Wednesday’s TV tips

Here's what to watch on TV today.

Wednesday’s TV tips

Back to the Future (ITV2, 4.30pm)

It’s ‘Back to the Future Day’ at last so ITV2 is showing the entire trilogy back-to-back!

The first chapter in director Robert Zemeckis’s consistently imaginative and exciting trilogy introduces us to Michael J. Fox as young buck Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time courtesy of Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and his DeLorean time machine, and comes face to face with his own parents in 1950s America.

Embed code has no external id.

But when the woman who is destined to become his mother suddenly finds herself attracted to Marty, his entire future is placed in jeopardy, leaving the hapless teenager racing against time to set things right before he is wiped from existence. Stay tuned for the remaining instalments,

**New Series** Insiders (RTE Two, 5pm)

Insiders is a new 10-part TV series for RTE Young People’s that explores the wow science behind the cool events and venues that kids love.

Whether it’s one of the biggest match days of the year at Croke Park or a thrilling trip to one of Europe’s most exciting theme parks, our experts Phil, Sarah-Louise and Jennifer are on a mission to show you the genius that goes into making it all happen.

They’re Insiders because they are scientists. Sarah-Louise is a physicist, Phil is too ,plus he’s an engineering nut and Jennifer is a Biochemist.

Sarah Louise likes to do cool experiments, solve tricky problems and explore the universe. Phil loves building weird and wonderful inventions to show how stuff works. And Jennifer is fascinated bythe human body – even when it’s gross it’s brilliant!

DIY SOS: Homes for Veterans (BBC1, 8pm)

Nick Knowles and the team continue with their most ambitious project to date, with the assistance of the local community and two royal helpers, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The second edition sees them create a home for a veteran, who is a triple amputee after an IED blew up in Afghanistan.

They are also aiming to renovate the fronts of the houses on the street and put in new utilities, as well as creating a lasting legacy in the form of a support centre, which will help other veterans find homes and jobs.

Downton Abbey (TV3, 9pm)

Downtown Abbey returns with the sixth and final series of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama which has become an international hit.

Series five wrapped up with Bates on the run after confessing the murder of Mr Green, leaving his Anna to walk free but live life without her husband.

Carson finally popped the question to Mrs Hughes even though she confessed she could never go into the B&B business after retirement.

The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm)

The third episode gets off to a dramatic start when Lord Sugar summons the candidates to meet him at the wartime tunnels underneath Dover Castle.

Luckily, he’s not about to ask them to stage a military coup - instead it’s the old favourite, the ’buy this list of items for the cheapest price“ challenge.

In the last series, this task led to a debate about what exactly constitutes an anatomically correct skeleton, and this year looks set to be just as fractious.

For the boys, it’s one candidate’s language skills that are leading them in the wrong direction, while for the girls, missing mirrors are causing trouble _ and everyone seem flummoxed by the prospect of shovelling cow dung.

Magic Mike (Film4, 9pm)

(2012) Adam (Alex Pettyfer) lives in Tampa Bay with his sister Brooke (Cody Horn).

He lands a temporary construction job alongside nice guy Mike (Channing Tatum) but on his very first day, Adam is sacked.

As he roams the town, Adam crosses paths again with Mike who introduces him to the local male nude revue bar, where delirious women thrust dollar bills at gym-toned Adonises.

It transpires that Mike is the club’s star turn and earns big bucks alongside fellow dancers Ken, Richie, Tarzan and Tito under the watchful eye of manager Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).

A mishap affords Adam a chance to perform on stage and under his new moniker of The Kid. But he finds that adulation comes at a price.

Alexander Armstrong in the Land of the Midnight Sun (UTV Ireland, 9pm)

He’s not just on a mission to take over TV – somewhere between presenting Pointless and being the new voice of Danger Mouse, Alexander Armstrong has also found time to squeeze in an 8,000-mile journey halfway around the Arctic Circle.

This second instalment finds the hardest working man in showbiz in Iceland, where he learns more about the country’s Viking spirit by taking on the world champion female ’Gilma“ (Viking wrestler) in a match.

As if that wasn’t reason enough to tune in, Alexander will also be taking a dog-sled ride in Greenland, getting his first glimpse of the Northern Lights, and paying tribute to Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen - and much like his wrestling match, that involves the presenter trying out some traditional clothing.

Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute (ITV2, 9pm)

Forget those Facebook hoaxes that seem to have done the rounds periodically over the last five years – October 21, 2015 really is the futuristic date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown programmed into their DeLorean in the much-loved 1985 movie Back to the Future. And to celebrate, Keith Lemon is bringing us this special, in which everyone from Gino D’Acampo to McBusted pay tribute to the movies. But can any of them explain why we still don’t have the hover boards Back to the Future Part II promised us would be here by now?

The Cold Light of Day (3e, 10pm)

(2012) Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis and Oscar nominated Sigourney Weaver star in this gripping suspense thriller.

After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Cavill.

More in this section


The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up