TV PICKS OF THE WEEK By Lisa Jewell
Make a date or set your DVR for our top telly choices this week.
Documentary – Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer
Tuesday 7 February, 10pm, Channel 4
Channel 4 is airing a series of programmes this week exploring the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ – which we’ve become all too familiar with since the US Presidential election.
As part of this special focus, the channel is broadcasting Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer, a documentary that follows comedian and infamous hoaxer Simon Brodkin. He has previously pulled off stunts such as showering Sepp Blatter with banknotes and taking to the stage in front of Kanye West at Glastonbury. But here we get to see just how he prepares for these special stunts, as he sets his target on Simon Cowell, Sir Philip Green and the now President of the USA, Donald Trump.
Documentary – After the Crash
Wednesday 8 February, 9.35pm, RTE1
The title might suggest yet another documentary dissecting the economic crash and burn in this country but this programme focuses on the stories of people who lost their lives through road incidents in 2016. Some 188 people died on the roads, which is a drop from figures just a few years ago. But as the programme clearly demonstrates, even one life lost is too many as it shows the devastating impact on family, friends and the community of the person who has died.
The heartbreaking stories include mother and son Tina and Joel Kelly whose car hit a tree near their home and Russell Collman who was killed in an accident, leaving his wife and two children behind.
Film – Behind the Candelabra
Saturday 11 February, 10.35pm, BBC2
This 2013 HBO film is often characterised as a biopic of flamboyant pianist and entertainer Liberace. But whilst the character is definitely most front and centre throughout the movie, it is, in fact, told through the eyes of Scott Thorson, who was Liberace’s secret lover for many years.
The film ‘s screenplay is adapted from Thorson’s book and gives a unique and highly entertaining perspective into the often chaotic life that the two lived together, the shroud of secrecy that surrounded Liberace’s love life and the superficiality of the celebrity world. Michael Douglas gives a noteworthy performance as Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson, with Rob Lowe giving a charming cameo as a plastic surgeon.