From cinema to home viewing, your entertainment wrap for the week
SATURDAY Strictly Come Dancing BBC One, 6.50pm
Expect black eye make-up and back-combed hair as the celebrities take to the floor for a Halloween special.
Black Hollywood: ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us’ BBC Two, 9pm
The concluding part of the documentary on black film-makers and actors. It focuses on recent successes such as Black Panther, Moonlight and Get Out, which may refute the notion that ‘black’ stories aren’t bankable.
Interstellar RTÉ2, 9pm
Matthew McConaughey stars in Christopher Nolan’s futuristic tale of a group of astronauts looking for a better place for humanity to live. Visually, it’s quite impressive, but the main gripe from cinemagoers when the film was released in 2014 was that it was too long at 169 minutes.
SUNDAY Mediterranean with Simon Reeve BBC Two, 8pm
The final episode of the enjoyable travel/ current affairs series has the presenter seeing the bizarre land border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Cueta. It once gave the Spanish a foothold in Africa, but now has become a magnet for refugees fleeing poverty and war. As a result, its land border is lined with elaborate security fences. He also meets migrants of a different kind amidst the highrises of the Costa Blanca where millions head on holidays in what is now being hailed as a model of sustainable tourism.
Doing Money RTÉ One, 9.30pm
“Welcome to Galway,” says the middle-aged man as he unbuckles his belt and climbs on top of the terrified young woman. This one-off drama revolves around Ana, a young Romanian woman snatched from the streets in London and trafficked to Ireland to work as a sex slave in the pop-up brothels that are now a major part of prostitution in this country. At times, it doesn’t make for easy viewing, but the fact that it’s based on a true story underlines its importance. A co-production between RTÉ and the BBC, it will also be shown on the British channel.
Inside No. 9 Live BBC Two, 10pm
At the best of times, this show from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith can unleash some rather strange characters; for a Halloween special, it will take another step towards the dark side. Performed live, we see what happens when a mobile phone is found in a graveyard and somebody makes the mistake of trying to contact the owner.
MONDAY Black Earth Rising BBC Two, 9pm
The final episode of the international thriller ties up the loose ends of the various strands.
For Fact’s Sake
BBC One, 9.30pm (NI 10.45pm)
Brendan O’Carroll and co continue their lighthearted panel quiz, complete with guest expert Chris Packham. In fairness, when it comes to facts about nature, the Springwatch presenter does have a rather large bagful.
TUESDAY The Great British Bake Off Channel 4, 8pm
The final of this year’s series features the remaining three contestants facing challenges involving doughnuts and decoration.
Home Rescue RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Architect Róisín Murphy and builder Peter Finn return to bring a bit of redesign to cluttered homes. First up, they’re in Ballyphehane, Cork, with Carmel and her son Konrad. He’s the sixth of her eight sons, and he was the only one remaining in the nest until his older brother Kenneth moved back in with his wife and kids. To make space, keen crafters Konrad
and Carmel moved piles of their materials into two rooms. They’ve been trying to live among piles of wool, fabrics and Konrad’s drag queen costumes. Remedies are found, but not before tempers fray and tough decisions are made.
The Reluctant Landlord Sky One, 10pm
Romesh Ranganathan stars in his new autobiographical comedy series, which sees him being forced to take over his dad’s pub, despite his dreams of becoming a hip-hop DJ.
WEDNESDAY Watchdog Live BBC One, 8pm
Most of the issues dealt with in the new series will be in a UK context, but some will also be relevant for people in this country. For instance, Stacey Solomon looks at hefty bills received by families of children who thought they were playing their video games for free.
The Apprentice BBC One, 9pm
Contestants will be hoping to put their best foot forward by designing and marketing a new shoe. One team opts to try to create an urban trainer, while the other goes for high heels.
THURSDAY Ear To The Ground RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Upperchurch in Co Tipperary serves as an example of the decline that’s affecting so many rural communities. Helen Carroll is in the town to hear locals’ reaction to impending loss of their post office/newsagent. As ever, it’s not just the loss of the services that will be felt — the post office also serves as a meeting place for people who will now be in danger of becoming more isolated. At least the village is making efforts on other fronts, not least at the Jim O’The Mills pub which only opens on Thursdays, hosting a weekly gathering for music and chat.
The First Channel 4, 9pm
Sean Penn is among the stars of this major new series from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The 58-year-old actor plays one of five astronauts sent to Mars to explore the possibility of setting up a human colony on the planet.
Hector Ó Siberia go Saigon TG4, 9.30pm
Hector Ó hEochagáin has made it to Mongolia for this episode, and his first impressions of the capital Ulaanbaatar are of a city that’s cold and polluted. He does warm to the country, however, meeting sumo babies, a herder on the steppe, and the child jockeys who take part in the popular horse races.
FRIDAY All-Star Awards RTÉ2, 7pm
The GAA’s All-Star Awards are live from the Convention Centre, Dublin. We’ll know who’s got the football awards by Thursday, but the hurling equivalents will be announced on the Friday night.
Lár Stáitse TG4, 8pm
Live from this year’s Oireachtas na Samhna at the INEC in Killarney, a huge gathering for performances and competitions in singing, dancing and other cultural pursuits.
Radio 2 in Concert: Paul Weller BBC Four, 10pm
The Modfather performs some classic tracks, as well as tunes from his new album, True
Meanings in a show recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Future episodes will feature the likes of Boy George and Ed Sheeran.
The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm
Claire Foy came to most people’s attention for her superb portrayal of a young Elizabeth II in The Crown, but here she’ll be talking about her role in crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s
Web. Hollywood star Kurt Russell is also among the guests, while Mumford & Sons provide the music.
Róisín Murphy in Cork with Carmel and her son Konrad in ‘Home Rescue’ on RTÉ One on Tuesday.
Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey in ‘Interstellar’, showing on RTÉ2 tonight.
‘Doing Money’ on RTÉ One tomorrow is based on the true story of a woman forced into prostitution in Ireland.
Natascha McElhone and Sean Penn in ‘The First’, a new drama series on Channel 4 on Thursday.