Sunday’s TV tips

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Sunday’s TV tips

The X Factor (TV3, 7pm)

The first stage of this year’s three-part Six Chair Challenge arrives, in which judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are given the opportunity to pick six acts to champion through to the later stages of the contest.

The format has the potential to generate a great deal of drama in the studio, as the judges have the right to switch acts in and out of their line-up whenever they choose.

Girl group 4th Power, 17-year-old singer Louisa Johnson and youth worker Monica Michael are among the would-be stars who have already secured a place in this round of the contest, but it remains to be seen whether any of them will be able to win over the panel and progress further.

Hancock (Channel 5, 7.10pm)

(2008) Will Smith plays a self-loathing super hero crime fighter who begrudgingly rescues beached whales, thwarts bank robbers and helps to maintain peace on the city streets, except his headline-grabbing exploits always result in millions of dollars of damage and the public are not amused.

To make matters worse, just as he begins to change his image, his past comes back to hurt him – with spectacularly destructive results.

Part comedy, part doomed romance – Hancock is an effects-laden romp that features an engaging performance from the ever-reliable Smith, ably supported by Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results (BBC One, 7.15pm)

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to host the nail-biting results show, which will see the two unfortunate couples who earned the lowest scores facing the prospect of the dreaded dance-off.

The make-or-break routines will help the judges to decide who deserves to stay in the competition – for at least a little longer – and who will be leaving so early in the contest.

There will also be a performance by music legend Rod Stewart, and a quick analysis of Saturday’s performances in Len’s Lens.

Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb (Ch4, 8pm)

It’s difficult to think of Cleopatra without picturing numerous fictional representations of her.

There have been plenty of them too over the years, and the mysterious Queen of the Nile remains an enigmatic and fascinating figure.

Dr Kathleen Martinez certainly thinks so. She’s a criminal lawyer-turned-archaeologist who wants to find Cleopatra’s lost tomb.

Despite centuries of interest in the monarch, her final resting place has never been found.

So, what makes Martinez think she will succeed where so many others have failed?

A new theory, that’s what. Martinez believes her radical idea could unlock the mystery surrounding Cleopatra’s grave, and she has already stunned the archaeological

establishment by making a series of amazing discoveries. Is her goal finally in her grasp?

From Darkness (BBC1, 9pm)

The Beeb’s short but sweet series of adaptations of 20th century literature classics is now over, but don’t worry drama fans because replacing it is this dark offering.

Anne-Marie Duff heads the cast as Claire Church, a former officer with Manchester police who quit the force after becoming disillusioned with the job.

She now lives in the remote Western Isles with her partner and daughter, but her past is about to catch up with her.

Claire’s former mentor, DCI John Hind, thinks that bodies found on a building site could be linked to a case involving missing women, which only Claire seemed to care about back in 1998.

But can he persuade her to help him discover the truth? And are his motives entirely professional?

This Is England ’90 (C4, 9pm)

Shane Meadows’ gritty chronicle of working-class life in the Midlands concludes with this, the last entry in the the 1990-set tale, and the final part of the decade-spanning story of Woody,

Lol, Shaun and friends.

As winter arrives, there is a promise of new beginnings for Combo, Woody and Lol, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

Shaun has grown into the man he was always meant to be, and Milky must deal with demons from his past. Unfortunately, Kelly is still struggling to get her life back on track.

Nazi Megastructures (More4, 9pm)

Documentary exploring what remains of the ambitious structures crafted by Nazi Germany as part of Hitler’s bid for world domination during the Second World War, and telling the stories of those involved in their construction.

The series begins with an investigation of the 600km Siegfried Line, which is considered to be one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare, and proof of its effectiveness is demonstrated through an examination of the Allies’ campaign to breach it, which cost 140,000 American lives.

Clean Break (RTE One, 9.30pm)

Injured and on the run Danny Dempsey desperately needs somewhere to hide.

With word spreading quickly about the kidnapping it won’t be long before someone figures out who else is involved.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers have to take drastic action to keep their hands on the money and stay out of the clutches of the law.

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne (RTE One, 10.35pm)

In this, the 11th series of The Meaning of Life, we get a glimpse of the human side of An Tánaiste Joan Burton, as she talks to Gay Byrne about her adoption, her upbringing, the influence of the nuns on her life and what made her into the politician she is today.

Machete (Film4, 10.50pm)

(2010) Danny Trejo cuts a swagger as Machete, an assassin for hire who barely escaped death at the hands of drug lord Rogelio Torrez (Steven Seagal) and now lives under the radar in Texas.

As his name suggests, he is skilled with a blade and can scythe through a crowd of gun-toting men without suffering a bruise.

Desperate to make ends meet, Machete accepts a job offer from spin doctor Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate xenophobic Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), who is on the presidential campaign trail.

As he prepares to pull the trigger, Machete almost takes a bullet and realises that he has been set up by Booth and McLaughlin. On the run and with few places he can hide, Machete seeks refuge with his priest brother, Padre Cortez (Cheech Marin).

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