 8 Out of 10 Cats and Play Your Cards Right, in which contestants must guess whether the retort to a question is higher and lower – and each answer is based on a survey carried out by other participants.

In this case it’s Jimmy Carr and Joey Essex who are competing to win £50,000 for their favourite charities, while 10 other celebrities set the benchmark they must base their answers on. Two more editions featuring famous faces will appear in the coming weeks.

Doctor Who (BBC1, 7.45pm)

It’s only the second episode of the new series, and already the chief writer Steven Moffat has put the Time Lord in mortal peril, making him a prisoner of the creatures that hate him most in the universe.

Finding himself alone on the terrifying Dalek planet Skaro – with no sonic screwdriver, no Tardis and no one to help – the Doctor only has his wits to keep him alive.

Now he faces his greatest temptation – can he resist? And will there be any mercy? Peter Capaldi stars as the time-hopping adventurer.

Midnight’s Children (BBC2, 8.15pm)

(2012) Across a jubilant India, children are born with magical powers to unsuspecting parents.

Saleem and Shiva are two such babies, one destined for poverty as the son of a street musician, the other for middle-class comfort, until a maternity nurse (Seema Biswas) is swept up in revolutionary fervour and switches the infants’ name tags, thereby robbing Shiva of his privileged birth right.

Saleem (Satya Bhabha) grows up removed from his family. A simple sneeze unlocks Saleem’s ability to telepathically contact the other children born at midnight, and using this mystical bond, the chosen ones plan to pool their amazing capabilities.

However, Shiva (Siddharth) harbours deep resentment towards Saleem and plots to seize control of this band of misfits.

Casualty (BBC1, 9.25pm)

The BBC is being pretty cagey about tonight’s episode. In fact, the only information its press office has divulged states: ’terror comes to Holby’.

That could actually be used to describe pretty much every edition made during the long-running medical drama’s history, but we suspect that this time, the Beeb is hiding something special (or should we say particularly grisly) up its sleeve.

So, Casualty fans, make sure you tune in, because you won’t want to miss this one. Amanda Mealing, Charles Venn and Lee Mead star.

The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE One, 9.45pm)

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy marks his return to RTÉ television with a new prime-time Saturday night chat-show.

Ray is one of Ireland’s best known and best loved presenters and The Ray D’Arcy Show will play to his strengths by featuring an irreverent mix of chat, comedy and music alongside guests from all walks of Irish life.

With an emphasis on fun Saturday night entertainment, The Ray D’Arcy Show will include Irish and international celebrity interviews as well as strong human interest stories alongside comedy and music from both well established and emerging talent.

Van Helsing (Channel 4, 10.30pm)

(2004) Hugh Jackman plays Gabriel Van Helsing, a man who makes it his job to hunt down and destroy all manner of nasty beasties.

His priestly bosses in Italy send him to darkest Transylvania to do battle with uber-villain Dracula, which brings him into contact with deadly werewolves and the lumbering Frankenstein’s Monster - not to mention beautiful princess Anna (Kate Beckinsale).

This glossy horror flick harks back to the classic B-movies of yesteryear, and looks sumptuous, with beautiful costumes and sets (as well as very easy-on-the-eye leading actors).

Stephen Sommers, who was also at the helm of The Mummy and The Scorpion King does a fine job with this stylish offering.

Orphan Black (BBC3, 2.10am)

It may be on in the wee small hours, but it is well worth staying up for the return of this thrilling drama series.

For the uninitiated, the story follows a fraudster whose life changes dramatically after she learns she is the product of a mid-1980s cloning programme, and stars Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles.

In the first episode, Sarah tries to bluff a ruthless enforcer into believing that all is well at the institute, while secretly searching for Helen, who is being held prisoner by the Castor clones.

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