What's up?  10 top TV and streaming tips for Wednesday

What’s up? 10 top TV and streaming tips for Wednesday

Armando Iannucci’s 5 Avenue is back, there’s the final installment of Quinn Country, Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson star in The Patient, and there’s Dennis Potter’s iconic drama The Singing Detective. . .

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5 Avenue, 10 p.m., Sky Comedy

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The first season of avenue 5 was one of the best things I’ve seen on TV in the last few years.

The idea of veep and The thickness of it Creator Armando Iannucci, it’s rumored to be a sci-fi comedy set aboard a luxury interplanetary cruise ship and operating in a near-future where space tourism is booming.

Really, it’s a satire about the current world we live in, where rational thinking reigns supreme, a place run by idiots and owned by super rich male kids.

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Here’s the story so far. . .

When Captain Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie) crews a luxury spaceship owned by Herman Judd (Josh Gad), he gets into trouble when the ship catastrophically veers off course – turning what was originally an eight-week cruise into an eight-year voyage.

Five months after the ship failed to divert, the second season follows the crew as they struggle to lead, calm, control and – when necessary – hide from increasingly unruly passengers.

On Earth they are hailed as heroes and in space everyone can hear them scream.

In the opening episode, the passengers of Avenue 5 eagerly await their impending return to Earth after five long months.

Backstage, Ryan works up the courage to tell the truth, and Karen comes out of hiding to confront Frank. Then, when the ship faces a fiery menace, Billie hatches a plan that might save some of the passengers.

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The Singing Detective, 10.10pm, BBC Four

Preceded at 10 p.m. by Alison Steadman Remembers – The Singing DetectiveHere’s a rare opportunity to see Dennis Potter’s surreal and groundbreaking 1986 drama, widely recognized as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

Michael Gambon (above) plays a struggling pulp fiction novelist who begins to mentally take on the role of one of his characters while confined to a hospital bed.

But as he wanders in and out of his fantasy world, he is also confronted with disturbing visions from his childhood. With Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley and Imelda Staunton.

Episode two follows at 11:20 p.m.

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The Patient, Disney+

This is a psychological thriller about a therapist, Alan Strauss (Steve Carell), who is being held captive by a patient, Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson), who turns out to be a serial killer.

Sam has an unusual therapeutic need for Alan: curb his murderous urges.

To survive, Alan must calm Sam’s confused mind and stop him from killing again – but Sam refuses to raise critical issues.

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Alone in captivity, Alan unearths his own past through memories of his old therapist and wrestles with waves of his own repressed issues, including the recent death of his wife and painful estrangement from his religious son.

Over the course of his imprisonment, Alan uncovers not only the depth of Sam’s compulsion, but also the work he must do to close the rift in his own family.

With time running out, Alan desperately fights to stop Sam before Alan becomes complicit in Sam’s murders – or worse, becomes a target himself.

Willow, Disney+

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A brand new sequel to George Lucas’ 1988 fantasy adventure of the same name, in which Warwick Davis returns in his title role.

Years after saving little Empress Elora Danan, the Nelwyn Wizard returns to lead a group of misfit heroes on a harrowing rescue mission through a world beyond imagination.

My name is Vendetta, Netflix

That looks pretty intense.

When enemies from the past kill his wife and brother-in-law, a former mob enforcer and his daughter flee to Milan seeking revenge.

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A man of action, Netflix

In this drama inspired by the life of Lucio Urtubia, an anarchist targets one of the world’s largest banks with an elaborate counterfeit operation.

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Take your pills: Xanax, Netflix

A cure for some and a bane for others, widely used anti-anxiety drugs are explored by patients and experts in an insightful documentary.

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Quinn Country, 9:35 p.m., RTE One

Streaming to RTE Player

The third and final episode of this documentary about the businessman is titled Sean Quinn Is that what you want?

The series comes to a dramatic conclusion, documenting Quinn’s legal battle with Anglo Irish Bank, the acrimonious battles with former employees and the campaign of intimidation against them.

The Ice Cream Wars, 9.10pm, BBC Two

The conclusion of the two-part documentary continues in the summer of 1984 with the criminal investigation into the fire that killed six members of the Doyle family.

Police efforts to find those responsible resulted in one of the largest trials in Scottish history with seven men in the dock.

In the end, only two, Thomas Campbell and Joe Steele, would be convicted of murder, despite doubts about the strength of the evidence against them.

One of the most dramatic campaigns for justice ensued as both men struggled to keep their cases in the public eye.

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FIFA World Cup Live, RTE2

Streaming to RTE Player

The final round of group matches continues today, with both matches played simultaneously in each group.

Of the final Group D matches, the live match on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will be Australia vs Denmark. Tunisia meets France in the other game, live on RTÉ news channel, with both games starting at 15:00 CET. Coverage on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player starts at 2:30pm.

France tops the table with six points, Australia is second with three points, while Denmark and Tunisia have one point each.

Then, at 18.30, the focus turns to one of the final matches in Group C, when Poland meet RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player live against Argentina, while Saudi Arabia meets Mexico in the game broadcast by RTÉ News Channel. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

Poland leads the group with four points, followed by Argentina and Saudi Arabia with three points. Mexico brings up the rear with one point.

Today’s highlights are at 11:00 p.m.

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