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Saturday 3 December 2016

Staying in tonight? Here's the pick of what's on the box

Members of Apres Match Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper & Gary Cooke during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of Apres Match Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper & Gary Cooke during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Comrades and lovers Amer, 45, and Raghda, 40
Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

Apres Match continues its brilliant run, Storyville looks at the Syrian crisis and the final part of Countdown to Life are amongst tonight's highlights

APRES MATCH

RTE2, 10pm

THROUGH the magic of matchlessly brilliant writing and performing, we’re transported back in time to Ireland’s famous World Cup qualifier against France in October 1981, when the national team just missed out on the 1982 tournament in Spain. The gang appear as Brendan O’Reilly, Eamon Dunphy and Joe Kinnear in the studio, and take to the commentary box in the guises of Jimmy Magee and John Giles.

 

STORYVILLE: A SYRIAN LOVE STORY

BBC4, 10PM

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Sean McAllister’s hugely acclaimed feature documentary,  filmed over five years, tells the story of a family torn apart by the Assad regime who had to flee Syria to live in exile in Lebanon and France. It’s an extraordinarily prescient film. McAllister began shooting his chronicle of the marriage of Syrian dissidents Raghda and Amer a full two years before the Arab spring revolt. The film follows their journey from a prison to flight to eventual asylum. It’s an incredibly affecting story of hopes, dreams and despair in the face of tyranny.

 

COUNTDOWN TO LIFE: THE EXTRAORDINARY MAKING OF YOU

BBC2, 9PM

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In the last of a superb series, Michael Mosley explores the final months of foetal development, a time when infants grow strong and develop the vital survival tools they need to take their first breath. He meets a girl born with a rare disorder who was saved from the brink of death by a drug trial that made medical history by creating manufactured bone for the first time, examines the results of a study by Dr Suzanne King into whether unborn children can be affected by stress, and witnesses the critical moment of the first breath and the beginning of a new life.

 

DANGER MOUSE

CBBC, 6PM

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I know, I know, it’s a programme for children. But the original Danger Mouse spanned the whole of the 1980s, so some of its original audience will be middle-aged, a period of life when nostalgic harking back is inevitable. For this spanking new revival of the cartoon about the adventures of a secret agent and his faithful sidekick Penfold, Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon provide the voices.

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