From cin­ema to home view­ing, your en­ter­tain­ment wrap for the week

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SATUR­DAY Mad­off RTÉ2, 9.20pm

The fi­nal two parts of the drama se­ries on Amer­i­can fraud­ster Bernie Mad­off, star­ring Richard Drey­fuss in the ti­tle role. Af­ter years of gen­er­at­ing mil­lions through a false ponzi/ pyra­mid scheme, we see how the in­ept­ness of the reg­u­la­tors en­sured that Mad­off avoided de­tec­tion. Iron­i­cally, it was the author­i­ties in­ept­ness in bank­ing reg­u­la­tion that in­di­rectly led to the New York fi­nancier be­ing found out, as those who had in­vested with him be­gan to with­draw money to fill the gaps lost by their in­vest­ments else­where. As the wheels came off the en­ter­prise, his in­no­cent sons even­tu­ally shopped him to the FBI. His irate boys also de­manded that their loyal mother Ruth also leave their fa­ther. We see how Mad­off was even­tu­ally found guilty and given 150 years in prison, with the ab­sence of any let­ters of sup­port from friends or fam­ily a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor in the sen­tenc­ing.


BBC Two, 10.45pm

Be­fore his death in 1989 at the age of 42, Robert Map­plethorpe had at­tained a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most in­ter­est­ing and con­tro­ver­sial pho­tog­ra­phers of his gen­er­a­tion. His pic­tures de­picted such fel­low mem­bers of the New York arts scene as Andy Warhol and Grace Jones, while the con­tro­versy en­sued from the ho­mo­erotic pho­to­graphs that re­flected the gay cul­ture that thrived in the city in the pre-Aids era. This doc­u­men­tary on Map­plethorpe looks at how he chal­lenged some of the taboos of his time, while also seek­ing to en­hance his celebrity sta­tus.

SUN­DAY Cree­don’s Shan­non RTÉ One, 6.30pm

John Cree­don con­tin­ues his trav­els along Ire­land’s long­est river on a stretch from Athlone to Kil­laloe. Along the way, he uses 3D tech­nol­ogy to recre­ate Clon­mac­noise, a set­tle­ment that emerged from the monastery in me­dieval times to be­come a ma­jor seat of learn­ing and craft­man­ship. The pre­sen­ter also gets a spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to be al­lowed make poitín on Lough Derg, and delves into the life of Brian Boru.

Fran­cis Bren­nan’s Grand Viet­namese Tour RTÉ One, 8.30pm

There’s reg­u­lar de­bate in Cork about the ori­gins of the word ‘langer’, and one the­ory has the slang term com­ing from sol­diers who had seen lan­gur mon­keys dur­ing their time with the Bri­tish army in Asia. Fran­cis Bren­nan and his band of tourists will get to see a par­tic­u­larly rare type of lan­gur in tonight’s episode (in­sert own joke here), while the War Rem­nants Mu­seum in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) re­minds the vis­i­tors of Viet­nam’s colo­nial his­tory.

For­merly called the Ex­hi­bi­tion House for US and Pup­pet Crimes, it con­tains such ex­hibits as Amer­i­can mil­i­tary equip­ment, French guil­lotines and jars con­tain­ing foe­tuses de­formed by ex­po­sure to the diox­ins in Agent Orange.

Ross Kemp Ex­treme World Sky 1, 9pm

Con­tin­u­ing the men on tour theme that seems to be such a strong part of Sun­day view­ing, Ross Kemp vis­its Naples. Not sur­pris­ingly, his trip to the Ital­ian city doesn’t take in the city’s won­der­ful food cul­ture, or the re­gion’s beau­ti­ful coast­line. In­stead he’s look­ing at the lo­cal crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions that have long over­taken Si­cily’s mafia in terms of size and vi­o­lence. The groups that form the Camorra turn over an es­ti­mated $4.9 bil­lion per year from ex­tor­tion, drugs, sex traf­fick­ing, etc. As Ross shows, an in­ter­nal street war be­tween some of the groups has also claimed more than 4,000 lives. He hangs out with a spe­cial po­lice unit, and also hears how in­creas­ing num­bers of women are tak­ing over the gangs fol­low­ing the in­car­cer­a­tion of the male mem­bers of their clans. He also vis­its the no­to­ri­ous Scampia hous­ing es­tates that fea­ture in the book and TV se­ries Go­mor­rah.

Poldark BBC One, 9pm

It’s all to play for as we en­ter the se­cond-last

John Cree­don looks at the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of Clon­mac­noise on Cree­don’s Shan­non on Sun­day.

Ross Kemp’s Ex­treme World is in Naples to­mor­row.

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