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What’s on? TV picks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

If you're going no further than the sofa, here are some tips on what's worth watching on the box between Friday and Sunday. . .

Pick of the weekend

Vanity Fair, 9.00pm Sunday, Virgin Media Three

You could easily miss this period drama as it's going out on Virgin Media's third channel, yet it's likely to be regarded as one of the TV shows of 2018 when it comes the time to look back on the year's best offerings.

It's a pretty modern take on the Thackeray classic, and the cast – including Michael Palin as the author/narrator – is great, particularly Olivia Cooke.

She plays lowly teaching assistant Becky, who issues headmistress Miss Pinkerton (Suranne Jones) with an ultimatum: pay her properly to teach at her Academy for Young Ladies or find her a station elsewhere.

Miss Pinkerton calls her bluff, and Becky is forced to pack away her meagre possessions. Kindly stockbroker's daughter Amelia Sedley (Claudia Jessie) takes pity on the poor orphan and offers to take her home for the week . . .

New or Returning Shows

Strictly the Best, 7.10pm Saturday, BBC One

This Strictly special sees more than 30 past contestants reminiscing and sharing insider stories, rituals and secrets from the 15 seasons of the show so far.

The participants will take a look at some of their most memorable routines, their highs and lows, and many funny moments audiences will remember fondly. Some celebrities were on the dancefloor over a decade ago and yet still they remember the experience in intricate detail.

Those involved include the likes of Jeremy Vine, Deborah Meaden, Ruth Langsford, Molly King, Daisy Lowe, Russell Grant, Nancy Dell’Olio, Judy Murray and Robbie Savage.

Here's Nancy Dell'Olio's first rehearsal:

Killing Eve, 9.15pm Saturday, BBC One

If you missed this when it started on RTÉ 2 a few weeks ago, don't let it go a second time. Written by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, it's a cracking cat-and-mouse drama.

Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve centres on two women: Eve (Grey's Anatomy star Sandra Oh), a bored MI5 security officer dreaming of being a spy, and Villanelle (a superb Jodie Comer, who was last seen in Doctor Foster), a mercurial killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her.

In this opening episode, a Russian politician is murdered. Eve Polastri is tasked with protecting the only witness but soon finds herself on a collision course with a violent and extraordinary assassin.

David Walliams Presents the Return of Alright on the Night, 9.40pm Saturday, Virgin Media One

This iconic dud clip show was originally presented by Denis Norden from 1977 until 2006 before Griff Rhys Jones took over from 2008 until 2016.

Now David Walliams – or, a tiny animated version of him – gives it a go. Expect screw-ups from the start, and plenty of them.

A Discovery of Witches, 9.00pm Friday, Sky One & NOW TV

Fun alert! Based on Deborah Harkness’s bestselling novel of the same name, brilliant historian and closet witch Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) calls up a magical manuscript from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library.

She's been denying her witch heritage for years, but her discovery throws her back into the world of magic and into the path of Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), a vampire searching for the book.

But as news of the book’s appearance spreads, Diana finds herself in grave danger as the fragile peace that exists between witches, vampires and daemons begins to crumble.

The Art of Drumming, 9.00pm Friday, Sky Arts & NOW TV

Some of the greatest drummers on the planet discuss their passion for music and the artists who inspire them.

On a practical level, the drummers play and demonstrate how iconic beats and solos are created and how they make a unique contribution to the creation of legendary tracks.

These performances are intercut with archive footage of classic concerts showcasing the fine art of drumming.

Big Brother: Live Launch, 9.00pm Friday, Virgin Media Two

The original reality show is back for yet another run, as Emma Willis introduces the new crew of previously unknown people who will be competing to be the 18th winner in the show's history.

Front Row Late, 11.05pm Friday, BBC Two

Mary Beard hosts the live, topical cultural debate programme, where tonight she and her guest panellists discuss the representation of older people in culture, and features a rare television interview with writer, poet and cultural commentator Clive James.

Ending this weekend

Fear the Walking Dead, 10.00pm Sunday, E4

The first season of the post-apocalyptic US horror drama and companion series to The Walking Dead concludes. As the civil unrest grows and the dead take over, Travis and Madison attempt to devise ways to protect their nearest and dearest.

Room 101 – Extra Storage, 10.35pm Friday, BBC One

Frank Skinner hosts as Bill Bailey, Una Stubbs and Alice Levine compete to have their pet hates and peeves consigned to Room 101. Topics include taramasalata, people who talk too loudly and drama cliches.

New to Download

Bojack Horseman, from Friday, Netflix

One of the best shows of the last decade returns. Season four applied gentle brakes to the downward spiral of Will Arnett’s protagonist, with the introduction of the young Hollyhock providing some much-needed stability in his life.

Will Arnett will undoubtedly be back as the titular anti-hero, alongside Alison Brie (GLOW, Mad Men), who plays his one-time love interest and ghostwriter Diane, and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as his asexual best friend and frequent houseguest Todd.

The Angel, from Friday, Netflix

As his country prepares for war, top Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan makes contact with Israel and wades into a shadowy game of high-stakes espionage.

Don't Miss

Who Do You Think You Are? 9.30pm Sunday, RTÉ One

This week, the hugely popular Pat Shortt searches out his family tree and traces back five generations in rural Offaly. What appears to be a life of poverty and evictions turns around in the 1850s with the arrival of the railroad.

Music, ambition and invention brings Pat to London to follow the footsteps of his grandfather into World War II where he discovers the secret work carried out by his mysterious granduncle Brendan during the Blitz.

Over on his maternal side, Pat unearths the story of a murder mystery that gripped Ireland.

