What’s on TV, Netflix, Disney+ and AppleTV+ tonight: Leinster Rugby’s internationals return and an award-winning war movie
Staying in tonight? Here are your Friday night picks.
Becoming Frida Kahlo
BBC2, 9pm After a brief love affair with León Trotsky, Frida finally gets her own solo exhibition in Europe. But things don’t go exactly to plan, and she returns to Mexico to discover that Diego wants a divorce.
TG4, 7.20pm Leinster welcomes back some of its international stars for this United Rugby Championship tie with South African side DHL Stormers at the RDS Arena, which kicks-off at 7.35pm.
BBC1, 9.30pm Wicky has promised his girlfriend that he’ll stay off the booze, but his resolve is sorely tested when he’s called to the scene of a lethal bar fight. New season of the comedy starring Greg Davies as a cleaning technician who specialises in crime scenes. With Helena Bonham Carter.
Black Hawk Down
RTÉ2, 9.35pm When American soldiers on patrol in Mogadishu in 1993 learn that one of their helicopters has been shot down, they mount a risky rescue attempt that leads to a pitched battle with heavily armed Somalians. Thriller, with Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana.
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, streaming now 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.