Friday 15 December 2017

Best of the box: TV picks for Thursday night

The cast of Modern Family
The cast of Modern Family

WE choose the best of tonight's TV if you're staying in.

Best TV Programme


UTV, 9.00pm

Jack Davenport and Zoe Boyle star in this new drama series set in 1961 in a busy London hospital. Dashing surgeon Otto Powell (Jack Davenport) oversees the  gynaecological ward, but the contraceptive pill has only just become available and abortion is still illegal. With Joanna Page.


Best Comedy

Modern Family

Sky One, 8.00pm

Gloria and Claire go shopping but get accused of shoplifting, Cameron and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) attempt to save a  tree, and things turn bad when Manny and Luke  attend the same party.


Best Lifestyle

My Tattoo  Addiction

Channel 4, 10.00pm

In the last of this series  examining tattoos, we meet Deke, who’s desperate to hide a tattoo from his  girlfriend’s parents, and Joanne, whose tattoo of an ex-wife’s name reminds her of her male past.


Best Drama

Law & Order: SVU

TV3, 10.00pm

When a teenage girl is violently assaulted during a riot at a concert, the Special Victims Unit’s best witness turns out to be a security guard and war veteran  who suffers from Post  Traumatic Stress. With Christopher Meloni.


Best Movie

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sky Movies Drama, 8.00pm

David O Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ was one of the best mainstream films of 2012 and turns a potentially grim subject into a sparkling comic drama.

A daringly cast Bradley Cooper plays a young man recovering from a mental breakdown and a broken marriage. Pat Solitano has just been released from a psychiatric unit, lives with his parents, and is obsessed with getting back with his ex-wife who has issued a restraining order.

He thinks an unstable young woman called Tiffany is going to help him, but she has other plans that involve competing in a dance competition.

Jennifer Lawrence is excellent as the fragile but singleminded Tiffany and Robert De Niro gives his best performance in years as Pat’s loving but emotionally repressed father. With Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, Anupam Kher.

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