From cinema to home viewing, your entertainment wrap for the week
SATURDAY The Cat In The Hat Film4, 2.50pm
Mike Myers is ideal for the role of the crazy cat in this film inspired by the classic Dr Seuss tale.
Nina Conti’s Edinburgh Festival BBC Two, 7.30pm
Puppeteer and comedian Nina Conti focuses on the stand-up shows being performed at the major arts festival.
SUNDAY Harry Potter A nd The Prisoner Of A zkaban RTÉ2, 6.05pm
The third film in the series has Harry in a worried mood early in the school term when he hears convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards’ Prison and is planning on killing him.
Strike — The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC One, 9.05pm
New three-part series adapted from the books JK Rowling wrote under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym. It’s an altogether more grown up affair than her Harry Potter tales, and it revolves around the cases of the titular private investigator and his female assistant, Robin. Just like the film version of her wizard books, Rowling hasn’t written the screenplays, but she is involved behind the scenes. The first episode begins with the death of a supermodel in a posh part of London. Cormoran Strike uncovers evidence that she may not have jumped to her end after all. Episode two follows on Monday, with the conclusion next Sunday.
Victoria ITV, 9.05pm
Jenna Coleman is back for another series in the role of the 19th century English queen. Expanding an empire isn’t easy business, however, and various people try to keep her from finding out about major military setbacks in Afghanistan.
From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier Channel 4, 8pm
Levison Wood walks through remote areas of Dagestan, a former Soviet republic were tensions have simmered in recent years between branches of Islam: the moderate and traditional Sufis, and the more radical and recent Salafists. However, Wood gets on fine in the troubled region, being treated to the hospitality of the local clans, and visiting the ancient city of Derbent, albeit with an armed guide to protect him from bears and wolves. From there, he moves on to Azerbaijan, the Caucasus nation where fossil-fuel super-wealth sits beside subsistence poverty.
MONDA Y Dispatches Channel 4, 7.30pm
Buying a new cars has become an increasingly confusing affair, with all sorts of finance and lease deals on offer. This show looks at some of the payment options being offered in the UK, some which are also in use in this country.
Sherlock Holmes RTÉ2, 9pm
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law star in Guy Ritchie’s decent take on the classic detective.
BBC One, 10.30pm
An episode entitled ‘Margaret Atwood: You Have Been Warned!’ interviews the acclaimed Canadian writer behind The Handmaid’s Tale.
She talks about her childhood growing up in the wilds of her native land and how it helped shape both her and her writing.
TUESDA Y Diana, 7 Days RTÉ One, 9.35pm
This BBC production joins the raft of shows to mark 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Figures such as Diana’s private secretary and her butler tell of their experiences around the death and funeral, and the documentary also looks at how the public mood began to turn against the British royal family in the wake of the 36-year-old’s death.
Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4, 9.15pm
As with many of these ‘celebrity’ shows, you probably haven’t heard of most of the 10 people who will be trying to survive on an island off Panama. Among the faces that may be familiar are RJ Mitte, the actor with cerebral palsy who played Walter White’s son in Breaking Bad;
and Ryan Thomas, best known for playing hunky Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street.
WEDNESDA Y Saving Lives A t Sea BBC Two, 8pm
The crew of the lifeboat from Castletownbere, Co Cork, feature in tonight’s show as they launch a rescue for a yachtsman who is drifting in a heavy sea without power after losing his mast.
The Irish Post Country Music A wards TG4, 9.30pm
The awards are live from the Armagh City Hotel, where there will also be performances from the likes of Philomena Begley, Louise Morrissey and Mary Coughlan.
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built A merica BBC Four, 9pm
Welsh architect Jonathan Adams looks into the life of the man considered to be America’s greatest-ever architect. Before he died in 1959, Wright had designed such iconic buildings as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the incredible Fallingwater house constructed over a waterfall in Pennsylvania.
Bring Me Back To Life Channel 4, 10pm
A documentary in the Cutting Edge strand that follows 22-year-old father Taylor Britton as he fights for his life in an intensive care ward.
THURSDA Y Lego Masters Channel 4, 8pm
Episode two has the various team of Lego builders being given a challenge that involves creating a mini funfair, with at least one spectacular mechanical ride.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown BBC Two, 8pm
It’s only episode three and the series has already been bumped from its original Tuesday slot so it wouldn’t have to compete with The
Great British Bake-Off on Channel 4. Among those taking part tonight are Katie, 34, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 23 and began researching foods that might help with her condition.
Electric Picnic Preview RTÉ2, 11pm
Anyone heading to the Electric Picnic should really be tucked up in bed by the time this show airs, making the most of the last opportunity for a proper night’s sleep before the madness begins.
FRIDA Y Narcos Netflix
With the death of Pablo Escobar at the end of season two, the new series switches attention to the Cali cartel. Available today.
Gardeners’ World BBC Two, 9pm
Ferns can be ideal for the wet and shady conditions of some Irish gardens, and Monty Don offers advice on how to grow them. He’s also showing us how to maintain wildlife ponds.
Diana’s anniversary brings several shows this week, including Diana, 7 Days on RTÉ One.
Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger in the new Strike series, adapted from the books by JK Rowling.
The final episode in the second last series of Games of Thrones is on Monday on Sky Atlantic. See p44.
Narcos season three begins on Netflix on Friday.