Six TV shows to watch this weekend
Marvel’s Luke Cage second series kicks off on Netflix, Cher and Christine Baranski talk Mamma Mia!
Marvel’s Luke Cage: second series starts Friday. Photograph: David Lee/Netflix
The Best of The Late Late Show
Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm
A look back at some of the best moments of the season, featuring a sing-along with the man who provided the soundtrack to the country, Christy Moore. Plus, actor Dómhnaill Gleeson is taken down memory lane, Tommy Tiernan explains being given the kind eye and tennis legend Martina Navratilova makes an appearance. As ever, Ryan Tubridy hosts.
The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10.35pm
The guests on Graham’s sofa are singer Cher and Christine Baranski, who star in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again; Rupert Everett, who talks about directing, writing and starring in his new film about Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince; and Natalie Dormer, who discusses Picnic at Hanging Rock. With music from Tom Odell, performing his new single If You Wanna Love Somebody.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Friday, Netflix, Friday
The most badass dude in the Marvel universe is back for a second series, and his world has completely changed. In the first series, Luke tried hard to hide his true nature, keeping a low profile in Harlem. But soon he was forced to sacrifice his anonymity to save his city from a deadly foe. Now that his secret is out, Luke is a hero and a celebrity, which has its upside, but also comes with a downside – everybody wants a piece of his bulletproof ass. It’s not long before he faces another deadly threat and some even deadlier dilemmas. Mike Colter returns as Cage, while Finn Jones makes a guest appearance as Danny Rand/Iron Fist.
Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on the Lost World of Female Composers
Friday, BBC4, 8pm
The soprano explores the lives and works of five female composers, from the middle ages to the late 20th century, who were famous in their lifetimes but whose work was then forgotten. Traditionally, western classical music is seen as a procession of male geniuses, but the truth is that women have always composed. Hildegard of Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Clara Schumann, Florence Price and Elizabeth Maconchy all battled to fulfil their ambitions and overcome the obstacles that society placed in their way, but then disappeared into obscurity and only some have found recognition again. Contributors include pianist Lucy Parham.
All Round to Mrs Brown’s
Saturday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm
For the final time this season, Mrs Brown – aka comedian Brendan O’Carroll – throws open the doors to her home to host the Saturday night chat show, filmed in front of a live studio audience. Guests include outspoken chatshow host Jerry Springer, survival specialist Ray Mears and singer Boy George, who has brought along his mother, Dinah O’Dowd. Mears gives Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills, while Years & Years perform at Foley’s.
Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate
Sunday, BBC Two, 9pm
If you missed it on RTÉ, catch up on the BBC with the first episode of the documentary series where Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated film-maker Liz Garbus follows the inner workings of The New York Times as Donald J Trump takes the oath of office President of the United States. The newspaper’s New York and Washington bureaus prepare to cover an administration unlike any other, revealing the challenges, triumphs and pitfalls of covering a president who has declared war on the free press.