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Top comic Oliver Callan

Top comic Oliver Callan

Top comic Oliver Callan

It's New Year's Eve tomorrow. Save yourself for then. And there's plenty on the box to keep yourself amused.

Callan Kicks the Year

RTE1, 9.30pm

Oliver Callan takes a satirical and acerbic look at well-known figures and events from 2014, such as the ice bucket challenge, the Scottish independence referendum and celebrity weddings, with contributions from new characters Imelda May, Shane MacGowan and the Gleesons.

 

Charlie Brooker 2014 Wipe

BBC2, 10pm

The writer and broadcaster takes a look back at the events of the past year, casting his eye over the news, film, TV and social media. Among the stories are Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s marriage ending in what they called a ‘conscious uncoupling’ and the poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Contributions by Diane Morgan, Al Campbell and Jake Yapp.

 

RI Lectures: Sparks Will Fly – How to Hack Your Home

BBC4, 8pm

Electrical engineer Prof Danielle George presents the second of this year’s Royal

Institution Christmas Lectures. When Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the first telephone in 1876, he could never have imagined that wire-free phones would one day become so universal. In this lecture, Prof George explains how these technologies work and shows how paintball guns can be controlled with a webcam and smartphones transformed into a microscope. She also investigates a device that makes it possible to feel invisible objects in mid-air.

 

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears

UTV, 7.30pm

The bushcraft expert has explored some of Britain’s most diverse and spectacular landscapes, from Dartmoor to the Thames Path and Galloway to Snowdonia, and his journey now concludes with a trip to the Isle of Skye in search of Britain’s rarest bird of prey, the white-tailed eagle. He also visits a seal colony, but it’s a golden eagle he spots overhead that inspires him to wax lyrical.

 

BB King – the Life of Riley

TG4, 12.25am

The American blues singer-songwriter recounts his story of a rise to prominence in the music industry, earning him the title ‘King of the Blues’. Born into a world of oppression in the cotton plantations outside Berclair, Mississippi, he went on to assemble his own band and found widespread popularity with his Singin’ the Blues album in 1956. His talent showed no bounds, and more than half-a-century later he released his 42nd studio album, One Kind Favour, by which time he was well into his 80s. Featuring contributions by Eric Clapton, Bono and George Benson. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.


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