Ethan Hawke stars in The Good Lord Bird, The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse arrives, there's a new lockdown dating show, and the finale of There’s Something About Movies . . .

Pick of the Day

The Good Lord Bird, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

This looks pretty nuts.

Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs and Joshua Caleb Johnson star in what promises to be a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America based on the award-winning novel by James McBride.

In the opening episode of this seven-part miniseries, Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856, has a run-in with abolitionist John Brown (a scene-chewing Ethan Hawke), who mistakes him for a girl and promptly "frees" him.

Believing Henry to be his good luck charm, Brown welcomes him into his ragtag army and nicknames him "Onion."

Donning a dress for the first time while dodging bullets, Onion quickly awakens to the life or death stakes in the battle over human bondage and witnesses Brown’s divinely inspired violent agenda: to free the land of slavery by any means necessary.

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Don't Miss

12 Puppies and Us, 8.00pm, BBC Two

This episode introduces Chinese crested powderpuff (one of those hairless breeds) Fabio as he joins Alisa and Colin in Cardiff.

Alisa has had a powderpuff before but was too anxious to let him off his lead. Determined to learn how to let her new pup run free, she calls in trainer Louise for help.

Meanwhile, rescue dog Elina is moving in with the Orchard family in Buckinghamshire after a 2,000 mile trip from Cyprus, where she was found abandoned on the side of the road.

But Kirsten and Marcus already have two boisterous dogs and need to come up with a careful plan if the new arrival is to join their pack safely.

Donal's Family Food in Minutes, 8.30pm, RTÉ One

In this week’s show, Donal Skehan demonstrates how to make some of his favourite dishes to feed the whole family, including a crispy chicken potato salad and chocolate chip banana bread.

New or Returning Shows

Beyond the Menu Reset, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

In the first episode of this two-parter, Mark Moriarty catches up with chefs from the previous series to see what they have been getting up to since they last met back in 2019.

The Home I Can't Afford - Panorama, 7.30pm, BBC One

The British experience of unaffordable housing is similar to what’s been happening here in Ireland.

With sky-high property prices, home ownership seems out of reach to many.

The UK government's shared ownership scheme is supposed to help get people on the property ladder by letting them buy part of their home and rent the rest, but the reality is a nightmare for some.

This Panorama special hears from shared owners who say uncapped service charges, building defects and costly lease extensions have left them stuck in homes with escalating costs and huge debts.

Grá Faoi Ghlas, 8.30pm, TG4

Here’s a brand-new dating show for couples who already together, but who are going through the highs and lows of lockdown in these strange, pandemic times.

Narrated by Eoghan McDermott (above), it features couples suffering, enduring and even loving lockdown who answer a series of progressively awkward questions that they’d probably rather avoid under normal circumstances.

In the first episode we meet Dáire Ó Faogáin, Maria Schaler, Ciarán Mac Reamonn and Vikki Ní Bhréin.

Saol faoi Ghlas, 9.30pm, TG4

Following unique characters and stories, this documentary captures an unprecedented time in Ireland’s history as it explores the added challenges living under lockdown.

Featuring a mixture of self-shot and documentary footage from characters in every province in Ireland, this is a snapshot into a time when people struggled with new demands.

Despite the personal hardship suffered by those featured in this documentary, this is ultimately a story of hope that reminds us of our resilience and strength as individuals and as communities.

New to Stream

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, Disney+

Join Mickey and his best pals - Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto - as they embark on their greatest adventures yet, navigating the curve-balls of a wild world where the magic of Disney makes the impossible possible.

And today is the ideal day for its release as it’s Mickey Mouse’s 92nd birthday!

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Bitter Daisies (El Sabor de las Margaritas): Season 2, Netflix

Now out of prison but suffering from blackouts, Eva gets a plea for help that leads her to infiltrate a club linked to an underage sex trafficking ring.

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Ending Today

There’s Something About Movies, 9.00pm, Sky One & NOW TV

To cap off season three, team captain Jennifer Saunders calls on an Absolutely Fabulous friend as the legendary Joanna Lumley (above) adds a touch of class to the film fun.

Joining them and series regulars Alan Carr, Martin Sheen and Tom Allen will be Intelligence star Nick Mohammed and toothy comedian Rob Beckett.

And if you want to see some more from the TSAM gang, they will be back on the box for a Christmas special.

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