Pick of the week: Under the Wire - Storyville
Monday, BBC4, 10pm
Next week, a new movie called A Private War will be released starring Rosamund Pike as legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin. In a remarkable stint on the foreign desk of The Sunday Times, Colvin turned up in the front lines of some of the world's most brutal conflicts and filed brilliant reports that always emphasised the silent suffering war inflicts on civilians. Her striking looks enhanced by an eye patch she began wearing after losing an eye in Sri Lanka, she was a star journalist who won many awards: but her reckless disregard for her own safety would catch up with her in the end.
In A Private War, Jamie Dornan plays Paul Conroy, the Liverpudlian photographer and former solider who accompanied her on some of her most dangerous missions, and this documentary is based on his memoir, Under the Wire. The daughter of a US Marine, Colvin was raised in Long Island and studied anthropology before turning to journalism and moving to London. Through the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Colvin fought her way to the heart of wars in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Chechnya and East Timor, and conducted revealing interviews with the likes of Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat. It was while travelling with Tamil rebels in the Sri Lankan jungles in 2001 that Colvin lost her eye after being struck by a piece of shrapnel. But this injury did not deter her at all.
Like many another war journalists, Colvin found the experience of combat both repellent and addictive, and time and again was drawn to situations that even some of her bravest colleagues would avoid. In February, 2012, she and Paul Conroy made their way to the Syrian city of Homs (above, a photo by Paul Conroy of a destroyed house) to report on the carpet bombing of civilians being inflicted by Assad's government forces. They'd been told in advance that foreign journalists caught in the area were being summarily executed, but Marie was convinced this was a story that needed to be told. It would be her last.
Monday, BBC1, 9pm
The heat is on Amateur chefs from across the UK enter the cauldron of the MasterChef kitchens to show judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace what they can do.
David Bowie: Finding Fame
Tonight, BBC2, 9pm
Success didn’t come easy to David Bowie, as we find out in this film charting his attempts to break through as a pop star in swinging ’60s London.
Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes
Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm
The architect clocks up the air miles as he travels to Sydney to visit some of the world’s most stylish homes.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tonight, RTÉ One, 12.25am
Your dapper host
Wes Anderson’s delightful comic drama stars Ralph Fiennes as the legendary and amorously inclined concierge of a prestigious grand hotel.
Sunday, Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm
Four 60-something female friends find their lives transformed by reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Hit and miss comedy, starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda.
Friday, BBC2, 11.05pm
A sordid trade
Seamy thriller set in Los Angeles and starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a petty thief who finds a new calling chasing down freeway car crashes.
Live Six Nations
Today, Virgin Media 1, 1pm
Enduring last Saturday's Aviva debacle was a bit like watching the air slowly drain from a jolly green balloon. While some excitable fans were already looking forward to a World Cup Final against New Zealand, the English, with admirable focus, set out to prove our side had feet of clay. They succeeded, but all is not lost: there are four games to go, beginning this afternoon with a tricky trip to Murrayfield. Alan Quinlan and Dave McIntyre commentate.
Sunday, TG4, 1.30pm
Confidence is riding high in Monaghan (Shane Carey, below) after that defeat of Dublin in the Allianz League, and this afternoon the Oriel county welcome Galway to Inishkeen for what should be a robust League 1 tie. Micheál Ó Domhnaill introduces live coverage, and will also be keeping an eye on Roscommon v Tyrone.
Live UEFA Champions League
Tuesday, RTÉ 2, 7pm
PSG are one of the richest and most hyped teams in Europe, with a star-studded squad boasting the likes of Neymar and Mbappé. In France they are dominant, but in Europe they've underachieved, and will face a significant challenge in this round of 16 tie with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's rejuvenated Manchester United. The first leg gets underway at Old Trafford at 8pm, and Didi Hamann and Liam Brady will analyse the action.
Live Friday night match
Friday, RTÉ 2, 7.30pm
The SSE Airtricity League kicks off this evening, and champions Dundalk will begin their title defence against Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park. Peter Collins introduces the action, and there'll be reports from tonight's other games, including Bohs v Finn Harps, St Pat's v Cork City, and Derry City v UCD.