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Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Picks: Sidney Poitier tribute tends to skate around bumpsSEDI News

Sydney (Apple TV+), produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin.

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The history of the great star’s glittering, groundbreaking career (the first black person to win an Oscar and become Hollywood’s number one box-office star), his activism, and his influence on those who came after him, including contributors Denzel Washington and Halle Berry, is a first. . – rate.

However, when it comes to the less positive aspects of Poitier’s life, such as his tumultuous nine-year affair with Diane Carroll, or the criticism he faced from some prominent contemporaries in black America, including James Baldwin, who wrote negatively was About Poyter’s leading roles in films including Guess who’s coming to dinner. Mistakes or not, however, this is essential viewing.

The Late Late Show (RTÉ1, 9.35pm) gets the first big name of the year, Succession star Brian Cox — and in the studio, too, instead of a video link.

Among the guests are Melanie C, Paul Brady, the recently retired Tommy Gorman, who will be sorely missed, record-breaking athlete Ciara Magion and the latest product of Louis Walsh’s useless boy band Laboratory.

Already inspired a documentary (Save) and a feature film (Ron Howards thirteen lives), The 2018 Tham Luang Cave Rescue gets the miniseries treatment. It is said, surprisingly, Thai cave rescue (Netflix).

Adding to the already formidable pile of sports series on streamers is Academy Dreams: Leeds United (Amazon Prime), which follows players to become first-team regulars during the 2021/22 season.

wonderful the ghost (BBC1, 8.30pm), a rare example of a mainstream sitcom that everyone seems to like, begins its fourth season. As the owners of the Button House, Alison and Mike, open the B&B to customers, precious poet Thomas is disturbed by praise from the plague ghosts living in the basement, and caveman Robin discovers an old friend on the news.

Queen Elizabeth’s death inevitably meant disruption to last week’s schedule, so this evening features some events postponed from last Friday, including the launch show. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm).

Various TVs ran rings around. News interviewers, union leader Mick Lynch, should raise a few sparks Have I got news for you? (BBC1, 9pm)

Hot off her ITV run (well, hotter, really), Ridley (VM1, 9pm) stars Adrian Dunbar as a crooning crime solver with a song for each episode.


New German drama KaDeWe: Our time is now (BBC4, 9pm and 9.45pm) is up for the award for weirdest title of the week, or perhaps even of the year.

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“KaDeWe” is an acronym for the famous Berlin department store Kaufhaus des Westens, whose first owners are among the real-life figures mixed with fictional characters in the story of life after the end of the First World War.

Still in Germany, episode two Hitler: The Lost Tapes (Channel 4, 8.10pm) finally turns to the so-called “tapes”: Eva Braun’s home movies, which show the dictator relaxing. An ultimately meaningless series.

Musical Freedom Fighters of Ukraine (BBC2, 7.20pm), originally shown on September, follows a group of Ukrainian musicians as they stage a defiant performance at the Proms. Presented by Clive Myrie.

It is often not even more famous than the movie that made the video game, but the shooter game goldeneye 007, Based on Pierce Brosnan’s first James Bond movie, considered a major classic among gamers. His story is told in a feature-length documentary Golden Era (Sky Documentaries, 9pm). Postponed from last Saturday, Kylie Knight (BBC4, from 9.10pm) offers a standard mix of archive performances, interviews and live performances.


Andrew Neill’s “holiday” away from GB News lasted a long time. He never came back, instead coming with her in May The Andrew Neil Show (Channel 4, 6.15pm). This is a new race, in which a new government will be baked.


Lauren Lyle as Karen Pirie, TV’s newest Sunday night detective

One detective walks out on a Sunday night, another walks right in. This time it is Karen Peary (ITV, 8pm), a clever adaptation of Val McDermid’s novels. She is played by Lauren Lyle.

I think that can’t be worse than ridiculous Bloodlands (BBC1, 9pm). This week, Brannick (James Nesbitt, engaging in some serious eyebrow action) is ordered to forget about Goliath, the notorious killer who is, of course, Brannick himself.

It is enough to make North Sea Connection (RTÉ1, 9.30pm) looks like The French Connection. Reluctant drug-trafficking siblings Aidan and Ciara are drawn deeper into the cartel business, while Tuva shocks Bjorn by saying she knows all about his past in Sweden.

The real trade in drugs is explored Simon Reeve’s South America (BBC2, 9pm). Disillusioned after his time in La Rinconada in Peru, he discovers that things are even worse in the Vrem region, where drug gangs terrorize farmers into harvesting cacao leaves.

Theft: Catching Art Thieves (BBC2, 8pm) Looks at Norwegian Edvard Munch’s 2004 theft of one of the most famous works of art. The Scream.