List­ings TV and ra­dio for the week ahead

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The Lady in the Van Satur­day, BBC2, 9pm Mag­gie Smith is ter­rific as Miss Shepherd, the real- life bump­tious bag lady who lived in a camper van and found a per­ma­nent park­ing spot out­side the Lon­don home of writer Alan Ben­nett. Nat­u­rally, he put pen to pa­per to turn this quirky, quintessen­tially Bri­tish story of hu­man con­nec­tion into a book, then a play and this film di­rected by Ni­cholas Hyt­ner. Alex Jen­nings ( ABOVE, with Smith), is the sym­pa­thetic cardi- clad Ben­nett, who is too timid to turn the prickly and men­tally vul­ner­a­ble woman away, even though she defe­cates all over his home. Un­bro­ken Wed­nes­day, RTÉ One, 9.35pm An­gelina Jolie di­rects the amaz­ing life story of Louis Zam­perini, the self- pro­claimed reg­u­lar guy who com­peted in the Ber­lin Olympics in 1936, but whose life took some ter­ri­ble turns. While serv­ing in the US Air Force dur­ing the sec­ond World War, he crashes in the Pa­cific Ocean and is cast adrift. He is saved, only to be thrown into a PoW camp where cruel Ja­panese com­man­der The Bird ( Taka­mara Ishi­hara) sin­gles him out for spe­cial pun­ish­ment. How­ever, Zam­perini’s heroic run in Ber­lin pro­vides him with the in­spi­ra­tion to keep on keep­ing on. Jack O’Con­nell ( BE­LOW) gives a li­on­hearted per­for­mance as the hero. Fifty Shades of Grey Thurs­day, RTÉ2, 9.30pm The first part of EL James’s best­selling tril­ogy be­comes a film, with Dakota John­son as Anas­ta­sia, the stu­dent who is tempted to be­come a sub­mis­sive sex slave to dom­i­nant bil­lion­aire mega- mogul Christian Grey ( Jamie Dor­nan). Those after tit­il­la­tion should look else­where – the kink­i­ness is tame and the nu­dity soft­core. Nev­er­the­less, it is an en­ter­tain­ing soap opera ro­mance.

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