The best TV to watch this weekend: Ryan Tubridy says ‘bye bye’ in his last Late Late Show

After 14 years at the helm of The Late Late Show, second longest-serving host Ryan Tubridy presents his final edition, which he says will be full of surprises. Photo: RTÉ

Natasha Lyonne is a human lie-detector in Poker Face. Photo: Sky

Succession star Brian Cox

Barry Humphries as his alter ego, Dame Edna Everage (Sean Dempsey/PA)

Donna Summer

Pat Stacey

THE LATE LATE SHOW RTÉ One, 9.35pm As the title song goes, “It started on the late, late show.” And it finishes for Ryan Tubridy tonight, after 14 years during which television changed immeasurably and RTÉ’s flagship ratings colossus often felt like an anachronism.


At the time of writing, all we know is that President Michael D Higgins will be appearing in a pre-recorded interview, there’ll be a performance from a super-sized super group, featuring performers from all strands of Irish music, and plenty of memories from the Toy Show, which is arguably the aspect of the Late Late he really made his own.

There’ll be plenty of time to talk about his successor, Patrick Kielty, come the autumn. This is Ryan’s night, and best wishes to him in whatever he does next.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S LITTLE SATCHMO PBS America, 7.25pm The great jazz artist had only one child, but not with his wife. This typically classy documentary from the non-profit broadcaster reveals how Armstrong kept his daughter, Sharon Preston-Folta, a secret from the world, and the toll it took on both of them.

Natasha Lyonne is a human lie-detector in Poker Face. Photo: Sky

POKER FACE Sky Max, 9pm Rian Johnson revived the whodunit with the dazzling Knives Out and its sequel Glass Onion. With Poker Face, he conjures the spirit of Columbo and of 1970s case-of-the-week TV shows.

Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) plays Las Vegas casino worker-turned-private eye Charlie Cale, who has the faultless ability to tell when people are lying. As with the Peter Falk classic, we know who the murderer is from the beginning; the fun is in watching Charlie catch them out.

SISTER BONIFACE MYSTERIES Drama, 9pm Ah, if only nuns in the Ireland of the 1960s had been as nice as the one in this determinedly tongue-in-cheek crime drama. In the first of a new season, Boniface (Lorna Watson) investigates dark deeds at a children’s show that’s recording an episode in her twee English village. Harmless nonsense really.

THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL Amazon Prime Video After five seasons, the final-episode curtain comes down on Rachel Brosnahan as the housewife who bucks the trend of 1950s America by becoming a stand-up comedian.


LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER Sky Documentaries, 9pm A music-heavy schedule begins with this feature-length film about the girl from Boston who found fame in Germany and then conquered America and the world during the disco years. It’s primarily made up of archive interviews with the singer, who died from lung cancer in 2012 aged 63.

Donna Summer

It goes beyond the glam and glitter to look at her abusive relationships, her near-suicide and the damage to her career from anti-gay remarks she allegedly made (she always denied it) in 1989.

DURAN DURAN AT THE BBC BBC2, 9.10pm Simon Le Bon and Co’s music has worn rather better than their fashion choices back in the day. This compilation includes, a little surprisingly, an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

ANNIKA BBC1, 9.10pm The detective (Nicola Walker) draws on Norse myths to solve a murder, while also dealing with her troubled daughter (Silvie Furneaux), who’s been caught drinking vodka in school.

Succession star Brian Cox

BRIAN COX: HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVE Virgin Media 1, 10.05pm Conclusion of the engaging two-part documentary, made by Channel 5, with the Succession star, who grew up in poverty in Dundee and couldn’t be less like Logan Roy, looking at the inequalities in American society.

LATER . . .WITH JOOLS HOLLAND BBC2, 10.10pm As is often the case, the show is an exercise in musical contrasts. At one end of the spectrum there’s Jessie Ware, performing a few numbers from her 1970s disco-flavoured new album, at the other there’s the no-frills Sleaford Mods, whose latest LP is called UK Grim.

Also, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland talks to Jools about working with an orchestra on his new album.


NORTH ATLANTIC RTÉ One, 6.30pm Final part of Ken O’Sullivan’s beautifully filmed exploration of the marine life of the northern part of the ocean.

GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S YEOMEN OF THE GUARD BBC4, 8pm Gilbert & Sullivan’s ever-popular comic opera is updated to a 1950s setting by the English National Opera in a production from last year.

MIDSOMER MURDERS UTV/ITV1, 8pm There’s a Gilbert & Sullivan connection in this new episode of the knowingly daft murder mystery, which was postponed in January to make room for Tom Bradby’s interview with Prince Harry. A murderer strikes during an amateur-dramatics production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Barry Humphries as his alter ego, Dame Edna Everage (Sean Dempsey/PA)

BARRY HUMPHRIES AT THE BBC BBC2, 9pm The brilliant satirist and performer, who died last month, is celebrated through his many appearances on the Beeb as Dame Edna, Les Patterson and, now and again, as himself.

60 DAYS ON THE ESTATES Channel 4, 9pm Filmmaker Ed Stafford immerses himself in what have been branded Britain’s most dangerous council estates. He uncovers an all too familiar story of poverty, struggle and official neglect.

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