What to watch

Des O’Driscoll

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - TV & Film -

SATUR­DAY

First They Killed My Fa­ther Net­flix An­gelina Jolie di­rects this adap­ta­tion of a me­moir set in the Kh­mer Rouge geno­cide in Cam­bo­dia in the 1970s. Even Bet­ter Than The Real Thing BBC One, 7pm Paddy McGuin­ness has al­ready shown his deft touch on Take Me Out, and for this new show gath­ers some of the top tribute artists to per­form mu­sic by the likes of Whitney Hous­ton, Ge­orge Michael, and Amy Wine­house. WWII’s Great Es­capes Chan­nel 4, 8pm Monty Halls be­gins a new se­ries re­lat­ing some the in­cred­i­ble es­capes by Al­lied POWs dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. First up is a mass es­cape in Slove­nia that was fol­lowed by a tough jour­ney through the forests and moun­tains to free­dom. Among the con­trib­u­tors are mem­bers of the Slove­nian re­sis­tance who helped the es­capees. Su­per 8 Chan­nel 4, 9pm JJ Abrams di­rected the en­joy­able sci-fi thriller from 2011 about a group of teenagers who in­ad­ver­tently dis­cover some dark se­crets af­ter a train de­rails in their home town. The Jonathan Ross Show ITV, 9.15pm Paul Hol­ly­wood and Noel Field­ing talk about their un­likely dou­ble act on The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, while the guest list also gets a Hol­ly­wood flavour from the likes of Jeff Bridges, Ju­lianne Moore and Halle Berry. Lin­coln

RTÉ One, 11.25pm Steven Spiel­berg di­rects Daniel Day-Lewis in this wordy and wor­thy ac­count of the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent dur­ing the bloody civil war.

SUN­DAY

Elec­tric Dreams Chan­nel 4, 9pm New se­ries where each episode is based on a short story by Philip K Dick, the Amer­i­can scifi writer who pre­vi­ously gave us Blade Run­ner, To­tal Re­call and Mi­nor­ity Re­port. First up is a tale set in a city where a me­teor shower has de­stroyed com­mu­ni­cati­tons sys­tems and led to the rise of the Teeps, a group of tele­pathic mu­tants. The King’s Speech RTÉ One, 9.30pm Colin Firth and Ge­of­frey Rush star in the 2010 tale of the Bri­tish king’s at­tempts to over­come his stut­ter. Lee Mack: Hit the Road Mack Chan­nel 4, 10.10pm Lee Mack is one of the bet­ter Bri­tish co­me­di­ans, and this show was recorded in Lon­don dur­ing the stand-up’s 2014 tour.

MON­DAY

The Baby­mak­ers TV3, 9pm In the sec­ond episode of the IVF doc­u­men­tary se­ries, Denise and Mark speak about the dif­fi­cult two-week wait be­tween the trans­fer of the fer­tilised egg into the woman and the test to see if it has taken hold in her body. An­other cou­ple, Naoimh and Rob­bie, ex­plain why her age (45) is one of the rea­sons why they’ve cho­sen to to go the route of an egg donor. Rel­lik

BBC One, 9pm We know that this isn’t top-class drama fare, but the dis­fig­ured de­tec­tive’s at­tempts to solve the se­rial killer case may still pro­vide some di­ver­sion.

TUES­DAY

Frock Find­ers RTÉ One, 8.30pm Among the peo­ple look­ing for dresses in this episode are Amy Lynch, a Tralee woman with Down syn­drome. Kin­sale-based de­sign­ers Char­lotte and Jane also pro­vide a wed­ding dress, while plus-size bou­tique owner Danny Leane dresses coun­try singer Noreen Ashe. Brid­get and Ea­monn RTÉ2, 9.30pm The ‘80s cou­ple are back for a third se­ries, and in the weeks ahead, the cou­ple will in­ad­ver­tantly end up in a porn video, try to get on the bus to Lour­des and raise eye­brows when Brid­get’s mother shows up with a new young boyfriend.

Schizophre­nia: The Voices In My Head RTÉ2, 10pm Given its part in hor­ror films through the years, it prob­a­bly isn’t sur­pris­ing that schizophre­nia is such a mis­un­der­stood con­di­tion. In this one-off show, three young Ir­ish peo­ple talk about how they are try­ing to man­age the delu­sional thoughts and in­ter­nal voices that are associated with the con­di­tion Mr Mercedes RTÉ One, 10.15pm Bren­dan Glee­son stars as a re­tired de­tec­tive Bill Hodges , who is be­ing taunted by a man who got off af­ter be­ing pros­e­cuted for killing 16 peo­ple af­ter driv­ing his Mercedes through a crowd. The five-part adap­ta­tion of the Stephen King novel got de­cent re­views in US, but be warned that it does have some nasty vi­o­lence.

WED­NES­DAY

Celebrity Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion RTÉ One, 9.35pm Some of the par­tic­i­pants are in dan­ger of be­ing sidetracked by the launches and other events that are part of life when you’re try­ing to climb the celebrity lad­der. They need to fo­cus, how­ever, if they’re go­ing to be ready for the mod­ern pen­tathlon, and tonight we see them train­ing for the show jump­ing and fenc­ing dis­ci­plines.

THURS­DAY

Eire na Nuachtscan­nan TG4, 8pm New se­ries about how cin­ema news­reels brought world events to Ir­ish au­di­ences in the early part of the last cen­tury. Grace Harte TG4, 10pm New drama se­ries set in a run-down ho­tel in the west of Ireland. A love tri­an­gle ends in tragedy – who is re­spon­si­ble? The Su­per­vet Chan­nel 4, 8pm A new run of the Ir­ish vet’s se­ries has him try­ing to help a stafford­shire bull ter­rier whose pelvis has been smashed by a car. Ireland’s Rich List RTÉ2, 9.30pm The con­clud­ing part of Joe O’Shea’s look at the Sun­day Times’ list of big earn­ers in Ireland. FRI­DAY Gar­den­ers’ World BBC Two, 9pm With flow­ers faded and most of har­vest­ing done, it’s time to start plan­ning for the months ahead. Monty Don is plant­ing bulbs that will emerge around Christ­mas, and he’s also sewing gar­lic, a plant that grows well in Ir­ish con­di­tions. Cloch le Carn TG4, 9.35pm Doc­u­men­tary on the late rugby player Moss Keane. Jack White­hall: Trav­els with my Fa­ther Net­flix Given the suc­cess of Baz Ash­mawy’s se­ries with his mother, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­body else would turn the cam­era on a par­ent. Here, the Bri­tish co­me­dian trav­els with his grumpy dad through Asia.

Kin­sale-based de­sign­ers Char­lotte Car­gin and Jane Skov­gaard in Frock Find­ers on RTÉ One.

Hol­l­i­day Grainger in Philip K. Dick’s Elec­tric Dreams on Chan­nel 4 on Sun­day.

Bren­dan Glee­son stars in new thriller se­ries Mr Mercedes on RTÉ One from Tues­day.

Celebrity Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion: Wed­nes­day.

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