From cinema to home view­ing, your entertainment wrap for the week

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Inside - Des O’Driscoll

SATUR­DAY

The X Fac­tor Vir­gin One, 8.25pm The com­pe­ti­tion usu­ally gets more in­ter­est­ing for the live shows as the re­main­ing 16 con­tes­tants take to the stage. Re­sults fol­low on Sun­day’s show. SUN­DAY Fair City RTÉ One, 8pm There’s a lot of kiss­ing and canoodling on the show this week, with Jane at the cen­tre of much of it, in­clud­ing an en­counter with Paul that causes rip­ples over the next few days. Will and Cris­tiano are also at the cen­tre of the ac­tion tonight. Mediter­ranean with Si­mon Reeve BBC Two, 9pm Ear­lier in the se­ries, Reeve re­ported on the Ndràngheta crime gangs of south­ern Italy; in this episode he vis­its Si­cily to see how their more fa­mous but less pow­er­ful mafia coun­ter­parts are do­ing. He hears tales of how a weak­ened or­gan­i­sa­tion may be gain­ing trac­tion again in ru­ral ar­eas, de­spite the ef­forts of three brave sis­ters who are lead­ing a cam­paign against them. The pre­sen­ter also vis­its the Libyan city of Sirte, where lo­cal vol­un­teers fought to keep the Ro­man ru­ins of Lep­tis Magna out of the hands of Is­lamic State. Sé Mo Laoch Matt Mol­loy TG4, 9.30pm A look at the life of Roscom­mon man who gave up a good job in Aer Lin­gus to con­tentrate on mu­sic full-time. In this show, the cel­e­brated flute player talks about his time with such groups as the Bothy Band and Planxty, as well as The Chief­tains. Philly McMa­hon: The Hard­est Hit RTÉ One, 9.30pm As the de­bate gets louder about the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of drugs, Dublin foot­baller Philly McMa­hon dips into his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences to make the case that cur­rent poli­cies just aren’t work­ing. The Bal­ly­mun na­tive lost his older brother John to heroin in 2012, and has since cam­paigned against the pro­hi­bi­tion model, as well as men­tor­ing young peo­ple away from drugs. As part of the show, McMa­hon talks to ad­dicts and par­ents, as well as trav­el­ling to Por­tu­gal where that coun­try’s de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of drugs for per­sonal use has been hailed for cut­ting down on deaths.

MON­DAY

My Din­ner with Hervé Sky At­lantic, 9pm Peter Din­klage (Game of Thrones) plays fel­low lit­tle per­son ac­tor Hervé Vil­lechaize, who be­came fa­mous as Nick Nack in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. Much of the one-off drama is based on a true story of a wild night in LA with a jour­nal­ist played here by North­ern Ir­ish ac­tor Jamie Dor­nan. Reser­voir Dogs TG4, 9.30pm Does Quentin Tarantino’s break­through film still make an im­pres­sion 26 years af­ter it was re­leased? Prob­a­bly. Worth it for the open­ing scene where the ac­tor-di­rec­tor’s char­ac­ter ex­plains the mean­ing of Madonna’s ‘Like A Vir­gin’, or the slow-mo walk of the cred­its, or the ear-slic­ing tor­ture we don’t see on screen. The Podge & Rodge Show RTÉ2, 10.40pm Doire­ann Gar­rihy joins the bach­e­lor broth­ers for a new se­ries ten years on from the last time we got a look in­side Bal­ly­dung Manor.

TUES­DAY

The Great Bri­tish Bake Off Chan­nel 4, 8pm The semi-fi­nal brings some tricky tasks, in­clud­ing a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult multi-lay­ered tech­ni­cal chal­lenge. Sav­ing Lives at Sea BBC Two, 8pm While the rest of us hud­dled in­doors look­ing out at Storm Ophe­lia ear­lier this year, the crew of the Ross­lare lifeboat were sum­moned to help a yacht in trou­ble. We say their brave ef­forts to res­cue the three peo­ple on the boat. In De­von, a crew try to get a man out of quick­sand as the tide rushes in. Prime Time - The Pres­i­den­tial De­bate RTÉ One, 9.35pm The lack of a se­ri­ous chal­lenger to Michael D Hig­gins has prob­a­bly lim­ited the in­ter­est in the cam­paign, but the cur­rent Pres­i­dent’s op­po­nents will be hop­ing to close to gap in this fi­nal tele­vised de­bate be­fore Fri­day’s elec­tion.

