FILMS OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

Padding­ton Satur­day, RTÉ One, 6.35pm Sun­day, Chan­nel 4, 5.15pm Michael Bond’s much- loved se­ries of chil­dren’s books about a mar­malade- lov­ing bear have been brought to life be­fore, most fa­mously via a 1970s TV se­ries voiced by ac­tor Michael Hordern. He was in­tro­duced to a whole new 21st- cen­tury au­di­ence thanks to this de­light­ful film, which mixes live ac­tion and an­i­ma­tion. Here, Padding­ton ar­rives in Lon­don from dark­est Peru and is adopted by the Brown fam­ily. Ini­tially, he is pleased with the move – un­til he catches the un­wanted at­ten­tion of a sin­is­ter taxi­der­mist who wants to turn him into a mu­seum ex­hibit. An ea­gerly awaited se­quel is due for re­lease this com­ing Fri­day. Fried Green Toma­toes at the Whis­tle Stop Cafe Satur­day, be3, 9pm Ac­tress and writer Fan­nie Flagg adapted her own novel for the big screen, and it con­tin­ues to de­light au­di­ences 25 years since its cinema re­lease. Kathy Bates is won­der­ful as Evelyn, an un­der- ap­pre­ci­ated house­wife whose un­happy life is en­livened by her friend­ship with Ninny ( Jes­sica Tandy), an old lady in a nurs­ing home who de­lights her with sto­ries from her colour­ful past. Mary Stu­art Master­son and Mary- Louise Parker are seen in flash­back se­quences as char­ac­ters from Ninny’s tales who ran the tit­u­lar café in 1920s Alabama. What We Do in the Shad­ows Sun­day, BBC Two, 11.45pm One of the most in­ven­tive hor­ror come­dies for many a ( full) moon was co- di­rected by Jer­maine Cle­ment ( be­low) and Taika Waititi ( who both star in the film). It fo­cuses on the day to day ac­tiv­i­ties of 21st- cen­tury New Zealand vam­pires as they try to deal with the is­sues of modern life, in­clud­ing is­sues in­volv­ing get­ting into night­clubs. Won­der­ful stuff.

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