What’s new ? 10 best TV and streaming tips for Thursday

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There’s the self-explanatory Rachael Blackmore: A Grand Year, Keeley Hawes stars in sci-fi tale The Midwich Cuckoos, Borgen is back, while there’s more fun and games with Big Boys, Taskmaster and The Flight Attendant. . .

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Rachael Blackmore: A Great Year, 10.15pm, RTÉ One

This documentary looks back at the jockey’s rise to the top of horse racing and her historic success in 2021 when she became the first woman to win the English Grand National.

Blackmore’s breakthrough achievements saw her named 2021 RTÉ Sports Personality of the Year and the BBC World Sports Star of the Year.

With contributions from Rachael, her family and closest friends, as well as AP McCoy, Katie Walsh, Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh, Henry De Bromhead and Davy Russell.

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Big Boys, 10 p.m., Channel 4

Last week’s opening two episodes of this new comedy were great fun – and good to watch Derry Girls‘ Dylan Llewellyn in action again so soon.

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Here he plays Jack, a nervous, nerdy boy making his way through and out of college, while sharing a room with Danny (Jon Pointing), an unlikely ally as both guys are chalk and cheese. .

First, Noel finds the first years encouraged to create work for Jules’ Sexual Health Awareness Week showcase. Meanwhile, Jack and Danny each try to come to terms with their own sexual flaws.

Later, a still grieving Jack tries to be more like his beloved famous father, Corinne tries to relax, and Danny conducts an experiment with the help of campus dealer Ash.

At the local pub, the results cause very messy results for everyone involved.

The Air Hostess, 10:15 p.m., Sky Max

All episodes available to stream on Sky and NOW

Katey Cuoco remains outstanding here, but there’s a nagging feeling that this season doesn’t quite know where it’s going.

Kind of like Cassie, Cuoco’s character, really.

Tonight, a cryptic text leads Cassie to search for Megan in Reykjavík, where Shane grows increasingly suspicious of his friend’s erratic travels.

Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, Annie and Max face unexpected turbulence.

Taskmaster, 9:00 p.m., Channel 4

Greg Davies (below) sets more puzzling and downright extraordinary tasks for Ardal O’Hanlon, Bridget Christie, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love and Sophie Duker.

Ardal sings about leaning on a fence, Judi designs stylish headwear, Bridget uses her phone, and Sophie displays truly world-class levels of stamina and courage.

Meanwhile, Chris discovers he can still fit into Alex Horne’s horrible slip-on shoes.

Cat People, 9:05 p.m., BBC Four

A rare take on this low-budget 1942 horror classic, which was remade in the 1980s starring Natasha Kinski.

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It’s the best version, even if it squeaks a lot. So it’s more of a historical piece than an essential viewing.

Simone Simon stars as Irena Dubrovna, a newly married Serbian fashion illustrator obsessed with the idea that she is descended from an ancient tribe of Cat People who shapeshift into panthers when aroused.

When her husband begins to take an interest in one of his colleagues, Irena begins to stalk her.

Followed at 10:15 p.m. by another cheap cooler, 1943 I walked with a zombie.

New or returning shows

Midwich Cuckoos, 9:00 p.m., Sky Max

Streaming NOW

Midwich is a small English suburban town populated by nuclear families and affluent streets.

It’s a place where not much happens – that is, until the twilight hours of a summer’s day when this sleepy corner of England is engulfed in panic as all the world fades away without warning or reason.


Anyone who attempts to enter the city suffers the same fate, and no one can figure out why.

When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected returns to apparent normality – except that all the women of childbearing age inside the area have suddenly and inexplicably become pregnant.

As news spreads and tensions simmer, it’s up to psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby (Keeley Hawes) to help support those affected by the emotional nature while local DCI agent Paul Haynes (Max Beesley) tries to maintain order.

But unbeknownst to them, a terrifying force is growing. . . the children of The Blackout are not human.

Bloom, 8:30 p.m., RTE One

Áine Lawlor and Marty Morrissey are at Phoenix Park to present highlights from Bord Bia Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening and lifestyle festival, including a look at some of the most notable show gardens.

The Real War of Thrones, 9:00 p.m., Heaven’s Story

Streaming NOW

Historian and writer Dan Jones tells the epic story of the rival dynasties that shaped the history of medieval and modern Europe.

These epic struggles spanned the ages and will rock Europe for generations to come, and still resonate today in countless blockbuster movies and series.

The real power games that took place between these few wealthy families laid the political and social foundations of modern Europe and the Western world.

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Borgen: Power and Glory, Netflix

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Over a decade later, Danish political drama Borgen returns with what is apparently a much darker version of what was certainly a memorable and ultimately upbeat original series.

The magnetic Sidse Babett Knudsen is back as Birgitte Nyborg, who is still in politics. She is now Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Things are going well for our favorite Dane – until she sees her career in jeopardy when an oil dispute in Greenland threatens to turn into an international crisis.

ending today

The RKO Story: Tales from Hollywood, 8:00 p.m., BBC Four

It’s the final episode of the series presented by Ed Asner on legendary RKO Radio Pictures, seen through the eyes of those who worked there.

American business magnate, investor, record pilot, engineer, director and philanthropist Howard Hughes (above) – then one of the most financially successful people in the world – buys the company, which has a devastating effect on the studio .

There are contributions from Janet Leigh, Joan Fontaine, Jane Russell, Joan Simmons, Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum and Stewart Granger.

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