TV and ra­dio What’s on this week

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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.

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