Wednesday 23 October 2019

TV picks of the week

Guinness Six Nations
Guinness Six Nations

Private Benjamin, RTE1, Friday 11.55pm. Howard Zieff's comedy is worth watching for Goldie Hawn's Oscar-nominated turn as a spoilt twentysomething duped into joining the US army by Harry Dean Stanton's recruiting officer.

Expecting a holiday camp, her character braves things out and falls for a handsome French medic.

Motherfatherson, BBC2, Wednesday 9pm

The eight-part drama is centred around family members Max (Richard Gere), a self-made American who owns one of the world's most influential business empires, his ex-wife Kathryn (Helen McCrory), and their grown-up son Caden (Billy Howle) who runs his father's UK newspaper The National Reporter and is set to follow in his footsteps.

But although his father has installed him in this high-profile job that makes him one of the most powerful people in the country, Caden knows that Max considers him a liability - and it hurts. He is crumbling under the pressure of his father's expectations and judgement and turns to drugs and excess. After a disastrous meeting between father and son, Caden's destructive lifestyle eventually catches up with him and he suffers a massive stroke that leaves him like a helpless child.

Live: Guinness Six Nations, Virgin One, Sunday 2pm

Ireland v France (Kick-off 3.00pm). Coverage of the concluding fixture in the fourth round of the championship, as the sides meet at the Aviva Stadium.

Despite defeat here in their opening match against England, Ireland still have aspirations of winning the title, and they'll expect to take advantage of a French side that defeated Scotland last time out, but lost to Wales and England. Ireland's victory in Paris last year courtesy of a last-minute drop goal by Johnny Sexton proved the catalyst they needed to go on to win the Grand Slam, and France have it all to do to make this year's contest as close. Commentary from Alan Quinlan and Dave McIntyre.

Daniel and Majella's USA Road Trip, RTE 1, Sunday 9.30pm

Daniel and Majella have been TV gold for RTE in recent seasons.

The likeable Donegal couple have starred in a number of their own TV shows, such as Daniel and Majella's B&B Road trip, while last year, they had their home renovated by Dermot Bannon on his show, Room to Improve and that was one of the most watched programmes of the year.

In this new series. Daniel and his wife Majella go on a road trip across the Mid-West of America. In the first episode, they try their hands at baseball and water skiing.

Drogheda Independent