Tonight's TV tips
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (TV3, 7pm – 8.20pm)
This week Ant and Dec give David Dickinson the surprise of his life when they go undercover, and the boys voyage in to the unknown as they battle it out in another Ant versus Dec.
The Supercomputer has made its way to Norwich to dish out more prizes, and Ant and Dec get down with The Mazeppa Cossacks in the End Of The Show Show.
Also, don’t forget, one lucky member of the studio audience will be playing to win the contents of a commercial break on the only show on telly that says ‘Don’t just watch the ads – win them!’
REALITY: The Voice UK (BBC1, 7pm – 9.10pm)
Has this been the best series of The Voice so far? Very possibly.
No disrespect to the former presenters, but Emma Willis and Marvin Humes have done a terrific job of fronting the talent search, while new recruits Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson have helped take the judging to a whole new level.
Of course Will.i.am’s crazy anecdotes have continued to bring in the laughs - although we have to admit his moving story about his aunt in the final blind audition had us sobbing until the end credits rolled.
This week it’s the final battle show and the remaining acts go head-to-head to land a place in the next round of the competition.
Kylie, Ricky, Tom Jones and Will.i.am will be choosing who stays and who goes, but there’s still a chance for the ’losers“ as Kylie and company can ’steal” a rejected artist for their own team.
The Cube (TV3, 8.20pm – 9.20pm)
Teacher Sarah from Hertfordshire dreams of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro but first she must take on the mighty Cube, while pizza delivery man Tony reckons he’s got what it takes to beat it, but can he deliver a performance good enough to win a quarter of a million pounds?
FILM: X-Men: The Last Stand (Channel 4, 10pm – 12am)
(2006) When a treatment to suppress the X-gene is revealed, many of the mutants are horrified, particularly when an adversary raises an army to wipe them out.
Meanwhile, Jean Grey has returned from the dead with sinister new powers, and Magneto, sensing he could have a powerful ally in the battle to rid the world of X-Men, convinces her to side with him.
The remaining X-Men regroup to fight Magneto’s army and restore peace in what is a winner-takes-all battle.
The special effects and action sequences are out of this world, and the presence of a group of actors this talented pretty much guarantees winning performances.
While the human element of the film sometimes feels a little stale and there are some frustrating loose ends, it’s still an A-list blockbuster, with plenty of thrills, spills and unexpected kills.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Barry, Famke Janssen
RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 57%
FILM: Milk (BBC2, 11.30pm – 1.30am)
(2008) A biopic of American gay rights activist Harvey Milk, whose political career led to him becoming the country’s first openly homosexual elected official in the 1970s.
This position placed him at the forefront of the fight against a proposed ban on gay people being employed in public schools.
Leading man Sean Penn scooped an Oscar for his remarkable performance and Dustin Lance Black also picked up an award from the Academy for Best Screenplay, with a further six nominations for the coveted golden statues in categories including Best Film and Best Supporting Actor.
Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O’Hare
RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 94%
FILM: Cloverfield (Channel 4, 12am – 1.35am)
(2008) Rob Hawkins’ leaving party is interrupted when New York is attacked by a huge and mysterious creature.
With the girl of his dreams trapped in her apartment at the other side of the city, he is joined by a small group of friends as he undertakes a dangerous journey across town to rescue her and escape.
Unfortunately, there’s just the small matter of the gigantic monster between them and their destination.
This excellent horror is a great example of the ’found footage’ style of film-making that was popularised by The Blair Witch Project some years earlier.
Shot in the first-person as though from the perspective of a single hand-held video camera, the action becomes all the more believable – not to mention terrifying – as it puts viewers in the same position as the characters.
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, TJ Miller, Odette Yustman
RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 77%
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