Best of the box: The Get Down, Dice and Last Orders

Tom Dunne and Sue Murphy bring you the best of the box for the week ahead...

Not quite sure of what the best picks of the box are for this week? Or will you regret that you didn't record something when all of a sudden it's the talk of the town?

Sue Murphy joined Tom to pick out the best of the box for the week ahead. You can find a link to the full podcast at the bottom of the page.

Picks of the week:

The Get Down, Netflix from Friday

Baz Luhrmann brings us a drama set in the music scene of the 1970s – Hip Hop. The Get Down charts the rise of hip-hop in New York, focusing on the kids from the South Bronx who pioneered this new sound. Luhrmann is helped by A-team of collaborators, including rapper Nas and original hip-hop mover and shaker Grandmaster Flash, to bring authenticity to this story of the music genre that started off in the ghettos and grew into a billion-dollar industry.

 

Dice, Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10.10/10.45pm

Andrew Dice Clay was one of America’s most controversial comedians of the 1980s, delivering shockingly sexist routines in an era when comedy was supposedly getting its house in order. Dice is a scripted, semi-autobiographical series charting Clay’s bid to resurrect his career in Las Vegas.

 

Last Orders, Tuesday, RTE1, 9.35pm

The Catholic Church, once the protector of the poor and downtrodden during penal times, has of late been rocked by child abuse scandals and vilified for its hypocrisy. Last Orders with Gay Byrne looks at the role the church has played in Irish lives over the past 200 years.

Irish Olympics picks for this week

Tomorrow sees Ireland’s Hockey team play its third pool game against Germany (1pm). On Thursday the Men’s Golf tees off, and Scott Evans and Chloe Magee compete in Men’s and Women’s Badminton (1pm). Athletics get under way on Friday with Mark English in the first round of the Men’s 800m (1pm). Later, it’s the 49er Men’s and Women’s Skiff (Sailing) with Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern and Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster (5pm). Late on Friday night, Ciara Mageean will compete in Round 1 of the Women’s 1500m (11.30pm). Katie Taylor fights on August 15th Monday from about 3pm, not sure who she is fighting yet

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Film4, Thursday, 2.05am

In Woody Allens film, Americans Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) arrive in Spain for a summer vacation at a friend's (Patricia Clarkson) Barcelona home. Visiting an art gallery, they meet seductive painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who invites them for a weekend of food, art and sex.