TV PICKS OF THE WEEK By Lisa Jewell
Make a date or set your DVR for our top telly choices this week
Documentary – The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook
Thursday 12 October, 9pm, BBC4
The third part in this series focusing on the 80s captures the closing years of the decade, when society went through some massive changes including the changing of the guard politically when Margaret Thatcher resigned to some big technological innovations. Expect plenty of nostalgia filled moments and also some incisive commentary on what the 80s meant in our cultural history timeline.
Film – Kramer vs Kramer
Friday 13 October, midnight, RTE1
Tucked away as the late Friday night movie after The Late Late Show, Kramer vs Kramer is a classic that invites watching again and again. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep play a New York couple whose relationship is slowly falling apart because they want different things. What they have in common is their son Billy (played by the talented Justin Henry) and their love for him fuels a custody battle that plays out in the courts. Dustin’s character Ted has been the sole caregiver since Joanna (Streep) left to take time out for herself but what will happen now that she’s back in the frame?
Strong performances from Streep and Hoffman and a tearjerker of a movie if ever there was one.
Film – Sunshine on Leith
Saturday 14 October, 11am, Film 4
Uplifting film directed by Dexter Fletcher (he of Press Gang and Lock Stock acting fame who has gone on to become an excellent director). This musical drama from 2013 is set to the songs of The Proclaimers and follows two ex-solders back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. They try to pick up their previous lives in Edinburgh and find happiness. George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks head up the cast of this feel good film.