TV & radio
Nanny McPhee Saturday, RTÉ One, 6.35pm Her friend Stephen Fry is often described as a modern Renaissance man thanks to his numerous skills, but Emma Thompson could also lay claim to a female version of the title. She is the only person ever to win Oscars for acting and writing a screenplay, for Howards End and Sense and Sensibility respectively. She also penned and stars in this adaptation of Christianna Brand’s Nurse Matilda books. Thompson plays the titular character, an oddlooking figure who transforms the lives of an unruly group of seven motherless Victorian children. Colin Firth plays their father, while Kelly Macdonald, Angela Lansbury and Derek Jacobi also appear.
Effie Gray Saturday, BBC Two, 9pm Emma Thompson again, although this time she isn’t the star of the show. She did, however, write the screenplay and makes a memorable appearance in a supporting role. Based on a true story, the drama focuses on Euphemia Gray, a lively young woman who marries esteemed 19th century critic John Ruskin, but after feeling trapped in their loveless marriage, falls for one of her husband’s favourite painters, John Everett Millais, and creates a scandal by seeking a divorce. Dakota Fanning ( above) takes the lead role, alongside Thompson’s real- life other half, Greg Wise.
Marnie Saturday, RTÉ One, 1.45am Alfred Hitchcock directed this complex psychological thriller, one of the most controversial projects of his career. It stars Tippi Hedren as a compulsive liar and thief who is blackmailed into marrying her boss ( played by Sean Connery, below with Hedren). However, he soon discovers the disturbing truth about how deep her problems really run.