What to watch on TV and streaming tonight: A Kerry woman’s Malawi journey on RTÉ and new Netflix series The Night Agent
Here are our picks for the best viewing options on TV today.
In the Name of the Son
RTÉ One, 10.15pm
The story of how Dingle woman Mags Riordan set up an Aids clinic in Malawi in honour of her son Billy, who died in a swimming accident while on holiday in the African country.
BBC1, 9pm As the finalists battle to win Alan Sugar’s £250,000 investment, they must launch and brand their business, edit and direct a TV advertisement and design a metaverse before pitching their concept at a black-tie event. And contestants ejected earlier in the series will return to help them.
Inside Taiwan: Standing up to China
BBC2, 9pm Journalist Jane Corbin travels to Taiwan to find out why the prosperous island nation is at the epicentre of a potentially dangerous confrontation between China and the West.
Victoria & Abdul
BBC4, 9pm Period drama loosely based on a true story and starring Judi Dench as an elderly Queen Victoria, who takes a liking to a young Indian attendant called Abdul Karim, and makes him her spiritual adviser. With Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith.
Florence Foster Jenkins
BBC4, 10.45pm Stephen Frears’ charming comic drama is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy Manhattan socialite convinced she’s a great opera singer. Meryl Streep stars, and Hugh Grant plays her caddish but devoted husband.
Waco: American Apocalypse
Netflix, streaming now
Texas. Religious zealots. Modified illegal firearms. A fabled and inevitable stand-off with the FBI as foretold by the second coming of Christ. The “biggest gunfight on American soil since the Civil War”. The alleged abuse of children. You’d be forgiven for thinking the American apocalypse is now, but Waco happened 30 years ago. Marking the anniversary of the 51-day siege between David Koresh, his followers, and miscommunicating branches of federal law enforcement, and directed by filmmaker Tiller Russell (Night Stalker), it features questionable music montages alongside exclusive access to recently unearthed videotapes filmed inside the Crisis Negotiation Unit, as well as raw news footage never released to the public, and FBI recordings. Presenting the usual fundamentalist Davidians alongside bamboozled feds, it highlights America’s ongoing struggle with God and guns.
Sky High: The Series
Netflix, streaming now To stay independent from her father (one of Madrid’s largest stolen goods traffickers), a newly widowed single mum joins her recently killed husband’s gang of smash-and-grab thieves. What could go wrong?
Apple TV+, streaming now When they say ‘Monster Factory’, they don’t mean polygon.com’s fiercely popular web series. In this instance, the term refers to ‘wannabe WWE fodder’. Join Danny Cage (the man responsible for Sheamus) as he puts the next generation of sports entertainment — namely Bobby Buffet, Goldy, Twitch, and Gabby Ortiz — through their paces.
Netflix, streaming now It’s tricky enough moving back into the family home, especially after having a newborn, so spare a thought for this young Dutch couple who enter a world of abstract and existential pain beyond the usual realm of new parenting. Starring Jesse Mensah.
Disney+, streaming now Kiera Knightly proffers her ‘Bahstahn cheowderr’ accent to channel Loretta McLaughlin, the first journalist to connect the Boston Strangler murders — despite her editor dismissing her interest in the case (it was the early 1960s and she was a woman).
Apple TV+, streaming now From the writers of Contagion (so it’s bound to be an upbeat number), we have an all-star cast depicting just how horrifying and facile our future might be thanks to the acting prowess of Meryl Streep, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton, Kit Harrington, Sienna Miller and Keri Russell.
In His Shadow
Netflix, streaming now There is a wealth of foreign-language dramas being released of late. The third of our highlighted subtitled offerings revolves around a French family who must stand up to a menacing patriarchal force (that being a seemingly charismatic half-brother) after the death of their dad.
Netflix, streaming now It’s almost as if an American production company saw South Korea’s Physical: 100 and said, “Hey, let’s do that, but for choreography!” Showcasing 100 of the world’s best dancers, the contestants must choreograph, teach, and perform next-level group performances that will wow the judges, who, in a twist, are their own dancers…
The Night Agent
Netflix, from today Based on Matthew Quirk’s novel, this character-based action-thriller follows a low-level FBI agent working in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings. Zero prizes for guessing what happens next.