TV & ra­dio

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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.

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