Whatever Happened to Harry Hill?
Channel 4, 7.30pm
Harry Hill uses a revisit to his 1999 show as a springboard for an ‘investigation’ into what went wrong. Plenty of classic clips from the comedy series that brought the big-collared baldy man to our attention.
Premier Soccer Saturday
RTÉ Two, 8pm
While Match Of The Day (BBC One, 10.30pm) still has a special place in the hearts of many soccer fans, the RTÉ equivalent has two distinct advantages: 1) It’s earlier; 2) It often teases out Irish angles. At times there’s too much analysis when you’d prefer to be watching highlights action, but the presence of Kenny Cunningham on tonight’s panel also underlines how the show has been important in blooding new pundits at a time when the established order are well past their sell-by date.
Imelda Staunton and Jim Broadbent star in Mike Leigh’s powerful tale of an abortionist in 1950s Britain.
Peter Kay Live
Channel 4, 9pm
Classic stand-up performance recorded at the Manchester Arena in 2003 on the eve of the comedian’s 30th birthday.
A Touch Of Cloth
Sky 1, 9pm
Charlie Brooker is still better at writing about TV programmes than making them, but his recent output has ranged between decent and rather good. This new two- parter is described as an “audacious, inappropriate and spectacularly silly” crime drama that includes John Hannah in its cast. Part two on Monday.
Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model
Sky Living, 9pm
Glanmire contestant Kellie Forde was eliminated last week, but fellow Corkonian Lisa Kelly, above, a dentistry student in UCC, has made it into the final eight. In tonight’s photo shoot, the contestants will have to keep their focus as they are surrounded by naked men.
RTE One, 9.35pm
The Ireland On Screen series of films offers another chance to see Neil Jordan’s 1996 drama about the revered Corkman. Liam Neeson is in the lead role, while Julia Roberts should have got an Oscar for the worst Irish accent of the year.
Looks back to March 1993 when two IRA bombs in Warrington, near Liverpool, killed two children and injured 56 other people. The first to die was three-year-old Johnathan Ball, pictured, while 12-year-old Timothy Parry lived for four days before his life-support machine was switched off. The bombings marked a low point in public support for the Provos, and a Dublin housewife’s call to Liveline resulted in a huge peace rally a few days later in Dublin.
Bomb Squad Men: The Long Walk
BBC Four, 10pm
Three former bomb disposal officers who worked for the British army during the Troubles return to the North and talk about the defining moments in their careers in the 1970s. “You can feel your palms sweating. As you walk you know there’s nothing going to save you if that device functions,” says one. At the time, bomb disposal was very much an evolving profession as the bomb makers were constantly changing their product.
Three Colours Red
Sky Arts 1, 9pm
Concluding part of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s art house favourite. Love affairs become intertwined when a dog is run over.
The Fall Of Womenland
RTE One, 11.40pm
This documentary focuses on the matriarchal Mosuo ethnic group in China. They don’t bother with formal marriage contracts and traditionally have built their relationships on free love and sexual satisfaction — “walking marriages” is the term used. A woman must give permission for a man to visit her at night, and any children resulting from the liaisons are reared by the woman’s family. Unusually for Asia, the Mosuo have no preference for male children over females.
Other Voices NYC
RTE Two, 11.50pm
Repeat of the documentary on the Other Voices show in New York, featuring the likes of Gabriel Byrne, Glen Hansard and Martha Wainwright.
RTE Two, 9pm
Hell is the title of this opening episode of series two and it stands as possibly the greatest ever. Ted, Jack and Dougal go on holidays to a cramped caravan, and are soon joined by Fr Noel Furlong, played by Graham Norton in the first of his three appearances on the show. Cue such classic quotes as “That’s nearly as mad as that thing you told me about the loaves and the fishes”; and “These are small... but the ones out there are far away. Small... far away”.
BBC Two, 7pm
Still on the post-Olympics athletics bandwagon? Do you know the difference between a PB and a JCB? Well, Zurich hosts the second-last meeting of this year’s Diamond League, and familiar faces from London 2012 should include Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and David Rudisha.
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid
RTE Two, ko 7.45pm
The winners of the Champions League take on the winners of the Europa League in a UEFA sanctioned game that both clubs could probably do without. It is, however, a welcome Friday live game for soccer fans, offering a chance to see an exciting new Chelsea side in action, as well as the likes of super Colombian striker Falcao for the Spaniards.
The Gathering: Notre Dame — A Welcome Home
RTE One, 9.35pm
It’s difficult to imagine that Gathering Ireland 2013, in which we invite everyone with a connection to the country to come and visit to boost our economy, won’t involve a lot of cringey Brand Oirland speak.
Tonight’s concert from the O2 will launch the project, and set the tone for what we can expect over the next 18 months. It comes on the eve of the Emerald Isle Classic American Football clash between Navy and Notre Dame, and is tied into that event. Miriam O’Callaghan is MC for the night, and music comes from the likes of Brian Kennedy, Damien Dempsey and the High Kings.
¦ As September approaches you can be sure of two things: better weather and better TV. The autumn schedules are bursting with tempting treats — see our Top 100 feature next Saturday — and Mad Men fans will be particularly glad to hear RTÉ seem to have at last developed a fondness for Don Draper and co. After four years of being tucked away in inaccessible slots, season five is debuting on Friday, Sept 7, at 10pm.
¦ Chris O’Dowd’s Mooneboy is due on Sky in September and the Roscommon man has also landed the lead role in a HBO comedy Family Tree, written by Christopher ‘Spinal Tap’ Guest. Get daily TV new, previews and reviews on Twitter via @examinertv
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