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

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Contents - Des O’Driscoll

SATUR­DAY Suf­fragette Chan­nel 4, 9pm

He­lena Bon­ham Carter and Meryl Streep are among the fa­mil­iar faces in this 2015 film about the strug­gle for vot­ing rights for women in Bri­tain dur­ing the early part of the last cen­tury.

What Richard Did RTÉ2, 10pm

Jack Reynor stars in Lenny Abra­ham­son’s 2011 film about a priv­i­leged young Dubliner who com­mits a vi­cious as­sault.

SUN­DAY Gradam Ceoil TG4, 9.30pm

Páidí Ó Lionáird and Gráinne McEl­wain present the pres­ti­gious Ir­ish mu­sic awards from the Wa­ter­front Hall, Belfast. Live per­form­ers in­clude De Dan­nan, while there will be a life­time achieve­ment award for flute player Patsy Hanly, and Máire Ní Chéileachair from Cill na Mar­tra gets singer of the year.

McMafia BBC One, 9pm

It’s the sec­ond-last episode of the in­ter­na­tional crime drama, and Alex not only has to come to terms with the shock­ing events of episode six — he’s also in for an­other be­trayal.

MON­DAY My Life: Locked In Boy CBBC, 5.30pm

The ex­cel­lent se­ries that ex­plains dif­fi­cult is­sues in a child-cen­tred way tells the story of Jonathan, a 10-year-old who, for eight years of his life, was un­able to speak or com­mu­ni­cate. Then, two years ago, his mother taught him to spell us­ing his eyes on an al­pha­bet board. Now, he’s writ­ing po­etry, and a blog which he hopes will help other young peo­ple in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.


BBC One, 8.30pm (Not NI)

A Bri­tish woman who went to Syria to live un­der the Is­lamic State for two years tells of her ex­pe­ri­ences un­der a group she formerly sym­pa­thised with. She even mar­ried a ji­hadi fighter and had a child with him. Not sur­pris­ingly, she wit­nessed plenty of bru­tal­ity, and even­tu­ally had a change of heart be­fore mak­ing her es­cape.

Red Rock TV3, 9pm

Episode two of the cur­rent se­ries has Supt Kevin Dunne dis­cov­er­ing some in­for­ma­tion that makes him to­tally re­assess his at­ti­tude to pro­tect­ing Cal­laghan.

The Hand­maid’s Tale RTÉ2, 9.30pm

The TV adap­ta­tion of Mar­gret At­wood’s dystopian novel was one of the most widely-praised shows of 2017, with many Ir­ish view­ers watch­ing it on Net­flix. For those who don’t have ac­cess to the stream­ing net­work, the in­au­gu­ral se­ries gets a run on RTÉ, kick­ing off with a dou­ble bill of episodes. Elis­a­beth Moss stars as one of the ‘hand­maids’, a prized group of fer­tile women in a to­tal­i­tar­ian state where pol­lu­tion has en­sured that the ma­jor­ity of fe­males are now ster­ile. Ex­cel­lent, but bleak.

Hori­zon BBC Two, 9pm

When Richard Gray suf­fered brain haem­or­rhage, it pro­vided ma­te­rial for a very per­sonal doc­u­men­tary by his wife, film-maker Fiona Lloyd-Davies. Over four years, she filmed the ups and downs of his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

TUES­DAY Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion RTÉ One, 8.30pm

As well as the weigh-ins for the par­tic­i­pants, this week’s episodes also vis­its some of the GAA clubs tak­ing part in the Ire­land Lights Up cam­paign, where pitch flood­lights are turned on to al­low peo­ple to ex­er­cise safely in the win­ter.

First Dates Ire­land RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Twenty-one-year-old Lim­er­ick nanoscience stu­dent Úna de­scribes her­self as “sex­u­ally fluid”, so will mu­sic grad­u­ate Jor­dan be able to find sweet har­mony with her when he brings his gui­tar along for the date? We also see how part-time model Shane gets on when he’s mixed with Alexan­dra, 27, who says she has three rules — no smok­ing, no drink­ing and no sex.

Alexan­dra on First Dates Ire­land has three rules: ‘No smok­ing, no drink­ing and no sex.’

Elis­a­beth Moss in ‘The Hand­maid’s Tale’ on RTÉ2.

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