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

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

SATUR­DAY The Late Late Toy Show RTÉ One, 3.15pm

If last night was too late for the small­ies, this handy re­peat may pro­vide a handy al­ter­na­tive, or even al­low for a re­peat view­ing.

The Ca­nary Is­lands RTÉ2, 7.15pm

We tend to think of these is­lands as a Span­ish tourist re­sort, but this doc­u­men­tary re­minds how their lo­ca­tion off of Africa has helped pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment for some fas­ci­nat­ing plants and an­i­mals.

SUN­DAY The X Fac­tor Fi­nal Vir­gin One, 7.30pm

Who will suc­ceed boy­band Rak-Su as X Fac­tor cham­pi­ons? The four judges also ran the rule over the fi­nal­ists last night, but the fi­nal vote here will de­cide who gets the record con­tract with Si­mon Cow­ell’s la­bel, Syco.

Dy­nas­ties BBC One, 8pm

There are only 6,600 painted wolves left in the world and David At­ten­bor­ough re­lates the tale of a pack fight­ing for sur­vival in Zim­babwe. They’ve been led by ma­tri­arch Tait, but she’s get­ting older and one of her daugh­ters leads a ri­val pack into their ter­ri­tory. As they bat­tle for con­trol, both fe­males also face en­coun­ters with other preda­tors such as hye­nas, crocodiles and lions.

Pat Shortt’s Mu­sic From D’Telly RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Amer­i­can star John Prine ap­pears on an ar­chive show that also fea­tures such Ir­ish tal­ent as Planxty, Joe Dolan and Big Tom.

Se­crets Of British An­i­ma­tion BBC Four, 9pm

Ire­land has long been punch­ing above its weight on the in­ter­na­tional an­i­ma­tion scene, with links to the US prob­a­bly more im­por­tant than those to our near neigh­bours. How­ever, Bri­tain has some great an­i­ma­tion houses, most no­tably Aard­man, the cre­ators of Wal­lace and Gromit. That Bris­tol stu­dio fea­tures in this doc­u­men­tary along­side the likes of Halas and Bach­e­lor.

MON­DAY 10 Things to Know About RTÉ One, 8.30pm

UCC psy­chol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Gil­lian Mur­phy is on the show to talk about the power of sug­ges­tion and how fake mem­o­ries can be cre­ated. Other sci­en­tists do­ing re­search in the area talk about how mem­o­ries are stored and re­called, and work be­ing done to find ways of in­ter­ven­ing in Alzheimer’s dis­ease years be­fore the trad­mark mem­ory loss oc­curs.

Ba­bies: Their Won­der­ful World BBC Two, 9pm

Episode two of the ex­cel­lent se­ries takes a look at how chil­dren build so­cial re­la­tion­ships in their first two years, dis­cov­er­ing hu­mour and em­pa­thy along the way. An ex­per­i­ment with good and bad pup­pets shows how ba­bies are mak­ing de­ci­sions at a young age on who to trust, and a scan­ner shows which parts of the brain come into ac­tion as a baby is shown pic­tures of faces.

Death and Nightin­gales RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Jamie Dor­nan and co in the se­cond episode of the three-part drama.

TUES­DAY Ar Son na Poblachta RTÉ One, 7pm

The his­tory of the War of In­de­pen­dence con­tin­ues with the after­math of Bloody Sun­day at Croke Park, and fear sparked in the British ad­min­is­tra­tion by Michael Collins’ team’s killing of 14 British agents.

WED­NES­DAY RTÉ In­ves­ti­gates RTÉ One, 9.35pm

An episode en­ti­tled ‘Land of Hope & Home­less’ looks at how, de­spite a hous­ing cri­sis that’s been un­der way for sev­eral years, and the high-pro­file launch of such plans as ‘Re­build­ing Ire­land’, land ear­marked for res­i­den­tial isn’t be­ing de­vel­oped at suf­fi­cient rates.

North Korea: Life In­side the Se­cret State Chan­nel 4, 10pm

Var­i­ous de­fec­tors de­scribe what life is like in the strange, to­tal­i­tar­ian state.

