Saturday’s TV tips

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Saturday’s TV tips

RWC Live: Quarter Final - South Africa V Wales (TV3, 3pm)

South Africa take on Wales at Twickenham in the first Quarter Final of Rugby World Cup 2015. Matt Cooper introduces the programme with analysis from Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Shane Jennings. Commentary from Hugo MacNeill and David McIntyre.

RWC Live: Quarter Final - South Africa V Wales (TV3, 7pm)

The second Quarter Final of Rugby World Cup 2015 sees New Zealand take on France at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Matt Cooper introduces the programme with analysis from Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Shane Jennings. Commentary from Stuart Barnes, Liam Toland and Conor McNamara.

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.30pm)

Following last week’s second elimination, the pro-celebrity couples get set for another ballroom battle featuring latin dances and elegant ballroom routines. Another pair will be leaving tomorrow – and the ultimate decision will be down to judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.

Tonight they have their say on the performances and give their scores, while Tess Daly keeps things ticking over and Claudia Winkleman gets the celebrities’ reactions as they leave the dance floor. The results can be seen tomorrow.

Beautiful Creatures (Channel 4, 6.45pm)

(2013) Seventeen-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) is itching to escape the backwater of Gatlin for the big city.

His restlessness is soothed by the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the enigmatic niece of reclusive landowner Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons).

Alas, Lena is reluctant to let Ethan into her life because she is a Caster and on her forthcoming 16th birthday she must take part in a ritual known as the Claiming, which will dictate whether she is destined to use her powers for good or evil.

A burgeoning attraction to Ethan - a mortal – is forbidden but Lena cannot resist him, despite dire warnings from Bible-bashing busybody Mrs Lincoln (Emma Thompson) and town librarian Amma (Viola Davis).

James Bond’s Spectre – With Jonathan Ross (ITV, 6.30pm)

Lifelong Bond fan Jonathan Ross can’t believe his luck – he’s getting the inside track on the forthcoming film, and what’s more, he’s delivering it to us via this programme.

It features exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of the new 007 blockbuster, including Daniel Craig and the latest Bond villain, Christoph Waltz.

Featuring behind-the-scenes filming from locations in Mexico, Rome, Austria and Morocco, Jonathan explores the enduring success of the franchise and its classic cars, futuristic gadgets and Bond girls, and tries fulfil his wish to get behind the wheel of Bond’s famous Aston Martin DB10.

Practical Magic (3e, 7pm)

(1998) Enchanting international superstars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman sparkle in this wry, romantic tale of two sisters who discover the gift of Practical Magic.

In a small, contemporary New England town, for two sisters from a family of witches, falling in love is the trickiest spell of all. They struggle to use their gift for magically guiding fate to overcome their family curse: The men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death!

Starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman & Aidan Quinn

Doctor Who (BBC1, 8.20pm)

The Time Lord and Clara are captured by Vikings and must help protect their village from attack by space warriors from the future known as the Mire.

They are heavily outnumbered and outgunned, and their fate seems inevitable, so why does the Doctor seem so preoccupied with a single Viking girl?

First of a two-part story guest starring Maisie Williams, familiar to Game of Thrones fans as Arya Stark in the hugely popular fantasy drama, as well as comedian Rufus Hound, with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

It Was Alright in the 1990s (C4, 9pm)

For most of us, the 1990s probably seem like a stone’s throw away, and yet it’s a quarter of a century since the decade got underway.

The Word was hitting the headlines with its often risque and, frankly, revolting features, which included people desperate for fame submerging themselves in horse manure, licking dandruff or eating toenails.

Other delights on view include TFI Friday and The Girlie Show. Chris Tarrant, Jenny Eclair and Matt Forde are among those offering their opinions here.

Contraband (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2012) Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) and best friend Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster) were “the Lennon and McCartney of smuggling” but both men have gone straight.

Trouble looms large for Chris when his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) runs drugs for gun-toting madman Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) and dumps the narcotics when US customs unexpectedly storms the cargo ship.

Chris reluctantly agrees to smuggle millions of dollars of fake bills from Panama to pay off Andy’s debt aboard a ship commandeered by Captain Camp (JK Simmons).

Once the boat docks, Chris has a small window of opportunity to collect the bills.

However, he must locate maniacal crime lord Gonzalo (Diego Luna), whose heavily guarded warehouse is in the heart of the grid-locked city.

Arne Dahl (BBC4, 9pm)

The return of the specialist police team drama, based on novels by Arne Dahl.

The A Unit is rapidly reunited to trace an assassin targeting Polish women who are in hiding in Sweden, preparing to give evidence in a Mafia trial.

However, new recruit Ida struggles to fit in, while former member Paul Hjelm’s personal dilemmas cloud his work at Internal Affairs.

Then, in the second episode of tonight’s double-bill, recriminations threaten to split the A Unit apart as the killer strikes again.

Casualty (BBC1, 9.10pm)

The idea of Casualty without Charlie Fairhead is like bread without butter, or the Doctor without the Tardis – just horribly, horribly wrong.

Once again he’s in the thick of things this week, bringing his customary empathy and kindness to a father and daughter who are struggling to cope with the weight of their grief.

They’re lucky to have Charlie around because – let’s face it – if any of us were ever in trouble, he’s the man we know we could rely on in a crisis. But it’s not all doom and gloom as one young couple discover that, within the hospital’s walls at least, love really can conquer all.

The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE One, 9.45pm)

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

The show features 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.

Second Captains Live (RTE Two, 10pm)

As the Rugby World Cup quarter finals roll in to Cardiff this weekend, Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early and Ciaran Murphy will take the show outside of Ireland for the very first time with a very special Second Captains Live show from Wales.

The Jonathan Ross Show (UTV Ireland, 10.15pm)

The host returns with a new series.

Tonight, he is joined by Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, star of the upcoming movie release The Last Witch Hunter, and Olympic and world champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Jonathan is also joined by long-standing comedy duo Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, as they prepare for their forthcoming Legends! Live Tour, and Tom Jones talks about his latest venture and provides the music.

Drive (BBC2, 10.45pm)

(2011) Driver (Ryan Gosling) works as a mechanic for his friend, Shannon (Bryan Cranston). When he’s not working in the shop, Driver performs illegal jobs, which invariably involve high-speed getaways from crime scenes.

There are romantic complications when Driver falls for pretty mother Irene (Carey Mulligan), whose husband Standard Gabriel (Oscar Isaac) has just been released from prison and wants to rebuild bridges with his little boy, Benicio.

Unfortunately, Standard owes prison protection money from his time behind bars to hoodlum Cook.

So Standard plots to rob a pawn shop to settle the debt aided by Cook’s associate Blanche.

Driver agrees to sit behind the wheel of the getaway vehicle but the heist goes wrong, marking Driver for death at the hands of hoodlums Bernie Rose and Nino.

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