Artsnight: Not Shakespeare, BBC World News, August 1, 8 am and 11 pm
Writer-broadcaster Andrew Marr helms BBC’s latest art series. It will shine the spotlight on Renaissance dramatists whose stories have been neglected, as their peer William Shakespeare overshadowed them. Ben Jonson, John Ford and Christopher Marlowe are some of those who will be explored in the show.
CSI: Cyber, AXN, Saturday, 10 pm
This episode, titled Selfie 2.0, sees the cyber team investigate the abductions of young women. But what is odd is that their social media pages continue to be updated. Meanwhile, Special Agent Avery (Patricia Arquette) helps Trish McCarthy (Rosanna Arquette) cope with the death of her sister, who was Avery’s former psych patient.
True Detective, HBO Defined, Monday, 10 pm
Black Maps and Motel Rooms will be the penultimate episode of True Detective: Season Two. Following the previous episode when Detective Velcoro and his boss Ani find Vera, the woman they are hunting from the start, the entire truth begins to unfold. And despite Ani killing someone before leaving the party, they are now closer to discovering how Vera originally disappeared.
Bid & Destroy, National Geographic Channel HD, Friday, 7 pm
The Danley Demolition crew spend their time locating properties that are on the brink of destruction, but housing secret treasures. Each property is thoroughly searched to find precious, unusual items and then demolished. This week, Brian and Lee bring down an oceanfront mansion in New Castle.
Donna Hay: Fresh, Fast and Simple, TLC, Friday, 4.30 pm
Australian food stylist and author Donna Hay gives you a master class on combining fresh and pantry ingredients to create some of her most decadent treats. With helpful tips and tricks,
in this episode she teaches you to whip up some simple suppers—think pasta, rice, curries and more.
Deadbeat, Comedy Central, Saturday, 10 am
The series stars Kevin Pacalioglu, a medium who seeks to find solutions to ghosts’ unresolved issues, to help them along on their final journey. On occasion, he takes the help of his friend, Roofie, who is also a drug dealer.
Friday, July 31
Matrix Reloaded (Fantasy/Action), WB, 9 pm
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Anne Moss
In the dystopian future, the world is a simulated reality called Matrix shared by intelligent machines and human rebels. One of the rebel hackers, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) dies after being shot by a sentient machine ‘agent’, leaving fellow hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) unsettled. Even as Neo realises the full extent of his powers, the sentinels are on their way to destroy their last refuge, Zion. Sean Connery was to be cast as The Architect, but he turned down the movie as he didn’t understand its concept.
Haseena Maan Jayegi (Comedy/Drama), Zee Cinema, 9 pm
Cast: Govinda, Karishma Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt
Brothers Sonu (Sanjay Dutt) and Monu (Govinda) are always cooking up plots to rob their wealthy father, Seth Amirchand (Kader Khan). To make them more responsible, Amirchand sends Sonu to Goa and Monu to Mumbai. But Sonu falls in love with a girl there, and calls Monu to help him win over her family. However, Monu ends up falling for her sister. Things get messy when the duo are accused of murder. Kapoor’s mother Babita and grand-uncle Shashi Kapoor starred in a 1968 movie of the same name.
Saturday, August 1
Shikhar (Romance/Drama), Cinema TV, 8.55 pm
Cast: Shahid Kapoor,
Bipasha Basu, Ajay Devgn
The movie revolves around the issue of land-grabbing. Jaidev (Shahid Kapoor) is an ambitious young man whose father, Shrikanth Vardhan (Javed Sheikh), owns prime property in a village. Gaurav Gupta (Ajay Devgn), a rich businessman, wants to build a tower on Vardhan’s land. Facing opposition, Gupta tries to lure Jaidev to his side and uses his girlfriend, Natasha (Bipasha Basu), to trick him with the promise of power and money. Vardhan, meanwhile, hopes that his son does not forget his values and go over to the wrong side. Govinda was originally cast as Gupta, but was replaced by Devgn after he came late for a shoot and upset director John Matthew Matthan.
Crazy Stupid Love (Romance/Drama), Romedy Now, 10.30 pm
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) sees his world turn upside down after his wife of over 20 years, Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore), leaves him for someone else. Depressed, he starts frequenting the local bar where he befriends Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) and confesses how he is unable to move on. Palmer, known to be a Casanova, consoles him and teaches Weaver the art of picking up girls. But in a surprising turn of events, as Weaver gets busy seducing women, Palmer finds himself in a real relationship. The crew of the film were promised a free iPad if they came up with a working title for the film.
The Aviator (Biography/Drama), MGM , 5.35 pm
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio ,Cate Blanchett
Successful director of Hell’s Angels fame, and a pioneer in aviation, Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is so particular about his filmmaking that he waits for the correct cloud formations for his aerial sequences. This obsession for perfection sees him move up the ladder in the industry and gain fame as a director. Along the way, he tests aircrafts like the H-1 racer and sets speed records. He also gets romantically involved with actresses like Katherine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), but is challenged by an obsessive compulsive disorder. Will he be able to overcome it? Blanchett got an Oscar for this role, making her the first to win one for playing a real-life Oscar-winner (Hepburn).
Sunday, August 2
Tanu Weds Manu
(Romance/Drama), &TV, 11.45 am
Cast: R Madhavan, Kangna Ranaut
Manoj Sharma (Madhavan), a doctor based in London, gets a rude shock when he discovers his prospective bride, Tanuja Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut), fast asleep when he enters her room. Later, he agrees to the wedding, but Tanu reveals that she has a boyfriend and will never marry him. He duly informs his parents and they decide to meet other girls. But, when their paths cross again, Manu realises that he is falling in love with Tanu. When they meet at a friend’s wedding, it gives Manu another chance to convince her to marry him. Konkona Sen Sharma was initially slated to play the role of Tanuja.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (Romance/Drama), DD1, 12 pm
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol
Two NRIs, Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol), meet during their respective trips to Switzerland. As they repeatedly bump into each other, much to Simran’s annoyance, Raj manages to win her heart with his carefree ways. They soon fall in love. But Chaudhary Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri), Simran’s father, is determined to take his daughter back to India, to fulfil a promise to a friend — that she would marry his son. With no time to bid farewell, Simran leaves without informing Raj. Will this be the end of their romance? Interestingly, Saif Ali Khan was offered the role of Raj, but he turned it down.
Fukrey (Comedy/Drama), Movies OK, 11.15 am
Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadda
Hunny (Pulkrit Samrat), Choocha (Varun Sharma), Zafar (Ali Fazal) and Lali (Manjot Singh) are four college friends, each with their own dreams, but unsure of where their lives are headed. As they flit through college life—from leaking exam question papers to bringing down the walls of their old schools—they go beyond the usual cliches. They have a blast at fests, parties and ragging sessions. However, the reality of their individual futures once they graduate, loom large. Will they be able to cope? Despite a poor opening, the movie was re-released in theatres following public demand and ended up becoming a sleeper hit.
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