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

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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.

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