TV PICKS OF THE WEEK By Lisa Jewell
Whether you’re staying in or setting the DVR, we’ve your top cultural TV picks for the week ahead.
Documentary – Killing for Love
Tuesday 7 March, 10pm, BBC4
When the son of a German diplomat confessed to the murder of his girlfriend’s parents in Virginia in 1985, it seemed like an open and shut case. But after he and girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom were tracked down, on the run, he was brought to trial and the plot thickened.
He claimed that he only confessed to the crime to protect the guilty party – Elizabeth. This documentary, from the Storyville strand, sifts through the evidence to see who was really telling the truth.
Film – Enough Said
Wednesday 8 March, 9.35pm, RTE1
Gentle romantic comedy starring the late great James Gandolfini in his final film role and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The two meet at a party and an initial spark turns into a relationship. However, a comedy of errors is enacted when Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) also meets poet Marianne (Catherine Keener) at the party and the two become pals.
Eva is fascinated to hear stories of Marianne’s ex but soon discovers that the tales match up with her current beau Albert. How she handles the situation leads to a very recognisable and human scenario. Directed by Nicole Holofcener on a low budget, it’s a well acted and observed flick.
Film – Honeymoon in Vegas
Sunday 12 March, 12.20am, RTE1
This film hit the cinemas in 1992 but strangely enough, a similarly themed film called Indecent Proposal came out the following year – both involving Las Vegas, gambling and an older man soliciting a night alone with a younger man’s female partner. But there the similarities end as Indecent Proposal was all steamy melodrama whereas Honeymoon in Vegas is farcical comedy from start to finish.
It follows Jack Singer (Nicolas Cage) and girlfriend Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker) as they decide to have a quickie wedding in Vegas, against his mother’s wishes. However, when Jack loses big at the poker table, his only way to clear his debt is to agree to professional gambler Tommy Korman’s request to spend the weekend with Betsy. She apparently closely resembles his late wife but the deal is strictly platonic – no sex.
Jack soon regrets his part in the deal and chases after the couple who’ve headed to Hawaii. Things turn slightly bizarre with a taxi driver played by Mr Miyagi (well, actor Pat Morita) and a bunch of flying Elvises. Hammy as hell – well worth a watch.