Weekend movies

Mean Streets, 11.40pm Saturday, BBC Two

Here's a glorious way to turn Saturday night into Sunday morning – in the company of Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel in this 1973 classic that effectively launched both them and director Martin Scorsese.

Keitel plays Charlie, a compromised catholic – is there any other kind? – who works for his loan shark uncle, and feels responsible for his self-destructive friend Johnny Boy, played by De Niro.

If you haven't seen it before, it's one of the greatest films ever made and essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in cinema.

Murder on the Orient Express, from Friday, Sky Cinema

A star-studded cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley feature in this Branagh-directed version of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery.

Branagh plays the impressively-moustached (shades of Jerry Fish) Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, aboard a train bound for Calais that becomes a murder scene. But who amongst the passengers is the killer?

Box Set Binge

Grey’s Anatomy: Seasons 1-14, from Saturday, Sky Box Sets & NOW TV

One of the most popular medical dramas in television history – and it's also the show that launched creator Shonda Rhimes, who is now a TV colossus.

Set in a fictional Seattle hospital, the series follows a skilled medical team, including Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey), as they attempt to balance their hectic personal lives with their equally demanding medical careers.

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Fantastic Beasts script made Eddie Redmayne sweat

Eddie Redmayne told RTÉ Entertainment that his palms were sweaty reading the script for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, with the twists and turns making him need to read it a second time straight away.

Redmayne reprises his role as Newt Scamander in the follow-up to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and he couldn't get over some of the "jaw-dropping" moments in the film.

Katherine Waterston and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"I literally got sweaty palms as I read the script and then I finished the script, took one massive deep breath, downed a glass of water and started all over again," Redmayne told RTÉ Entertainment.

"I was like, 'Is this real'. It's pretty jaw-dropping, isn't it?"

The first film was set in New York, The Crimes of Grindelwald sees matters move to Paris, and it's looking like the next instalment will be set in Rio de Janeiro, with JK Rowling tweeting that to her fans.

"Jo tweeted that the next one might be set in Rio de Janeiro so we found that out with the rest of the world, so Newt and Tina on the Copacabana Beach maybe?" Redmayne said before adding that he is "genuinely stalking JR Rowling on Twitter" in a bid for information.

Watch our full interview with Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston:

We also sat down with Ezra Miller and Claudia Kim:

And Callum Turner, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler:

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Ezra Miller is JK Rowling’s ‘happy puppet’

Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller has described himself as JK Rowling's 'happy puppet' telling RTÉ Entertainment that he is no longer as eager as he was be to get information and secrets about his character Creedence as he's happy to be left wondering.

"I have to say I feel like I was initially very eager, like first of all for time with her because she's my hero, so time with a mind like that," Miller told RTÉ Entertainment of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.

"I was eager for information and I wanted to know my whole arc, but at this point I'm like, whatever time we get is precious and amazing.

"And then also just wanting her to spend time in her garden shed alone more than anything else, I want her confined to the garden shed where she writes."

Claudia Kim and Ezra Miller in The Crimes of Grindelwald

Speaking about the change in his outlook on knowing the secrets of the Wizarding World, he added, "I guess the hotline is what I was looking for at some point, but I love now that she just drops by and gives us what we need and we're left wondering and discovering with our characters. I'm like her happy puppet."

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits cinemas on Friday, November 16.

Watch our full interview with Ezra Miller and Claudia Kim:

We also spoke to their co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston:

And Alison Sudol, Callum Turner and Dan Fogler:

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Hold on to Your Santa Hat, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Christmas-Themed Wedding

Let's be honest, Winter is amazing. It's that time of year when you can bundle up near a fireplace and sip on hot cocoa all day and, best of all, you can spend your holidays with your loved ones. Well, photographer Jessica Palacios managed to capture the amazing essence of the holiday season in this gorgeous Christmas-themed wedding shoot. "By the time Halloween comes around, I'm ready for some holiday cheer. I know I'm not the only one!" said Jessica. "We wanted to embrace every essence of Christmas with the styled shoot. The textures of this shoot to the small details, I truly believe we captured Christmas in the form of a wedding."

This shoot absolutely embodies the Christmas spirit in every detail. Even the intricate embroidery on the bride's bodice is reminiscence of snowflake patterns. The groom looks festive in a sharp suit with a lapel pin above his breast pocket made from holly leaves. The food and drinks were laid out on a wooden table, which adds a rustic charm to the shoot, while mistletoe leaves, pine cones, and wreaths are elegantly used to decorate the room. In most of the photos, the most prominent colors are deep red, forest green, and gold, which perfectly reflect the magic of Christmas.

Keep reading to see these stunning photos and look out for more hidden details!

Related: We Love How All the Groomsmen Wore Matching Plaid in This Christmas Wedding

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20 Handmade Gifts So Thoughtful, No One Will Ever Guess They’re From Amazon

Looking for a personalized and thoughtful gift to impress someone this year? You're in luck because shopping for handmade gifts is easier than ever. Amazon features a shopping section on the site filled with handmade and customizable items. From phone cases to necklaces and wine glasses, there's no doubt you'll spot something for your loved ones, and maybe even yourself. Take a look.

Related: The 71 Hottest Gifts on Amazon For 2018

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A Star Is Born’s Jackson Maine Was Almost Played by Jack White – We’ll Let That Sink In

It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

A STAR IS BORN, Bradley Cooper, 2018. ph: Clay Enos/ Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted in the 2007 comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and 2003's Cold Mountain, which was nominated for seven Oscars, including for best picture. That being said, we're still glad things turned out the way they did — if not, we would have never gotten to see Cooper and Gaga's incredible chemistry unfold before our very eyes.

Image Sources: Getty / JB Lacroix / WireImage and Everett Collection

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