ARTS & CULTURE

What to watch this weekend

Margot Robbie as the difficult but endearing Tonya Harding, a brooding farm drama Dark River – and our exclusive interview with its star Ruth Wilson

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By Emily Baker on

On the surface, Dark River might look like just a film about a once-estranged family and their life on a Yorkshire farm, but it's so much more bleak – and layered – than that. While there's not much to be said between siblings Alice (Ruth Wilson) and Joe (Mark Stanley), the volatile landscape and the overbearing truth of their father's death says more than they ever could. Dark River is about familial secrets, abuse, the objectification of women and, yes, the struggle of farming, but for a much more succinct and in-depth conversation about the film, have a watch of our exclusive interview with Ruth Wilson, above.

The big release this week is, of course, I, Tonya, the story of Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding and the infamous "knee-breaking" incident of 1994. Director Craig Gillespie doesn't necessarily take Harding's side thoughout the film, though you do feel incredibly sorry for her thanks to the torrential abuse from her mum, her boyfriend, husband and the skating community – essentially, everyone she comes across. Margot Robbie wholly deserves her Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Harding for the mirror scene alone. Even still, it's laugh-out-loud funny, mostly thanks to the idiotic best friend/bodyguard Shawn, played by Paul Walter Houser – and make sure you stay for the credits...

Friday

Forget the pub, forget seeing your pals and forget a Friday night dinner because everyone's favourite sofa-loving Brits are back in  Goggle box on Channel 4 (9pm) tonight. Well, nearly all, as this is the first series since the death of Liverpudlian "grandfather of Gogglebox", Leon Bernicoff. His biscuit-stealing antics and loving comments to his wife June will be sorely missed from the gang, who this week will most likely have something to say about the Winter Olympics – here's hoping for the curling.

Anyone whose music taste was curated though the telly in the 70s, are you in for a treat tonight. The Old Grey Whistle Test is returning to BBC Four (9pm) for a three-hour special 30th anniversary episode, presented by Whispering Bob Harris himself. There's 17 years worth of archive footage to choose from, not least including performances by Bob Marley and John Lennon, but there will be live music on the show, too. It's a must-watch for music fans everywhere, whether you were lucky enough to be around for the original series or not.

Saturday

The Judi Dench documentary on BBC Two tonight (9pm) might be a repeat, but it's very much worth a rewatch. With talking heads such as Billy Connolly and Daniel Craig recounting their favourite stories and moments with the Dame, it becomes clear how she firmly cemented her role as a true British icon. It's also a great pre-watch to her Oscar-nominated film Philomena, which starts straight after at 10pm. 

Sunday

The Six Nations enters it's third round this weekend, and while we have been bombarded with men's matches for the last three weeks, surprise, surprise, we haven't heard much of the women. It's late for a Sunday night, but if you can manage to stay up until 12am you can catch highlights of the women's Six Nations third round (BBC Two), in which England will take on Scotland and France and Italy will battle out the European side of the competition.

At the more decent time of 9pm, Strike returns to BBC One, in the third instalment Career Of Evil. This time, Strike has to get to grips with a severed leg sent to Robin in the post. As you can imagine, there's quite a long list of people who aren't the biggest fans of the detective, and so narrowing down the suspects proves to be a little tricky.

@emilyrbakes

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