My Din­ner With Hervé 10.05pm, Sky At­lantic

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Hervé is the late French ac­tor Hervé Vil­lechaize, best known for his mem­o­rable weekly cry of “De plane! De plane!” in Fan­tasy Is­land. A pas­sion project for both its star, Game Of Thrones’s Peter Din­klage, and its di­rec­tor, Sacha Ger­vasi, this by turns fas­ci­nat­ing, tawdry and tragic biopic is based around the events of an in­ter­view Ger­vasi, then a young jour­nal­ist, con­ducted with Vil­lechaize in LA in 1993 – a week be­fore the ac­tor com­mit­ted sui­cide. Jamie Dor­nan plays Ger­vasi’s stand-in, Danny Tate, a newly sober re­porter who finds his ap­point­ment with Vil­lechaize (Din­klage) turn­ing into a much longer, deeper, and wilder night than ex­pected. Mean­while, the strug­gles of Vil­lechaize’s life – from his child­hood to the de­mean­ing stereo­types foisted on him by film and TV – and the com­plex­ity of his char­ac­ter emerge.

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