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TV&Satellite Week


Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd TV & Satellite Week is a weekly magazine, perfect for TV fans looking to get the most out of multichannel viewing. It includes comprehensive listings and a film guide, coverage of the best US dramas, a rundown of the week's highlights and a guide to live sports action on TV. England and Wales edition.

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partners in crime

NEW DRAMA The Irishman From Wednesday 27 Nov, Netflix Put Hollywood legends Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together and the resulting movie is bound to be special. That’s certainly the case with real-life gangster drama The Irishman, an epic tale of loyalty and friendship, violence and betrayal, which spans six decades, runs almost three-and-a-half hours, and also sees Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel reunite with director Scorsese. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY In the Netflix movie, De Niro plays the title character, Frank Sheeran, a World War Two veteran who reflects on his life as a hitman and enforcer after he starts working for Mob boss Russell Bufalino (Pesci). As Sheeran gains Bufalino’s trust and friendship, he is recommended as a bodyguard to Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), the charismatic and corrupt head of America’s biggest labour union, the…

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two of a kind

Mean Streets (1974) De Niro plays fast-talking Johnny Boy, a volatile loner constantly in debt to a slimy loan shark, in this gritty urban drama shot on the streets of New York’s Little Italy on a shoestring budget. Taxi Driver (1976) ‘You talkin’ to me?’ Obsessed with saving Jodie Foster’s child prostitute, De Niro’s troubled Vietnam veteran-turned-vigilante Travis Bickle is cinema’s ultimate portrait of urban alienation. Raging Bull (1981) An Oscar-winning De Niro famously put on more than 4st to portray American boxer Jake LaMotta’s downward slide from champion to becoming a stand-up comedian and sleazy nightclub MC. The King of Comedy (1983) ‘Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime!’ De Niro gives a skin-crawling performance as talentless wannabe comedian Rupert Pupkin, prepared to go to desperate lengths for a shot at…

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who’s who

Frank Sheeran Robert De Niro The World War Two veteran is desensitised to killing, making him an ideal Mob enforcer. Russell Bufalino Joe Pesci The head of a Pennsylvania-based crime family becomes Sheeran’s mentor. Jimmy Hoffa Al Pacino The head of America’s most powerful union has deep ties to criminal organisations. Bill Bufalino Ray Romano Russell’s cousin is the union’s lawyer and defends Frank Sheeran in a court case. Anthony Provenzano Stephen Graham The New Jersey crime boss – AKA Tony Pro – has an angry showdown with Hoffa. Peggy Sheeran Anna Paquin Frank is fiercely protective of his daughter, who is terrified of what Russell Bufalino can do to them. Angelo Bruno Harvey Keitel Sheeran works for the terse Philadelphia crime boss as he rises up the criminal ranks. WORDS: JASON BEST, RICHARD MCCLURE. PHOTOS: ALAMY, C4, COLUMBIA, ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION, ©MGM, NETFLIX, WARNER BROS…

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final countdown

NEW DRAMA 8 Days Tuesday-Wednesday, Sky Atlantic HD, from 10pm As the shocking news breaks that an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, the impending catastrophe throws the world into panic, chaos and anarchy. The meteor is set to land right in the middle of Europe, and experts predict that no one in the immediate strike zone will survive – and there are only eight days before impact… FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL That’s the thrilling opening to Sky Atlantic’s gritty subtitled drama, 8 Days, which follows the plight of several Berlin families over the eight days as they fight for survival in the face of apocalyptic disaster. ‘It’s not a classic catastrophe movie or superhero blockbuster,’ says co-creator Rafael Parente. ‘These characters can’t do anything about the situation. They will not be able to save the…

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facing the music

‘It’s about what happens when you separate yourself from home’ TIM MINCHIN NEW COMEDY DRAMA Upright Thursday, Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm & 10.35pm He’s best known as a keyboard-playing comic and creator of West End musical Matilda. Now Tim Minchin is showing off his acting chops in a new eight-part comedy drama about a pair of misfits on an Australian road trip. The 44-year-old plays Lucky Flynn, a struggling musician who, when he finds out that his mother is close to death in Perth, decides to drive there with his much-loved upright piano. But Lucky has barely started towing his battered piano by car when he is involved in an accident with feisty teen Meg (Milly Alcock). The two become reluctant travelling companions on the 4,000km trip from Sydney to Perth, revealing their vulnerabilities en route. ‘From the…

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families at war

‘Violet was ahead of her time. She’d been warning about the threat the Nazis posed’ HELENA BONHAM CARTER NEW GENEALOGY My Grandparents’ War Wednesday, C4 HD, 9pm World War Two affected the lives of families across the globe. Now, 80 years after the start of the war, four celebrities explore the roles their own grandparents played during the conflict for C4’s new four-part series My Grandparents’ War. Celebrated British actors Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan examine their wartime roots later in the series, but, first up is Helena Bonham Carter, who investigates the incredible life-saving work that two of her grandparents undertook during the war. ‘They weren’t conventional war heroes – they didn’t fight in battles or win any medals – but I wanted to discover what they did,’ says the star of…