Re­volt­ing Ire­land Vir­gin One, 10pm An eclec­tic mix of protest move­ments feature in tonight’s show, in­clud­ing the Re­claim the Streets group of the early part of this cen­tury whose ‘lefty fringe’ ideas about mak­ing cities ap­peal­ing for res­i­dents rather than just mo­torists are now part of the main­stream. We also see the Shell to Sea group, and the soc­cer fans of Keep Rovers at Mill­town. Imag­ine

BBC One, 10.45pm An episode en­ti­tled ‘Tracey Emin: Where Do You Draw The Line?’ fol­lows the Bri­tish artist as she moves back to her home town of Mar­gate for the ‘last stage’ of her ca­reer.

WED­NES­DAY

This Crowded House RTÉ One, 8.30pm Bren­dan Court­ney is in Car­ri­ga­line, Co Cork, to help Eimer Mur­phy, 31, and her 11-year old daugh­ter to move out of the par­ents’ home she re­turned to five years ago. Even with the Hous­ing As­sis­tance Pay­ment of €900 per month, it isn’t easy to find a place, and ini­tially Eimer wants to move to a house rather than an apart­ment, which fur­ther lim­its her op­tions. Finné TG4, 9.30pm Os­gur Breat­nach tells of his wrong­ful con­vic­tion, along with Nicky Kelly, for the Sallins mail train rob­bery in 1976. A mem­ber of the Ir­ish Repub­li­can So­cial­ist Party, he was con­victed on the ba­sis of a con­fes­sion he said was beaten out of him by gar­daí. Af­ter a long and har­row­ing process which saw Breat­nach im­pris­oned, the Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peal fi­nally quashed his con­vic­tion in May 1980.

THURS­DAY

100 Days To Vic­tory BBC Two, 8pm Two-part his­tory se­ries on the clos­ing days of the First World War. This first episode picks up the ac­tion at the Spring Of­fen­sive, the Ger­man at­tacks that threat­ened to break the dead­lock in their favour. Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, we see how it forced the Al­lies into dras­tic mea­sures and a re­think of tac­tics. A new way of wag­ing war was de­vel­oped, com­bin­ing the var­i­ous strands of the army on a mas­sive scale in what is claimed as the ‘the birth of modern war­fare’. Vi­ta­min Pills: Mir­a­cle or Myth? BBC Two, 9pm The vi­ta­min pill in­dus­try is worth bil­lions per year as peo­ple try to im­prove their health by sup­ple­ment­ing their ba­sic diet. Some of the sci­ence around the ben­e­fits of this has al­ways been hazy, and here Dr Giles Yeo at­tempts to find out if th­ese pills are re­ally of ben­e­fit. Hec­tor Ó Siberia go Saigon TG4, 9.30pm Hec­tor Ó hEochagáin be­gins his new travel show in Siberia, and over the next eight weeks will travel through such coun­tries as China, Nepal and Thai­land be­fore end­ing up in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City in Viet­nam). En­tre­pre­neur Of The Year Awards RTÉ One, 11.25pm High­lights of the busi­ness awards pre­sented by Mark Lit­tle and Aoib­hín Gar­rihy. FRI­DAY Stand Up To Cancer Chan­nel 4, 7pm A night of char­ity fundrais­ing in­cludes an episode of Celebrity Gog­gle­box, a visit to Car­pool Karaoke by Michael Bublé, and all sorts of other celebrity show­ings from the likes of Liam Gal­lagher, Sharon Hor­gan and Chris O’Dowd. Queen: Rock the World BBC Four, 9pm The forth­com­ing Bo­hemian Rhap­sody film will bring a resur­gence in in­ter­est in Fred­die Mer­cury and co, so it’s prob­a­bly a good time to show this 1977 doc­u­men­tary on the band as they made their News of the World al­bum. That’s fol­lowed by The Story of Bo­hemian Rhap­sody (10pm).

Podge and Rodge re­turn with Doire­ann Gar­rihy.

Dublin foot­baller Philly McMa­hon in Por­tu­gal as part of his RTÉ show on the le­gal­i­sa­tion of drugs.

Ear To The Ground re­turns on Thurs­day to RTÉ One. See p50. He­len Car­roll, Ella McSweeney and Dar­ragh McCul­lough. This Crowded House: Bren­dan Court­ney is in Car­ri­ga­line with Eimer Mur­phy, right, and her fam­ily, on RTÉ One on Wed­nes­day.

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