May the Fourth be with you! It's Star Wars Day, PJ Gallagher's back with The Big DIY Challenge, Mo Gilligan’s got a new live show, Westworld bows out . . . and there’s something going Kong on Skull Island!

Pick of the Day

Kong: Skull Island, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

Perfect Bank Holiday popcorn-popper. You do remember fun, don’t you?

This action adventure, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson, updates the King Kong vibe, giving it something of a Jurassic Park/World makeover.

You can pick holes in if you want - but my advice is to chill and enjoy the ride as this movie rattles along at a great pace.

As for the story, well, years after two enemy pilots land on a mysterious island, a top-secret mission to the same region descends into chaos when the local wildlife proves far from welcoming.

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Don't Miss

Mo Gilligan's All Star Happy Hour, 10.00pm, Channel 4

This is the latest new series that tries to keep telly entertaining as the lockdown continues across the UK.

Live from Mo Gilligan’s gaff, the stand-up presents a mix of comedy, music and games, with members of the public going head to head with famous faces in a quest to win prizes.

In the first edition, he is joined by Sharon Osbourne, Jesse Lingard, and Shaggy, who also performs, while Mo gives his take on the week's TV and funniest clips.

New or Returning Shows

The Big DIY Challenge, 8.30pm, RTÉ One

PJ Gallagher returns to present the show in which DIY enthusiasts from across Ireland simultaneously take on projects for the chance to win a jackpot of €10,000.

The Great British Intelligence Test, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Mathematician Hannah Fry and doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley join an Imperial College, London, experiment to assess the brainpower of the UK.

The results reveal new science about how people's intelligence changes through their lives, while Hannah and Michael examine groundbreaking new science on how lifestyle and love of technology is changing the human brain.

New to Download

Star Wars Day, Disney+

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This Star Wars Day, or May the Fourth, Disney+ is offering the global fan community brand-new original content as well as the service’s comprehensive collection of Star Wars movies and shows.

Not only can fans can enjoy the latest episode of The Mandalorian, there's the global premiere of the new eight-episode documentary series, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, an eight-part documentary that pulls back the curtain on the show.

Each chapter explores a different facet of the first live-action Star Wars television show through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Jon Favreau.

More details, of course, at Disney+.

1917, Sky Store

Winner of three Academy Awards and the 2020 BAFTA for best film, Sam Mendes' World War I magnum opus is a technical masterpiece and an incredible achievement in immersive storytelling, held together by a superb performance from George MacKay.

He stars as Lance Corporal Schofield, who along with Lance Corporal Blake is tasked with a seemingly impossible mission – to travel across enemy territory to the front and deliver a vital message that could save countless lives.

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Ending Today

Westworld, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

Jonathan Nolan and JJ Abrams' hit sci-fi drama starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and Aaron Paul concludes, with an episode entitled Crisis Theory.

As usual with this show, the information ahead of transmission is minimal. All I know is, it’s time to face the music.

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Mastermind, 8.00pm, BBC Two

John Humphrys hosts the Grand Final as six contenders return to the black chair to decide which of them will be crowned champion.

They answer questions of the specialist subjects of the Stonewall Riots, the ancient universities of Scotland, the Wars of the Roses, the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, Johannes Vermeer, and the films of Kevin Smith, before demonstrating their general knowledge.

Repeats of the Day

Baby Daddy, 3.00pm E4

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Pilot episode of the US sitcom following the exploits of young man Ben, whose life is turned upside down when he finds a baby girl has been left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend - and decides to raise his infant daughter with help from his friends and family.

Churchill: Renegade and Turncoat: Renegade and Turncoat, 3.00pm, BBC Two

Documentary series, first shown in 1992, profiling the British war leader's life from his birth in 1874 to his inauguration as Prime Minister in May 1940.

It explains the events that moulded the ambitious young politician and transformed him from a political failure in 1915 to the choice of the majority as the only leader able to stand up to Adolf Hitler.

