TV this weekend: Anthony Scaramucci on the Ray D’Arcy show
Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville on the Late Late Show and the finale of Dancing with the Stars
Former Whitehouse communications director Anthony Scaramucci holding a press conference in July 2017. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty
Late Late Show
Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm
Downton Abbey and Paddington star Hugh Bonneville is leading the line up on this week’s show. The Bafta, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor will talk about his new documentary Countdown to Calvary. The documentary is a detailed account of the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. Bonneville will share why he left his theology degree behind for a life in front of the camera, achieving worldwide fame as Lord Grantham in the much-loved drama Downton Abbey and his surprising Irish roots. Home of the Year judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Patrick Bradley will chat about what it takes to win the top award. Entrepreneur Niall McGarry, founder of Maximum Media, the company behind Joe, Her and Sports Joe, and former Cork Rose Ruth Carroll will also be on the show. Music will be from Bad Wolves, whose cover of The Cranberries’ classic Zombie is currently in the charts.
The Defiant Ones
A four-part documentary that tells the story of the unlikely relationship between Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre US critics were divided when the series showing the friendship between west coast hip-hop’s nascent scene starter and a rock stalwart was launched. This is worth exploring just for the 80s outfits. Just take it all with a large pinch of salt.
The Ray D’Arcy Show
Saturday, RTÉ One, 9.55pm
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci will appear on the show this weekend. Mr Scaramucci, also known as “The Mooch”, made headlines all over the world when he was fired by US president Donald Trump just six days after officially taking up his new role as White House Communications Director, setting a new record. Mr Scaramucci will talk about why he made that phone call to the New Yorker where he bad mouthed colleagues and what it is like to be at the centre of the most talked about and unexpected events of Trump’s presidency. He’s expected to talk about what Mr Trump is really like to work with.
Picasso’s Last Stand
Saturday, BBC2, 9pm
Pablo Picasso was a star during his long life and remains one of the best-known artists of all time. He died aged 91 during a dinner party in 1973. He left behind an extraordinary legacy of paintings, sculpture and drawings. Picasso was creating right up until his death. Paul McGann narrates an insight into the last 10 years of Picasso’s life, as seen through the eyes of his family, close friends and associates. They also discuss how he faced criticism from various quarters.
Dancing With The Stars
Sunday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm
It’s last dance saloon for the remaining contestants as they shimmy into its grand finale. The final three celebrities to battle it out for the Glitterball trophy are Deirdre O’Kane, Anna Geary and Jake Carter. Erin McGregor was eliminated last week. This year’s contest came with a nice dollop of controversy, as Deirdre O’Kane accused the judges of going a bit too easy on the guys, and putting the girls through the wringer. The judges have responded by asserting that the women in the contest have consistently been given higher scores - and they brought out the scorecards to prove it.