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

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

SATUR­DAY Har­vey TG4, 1.05pm

A rare chance to see James Ste­wart in the clas­sic com­edy drama from 1950. A man’s in­sis­tence that he has a 6ft rab­bit as a friend, causes much con­cern amongst his fam­ily.

The Se­cret World of Emily Bronte Chan­nel 4, 6.05pm

Emily Bronte died on De­cem­ber 19, 1848, at the age of 30. In this doc­u­men­tary, model Lily Cole delves into the York­shire writer’s short life, and her only novel, Wuther­ing Heights, pub­lished a year be­fore her death. We also hear how her fa­ther was Ir­ish, a man who came from ru­ral poverty in Co Down, be­fore grow­ing up to be­come a priest in the Church of Eng­land.

SUN­DAY Cities: Na­ture’s New Wild BBC Two, 8pm

Fol­low­ing on from the fi­nal episode of Planet

Earth II, this new three-part se­ries looks at an­i­mals who have adapted to liv­ing in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. We’ll see such crea­tures as huge pythons in Bangkok, huge colonies of fruit bats in Ade­laide, and pen­guins in Cape Town.

Ire­land’s Fittest Fam­ily - Celebrity Spe­cial RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Four fam­i­lies will be led by their celebrity mem­ber in this one-off spe­cial, with the win­ning team get­ting €10,000 for the char­ity of their choice. Cork ac­tress Norma Shea­han, 2FM’s Keith Walsh, singers Sean and Conor Price, and Danc­ing with the Stars judge Brian Red­mond will take part.

Les Misérables BBC One, 9pm

It’s not the first time Vic­tor Hugo’s novel has been adapted for TV (eg, Gérard Depar­dieu and John Malkovich starred in a French ver­sion in 2000 that’s well worth track­ing down), nor will it be the last. In this six-part se­ries, Do­minic West plays Jean Val­jean, the ex con­vict who even­tu­ally turns his life around af­ter a long spell in prison.


RTÉ One, 9.30pm

A doc­u­men­tary on Ja­son Sher­lock, a Dubliner who stood out both for his sports skills and his mixed race back­ground. As well as his prow­ess with the Dublin foot­ballers and soc­cer clubs such as UCD and Sham­rock Rovers, we also hear about his early sum­mers spent in Bal­ly­hea, Co Cork, where he de­scribes how he was made feel very wel­come in the lo­cal GAA club. He talks about a fam­ily back­ground that in­volved a mother from Ire­land and a fa­ther from Hong Kong, but Ja­son never knew him well. His fa­ther was mur­dered in South Africa in 1995, and the film in­cludes a mov­ing visit to where his ashes are kept.

Rory Gal­lagher Ir­ish Tour 1974 TG4, 10.30pm

The con­cert film from the Cork star’s tour in the mid-’70s, when the rag­ing Trou­bles in the North didn’t stop Gal­lagher from play­ing in Belfast, a city he had close ties to. As well as the Ul­ster Hall, there’s also footage from the Carl­ton Cin­ema in Dublin and the gig at Cork City Hall. Watch out for a young Pe­ter Aiken in the footage — his fa­ther Jim was pro­mot­ing the tour. You may also spot that the af­ter-party scenes in Cork were filmed at Cork Boat Club in Black­rock.

Other Voices Bal­lina: Vil­lagers RTÉ 2, 11.40pm

A set from Conor O’Brien and co recorded at the re­cent event at St. Michael’s Church in the Co Mayo town.

NEW YEAR’S EVE Pope Fran­cis in Ire­land: Be­hind the Scenes RTÉ One, 7pm

Ob­ser­va­tional doc­u­men­tary filmed around the Pope’s visit in March 2018. The ac­tion be­gins eight months be­fore­hand, as the 50-strong team ap­pointed by Arch­bishop Diarmuid Mar­tin be­gin to put plans in place. Along the way, we meet var­i­ous vol­un­teers — in­clud­ing the man who ironed the Pope’s vest­ments — and the gar­daí charged with over­see­ing the se­cu­rity of the event.

The In­be­tween­ers Chan­nel 4, 9pm

A one-off spe­cial re­unites the four lads eight years af­ter the end of the fi­nal se­ries. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s not for a new drama — in­stead

they’ll be pick­ing out some of the best bits from old episodes.

