nature's weirdest events

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

LOVE ACTUALLy

Wednesday, 9.35pm, RTE1

This romantic comedy stars Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy.

While Richard Curtis only wrote Notting Hill (Saturday, 11.05pm, UTV), he also got behind the camera to make this, its spiritual heir, a confection of interrelated stories about love's vicissitudes.

Though it is redeemed somewhat by a strong cast - which also includes Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley - their efforts are not helped by successive waves of sentimental overload.

Most of the movie was filmed on location in London, at sites including Trafalgar Square, the central court of Somerset House in the Strand, Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street near Hyde Park, St. Paul's Clapham on Rectory Grove, Clapham, the Millennium Bridge and Selfridges department store.

CUFFS

Wednesday, 8pm, BBC1

A former soldier suffering from PTSD loses his grip on reality, placing the team in danger.

As Jake realises he can't trust his lawyer boyfriend, Robert is forced to confront the consequences of his marital betrayal. Last episode of the first series.

Cuffs depicts the lives of front-line police officers within Brighton and the surrounding area of Sussex serving within the fictional South Sussex Police service.

The characters deal with a wide range of incidents, such as booby-trapped cannabis factories, firearms and public order offences.

It is the first police procedural broadcast by the channel since the Holby City spin-off, HolbyBlue was aired in 2007 and shares the same eight o'clock slot as the latter.

DARTS

thursday, 7pm, Sky Sports 2

It's the opening session of the PDC world championship, for which Michael van Gerwen (pictured) is the hot favourite in the bookies' lists.

Alexandra Palace in London is once again the venue as the best players come together to battle it out for the title.

Gary Anderson is the defending champion after beating Phil Taylor 7-6 in last year's classic final.

Anderson, the second seed, starts off against the winner of the game between Andy Boulton and Per Laursen.

Holland's van Gerwen is the no. 1 seed, while 55-year-old Taylor is after his 17th world championship crown.

The final is scheduled for 3 January.

nature's weirdest events

Saturday, 4.35pm, RTE2

Last of the series, Chris Packham (pictured) concludes his study of peculiar natural events with the help of eyewitness footage, first-hand accounts and scientific explanations.

This episode features the story of a virgin snake that gave birth in the UK, a sea serpent that washed up on the Californian coast and 12 goats that were found standing perfectly still in a tree in Morocco.

Packham is also a nature photographer and author, and his work includes the children's nature series The Really Wild Show in the late 1980s. He has presented the BBC nature series Springwatch since 2009.

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