Saturday's TV Highlights: Shakespeare, Mrs Brown and Goodfellas are among today's big shows

In a new daily feature, Arts editor Des O'Driscoll lists the best things on the box for the evening ahead
Saturday's TV Highlights: Shakespeare, Mrs Brown and Goodfellas are among today's big shows
David Tennant, of Doctor Who and Broadchurch fame, portrays Hamlet in this production

From Shakespeare to Scorsese to Mrs Brown, these are today's top picks:

Shakespeare - Hamlet

Broadchurch and Doctor Who's David Tennant portrays Hamlet in this production

As part of its school related coverage, the national broadcaster launches a programme of Shakespeare productions that tie in with plays that are on exam syllabuses.

Spoiler alert: this doesn't end well for the Danish prince, and the term 'tragedy' is very appropriate.

This particular production is from 2009, with David Tennant in the title role, and Patrick Stewart also popping up in the cast. The play is on the curriculum for the Leaving Cert this year.

King Lear will feature in 2021, so that will broadcast the following week.

  • RTÉ2, 11.25am

All Round to Mrs Brown's

Mick Hucknall is among Brendan O'Connor's guests tonight, and event-starved bookies should probably open betting on how many minutes into the show that before we hear the words “foxy fecker”.

Hucknall will also join up with his band Simply Red to perform a song.

Other celebrities on the show include Harry Redknapp, renowned as a soccer manager, but a man who also hit a new audience with his victory on I'm A Celebrity.

  • RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Goodfellas

If you're running out of viewing options you could do worse than record this 1990 classic for a rainy day.

  • RTÉ One, 11.35pm

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