Today’s top TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and AppleTV+ choices: Murder of a GAA Chairman, Tiger and Don’t Hate The Player

Murder of a GAA Chairman

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

If the British government’s controversial Troubles Legacy Act is signed into law on May 1 as expected, justice will become much more difficult for families like the Browns. On the night of May 12, 1997, as 61-year-old GAA club chairman Sean Brown was locking the training ground gates of Bellaghy Wolfe Tones in Co Derry, he was attacked at gunpoint by members of the Loyalist Volunteer Force.

They beat him and threw him in the boot of his red Ford Sierra before driving 10 miles to Randalstown, Co Antrim. Here, Brown was taken from the car, thrown to the ground and shot six times in the head. His car was set alight, and Brown’s body was left lying beside it. Within two days of his murder, the RUC announced that the LVF had been responsible, but almost three decades later, no one has ever been charged.

Rishi Sunak’s government has used the term ‘truth and reconciliation’ in relation to their Legacy Act, but a cynic would say their real interest lies in indemnifying British armed forces against any outstanding cases against them.

Meanwhile, the act will offer immunity from prosecution to murderers of all persuasions who decide to cooperate. It has been vigorously opposed by all political parties in the North, by the Irish Government and by victim groups representing’ families.

Murder Case: The Digital Detectives

Murder Case: The Digital Detectives

Channel 4, 9pm

After the burned body of a 27-year-old man is found by police in a remote Scottish nature reserve, the Digital Forensics Unit helps to track the suspects using a digital footprint they think they have destroyed.​ Against the Head

RTÉ2, 8pm

Daire O’Brien and guests review all the weekend’s rugby action, including Ireland’s tie with England in the Women’s Six Nations at Twickenham and Leinster’s URC clash with the Lions in Johannesburg.​ Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals

Channel 4, 8pm

This week, Jamie Oliver uses the humble air fryer to make chicken and mushroom pastry parcels, grilled Mediterranean vegetables with flatbread, steamed fish, and scored and stuffed salmon. Plus Sabrina Gidda shares her secret for perfect air-fryer rice.

Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch

End of Watch

TG4, 9.30pm

LA cops Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala are doing their usual patrol when they stumble on evidence that could bring down a major drug cartel. But reporting it will put them in the firing line. Thriller, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick.

High Hopes

Disney+, streaming now

If you thought Jimmy Kimmel was too busy wrapping up Trump’s latest machinations in a 10-minute nightly monologue to produce a workplace reality series set in a medical marijuana dispensary, you’d be wrong. In fact, regular viewers of Jimmy Kimmel Live! (YouTube) will recognize a certain baked employee — Freddie Miller from Michigan.

Freddie Miller in High Hopes

Freddie Miller in High Hopes

After a news clip of Miller waiting in line at the state’s first legal dispensary went viral in 2020, Kimmel and his crew tracked him down for an interview. Twelve months later, they flew him out to LA for a dream job reviewing different grass strains, before landing a job at one of Hollywood’s oldest cannabis dispensaries, MMD.

Run by Belarus-born brothers, Slava and Mishka, the pair have grand plans to expand their empire nationwide and release their own cannabis brand. Will they reach for the stars, or will their hopes go up in smoke? With employees like Freddy sampling the wares at work, only time will tell.

Tiger on Disney+

Tiger on Disney+

Tiger

Disney+, streaming from today

Who doesn’t want to watch a litter of bumbling tiger cubs of a Monday? Narrated by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the film follows the wee cubs blindly barreling after their mother as they navigate pythons, bears, and malevolent male tigers.

Rebel Moon — Part Two: The Scargiver

Netflix, streaming now

The epic saga of Kora and the surviving warriors continues. In this concluding part, they fight alongside the brave people of Veldt to defend the once peaceful village.

Black Flies

Black Flies

Black Flies

Prime Video, streaming now

Look away if you’re squeamish. For context, this Sean Penn Prime Video offering is so gut-wrenchingly gritty that he spends half the time snarling through a gnawed toothpick (not exactly hygienic given he’s a paramedic). Tye SheridanReady Player One) plays a rookie medic on the mean streets of NYC. Mentored by the aforementioned grizzled Penn, their respective reactions to a call-out involving an added mother in labor haunt them both. Expect Mike Tyson to pop into this bleak yet affecting affair based on Shannon Burke’s novel.

Don’t Hate The Player

Netflix, streaming now

Picture it. Thirteen of you heading to an island in paradise, only to be met with a makeshift camp. Players compete for a spot in a luxury villa and a shot at €150,000 in a tense game of strategy and survival hosted by Claude Dartois. If it sounds like fellow Netflix fare, Surviving Paradisethat’s because it’s essentially a French version of Surviving Paradise.

Jane

Jane

Jane

AppleTV+, streaming now

Season two of the sci-fi kids’ fantasy, which puts the wonders of nature front and center, returns. Consider it a live-action Once Upon a Time…Life and Inner Space, melding imaginations, and the teachings of Jane Goodall. Yes, it’s for kids, but we adults can learn stuff too.

Loot

AppleTV+, streaming now

Welcome to the halfway point of season two of this Maya Rudolph vehicle. It follows Molly, who’s still figuring out what to do with her $87bn divorce settlement in the most fish-out-of-water ways imaginable.

 
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