What's up?  The 10 best TV and streaming tips for Saturday

What’s up? The 10 best TV and streaming tips for Saturday

Minnie Driver is among the guests of Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything this week, there’s a Don McLean evening on BBC Two, the Strictly Results Show is on tonight and the World Cup knockout round begins. . .

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Ask Me Anything by Angela Scanlon, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

This week’s show is the last of the current series and sees Angela alongside British actress Minnie Driver, the one and only Pat Shortt and British TV presenter Tom Allen.

This should be fun. Pat Shortt alone will be worth the effort and have some great stories to tell.

For example, he tells Angela about the time Niall sang Horan Jumbo breakfast roll at Croke Park and chats about the Oscar hype all around The Banshees by Inisherin.

Pat also describes how a group of Cork nurses asked Daniel Radcliffe to take a picture with Pat – instead of the lad who played Harry Potter!

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Strictly Come Dancing, 5.40pm, BBC One

The result show comes a day earlier. I hope you didn’t miss last night’s main event!

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (above) are present as the two lowest-scoring couples compete in dance-off, with a semi-final spot up for grabs.

There’s also a performance by the cast of The Cher Show and a Guys and Dolls routine from the pros.

Don McLean Night

Don McLean has been hugely popular since the early 1970s and is getting a tribute night on BBC Two. . .

Don McLean and Friends in Concert, 9.15pm, BBC Two

The American singer-songwriter appeared in his first UK TV special in 1979, with guest Elkie Brooks and backed by the Jordanaires, the first time Elvis Presley’s original backing band had performed outside the US.

Classic Albums: American Pie – Don McLean, 10.10pm, BBC Two

Crowned by his eponymous overture, McLean’s second album from 1971 is a classic of the folk-rock genre.

Here, the singer talks about the intricacies of his songs, the sometimes tense recording process, and the album’s legacy.

Also contributing are producer Ed Freeman and musician Jake Bugg, whose musical journey began when he first heard Vincent on TV.

There’s also a poignant archival performance by George Michael (above). The grave.

Sounds for Saturday: Don McLean, 11pm

To round off the evening, here’s a 1972 performance by the American singer-songwriter in a concert recorded for the BBC classical music series.

That would have been around the time american cake was a big hit, so catch him in the prime of his career.

New to stream

Together Together, Sky Cinema & NOW

Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Anna Konkle and Sufe Bradshaw star in Nikole Beckwith’s drama.

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Young loner Anna is hired as a surrogate mother for Matt, a single man in his forties who wants a child.

The two strangers gradually realize that this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perception of the connection, boundaries and details of love.

Saturday cinema

Titanic, 7:00 p.m., Channel 4

James Cameron’s multi-Oscar-winning romantic drama starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and Bill Paxton.

A group of researchers studying the sunken remains of the famous liner encounter an elderly woman who was a passenger on the ill-fated maiden voyage.

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She tells how she boarded the ship when she was about to be forced into marriage by her family and was prevented from killing herself by a penniless artist.

She fell in love with her savior, but disaster on the horizon meant their time together would be short.

It’s crazy that this film is already 25 years old!

Rosie, 9:30 p.m., RTE2

Paddy Breathnach directs this moving drama from a screenplay by the brave Roddy Doyle, starring Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford and Ellie O’Halloran.

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A mother tries to protect her family after her landlord sold the house they rented, leaving them homeless.

Over the next 36 hours, she struggles to find a room for the night – but time and options are running out, leaving her with impossible choices.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, 10.35pm, BBC One

Saturday Night Superhero Fun with Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.

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Peter Parker balances life as an ordinary high school student with his superhero alter-ego, Spider-Man, while waiting in vain to join his mentor, Iron Man, on a world-saving mission.

Determined to prove he’s ready for greater challenges, Spidey investigates a series of crimes committed with advanced weaponry and leads him into battle with a ruthless enemy in pursuit of priceless technology.

The Conversation, 1am, BBC Two

Francis Ford Coppola’s thriller starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, Allen Garfield and Harrison Ford has long been considered a classic of 1970s cinema.

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An obsessed, paranoid electronic surveillance expert – known as the best in the business – makes the unprofessional mistake of personally embarking on a dangerous case on his San Francisco precinct.

family movie

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 6.35pm, RTÉ One

This is the third chapter of the animated fantasy saga, starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett.

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Viking warrior Hiccup and his trusty dragon Toothless venture into a hidden world to protect their village from the darkest threat yet.

But Toothless is distracted by a white female Fury dragon being held captive by warlords and soon falls in love.

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FIFA World Cup Live, RTE2

Streaming to RTE Player

We are in the knockout stages of this year’s competition, with the final 16 battling it out to be crowned World Champion.

There are no second chances after the group games – on the other hand, the remaining teams are only three wins away from the World Cup final.

Christian Pulisic from the USA

First there is the coverage of the Netherlands against the USA from 2.30 p.m. (KO 3 p.m.). Clare MacNamara presents all the action from the game coming out of Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.

Then from 6.30 p.m. Argentina against Australia (KO 7 p.m.). Peter Collins presents coverage of the game sourced from Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Whoever emerges victorious from today’s encounters will meet in the quarter-finals on Friday 9 December.

Today’s highlights are at 11:05 p.m.

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