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What to watch on TV this weekend

This is the telly everyone will be talking about this weekend. rounds up the TV shows that you’ll be tweeting about today and talking about on Monday.

Saturday highlights


Black Hollywood: ‘They Gotta Have Us’ (BBC Two, 9pm) 

The second episode of this show focuses on how a new generation of black film-makers emerged in the 1990s, following the success of Spike Lee’s ‘Let’s Do the Right Thing’, as well as the development of a new genre – the Hood movie – exploring contemporary black working-class life. The programme explores how movie stars like Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Denzel Washington became marguee figures, even as black stories were increasingly told by white film-makers. Featuring contributions from David Oyelowo, John Boyega and Laurence Fishburne. 

The X Factor (Virgin Media One, 8.25pm)

Dermot O’Leary hosts the first of the live shows and we’ll see the 16 finalists performing to impress not only the judges, but the viewing public at home. 

Nanny McPhee (RTÉ One, 6.35pm) 

Widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) hires Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) to care for his seven rambunctious children who have chased away all of their previous nannies. It doesn’t take long for the kids to realise that Nanny McPhee has a few tricks up her sleeve to put some manners on them. 


Sunday highlights

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Philly McMahon: The Hardest Hit (RTÉ One, 9.30pm) 

Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon explores the underbelly of illicit drug use in Ireland and makes the case for decriminalisation, while sharing his personal experiences about how drug addiction has impacted his family. In the past, Philly has spoken out about the tragic death of his brother John in 2012, after his heroin addiction killed him. 

Now You See Me 2 (RTÉ 2, 9pm)

After fleeing from a stage show, illusionists known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in more trouble in Macau, China. A devious tech wizard (played by Daniel Raadcliffe) forces the infamous magicians to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world’s computers. 

Arthur Miller: Writer (Sky Atlantic, 9pm)

Rebecca Miller presents an intimate portrait of her father, one of the most prolific and iconic American playwrights of the 20th century. 


Or flick over for…


  • Terminator Genisys (RTÉ 2, 9.25pm) 2015 sci-fi which sees John Connor head back in time to 1984 to protect his mother from a Terminator assassin, but he accidentally creates a new timeline in the process.
  • Match of the Day (BBC One, 10.30pm) Gary Lineker presents the latest Premier League highlights, with results from Chelsea v Man United, West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City v Burnley and all of the rest of the day’s football.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One, 6.45pm) Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present week five of the dancing competition. 
  • Donncha’s Two Talented (RTÉ One, 5.25pm) Three children showcase their talent in this family entertainment show hosted by rugby legend Donncha O’Callaghan. 


  • Great Lighthouses of Ireland (RTÉ One, 6.30pm) Richard Foran returns to the last lighthouse he was posted at in Skelligs before automation made lighthouse keepers unnecessary. Final episode in the series.
  • The X Factor (Virgin Media One, 8pm) Dermot O’Leary hosts the second round of the live shows.
  • The Cry (BBC One, 9pm) Joanna and Alistair try to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of some tragic events, but they cannot avoid drifting further and further apart, as hard as they try to resist it. Final episode in the series. 
  • Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip (RTÉ One, 7.30pm) Daniel and Majella cross the waves for a B&B experience at Bere Island Lodge in Co. Cork. 
  • Ridiculous Rides (Virgin Media Two, 8.30pm) A documentary looking at some really, really weird cars. 
  • Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (BBC Two, 9.45pm) Louis Theroux spends time in two of London’s largest eating disorder facilities to meet women with anorexia – a mysterious illness with the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder. 

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