Niamh Algar stars in Ridley Scott's sci-fi spectacular Raised By Wolves, Deirdre O'Kane Talks Funny with Jennifer Zamparelli , it’s Musicals Week on Strictly, and period dramedy Emma lands on Sky Movies . . .

Pick of the Day

Raised By Wolves, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

Caught the first episode of this show and it was really impressive.

It’s an epic sci-fi series from master storyteller and filmmaker, Ridley Scott that initially centres on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet.

As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

The cast includes Amanda Collin (A Conspiracy of Faith), Abubakar Salim (Fortitude), Winta McGrath (Aloft), and our own Niamh Algar (Calm with Horses, The Virtues).

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Don't Miss

Strictly Come Dancing, 7.25pm, BBC One

Musicals Week arrives in the ballroom, as Bill, HRVY, Jamie, JJ, Maisie, Ranvir and their professional dance partners seek to dazzle the judges with routines from hit shows.

Deirdre O'Kane Talks Funny, 9.55pm, RTÉ One

Comedian Deirdre O'Kane talks to a number of the country's biggest names, celebrating their career highlights and finding out what makes them tick.

This week, she talks to RTÉ 2FM's Jennifer Zamparelli.

New or Returning Shows

Marina Abramovi ´c Takes Over TV, 9.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

This week, Marina Abromovic will be the first artist in history to take over an entire television channel.

Her mission is simple: to take performance art to as wide, diverse, young and global an audience as possible.

Over the course of one evening, she will explore the big themes of the art form to which she has devoted her life through a mix of programmes and archive fronted by Marina, plus live and 'as live’ performance.

Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh, 9.10pm, Sky Comedy

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Stand-up performance by the comedian, in which he reflects on his struggles with depression and always being able to hear his mother's voice in his head.

Just the thing to put a smile on your face of a Saturday night, eh?

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie, 12.10am, BBC Two

Although the Alex Gibney Scientology doc Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is better, Louis Theroux  is always worth a watch in this, his first foray into film.

The inquisitive one investigates the controversial religion, re-enacting personal experiences of former members, but finding himself under surveillance by the church.

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New to Stream

Emma. Sky Movies & NOW TV

Jane Austen’s beloved tale about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this hugely enjoyable adaptation of Emma.

Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town.

In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

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Detention, Netflix

A tormented student uncovers unsettling secrets at her remote high school as betrayal and a paranormal encounter upend her life.

Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas, Netflix

The Mighty Express welcomes a new train and speeds into a snowstorm to deliver Santa’s presents and save Christmas for all the kids in Tracksville.

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Family Flick

The Santa Clause, 7.05pm, RTÉ One

I’ve often wondered if this actually happened, because it makes an awful lot of sense.

Tim Allen is great in this festive film as a divorced dad who accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and is forced to deliver the presents himself.

The fun really begins when he finds himself gradually morphing into Saint Nick, which makes him popular with children but doesn’t go down too well with his ex-wife, worried about his mental condition and his influence on their son.

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