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

Des O’Driscoll

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Content -

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.

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