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The Latest on Rialto

On Chesil Beach

Saturday 4 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Both virgins and very much in love, we follow the pair through their idyllic courtship.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Thursday 2 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Considered one of the most important artists of our era, Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over 4 decades. From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys.

On The Ropes

Tuesday 7 May 8.30pm Channel 039

On the Ropes is a sexy, punchy drama that is fast-paced and full of heart. It follows aspiring Iraqi-Australian boxing trainer Amirah Al-Amir who has idolised her world champion father Sami her entire life.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Wednesday 1 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon, living a charmed life with his ophthalmologist wife Anna and their two exemplary children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing.


Friday 3 May 8.30pm Channel 039

It’s early summer in Algonquin Bay and the black flies aren’t the only ones out for blood. Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme find themselves with a strange case on their hands.

Striking Out

Sunday 5 May 8.30pm Channel 039

When Tara discovers her fiancé (and fellow solicitor) Eric has been cheating with a colleague, she leaves him and their prestigious law firm to set up her own practice specialising in family and divorce law.

Back To Burgundy

Monday 6 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard. Jean, the black sheep of the family, unexpectedly returns home from a decade abroad to reconnect with his hospitalised father.


Wednesday 8 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Romeo Aldea, a physician living in a small remote town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad.

The 5 Browns

Thursday 9 May 8.30pm Channel 039

From worldwide acclaim to a nationwide political battle for survivors of sexual abuse, The 5 Browns captures the emotional journey of the Juilliard trained sibling piano prodigies - and their remarkable story of healing, determination and bravery.

An Evening With Beverley Luff Linn

Saturday 11 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Lulu Danger's unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn - For One Magical Night Only”.

Orchestra Class

Monday 13 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Simon, a 50-year-old distinguished but disillusioned violinist, ends up teaching a 6th grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school. One young student, Arnold, is painfully shy but immensely talented.

120 BPM

Wednesday 15 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, ACT UP Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference.

Act & Punishment: The Pussy Riot Trials

Thursday 16 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Young actionist artists Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich decide to separate from the well-known actionist group Voina citing the pressure of male participants of the group as the reason. They decide to create their own group.

You Were Never Really Here

Saturday 18 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Joe is a hired gun who rescues trafficked girls using brutal methods against those responsible. A deeply troubled man from an abusive childhood and violent past in the military and FBI, cause him to have regular suicidal thoughts.

The Exes

Monday 20 May 8.30pm Channel 039

If Paris is the city of lovers, it is also that of... Exes! Antoine no longer dares to become involved with anyone, Didier regrets breaking up with his ex-wife, Laurent is obliged to celebrate the marriage of his ex, Julie, while Serge is hassled by Lise.

In The Fade

Wednesday 22 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Out of nowhere, Katja's life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja's painful mourning.

Studio 54

Thursday 23 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Studio 54 was the epicentre of 70’s hedonism – a monumental magnet for film stars, beautiful people, casual sex, disco and mounds of cocaine. It was a one of kind nightclub – a den of excess that made its own rules.

Skate Kitchen

Saturday 25 May 8.30pm Channel 039

Camille, a shy and lonely teenage skateboarder befriends an all-girl New York City-based crew called Skate Kitchen. For the first time she feels accepted by the in-crowd.

35 Days: Series 4

Sunday 12 May 8.30pm Channel 039

There are two stories running in this series, with jury members discussing a murder case, their complex lives in a courtroom and a magnificent hotel, plus the story of the criminal case in question.

See You Up There

Monday 27 May 8.30pm Channel 039

In November 1918, a few days before the Armistice, Edouard Péricourt saves Albert Maillard's life. The two men have nothing in common but the war. Lieutenant Pradelle, by ordering a senseless assault, destroys their lives.