FILMS OF THE WEEK
Saturday, RTÉ2, 9.30pm
You can always rely on Brendan Gleeson. No matter the project, he always gives a brilliant performance and your eye is automatically drawn to him. He’s typically brilliant as Martin Cahill in this fictionalised look at the Dublin crimelord’s life, directed with style by John Boorman ( whose home was once burgled by Cahill; believe it or not he stole the gold record Boorman received for the Deliverence soundtrack). The film charts Cahill’s rise to prominence, from his childhood in Holyfield, through to his life of crime and assassination in 1994.
Saturday, Channel 4, 11.35pm
The Coen brothers’ delightful comedy is set in 1950s Hollywood and stars Josh Brolin ( above) as a studio “fixer” – the man the stars go to when they land themselves in trouble. He has plenty of problems to deal with here, including the kidnapping of a leading man from the set of a major period epic. George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes are superb in supporting roles.
The Legend Continues
Monday, TG4, 9.30pm
It took nine years for a sequel to the hilarious hit comedy to emerge, but it was well worth the wait. Will Ferrell ( below centre) is back as newsreader Ron Burgundy, and he’s joined by original cast members Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate, as well as newcomers Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig and James Marsden. This time, Burgundy has swapped San Diego for New York, but his career is about to undergo numerous twists and turns before success beckons once again for himself and his fearless team of reporters.