TV PICKS OF THE WEEK By Lisa Jewell
Our top telly choices for the week ahead
Drama – The Eichmann Show
Wednesday 25 January, 10pm, BBC4
A repeat showing of this powerful TV drama, first aired in 2015. It’s based on the true story of former Nazi Adolf Eichmann being captured by Israeli agents and put on trial in 1961 and the efforts to document the trial on television.
American TV producer Milton Fruchtman strongly believes that the trial, with its eye witness testimonies of Nazi atrocities, should be broadcast around the world, both as a reminder of the past and a safeguard against any resurgence of Nazism. He teams up with blacklisted director Leo Hurwitz to get the trial to TV screens but the duo face huge obstacles in their path.
Well produced drama that has you gripped at each turning point. The cast includes Anthony LaPaglia and Martin Freeman in the two main roles.
Talk show – The Tommy Tiernan Show
Thursday 26 January, 10.15pm, RTE1
It’s hard to reinvent the talk show genre and this vehicle for Tommy Tiernan had ‘high end concept, high risk of failure’ written all over it when it was first developed for radio and then brought to our TV screens.
The series is now three episodes in and has three left to air, including this Thursday’s episode. Critics and viewers alike are loving it so it’s a million miles away from being a failure.
It’s the unscripted and unresearched nature of the show that delights as Tommy has no idea who his guest is before he or she steps on stage and the studio audience are in the same boat. The conversation flows well thanks to Tiernan’s easy manner and the best bits are when he clearly has no idea who his guest is when they take their seat on stage – see the recent episode when Vogue Williams wasn’t recognised by Tommy but she took it all in her stride!
Film – Now You See Me
Sunday 29 January, 9pm, Film 4
A very cool idea for a film – a team of different magicians (street magician, hypnotist, mind reader etc) team up for the biggest trick of the century. The gang plan to pull off major scale bank heists and share their spoils with their audiences. But an FBI agent and Interpol detective are hot on their heels, trying to come up with solid evidence against them.
The film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson amongst others, reaped in a whopping $351 million at the box office in 2013 so it’s unsurprising that Now You See Me 2 followed it in 2016.