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

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

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.

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