The Goldbergs, 7.30pm, RTÉ 2

Another one of those shows that’s gone pretty much under the radar but is well worth watching - especially if you grew up in the 1980s.

As Adam celebrates his 16th birthday, his parents are too distracted by Barry and Lainey's engagement and Erica's band ambitions to acknowledge their youngest son's big day.

The situation presents an opportunity for Adam to ask Erica to put him on the high school social map.

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Daytime Film Choices

Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope, 3.30pm, Sky Cinema Disney

For the day that’s in it, here’s one of today’s several screenings of the original of the species, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing.

Farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into an intergalactic battle between good and evil while trying to rescue a spirited princess from the clutches of the evil Darth Vader.

En route, he is helped by a cocky space pilot, a veteran warrior, two bickering robots and a hairy 8ft alien.

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets, 3.30pm, RTÉ One

Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel and Jon Voight star as intrepid archaeologist Ben Gates sets out to clear the family name when evidence emerges that an ancestor was involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

His mission leads him on another globe-trotting treasure hunt that uncovers a secret conspiracy.


Sabrina, 3.00pm, Sky Cinema Greats

Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart and Walter Hampden star in this classic romcom from the 1950s, directed by the legendary Billy Wilder.

A chauffeur's daughter falls for her father's playboy employer, but when he rejects her she flees to Paris. On her return, however, he is smitten by the alluring woman she has become - even though he is about to be married.

To ensure the wedding takes place, his older brother decides to woo the beauty himself.


Prime Time Movie Picks

Star Wars Episode IX: the Rise of Skywalker, 8.00pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

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The Force Awakens' JJ Abrams returns to the director's chair, with many of the cast from the old and new fantasy saga reprising their roles, including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Ian McDiarmid, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher.

Rey and the surviving members of the resistance face the evil First Order once more as the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak, bringing the Skywalker saga to its close.

The 40 Year Old Virgin, 9.50pm, Sky Cinema Comedy

Judd Apatow's comedy, starring Steve Carell, Catherine Keener and Paul Rudd.

A middle-aged shop worker reveals he has never been intimate with a woman, which prompts his shocked colleagues to set him up with a series of potentially passionate dates.

When he falls for a single mother, his friends think he is right on course for a lusty liaison, but his new partner is not ready for a physical relationship.

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Hidden Figures, 9.00pm, Film4

Superb drama based on true events, starring Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner.

As the space race reaches fever pitch in the early 1960s, a trio of female African-American mathematicians attempt to overcome prejudice and find work with NASA.

Their remarkable skills prove vital in getting an astronaut into orbit and bringing him safely back to Earth, but to realise their potential they must overcome deep-seated prejudice in the space programme and society as a whole.

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Late Late Flick Picks

Hang 'Em High, 11.20pm, TCM

Classic Spaghetti Western starring Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, James MacArthur, Pat Hingle, Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper.

A lawman-turned-rancher is attacked by a lynch mob and hanged for a crime he did not commit, but is rescued before he dies.

He returns to his former profession to hunt the mob down, but his desire for revenge clashes with his responsibility to bring them to trial alive.

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The Lost Moment, 2.10am, TCM

A little noir-ish gem, this drama stars Susan Hayward, Robert Cummings and Agnes Moorehead.

A publisher insinuates himself into the Venice household of an elderly recluse, to recover a series of love letters that were written to her by a famous poet.

But his plans are threatened by the old woman's psychologically troubled niece and his own suspicions that a terrible fate befell the lovelorn wordsmith.

First Blood, 11.25pm, Sky Cinema Greats

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Rambo's first outing is ideal late-night viewing, and stars Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna and David Caruso.

Vietnam veteran John Rambo is wrongfully arrested in a backwoods town and tested to the limits of his endurance by a brutal deputy.

Rambo escapes from his cell and heads out to the woods, and with the forces of the law in hot pursuit he finally has the chance to fight them on his own terms.

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