Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Pick: Will the Lord of the Rings prequel be the one to rule them all?

In an already crowded fantasy market, can Lord of the Rings: Mighty Rings (Amazon Prime) conquer JRR Tolkien impersonators?

arguably the most expensive TV series ever made (five seasons are expected to cost over a billion dollars), it is also the first TV series to be based entirely on an appendix to a book.

Tolkien doesn’t tell us too much about the Second Age of Middle-earth, which spanned millennia Lord of the Rings, so it leaves the relatively inexperienced navigators JD Payne and Patrick McKay to fill the void. Two episodes today, the rest weekly.

Few careers fall apart faster than Armie Hammer’s. The Call me by your name the star becomes persona non grata in Hollywood practically overnight after several women accused him of sexual violence and emotional abuse.

Three-part documentary series House of Hammer (Discovery+) examines the allegations and also his privileged upbringing as the great-grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer.

The special I have news for Boris (BBC1, 9:30pm) begins a new series of satirical quizzes. Honestly, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton could knock it over. The blame on Boris Johnson is partly on them. They did more than anyone to push the bogus image of him as a villain, but essentially harmless and even likable, by having him appear on the show seven times.

Note that US President with Bill Clinton (History of the Sky, 9 p.m.) isn’t actually about Clinton’s time in office. Instead, he is the one presenting a polished six-part look at the history of the presidency. The theme of the first episode was racist.

First edition of The Late Late Show (RTÉ1, 9.35pm) should be an exercise in diplomacy as Ryan Tubridy applauds Michael Flatley on his film Blackbird, was greeted with an avalanche of ridicule.

Other guests in what RTÉ describes as an “excellent lineup” (with other opinions, of course) are Pat Spillane, singer Tolü Makay and Love Island winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu.


A stranger with amnesia showing up and creeping into a household is a parody of many horror movies. In the miniseries Devil in Ohio (Netflix), the stranger is teenager Madeleine Arthur, who is adopted by Emily Descanel’s psychiatrist.

But who – or perhaps we should ask – she invited into her home? It is based on a novel by Daria Polarin.

This is the time of year when Virgin Media 1 essentially turns into ITV for a few hours on Saturdays with simulations of Masked dancer (VM1, 18:30) and The Voice UK (VM1, 8pm).

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This is the last episode of the miniseries Passport to Freedom (Dave, 9 p.m.), is engrossed, if occasionally a little picturesque for its sake. Now that Brazil had severed diplomatic relations with Hitler’s Germany, Aracy de Carvalho and Joao Guimaraes Rosa knew they had to leave Hamburg quickly.

They decided to bring a Jewish man with them – a risky move at any time, made even more dangerous since SS Colonel Zumkle was still prowling around. There’s a touching tribute to the real Aracy and Joao at the end.

Like Bryan Ferry, I’m all in favor of fox hunting – provided the foxes are the ones doing the hunting. I say, arm them with machine guns and fox-sized grenades, and release them from the money-laden beanies of the jodhpurs.

If you could put aside Ferry’s obnoxious views on so-called “country life” for a while and recall the wonderful music he once made as a member of a in great bands and later as a solo artist, Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry at BBC (BBC2, 9:30 p.m.) is a storage storage box.

Followed by 10:30pm by Ferry’s BBC One Sessions concerts from 2007 and documentaries Music history at 11:20 pm.


Lydia McGuinness to star in thriller North Sea Connection on RTÉ1


WORRY horror movies North Sea Connection (RTÉ1, 9:30 p.m.), the first of a series of new-season dramas by the national broadcaster, and the Irish-Swedish co-production, which turned out to be another series Hidden assets or a soggy Euro pudding?

The series, which has been shown in Canada, is set in a fishing community in Connemara and focuses on the Kenny family, whose low-level smuggling operation turns into something much darker and more dangerous.

Sinéad Cusack and Lydia McGuinness lead a cast of familiar Irish faces, including Stephen Graham, Lynn Rafferty and the ubiquitous Denis Conway.

For the first time in a new season of The meaning of life (RTÉ1, 10.25pm) meets a big fish: Taoiseach Micheal Martin, who talks to Joe Duffy about family and the pain of losing his two children.

And speaking of new seasons, crime shows Ridley (ITV, 8pm) was announced this week as part of Virgin Media’s fall roster. The whole thing is so generic, you’d suspect Adrian Dunbar signed up just because he’s raking in a number or two per episode. Someone said “album in store for Christmas”?

John Cleese, Ricky Gervais, Nick Cave and Tony Parsons are all within sight of Stewart Lee: Snowflake (BBC2, 10.35 pm), half of the latest live show of the highlight. Lee broke into the anti-wake team.

The title makes it sound like a 1970s craft show, but How to be with John Wilson (BBC2, 9.35pm & 10.05pm) is actually a series of strangely short spoof documentaries. Deadpan Wilson filmed people on the streets of New York, then stitched them together into something clever and funny. Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Pick: Will the Lord of the Rings prequel be the one to rule them all?

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