The week in UAE TV: July 20-25
Blokes doing weird things for money seems to be the theme this week: hitting small balls with sticks, scouring Greenland for gold and devising incredible illusions in Edwardian London... well, it beats real work, we suppose.
The match: The Open Championship
When: Monday 20, 12:00
This is the first time in over 25 years that the final round of the Open Championship will take place on a Monday, following the high winds across the St Andrews course that caused severe delays on Saturday. The wait ought to be worth it. 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne is the joint leader going in to the final round – hoping to be the first amateur since the great Bobby Jones to win an Open since to walk away with the claret jug. In hot pursuit are Aussie Jason Day, American phenom Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson.
Channel: OSN Sport 1
Reality: Ice Cold Gold (Season 3, episode 1)
When: Monday 20, 22:50
The first of the new season following a team of modern-day gold and gem hunters searching though the dangerous and largely-untouched bits of Greenland to find their fortune. This series starts with them discovering if, after 18 months of work, they can access the ridge with a suspected $13m ruby deposit. Watching these guys hike hundreds of miles on foot and cross glaciers in search of treasure is weirdly-compelling adventure series.
Channel: Discovery HD
The Series: Big Time In Hollywood, Fl (season 1 episode 1)
When: Thursday 23, 23:00
New sitcom about a pair of self-absorbed slacker brothers who are kicked out of their Florida home and head off to follow their filmmaking dream. Rather than a traditional sitcom format, the single-camera series is one story told in ten episodes and while occasionally absurdist and sometimes violent, it’s regularly very funny. If you liked Flight of the Conchords or BBC comedy The Wrong Mans this should be just your type of dark humour.
Channel: OSN First Comedy
Classic film: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
When: Thursday 23, 18:25
Start your weekend with one of the all-time great musicals and then spend the rest of the weekend trying to get the songs out of your head. Ignore the dated sexism (“I don’t know your name, but I’m staking my claim” Ewww) and just enjoy some good fun, old fashioned song-and-dance routines on the Wild West Frontier of 1870 Oregon. The Fifties were the peak for MGM musicals and this technicolour showpiece from ’54 will put a spring in your step.
Channel: Turner Classic Movies
Modern Film: The Prestige
When: Friday 24, 20:00
Arguably Christopher Nolan’s best film (yes, that’s a big shout), this brilliant tale of rival magicians in London at the end of the 19th century is a masterclass in storytelling. Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine are in top form and even as the plot drifts into the fantastical, it’s never less than a brilliant yarn delivered by a master and the dénouement – like all great magic tricks – is of stand-up-and-applaud quality.
Channel: OSN Movies Festival