FILMS OF THE WEEK
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Friday, TV3, 11.25pm He told us he’d be back in the first film, and sure enough, Arnold Schwarzenegger did return as the cyborg seven years later in this hi- tech sequel. This time, he’s no longer a villain. Instead, the killing machine has been reprogrammed to protect the future saviour of the human race – the now teenaged John Connor ( Edward Furlong, above, with Schwarzenegger) – from a shape- shifting assassin. There’s also a nuclear war to avert, providing Connor, his troubled mother and their bodyguard have the time. Linda Hamilton also returns as Sarah Connor. However, it’s Robert Patrick who almost steals the show as the villain of the piece. Angela’s Ashes Friday, RTÉ One, 11.55pm It’s far from being the cheeriest film of the week but this drama is certainly the most powerful. Based on Frank McCourt’s bestselling memoir, the screenplay was co- written by Alan Parker, who also directed. The story begins in America, as the McCourt family prepare to return to their native Ireland thanks to problems caused by father Malachy’s alcoholism. They settle in Limerick, where young Frank dreams of returning to the land of his birth. Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens and Michael Legge play Frank at different stages of his life. Robert Carlyle and Emily Watson ( below) portray his parents. Almost Famous Friday, RTÉ2, 1.05am Inspired by writer- director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as a teenage journalist for Rolling Stone in the 1970s, this comedy drama charts the cross- country lifechanging adventures of young reporter William ( Patrick Fugit) as he follows a troubled rock band on its latest tour. Kate Hudson shines brightly as groupie Penny Lane.