Tonight's top telly tips include Tommy Tiernan, a look at the British royal family, a biopic of Creation records’ Alan McGee, and some cracking Saturday night movies . . .

Pick of the Day

The Tommy Tiernan Show, 9.45pm, RTÉ One

Last week saw the ratings for Tommy Tiernan’s show rise above the figures for The Late Late Show for the first time. A remarkable achievement.

As ever, Tommy is as much in the dark as the rest of us, as he won’t know who his guests are before they walk out to chat with him.

Maybe sometime, someone might spring a surprise on Mr Tiernan by interviewing him instead.

Don't Miss

Discovering Westerns on Film, 10.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

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In a special episode, the Discovering Film team look into the origins and evolution of the Western movie genre, historically a major cinema-filler here in Ireland.

Able to ignite the imagination of movie-goers from the earliest, silent days of cinema with films such as The Great Train Robbery, the genre became established in the 1930s, with John Ford’s epochal Stagecoach being a landmark for the genre and making John Wayne one of the biggest stars ever known.

The growing trend would continue into the 1950s – considered the Golden Age for the genre – with epics such as High Noon, Shane, The Searchers and Rio Bravo.

The Sixties saw the emergence of the Spaghetti Western from Italy, with the most famous example being The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, bringing actors like Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Charles Bronson into the spotlight.

Even in recent times the genre stands strong, with Quentin Tarantino turning to the genre for The Hateful Eight, while 2015’s Bone Tomahawk spliced the genre with horror.

New or Returning Shows

The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, 8.00pm, Channel 4

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Very much for royalists only, this documentary series explores the history of the increasingly anachronistic British royal family in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The first episode focuses on the succession crisis following the death of George V, where Prince Edward was forced to choose between claiming the throne and marrying American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

My Father and Me, 9.45pm, BBC Two

Documentary maker Nick Broomfield takes a distinctly personal look at his relationship with his humanist-pacifist father Maurice, a factory worker turned photographer of vivid images of postwar England. These images inspired Nick's own film-making career, but also spoke to a difference in outlook between the pair.

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Creation Stories, Sky Cinema, NOW TV

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This brand new biopic charts the true story of the rise and fall of Creation Records and its infamous founder Alan McGee.

He’s the man responsible for supplying the Brit Pop soundtrack to the '90s, a decade of cultural renaissance known as Cool Britannia.

From humble beginnings to Downing Street soirées, from dodging bailiffs to releasing multi-platinum albums, Creation had it all.

Breakdowns, bankruptcy, fights and friendships - and not forgetting the music.

Directed by Nick Moran, scripted by Irvine Welsh and starring Ewan Bremner as McGee alongside Suki Waterhouse, Jason Isaacs, Paul Kaye, Thomas Turgoose, Jason Flemyng and Ed Byrne.

Saturday Night at the Movies

Daddy's Home, 9.45pm, RTÉ2

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Here's a passable comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, about a mild-mannered stepfather (Ferrell) who desperately tries to keep the respect of his wife's children when their biological father (Wahlberg) returns.

Love & Mercy, 11.20pm, BBC Two

Superb biopic of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, following the singer-songwriter at two periods in his life.

In the 1960s, he is at his creative peak, but haunted by inner demons that take their toll on his mental health. By the 1980s, he is a broken man dominated by a shady doctor, until a new relationship offers him a chance at recovery.

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Starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks, with Dano in career-defining form as a young Brian Wilson.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Conclusion of the fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom.

Dwarf king Thorin reclaims control of his homeland, but his descent into madness places him on the brink of war with his human and elf allies.

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As Thorin's Hobbit ally Bilbo tries to save the tormented ruler from himself, a vast horde of orcs gathers to destroy them all.

I, Frankenstein, 11.45pm, Channel 4

This fantasy adventure, with Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy, could well send you to sleep, as it’s a pretty daft re-imagining of the classic Mary Shelley tale.

This time around, the scientist's monster is caught up in a war between supernatural beings who want the secret of his immortality.

Family Flick

Kung Fu Panda 3, 7.05pm, RTÉ One

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Even if you don’t have any kids as an excuse to watch this animated comedy sequel, featuring the voices of Jack Black and Bryan Cranston, it’s well worth a look.

This time around, the clumsy hero is reunited with his father and must pass on his skills to a village of pandas.

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