Sunday 17 December 2017

TV picks of the week

The Kennedys, BBC1, Friday 9.30pm

Nine Stone Lighter: Reality Bites
Nine Stone Lighter: Reality Bites
The Kennedys
Wall Street
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

No, nothing to do with the Irish-American political dynasty. Instead this new BBC sitcom has been described by its creator Emma Kennedy as a 'great, big, long, love letter to social housing'.

It is based on her childhood growing up on a Stevenage council estate and in the opening episode her family hosts its first-ever dinner party.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Sky 415 (Attheraces), Sunday, 3.30pm

A feast of action for horse-racing fans from Longchamp, with Treve bidding for a third consecutive victory in the Arc, Europe's top middle distance contest.

The French mare's rivals include Golden Horn, winner of the Epsom Derby and Irish Champion Stakes. The main Irish hope could be Found, from the Aidan O'Brien stable.

The card from Paris includes a host of other Group 1s.

Nine Stone Lighter: Reality Bites, RTE2, Thursday 9.30pm.

As our collective SAD kicks in and the tendency to comfort eat ratchets up, there is nothing like a really good weight-loss story to shake us out of our funk. Actress and writer Jules Coll was overweight from her teens and was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. As her weight increased she opted for a gastric bypass. This programme tells her story.

Wall Street, RTE1, Friday 11.55pm

Capturing the spirit of its time, this film will be remembered for the iconic phrase 'greed is good', the credo repeated throughout by its main star, Michael Douglas. The actor delivers a barnstorming performance as Gordon Gekko, the go-getting corporate raider who is idolised by Charlie Sheen's young broker.

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