TV picks of the week

Will Farrell and Christina Applegate in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Will Farrell and Christina Applegate in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Film: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, RTE 2, Friday, 9.35pm: In this era of Fake News and Alternative Truths, the antics of egotistical newsreader Will Farrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are a humorous and timely reminder of what goes on behind the scenes in a news channel battling for viewers. It's set in the 1970s - 'A time when people believed everything they heard on TV' - how the times have changed!

Drama: This is Us, RTE 2, Thursday, 10.30pm

New Golden Globe nominated American drama following the lives of several characters who share the same birthday and whose paths cross in many unexpected ways. Created by Dan Fogelman, the man behind 'Cars'. 'Tangled' and 'Crazy, Stupid, Love', it star Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimigila.

Sport: Live Six Nations Rugby Union, RTE2, Saturday 1.30pm.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Scotland hadn't read the script for Ireland's opening match of the 2017 Six Nations last Saturday as they defeated Ireland, a team many of the pundits had predicted would be facing England in a Grand Slam showdown in the Aviva in the last series of matches over St. Patrick's weekend.

Italy came unstuck at home against Wales but they were sticky opponents.

A bonus point win will put Ireland's Championship bid back on track. Ireland will start as favourites against the Azzurri and have only lost one Six Nations to the Italians, which occurred in 2013 at this stadium. Italy are now coached by former Ireland full-back Conor O'Shea, which should add an extra element to proceedings.

Factual: After the Crash, RTE 1, 9.35pm

The Road Safety Authority's Crashed Lives TV advertisement which aired before Christmas highlighted the sadness behind the road fatalities statistics.

Now, this documentary brings us more stories about those who lost their lives on our roads in 2016. Families tell of the vacuum left by the tragic and needless deaths of their loved ones and how they struggle to come to terms with life without them.


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