Mrs Brown’s Boys RTÉ2, 9.45pm

The sec­ond and fi­nal part of the sea­sonal of­fer­ing from Bren­dan O’Car­roll.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton

NYE Show BBC One, 10.40pm (Vir­gin One, 11.35pm)

Guests on the sofa in­clude Olivia Col­man, Ni­cholas Hoult, Keira Knight­ley and Guy Pearce.

Jools An­nual Hoo­te­nanny BBC Two, 11pm

Jools Hol­land rings in the new year will the help of Ge­orge Ezra, Jess Glynne, Marc Al­mond and oth­ers.

NEW YEAR’S DAY Luther BBC One, 9pm

Idris Elba re­turns in the role of the de­tec­tive who seems to come across some par­tic­u­larly grisly cases, and fans should note the en­tire four-part se­ries runs on con­sec­u­tive nights this week, from Tues­day to Fri­day.

Es­cape at Dan­nemora Sky At­lantic, 9pm

First episode of an eight-part thriller that fur­ther em­bel­lishes the rep­u­ta­tion of Ben Stiller as a direc­tor. He helms a story based on a real-life prison break in 2015 when two killers es­caped from a fa­cil­ity in up­state New York. Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette plays the prison of­fi­cer who has be­come ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with both pris­on­ers.

Conor McGre­gor: No­to­ri­ous RTÉ2, 9.30pm

This doc­u­men­tary on the Ir­ish fighter did well in cin­e­mas on re­lease last year, and now is prob­a­bly a good time to show it on TV be­fore other events in McGre­gor’s sto­ried life make it look out of date. The Dubliner him­self was ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the film, so you’re not go­ing to see a warts’n’all take on a char­ac­ter who di­vides opin­ion in his na­tive land.

A Se­ries of Un­for­tu­nate Events Net­flix

The third and fi­nal sea­son of the ex­cel­lent adap­ta­tion of the Le­mony Snicket tales. Seven episodes cover the last four books in the se­ries.

The Witches Net­flix

An­jel­ica Hous­ton stars in this ex­cel­lent take on the Roald Dahl story from re­cently-de­ceased direc­tor Ni­co­las Roeg. Par­ents be warned — this has some gen­uinely scary mo­ments.

WED­NES­DAY The Truth About Ve­gans Chan­nel 4, 10pm

Is mov­ing to a non-an­i­mal diet one of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions? This spe­cial from the Dis­patches team looks at how the ris­ing trend is ben­e­fi­cial to the en­vi­ron­ment, and looks some of the more rad­i­cal ac­tivists pro­mot­ing the con­cept.

THURS­DAY Live­line: Call Back RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Joe Duffy re­vis­its the tale of Cork man Billy White who was in Dublin for a job in­ter­view when the sole of his good shoes fell off. Kind cob­bler An­drei Pop hastily fixed the brogues and re­fused to take any money for the job as the re­lieved in­ter­vie­wee rushed off. Here we see Billy be­ing re­united with An­drei to thank him in per­son.


RTÉ One, 9.35pm

If you haven’t yet seen Creed II, this is a good op­por­tu­nity to see the orig­i­nal in the re­cent re­boots of the Rocky se­ries from 2015.

Gra­ham Nor­ton’s Good Story Guide BBC One, 10.35pm

A de­par­ture from the reg­u­lar show, the Corko­nian host prom­ises to go be­hind the scenes to re­veal what makes a good story. Stal­wart guests Rob Bry­don and Miriam Mar­golyes of­fer in­sight, and high­lights clips in­clude en­ter­tain­ing anec­dotes from the likes of and Tom Hanks.

Weather woman Jean Byrne is one of the peo­ple open­ing their houses for Celebrity Home of The Year on RTE One on Wed­nes­day. See p48

Luther runs from Tues­day to Fri­day.

Jayo ex­plores the life of Ja­son Sher­lock, in­clud­ing his mem­o­ries of hurl­ing in north Cork.

Beni­cio Del Toro as Richard Matt and Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette star in the highly-rated Es­cape at Dan­nemora, on Sky At­lantic from Tues­day.

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