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01st Mar 2024

An extremely tense murder mystery movie is airing on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

The Irish thriller has an incredible premise.

Our TV movie pick for Friday, 1 March is The Dig, the 2018 Irish murder mystery thriller starring Moe Dunford (Black 47, Michael Inside).

He plays Ronan Callahan, a man who has just finished a prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, which it’s alleged he committed whilst he was blackout drunk.

Since he has no memory of the event, the victim’s father Seán (Lorcan Cranitch) has spent the intervening 15 years painstakingly digging his way through the bog on Callahan’s land in a relentless quest to locate his daughter’s remains.

With local police refusing to move the grieving father from his home, Callahan decides to join the search, hoping that he and Seán both might find some measure of closure.

The more they dig however, the more the events of that fateful night 15 years ago get called into question.

A debut feature film for directing duo Andy and Ryan Tohill, The Dig’s terrific premise, its stunningly atmospheric rural Antrim setting and its dark haunted performances make it well worth seeking out.

It’s airing on RTÉ 2 at 10pm and is also available to rent on Apple TV, Google Play, the Sky Store and Volta.

Check out the trailer for The Dig right here:

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

Con Air – Film4 – 9pm

“Put… the bunny… back… in the box.”

Ghost in the Shell – E4 – 9pm

Scarlett Johansson stars in this live-action remake of the classic Japanese anime.

They Came to Cordura – TG4 – 9.50pm

Friday night is Western night on TG4 as regular readers of the column should know. This one from the ’50s stars Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth.

Hellraiser – Legend Xtra – 10.55pm

You can read JOE’s retrospective on this classic horror to mark its 35th anniversary right here.

The Impossible – BBC Two – 11.05pm

The acclaimed disaster drama centred around the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland in his movie debut.

Dune – Film4 – 11.15pm

With Dune: Part Two out in cinemas now – and earning rave reviews – what better time to revisit the David Lynch-directed version of the story from the ’80s?

The Good Liar – RTÉ One – 11.15pm

Ian McKellen plays a career con artist who meets a wealthy widow (Helen Mirren) online in this 2019 thriller.

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