Thursday’s TV tips

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Thursday’s TV tips

RWC Live: Wales v Fiji (TV3, 4.30pm)

Matt Cooper, Keith Wood and Matt William are live in Studio as Wales take on Fiji.

Commentary from Simon Ward and Andrew Gomaesall.

RWC Live: France v Canada (TV3, 7.40pm)

TV3 brings you live coverage as France take on Canada with commentary from Gordon Bray and Chris Paterson.

The Pride of Britain Awards 2015 (ITV, 8pm)

Carol Vorderman hosts the annual awards show from London’s Grosvenor House, where Prince Charles joins some of the biggest names in TV, showbusiness, politics and sport, including David Cameron, Simon Cowell, Shirley Bassey, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, David Walliams, Jeremy Piven and Little Mix, paying tribute to this year’s deserving winners.

These include an elderly retired couple who turned their home into a home for bullied children, a van driver who saved an unconscious driver on a busy motorway, and a woman who took on drug dealers and petty criminals on her estate – and won.

Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, 9pm)

Anita Rani makes her second BBC One appearance of the week, although unlike her Strictly Come Dancing performance, this delve into her family’s past proves to be a much more sobering affair.

Anita never met her maternal grandfather Sant Singh, but she knows he had another wife and family before meeting her grandmother – and that he suffered terrible tragedy at the time of India’s Partition.

Here the broadcaster travels to India to see if she can find out more about his first family and what happened to them. It proves to be an extraordinary and harrowing journey for the broadcaster.

Hunted (Ch4, 9pm)

The idea of this programme probably baffled some viewers at first. Okay, the notion of living off the grid isn’t hard to comprehend, but the practicalities of it certainly are, but it was idea of hunting down those on the run that seemed so strange.

Nevertheless, Channel 4 sent 14 people out into the world to see if they could avoid detection. In this edition, friends Stephen Hardiker and Martin Cole use canal towpaths to travel almost 100 miles on foot and bicycle to a caravan in Wales.

IT manager Martin comes up with an ingenious way to stay in touch with their loved ones – but will the cyber team crack their code?

Meanwhile, Adam Young from Wales learnt survival skills from his father and is keen to put it into practice, but nevertheless spends an anxious night hiding out in the Dales.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Ch5, 9pm)

It’s been a while since we saw Chris Tarrant on our screens, but he’s back - and doing something he loves.

The train enthusiast is embarking on a series of trips along some of the world’s most extreme railways, and begins with a journey to South East Asia, where he explores two very different routes.

The first is the notorious Burma-Siam railway, which is 250 miles long and has been dubbed the ’Death Railway’ because it was built by prisoners of war during the Second World War.

Then he visits Myanmar, where the line built by the British in the days of the Raj is still operating today.

His trip takes him to the ancient capital of Mandalay, and en route, Tarrant witnesses some of the most breath-taking scenery he’s ever seen.

Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor (BBC4, 9pm)

Entomologist George McGavin studies one of the great icons of the British countryside – the oak tree.

Throughout the year-long study, he examines the surprisingly sophisticated biology of the 400 year-old oak; discovers how it has adapted to the ever-changing countryside, and reveals how it became such a key part of British culture and history.

The 90 minute film starts with the onset of autumn. Viewers witness how the tree senses and then prepares itself for the changing of the seasons, before we see how it adapts to the other seasons.

The Almost Impossible Gameshow (ITV2, 9pm)

If you liked Total Wipeout, then this new series from the same producers may also appeal.

The format is simple: 10 contestants have to complete five tricky challenges without using up all of their 50 collective lives.

Challenges include riding a small bike across a narrow beam; shaking sticky croissants off a Velcro bodysuit, and donning a pair of trousers while running on a treadmill.

“The show is silly, fun, never predictable and thoroughly entertaining. Perfect for ITV2,” enthuses Angela Jain, ITV’s director of digital platforms. Commentary is provided by Irish duo the Rubberbandits.

Nine Stone Lighter: Reality Bites (RTE Two, 9.30pm)

Directed by Aoife Kelleher (One Milllion Dubliners) this inspiring documentary Nine Stone Lighter follows the journey of Writer, Producer and Actor Jules Coll as she undergoes Gastric Bypass Surgery for weight loss in order to cure her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and transform her life.

An engaging and real account of what has been a life changing decision for Jules as she learns to live with the aftermath and the realities of this really serious operation.

Boy Meets Girl (BBC2, 9.30pm)

Things get a bit complicated for the two families as they look ahead to Judy’s birthday. Leo is given a trial at a car showroom, but he doesn’t like his boss’s creepy and inappropriate interest in Judy.

Peggy turns up at the MacDonalds’ house to arrange her daughter’s surprise party – but when she finds a poorly Tony, who has taken the day off work, she appoints herself as his nurse.

James worries about his dad when he finds him reading about transsexuals. However, he eventually learns the truth and heads off to talk things through with Judy.

Live: The Sin Bin (TV3, 10pm)

Hosted by ‘Off The Ball’s’ Joe Molloy and top comedian Andrew Maxwell, The Sin Bin will be the cheeky, topical entertainment show to catch during the Rugby World Cup.

We’ll sample all the tension and exhilaration on the streets and at the games with our comedy VT hit squad, plus we’ll top it all off a with an amazing competition in each show where the winner gets to travel to the Rugby World Cup to attend the team captains’ coin flip.

The Expendables (Channel 5, 10.00pm)

(2010) Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is the leader of a band of mercenaries known as The Expendables, who are hired to overthrow the evil General Gaza (David Zayas).

Barney is joined by the usual suspects: former SAS operative Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), martial arts master Yin Yang (Jet Li), weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture) and combat veteran Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren).

The team infiltrates the island ruled by the general but Barney and the gang soon discover that Gaza isn’t the only enemy there: rogue CIA agent Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his hulking bodyguard Paine are pulling the strings.

To add to the team’s problems, Barney falls for the charms of the General’s feisty daughter, who is nothing like her cruel old man.

**Final** Crumlin (RTE One, 10.15pm)

The final documentary in this series focuses on the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery departments, where they treat complex and rare conditions or diseases, some of which have no known cure.

Seven year old Daniel Kerr is one such case. He was born with a venus malformation on his neck, something that started as a visible purple vein, but over the years grew to such a stage that it started to put potentially fatal pressure on his airways.

Also featured in this documentary is baby Aiden Bailey, who was born with a cleft lip and palate. We join him on his journey with plastic surgeon Mr David Orr, as he performs the second operation to correct the gap between his nose and lip.

Under the Skin (Film4, 10.45pm)

(2013) London-born director Jonathan Glazer sharply divided critics at the 2013 Venice Film Festival with this quixotic and dreamlike sci-fi drama and he’s is likely to do the same to UK TV audiences.

Adapted from Michel Faber’s story of the same name, Under The Skin centres on a beautiful young woman called Laura (Scarlett Johansson), who drives around the country in her large van, picking up unsuspecting men like Andrew (Paul Brannigan) with the promise of sex.

As they wander into her various dimly lit lairs, these would-be suitors are oblivious to the shocking truth: Laura is an earthbound extra-terrestrial who sheds her skin during copulation and overwhelms them at the height of their pleasure in a sea of viscous oil-like gloop.

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