THURS­DAY The Su­per­vet At Christ­mas Chan­nel 4, 8pm

Among the three pa­tients Noel Fitz­patrick tries to help in this episode are a labrador who is hav­ing trou­ble walk­ing and needs a dra­matic in­ter­ven­tion.

Ear To The Ground RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Any ideas of Ire­land’s ru­ral idyll have been scup­pered by the amount of thefts tak­ing place in many ar­eas. Even those who’ve taken se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions have had live­stock and ma­chin­ery stolen, and the stress of hav­ing to be con­stantly on guard has de­stroyed many peo­ple’s peace-of-mind. Dar­ragh McCul­lough re­ports from north Co Dublin, where some thefts have been ac­com­pa­nied by nasty as­saults. There are also two Water­ford sto­ries on the show: the Kiely’s free-range poul­try en­ter­prise in the Comer­agh Moun­tains, where the birds are watched over by a pair of spe­cially-trained Pyre­nean moun­tain dogs; and the Dun­hill farm­ers who’ve put in wet­lands to ab­sorb and clean any waste wa­ter runoff, cre­at­ing a wildlife haven in the process.


Sky At­lantic, 9pm

The fi­nal se­ries of the thriller in the chiller has just four episodes. That doesn’t give the two new de­tec­tives from Oslo much time to sort out the prob­lems of the trou­bled Ac­tic out­post.

Walk­ing The Walk RTÉ One, 10.15pm

Doc­u­men­tary on Dublin priest, Fr Tony Coote, who after be­ing di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease de­cided to walk the length of Ire­land to raise aware­ness about the con­di­tion. As well as fol­low­ing him on his 550km walk from Let­terkenny to Bal­ly­de­hob, we hear how there are just three ded­i­cated MND nurses in the en­tire coun­try, and how lack of fund­ing for re­search has meant very lit­tle ad­vance in treat­ments in the past two decades.

FRI­DAY The Big Le­bowski Net­flix

The Coen broth­ers’ 1998 tale of bowl­ing and re­venge gets a run on the stream­ing net­work.

Un­re­ported World Chan­nel 4, 7.30pm

While west­ern cul­ture has a strong as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween slim­ness and beauty for young women, in the West African state of Mau­ri­ta­nia, the tra­di­tion is very dif­fer­ent. We see how some girls are force-fed up to 10,000 calo­ries a day in an at­tempt to fat­ten them up for mar­riage, a sit­u­a­tion that’s ex­tra un­pleas­ant given that the coun­try has a food short­age. In some cases, chem­i­cals are used in­stead, in­clud­ing some that were orig­i­nally cre­ated for an­i­mals.

Rocky II RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Sylvester Stal­lone di­rected him­self in this 1979 in­stal­ment of the on­go­ing fran­chise. We see our hero re­tire from box­ing, but gets goaded back for one more fight against Apollo Creed. His eye is in­jured and he gets pum­melled for much of the bout — surely there’s no way he can turn this around, is there?

Bryan Ferry & Roxy Mu­sic: A Mu­si­cal His­tory BBC Four, 10pm

A look at the suave band from the 1970s.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show BBC One, 10.35pm (NI 11.05pm)

Jackie Chan is on the show to talk about his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Never Give Up, which rec­ol­lects his time grow­ing up in the grounds of the French em­bassy in Hong Kong — where his par­ents worked — and his sub­se­quent rise to be­com­ing one of the big­gest Asian stars on the planet.

Bernard Dunne re­turns with a new se­ries of Myth­i­cal He­roes, on RTÉ2 on Mon­day. See p44.

Scar­lett Lee has made it into this week­end’s X Fac­tor fi­nal, along­side Dal­ton Har­ris and An­thony Rus­sell.

UCC psy­chol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Gil­lian Mur­phy dis­cusses Mem­ory on 10 Things to Know About.

Fr Tony Coote fea­tures in Walk­ing The Walk on RTÉ One on Thurs­day, de­tail­ing his ef­forts to raise aware­ness and funds for MND.

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