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Byline: TODAY'S TV BY MAEVE QUIGLEY

WE LOVE MUSICAL DRAMA

SMASH Sky Atlantic, 9pm

OSCAR winner Jennifer Hudson guest stars as Smash returns for its second and final series, now minus its creator Theresa Rebeck after a less than harmonious parting of the ways.

Like a grown-up version of Glee, this series opens with a lavish production number from Bombshell - the show within a show, a musical about Marilyn Monroe.

Leading lady Karen (former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee) is still refusing to forgive her rival, Ivy, for sleeping with her fiance, Bombshell's co-writer (Debra Messing) is fighting to save her marriage and director Derek (Jack Davenport) has been hit by scandal, Meanwhile, the producer (Angelica Huston) is trying to take Bombshell on to Broadway.

It's glossy, harmless escapism with show tunes, its main flaw being that during the emotional heart-to-hearts (and there are plenty of those), the plinky plink soundtrack sounds like there's a sad man sitting at a piano in the corner of the room.

Bizarrely, in the final scene, that turns out to be exactly true.

A flying start..

HIGHLAND EMERGENCY TV3, 8.30pm

A NEW series for TV3 tonight where real-life provides more dramatic scenes than fiction.

The programme follows the men and women of the Scottish Highlands emergency services, bringing us heart-stopping drama in the extreme conditions of the mountains. The show uses innovative filming techniques and places the audience at the heart of the action.

The gritty series charts the unique challenges the Coast Guard, mountain rescue teams, RAF search and rescue, paramedics and accident and emergency teams have to face in one of the world's most inhospitable and isolated areas.

This programme is a must-watch for all mountain climbers - revealing what might happen if you're not too careful.

WE LOVE MAGIC

DYNAMO: MAGICIAN IMPOSSIBLE WATCH, 9pm

HE may be the world's most mind-boggling magician, capable of the most amazing feats, but not even Dynamo can wake up his mates after a heavy night in Ibiza. So there is a limit to his powers after all.

This week's episode on the holiday island does let the camera linger a little too long on Dynamo's friends, when all we really want to see is him baffling tourists and DJs and swimsuit models.

And once Dynamo gets going, he's exuding magic from every pore - even breathing magic for one utterly astonishing trick.

Two of the magician's most astounding stunts involve fountains - causing one man to exclaim, "I'm drinking water that came out of that man's finger."

And he drops in briefly on Wiley, the rapper who recently performed a disappearing act of his own at Glastonbury music festival.

WE LOVE SOAPS

EMMERDALE TV3, 7pm & 8pm

AFTER seven marriages to five women, Bob has seen it all when it comes to weddings. But his woodland handfasting ceremony with Brenda today will be difficult to top.

It starts, as all good wedding days should, with the bride being kidnapped in a camper van. It then takes in a picnic, a brass band, as well as giving Dan a chance to show exactly what a best man is for, before the couple tie the knot - quite literally in this case.

FAIR CITY RTE ONE, 8pm

IT'S the aftermath of the murder and Paddy dumps the evidence on his return to Carrigstown.

Vivienne is worried about Paddy when she sees him looking worn-out in the community centre and agrees to a family meeting.

And when she is sympathetic, her ex feels he really has done the right thing by killing the man who could have stood in the way of his happiness.

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STAR OSCAR winner Jennifer Hudson

IN LINE OF DUTY Highland Emergency team

TRICKSTER Dynamo's act wows Ibiza

BIG DAY Problems for Brenda and Bob

MURDER Paddy prepares to dig Connor's grave
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2013
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