TV and radio What’s on this week
Rear Window Saturday, RTÉ One, 11.30pm There’s no doubt that Alfred Hitchcock was an extraordinary film- maker. His work has stood the test of time, but what is perhaps most remarkable about him is his ability to play with the medium. In Rope, he decided to use only long, 10- minute takes, giving it a theatrical feel; Psycho was shot cheaply and quickly using the crew of his TV series, and Rear Window came about because he wanted to see if he could make a movie that could be contained on one set. It’s a big one, however – it’s basically everything that wheelchair- bound bored photographer Jeff ( James Stewart, above) can see from his apartment. He manages to convince his girlfriend and nurse that one of his neighbours has murdered his wife – and that’s where the fun really begins. Grace Kelly plays Jeff’s glamorous other half, while Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr also appear.
Wild Bill Friday, TG4, 9.30pm Jeff Bridges ( below) delivers a barnstorming performance as an ageing James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. The legendary gunfighter spends his time trying to keep the streets of Deadwood clear of crime while looking back on his life – until a stranger with a grudge comes looking for him... Ellen Barkin co- stars as Calamity Jane; John Hurt, David Arquette and Keith Carradine co- star.
Mystic River Friday, RTÉ2, 9.40pm Based on Dennis Lehane’s best- selling novel, this gripping drama from director Clint Eastwood features Oscar- winning performances from Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. It focuses on the aftermath of a teenage girl’s murder and her father’s efforts to gain revenge – a move that stirs up terrible memories from the past. Laura Linney also stars.