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What's on? 10 top TV and streaming tips for Saturday – RTE.ie

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The Eurovision Song Contest dominates the night, but there’s also the FA Cup Final, Spinal Tap, Abba, Later – with Jools Holland, Carey Mulligan in Far From the Madding Crowd, and the final of The Games . . .
Eurovision Song Contest, 8.00pm, RTÉ One
MC supremo Marty Whelan returns to the commentary box for coverage of the 66th staging of the annual song competition, hosted by Italian TV and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika from PalaOlimpico in Turin.
The current favourite to win is Ukraine’s entry Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania, who have been granted special permission to leave the country to perform in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam ahead of the main event.
Once again, Ireland failed to even make the final, as Brooke Scullion’s spirited performance in Thursday’s semi-final wasn’t able to get the votes required to make the ten qualifiers.
On the other hand, if Sweden manage to finish on top tonight, they’ll equal Ireland’s record of seven Eurovision wins.
Match of the Day Live: The FA Cup Final, 4.00pm, BBC One
It’s Chelsea v Liverpool (kick-off 4.45pm) as Gary Lineker (below) presents coverage of the FA Cup final from Wembley Stadium, where these teams meet in a cup final for the second time this season.

Liverpool came out on top in the Carabao Cup final in February following a dramatic penalty shootout that finished 11-10 in their favour.
Coverage of English football’s traditional annual showcase – it’s been going for 150 years – includes analysis from Alan Shearer and Micah Richards.
This Is Spinal Tap, 10.40pm, BBC Four
Spectacularly amusing spoof music documentary, starring Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner.
If you watch nothing else, etc.
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It centres on an ageing British rock band try to revive their fortunes by embarking on a US tour, with a film-maker on hand to record the mayhem.
However, the big comeback soon turns into a series of disasters as tensions between the clueless rockers and their long-suffering manager reach breaking point.
Abba at the BBC, midnight, BBC Four
Here’s the ultimate act to come out of Eurovision. It’ll keep the vibe going if this year’s event isn’t enough for you.
Pretty sure this was on just a few weeks ago, but here’s a collection of memorable BBC-based performances by the Swedish super group.

Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad became international stars in 1974 when Waterloo triumphed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, marking the start of their rise to fame.
Various outings were captured by BBC cameras over the next few years and several are featured here alongside their Top of the Pops debut, archive interviews and footage of many hits.
There’s also a chance to see the foursome on a 1982 edition of Noel Edmonds’ Late, Late Breakfast Show, which was Abba’s last televised appearance in the UK.
Later – with Jools Holland, 9.55pm, BBC Two

The long-running live music show is back in a new location at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in north London, with a return to the original bands-in-the-round format.
Jools (above) is joined on the first edition by Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg and hotly tipped Nigerian artist Obongjayar, who both recently performed at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff.
Also on the show are American singer and guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and London singer-songwriter Cat Burns, making her TV debut with her top 5 hit Go.
Come Play, Sky Cinema & NOW
A mysterious monster appears on the electronic devices of an autistic eight-year-old boy named Oliver and the two outcasts quickly bond over their loneliness.
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But the friendship turns dangerous once the monster tries to break through the screen and into the human world.
With the monster on a path of terror, Oliver’s parents desperately try everything in their power to protect their son.
The Games: The Final, 9.20pm, Virgin Media One
Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff present the finals from Crystal Palace in London, with Alex Scott trackside.
It’s the last chance for the 12 celebrities to win points as they try to win gold and pick up the trophy.
Tonight’s action sees the 100m for both men and women, with coverage of the women’s weightlifting and men’s speed climbing.
Far from the Madding Crowd, 8.00pm, BBC Two
Here’s an appropriately titled alternative to the Eurovision.
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It’s a 2015 period drama based on Thomas Hardy’s novel, starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen.
A headstrong Victorian woman inherits a sheep farm in a remote area of Dorset. She struggles to maintain her independence while being courted by three very different men.
They are a stoic farmer, a dashing, reckless soldier and a lonely older man.
Dancing at Lughnasa, 11.55pm, RTÉ One
Period drama, based on Brian Friel’s celebrated stage play, starring Michael Gambon, Meryl Streep, Catherine McCormack and Kathy Burke.
The story’s about a boy who is raised by his mother and her four sisters in 1930s’ Ireland.
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But the simple, ordered lives of these five women are thrown into turmoil by the appearance of their brother, an ailing elderly missionary who has come home to die.
Meanwhile the boy has his first encounter with his father, who is off to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
Shrek 2, 4.25pm, RTÉ2
Another chance to see the much-loved animated sequel, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Julie Andrews, Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett.
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This time around, the grouchy ogre and his new wife Princess Fiona set out on a journey to meet her parents.
But the king and queen are less than impressed with their daughter’s choice of husband, while a conniving fairy godmother is determined to make sure her own son gets to marry the princess.
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