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