TV PICKS OF THE WEEK By Lisa Jewell
Make a date or set your DVR for our top telly choices this week
Comedy – Nowhere Fast
Monday 13 November, 10pm, RTE2
Sitcoms on RTE haven’t had the best track record (Leave It to Mrs O’Brien, Upwardly Mobile, The Cassidys etc.) But this new six-part sitcom, starring and co-written by comedian Alison Spittle, looks promising.
Spittle plays Angela who is fired from her media job in Dublin and forced to return to her parents’ house in the Midlands. It’s time to regroup and start again but being back in her childhood bedroom and in small town Ireland doesn’t exactly kick-start her reinvention.
As sitcoms go, it looks like it might do well. The situation of being back at home again as an adult is well set up and should resonate with the audience if the team can pull off the comedy side of ‘sitcom’ as well. The cast includes Cathy Belton, Mark Doherty, Clare Monnelly and Genevieve Hulme Beaman and the show is directed by Simon Gibney.
Drama – Peaky Blinders
Wednesday 15 November, 9pm, BBC2
The period crime drama, set in Birmingham, is back for its fourth season. The show’s writer, Steven Knight, has revealed his plans for the gang to reach the 1920s period and see the fallout of the General Strike in 1926.
Cillian Murphy is back as gangster Tommy Shelby and it’s hinted that his family’s violent reign of terror could be threatened by the Mafia in this season. Helen McCrory, as Polly Gray, is also amongst the returning cast and there are plenty of new faces too with Aiden Gillen, Charlie Murphy and Adrien Brody joining the cast.
Film – The Guard
Friday 17 November, 1:45am, Film 4
A gem of a film that managed to both impress the critics and do the business at the box office. It’s the ultimate odd couple movie, teaming up a crass garda sergeant Gerry (Brendan Gleeson) and a snobby FBI agent Wendell (Don Cheadle).
The two are forced to work together to catch an international drug gang on the run in Ireland and – as is the way with cop buddy flicks – they improbably make a fine crime fighting team. Great acting, a great script and some real laugh aloud moments.