TV and Ra­dio List­ings for the week

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A Cry in the Dark Satur­day, TG4, 9.30pm Meryl Streep de­liv­ers a pitch­per­fect Aus­tralian ac­cent in this film adap­ta­tion of a tragic case that be­came in­fa­mous across the globe. In 1980, Azaria, the baby daugh­ter of Lindy and Michael Cham­ber­lain, was stolen by a dingo from the fam­ily’s tent while they were camping at Uluru. Lindy was ac­cused of mur­der­ing the child and later found guilty, while Michael was sup­pos­edly guilty of be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact. The film charts their heart­break­ing ef­forts to fight for jus­tice. Sam Neill ( above, with Meryl) is on im­pres­sive form as Michael, while for­mer Neigh­bours stars Charles Ting­well and Mark Lit­tle have small roles. Dial M for Mur­der Sun­day, BBC Two, 1.15pm It may not be re­garded as one of Al­fred Hitch­cock’s best, but this thriller is still a grip­ping piece of en­ter­tain­ment. Grace Kelly plays the es­tranged wife of a for­mer ten­nis cham­pion who is framed for the mur­der of the man paid to kill her. Can her lover find a way to save her from the gal­lows? Ray Mil­land ( be­low, with Grace) is on suit­ably slimy form as the hus­band, while Kelly is her usual ra­di­ant self. John Wil­liams and Pa­trick Allen also ap­pear. It’s pre­ceded by a col­lec­tion of eye- open­ing and of­ten amus­ing in­ter­views with Hitch­cock him­self in Al­fred Hitch­cock: Talk­ing Pic­tures at 12.35pm. Kramer vs Kramer Fri­day, RTÉ One, mid­night Meryl Streep again, and play­ing an­other mother, al­beit a fic­tional one. She won her first Os­car for her role as Joanna, es­tranged wife of ex­ec­u­tive Ted, who aban­dons him and their son be­fore re­turn­ing to fight for cus­tody. The drama charts Ted’s grow­ing bond with the boy and des­per­ate bat­tle to keep him. Dustin Hoff­man also won an Os­car for his per­for­mance.

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