From cinema to home viewing, your entertainment wrap for the week
SATURDAY Electric Picnic RTÉ2, 8pm Performances and reports from Stradbally, where the festival is in full swing. Whitney: Can I Be Me BBC Two, 9pm Celebrated documentary-maker Nick Bromfield was commissioned by the BBC to make this 100-minute documentary on the late Whitney Houston. Before she accidentally drowned in her bath at the age of 48 in 2012, she had amassed an array of hits, the biggest of which was the Dolly Parton cover ‘I Will Always Love You’. Of course, she was also infamous for her drug addictions, which also contributed to her untimely death. Through interviews and archive footage, Broomfield addresses both sides of her life, not least by debunking the legend that it was Bobby Browne who led innocent Whitney astray. The singer’s brother recalls his sister first trying heroin at the age of 10. The Jonathan Ross Show ITV, 9.30pm Mo Farah has bowed out of athletics with a pile of medals and a place in the history books. He’s with Jonathan Ross as he returns for a new series with Liverpool comedian John Bishop and actor Suranne Jones. Up For The Match RTÉ One, 9.50pm Gráinne Seoige has been off in South Africa working in the diamond industry, but she’s back in Dublin tonight mining gems from the Waterford and Galway camps in advance of the All-Ireland hurling finals. As ever, Des Cahill will also be on co-hosting duties. SUNDAY Fake Or Fortune BBC One, 7.05pm More art authenticy issues for the team as they check out a painting owned by a couple who believe it’s the work of Australian artist Tom Roberts, and worth more than £200,000. Bought online, several experts don’t believe it’s the real deal. What will the team decide? Strike — The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC One, 9pm The concluding part of the three-part detective thriller adapted from the books by JK Rowling. MONDAY Mad Max: Fury Road RTÉ2, 9pm Excellent revival of the Australia-set dystopian tale from 2015. There’s no Mel Gibson, but Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron take the lead roles. Trump’s War On The Border Channel 4, 11.05pm A documentary set on the US-Mexico border during the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency. How have his efforts to build a wall affected those who live and work in the area? TUESDAY The Great British Bake Off Channel 4, 8pm Forget about shark week on Discovery. It’s biscuit week on Bake Off, and the contestants have blend both biscuit and filling. The 21st Century Race for Space BBC Two, 9pm In the beginning, it was big states like the US and the Soviet Union who spent billions on space exploration. Recently, countries such as Britain and India have got in on the act, but this documentary looks at how the next great age of putting humans into space is being driven by private companies. As Brian Cox shows, some of the efforts reflect the interests of their billionaire funders, while others are seeking to exploit some of the possible commercial potential of space exploration. Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes Sky Arts, 9pm Tony Visconti is best known for producing some of David Bowie’s best albums, and here the 73-year-old New Yorker begins a six-part quest to find the best unsigned bands in Ireland the UK. Joining him in the first episode are Stewart Copeland of The Police and Nitin Sawheny. Twin Peaks
Sky Atlantic, 9pm The third series of David Lynch’s show been as strange as expected but many who’ve stayed with it have reported a satisfying experience. A double bill of episodes finishes the season. WEDNESDAY It’s A Park’s Life RTÉ One, 8.30pm The Phoenix Park in Dublin is probably taken for granted by most of the people who use it, but this new six-part series will help to underline what an amazing place it is. Stretching over 1,750 acres, it provides a hugely important refuge for humans and animals alike. The first episode follows park rangers James and Ciarán — sometimes referred to as Ponch and John from CHiPs — as they unlock the gates and check in on some of the homeless people who’ve spent the night in the park. There’s also a visit to the walled garden, while the Papal Cross provides the backdrop for Jan Kaminski’s tale of how he fled to Ireland after escaping the German occupation of his native Poland. THURSDAY Who Do You Think You Are? BBC One, 8pm Lisa Hammond is probably familiar to you as
EastEnders market trader Donna Yates. Here, she attempts to find out why her grandfather never spoke about his time in the Second World War. The Big Family Cooking Showdown BBC Two, 8pm Tonight’s episode has a clash of two of the world’s great food cultures. On one side are the Massaccesi family and their Italian home cooking; while the Gangotras draw heavily from their Indian heritage. Find Me A Home RTÉ One, 8.30pm Unfortunately, the fall-out from the collapse of the Celtic Tiger looks set to continue for some time in Ireland’s property market. This series follows people who are caught up in the madness, either by buying, selling or renting. Episode one features Brendan and Shireen, who are having no luck getting a place on rent allowance; while Janice is selling her 3-bed penthouse apartment just to clear her mortgage after she bought it at the height of the previous price bubble. FRIDAY Gardeners’ World BBC Two, 10pm It’s probably time to harvest maincrop potatoes, and Monty Don has plenty of advice on digging and storing them. Gogglebox Channel 4, 9pm A new series of the telly-watching series features the usual couch-bound critics. Rock and Roll — Pain Sky Arts, 9pm John Legend and Dave Stewart are among the songwriters who describe how heartbreak and loneliness can inspire such great tunes.
The concluding part of Strike is on tomorrow.
RTÉ2 has coverage of the Electric PIcnic tonight.
Celebrity Operation Transformation is on RTÉ One on Wednesday, see page 48.
It’s A Park’s Life is set in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.