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

Des O’Drisc oll

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Inside -


Basquiat: Rage To Ric hes BBC Two, 9pm Doc­u­men­tary on Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York artist who be­gan in the ur­ban graf­fiti scene of the 1970s, be­ing cham­pi­oned by Andy Warhol and de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion be­fore he suc­cumbed to a heroin over­dose in 1988 at the age of 27. As this show points out, one of his Skull paint­ings was sold re­cently for over $100m, a fig­ure which en­sures he has be­gun to be talked about in the es­teemed com­pany of some of the 20th cen­tury’s great mas­ters. The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 2 RTÉ2, 9.15pm An­drew Garfield and Emma Stone star in this 2014 se­quel.


Paint­ing The Na­tion RTÉ One, 6.30pm The Small Ring by Jack B Yeats is a favourite paint­ing of the col­lec­tion at the Craw­ford Art Gallery in Cork. For the re­main­ing par­tic­i­pants in this episode, it must pro­vide the in­spi­ra­tion for their lat­est task. They get 90 min­utes to try and cap­ture the move­ment of two box­ers train­ing at a box­ing club. Louis Th­er­oux: Dark States - Heroin Town BBC Two, 8pm

Louis Th­er­oux con­tin­ues his Amer­i­can doc­u­men­tary se­ries with a visit to Hunt­ing­ton, West Vir­ginia. Pre­scrip­tion painkil­llers were a prob­lem in this and other towns, as their wide­spread pro­vi­sion by med­i­cal staff cre­ated a huge ad­dic­tion is­sue. A crack­down on the le­gal drugs’ pre­scrip­tion worked so well that they be­came too scarce and ex­pen­sive for many peo­ple, so in­stead the ad­dicts turned to heroin. We hear how one in 10 ba­bies born in the town of 49,000 somes into the world de­pen­dant on opi­ates. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s a story be­ing re­peated in many other com­mu­ni­ties on an un­prece­dented rate and is be­ing blamed for the fact that life ex­pectancy in the US is de­clin­ing for the first time in two decades. Ac c eptab le Risk RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing looks like it’s be­ing shut down, but Emer hears new in­for­ma­tion about the death of Sarah’s first hus­band. Snow­fall BBC Two, 10pm

More drug tales from Amer­ica, this time via a 10-part drama se­ries set in Los Angeles in 1983. Ma­jor char­ac­ters in­clude a young co­caine dealer, and a CIA man in­volved in help­ing the Con­tra fight­ers in Nicaragua. De­spite the promise of such a rich tableau, reports from the US sug­gest the se­ries is closer to grand than great. Sir Bob b y Charl­ton At 80 BBC One, 10.30pm

This doc­u­men­tary about the great Manch­ester United player is sure to stir plenty of de­bate about how the game has changed. Born near New­cas­tle in 1937, he made his de­but for United in 56 and is still a di­rec­tor at the club. It’s in­cred­i­ble to think that, when he be­gan his ca­reer, fans on their way to Old Traf­ford would of­ten bump into play­ers also get­ting to pub­lic bus to the game. In this film we hear how he blos­somed in the Busby Babes era, and the in­cred­i­ble story of how he sur­vived the Mu­nich air crash – he had swapped seats with one of the play­ers who per­ished and was dragged un­con­scious from the burn­ing wreck­age by goal­keeper Harry Gregg. On the play­ing side, we see how his ex­ploits as an at­tack­ing mid­fielder helped Eng­land to the World Cup in 1966 and United to a Euro­pean Cup two years later. Al­ways con­sid­ered a gen­tle­man of the game, he still spends much of his time be­tween Old Traf­ford and work­ing for his land­mine char­ity.


Panorama BBC One, 9pm A look at the dif­fi­cult sub­ject of peer on peer sex­ual abuse, which can take place in schools or other en­vi­ron­ments. Par­ents of vic­tims ex­plain how it can be dif­fi­cult to deal with.


Froc k Finders RTÉ One, 8.30pm Kinsale-based de­sign­ers Char­lotte and Jane cre­ate a dress for chef Rachel Allen. V ogue: My Anx­ious Life RTÉ2, 10.05pm

Vogue Wil­liams may look like she has it all, but in this episode she talks about her bat­tle with anx­i­ety is­sues through the years. She also meets a num­ber of suf­fer­ers in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, and hears about var­i­ous meth­ods that can help peo­ple cope with the con­di­tion.


Peaky Blin­ders RTÉ2, 9pm

Sea­son four is due soon on BBC, but this is a chance to catch up on se­ries three. A dou­ble bill of open­ing episodes in­cludes the wed­ding of Cil­lian Mur­phy’s char­ac­ter, Thomas Shelby. Bil­lion Dol­lar Deals and How They Changed Your W orld BBC Two, 8pm

The third and fi­nal episode has Jac­ques Peretti look­ing at chang­ing world of work, and how the set 9-5 day is be­com­ing a thing of the past as peo­ple check emails late into the night, or work sev­eral jobs to make ends meet. He also looks at the deal that saw a mas­sive jump in ex­ec­u­tives’ pay while also re­mov­ing job se­cu­rity.


Neven’s Ital­ian Food Trails RTÉ One, 7pm

Neven Maguire’s jour­ney takes him to Parma, so not sur­pris­ingly, vis­its one of the city’s many ham pro­duc­ers. The re­gion is also the home of bal­samic vine­gar, and the Ir­ish chef also sees parme­san cheese be­ing made and tries his hand at mak­ing fresh pasta. The His­tory of Com­edy Sky Arts, 9pm

New se­ries does ex­actly what it says in the ti­tle, be­gin­ning with look at how the world of com­edy was such a male-dom­i­nated area for so many years.


Aus­tralian Wilder­ness with Ray Mears ITV, 8pm

Mears be­gins his new se­ries in Western Aus­tralia, tak­ing in the spec­tac­u­lar Nin­ga­loo reef, and get­ting to dive with a whale shark. Nile Rod gers How To Make It In The Mu­sic Busi­ness BBC Four, 9pm

Episode two of the Chic gui­tarist’s clunkily-ti­tled show has him talk­ing about how the end of the disco era meant a hia­tus for his band. In­stead, he fo­cused more on pro­duc­ing, and ended up cre­at­ing hit al­bums for the likes of Diana Ross, David Bowie and Madonna. The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show BBC One, 10.35pm

Ni­cole Kid­man and Colin Far­rell are on the show to dis­cuss their film, The Killing of a Sa­cred Deer, while Bryan Cranston talks about ap­pear­ing in a Lon­don play. Niall Horan pro­vides the mu­sic.

Char­lotte Car­gin and Rachel Allen on Frock Finders on RTE One on Tues­day.

Bobby Charl­ton’s 80th birth­day is marked by the BBC to­mor­row. The Man Utd leg­end is pic­tured here in 1968 with Nobby Stiles and Ge­orge Best.

Al Porter and Tara Flynn team up for the new se­ries of Blind Date on TV3 to­mor­row. See p42.

Neven Maguire is in Parma on Thurs­day.

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