Chan­nel Hopping

Irish Daily Mail - - Entertainment -


To­day, Sky Arts, 8pm CALL me a cynic, but I reckon it is un­think­able that Six­ties out­fit The Doors would have been any­where near as suc­cess­ful if it hadn’t been for pretty boy Jim Mor­ri­son, pic­tured, and his leather trousers. At best, they were an av­er­age pub group who got lucky. I’d guess that this two-hour pro­file of Mor­ri­son, a drunken chancer with overblown no­tions about his abil­i­ties, is strictly fans-only stuff. It is fol­lowed by a doc­u­men­tary about the band’s 1968 tour and a Hol­ly­wood Bowl concert.

NOW YOU SEE ME To­day, C4, 9pm

THE im­pres­sive cast of this 2013 in­cludes Mor­gan Free­man, pic­tured, Mark Ruf­falo, Michael Caine and Woody Har­rel­son. But that doesn’t mean, of course, that it is any good. The plot cen­tres on four il­lu­sion­ists who have a lu­cra­tive side­line in pulling off bank heists.


To­mor­row, BBC1, 9pm THIS ‘sizzling six-part drama se­ries’, set in the Mid­dle East, is writ­ten by Bafta win­ner Peter Mof­fat. The pro­gramme blurb adds that it is ‘a close-up view of army life set in the heat, glam­our and ex­treme dan­ger of Aden in the 1960s’. It be­gins with Cap­tain Joe Martin (Jeremy Neu­mark Jones) ar­riv­ing to take up a post­ing with the Royal Mil­i­tary Po­lice. If I was a bet­ting man, the BBC pub­lic­ity photos sug­gest Joe’s new bride Honor (Kerry na­tive Jessie Buck­ley) could prove to be a bit of a hand­ful.

OCEAN GIANTS Mon­day, BBC4, 8pm

THIS first episode of this three­parter looks at var­i­ous species of great whales. Among those fea­tured are the Arc­tic bow­head (which can live for more than 200 years) and the south­ern right whale (pos­si­bly even more sur­pris­ingly, the pos­ses­sor of a pair of tes­ti­cles that weigh an ac­tual ton).

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