TV not to miss: Strictly Come Dancing

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly will host a Strictly Come Dancing live from Wembley Arena on BBC One, 6.30pm today.

SATURDAY

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One, 6.30pm

The show goes up a gear with a live performance from Wembley Arena. An audience of about 6,000 people will see the remaining contestants stepping out to a number of styles, including Charleston and disco.

The Killing

BBC Four, 9pm

The cult Danish favourite makes a return for a third and final run of 10 episodes. Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) is about to celebrate her 25th year in the police force, but her plans are interrupted by the discovery of unidentified body parts at Copenhagen dock hours before a planned visit by the prime minister. In the background, elections loom and the financial crisis is beginning to bite. As ever, for non-Danish people, the political strand of the show is far less interesting than the murder investigation, but the opener of this series suggests that they’ll again be closely intertwined. Gråbøl is as superb as ever and you’ll soon be hooked again. The welcome two-episode format each week is also being continued.

SUNDAY

Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The former retail chief is back for a third series advising shop owners how they can improve their business. First up is Fitzsimons’ family fishmongers in Kimmage, Dublin. Since the founding father, John Snr, passed away, the other four members of the family have been working hard to try to keep the business on track.

Cogar: High Nelly

TG4, 9.30pm

The famed high nelly was never the lightest of bicycles, but its solidity, comfort and durability combined to give it a special charm of its own. This documentary looks at the high nelly’s role in Irish rural life through the decades, and also meets with devotees who gather annually near Trim, Co Meath.

Love/Hate

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

In last week’s turbo-charged opener, Nidge and his gang got themselves into all sorts of trouble when they killed a vicious republican. They must now save themselves by ensuring that the vengeful son and his well-armed mates think somebody else is responsible.

The Moment Of Truth

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh introduces a new five-part series about ordinary people who have had to make major life-changing decisions. First up is Galway woman Collette Standford who caved in to family pressure to give up her baby for adoption when she fell pregnant at 17. We hear how she had 11 days with her son before he was taken by an adoption agency, and how in later years she became determined to find him again.

MONDAY

Stephen Fry: Gadget Man

Channel 4, 8.30pm

The brainiest man in the universe begins a new series testing all sorts of devices, some of which are even useful. Jonathan Ross pops up as a guest on this first episode, and the duo talk about how gadgets can turn commuting into an enjoyable experience. Fry also checks out an unconventional electric car, a very unusual bicycle and a 3D headset.

Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast

More4, 9pm

The super-chef is in Istanbul sampling and creating a number of delicious dishes. Among them are a Turkish pizza topped with spicy beef, pine nuts and a crunchy salad; a delicious fish casserole; and the region’s famous baklava sweet, a delicious dessert of filo pastry, nuts and honey.

Four Born Every Second

BBC One, 10.35pm

While many people in the West take the process of birth very much for granted, this documentary shows how the country you are born in will have a major bearing on your survival. The film travels across the world showing the variation in practices and child mortality rates in different regions. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that one in eight women in Sierra Leone die in childbirth. But perhaps the most shocking part of the show is in the US, a country with high infant mortality rates in comparison to much of the rest of the developed world. In San Francisco, we meet impoverished and expectant mother Starr, her partner and two children, as she gets ready to add to the statistic of 1.6m homeless children now living in the US.

TUESDAY

Benfica v Celtic

TV3, ko 7.45pm

After the recent heroics against Barcelona, the Scottish side need a similarly effective performance if they are to secure the win that’ll place them in the knock-out stage of the Champions League. Studio analysis from John Hartson and Brian Kerr. Other games tonight include Galatasaray v Man Utd and Juventus v Chelsea.

WEDNESDAY

Kitchen Hero

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Donal Skehan is in the Royal Botanic Gardens to look at a project which teaches people how to cut down on the amount of food waste they generate.

Chinatown

Film4, 9pm

The cast of Roman Polanski’s classic detective drama from 1974 includes such luminaries as Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.

THURSDAY

Mariella’s Book Show

Sky Arts 1, 8pm

An impressive roster of book-flogging guests on the show tonight includes Mary Robinson, Rupert Everett and Jack Straw, all of whom spoke to Mariella Frostrup at the Cheltenham Festival. As in books, not horses.

MasterChef Ireland

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

Murphy’s ice-cream parlour in Dingle will be a familiar sight to visitors to the Kerry town, and in tonight’s show proprietor Kieran Murphy gives a demonstration to the remaining contestants. They will then have to create a sorbet or ice-cream of their own.

FRIDAY

Muintir na Mara

TG4, 8.30pm

A repeat of Pádraig " Duinnín’s journey along the Kerry coastline begins around the South Kerry peninsula and has him visiting Kenmare, Sneem and Derrynane.

Attenborough: 60 Years In The Wild

BBC Two, 9pm

Episode two of the veteran presenter’s reflections on his time in broadcasting looks at some of the scientific breakthroughs that occurred in his lifetime. From a groundbreaking experiment in the 1950s that revealed how the chemical primordial soup could be transformed into the building blocks of life to the mystery of how the continents moved, Attenborough puts a personal slant on it all.

TV NEWS

¦ Even though HBO’s hit comedy drama, Girls, is not due to begin its second series in the US until January, the show looks set to get a third series, with an announcement expected soon.

¦ Irish Pictorial Weekly, the new satirical four-part sketch series from the likes of Barry Murphy and Paul Howard, will make its debut on RTÉ One on Thursday, Nov 29.

¦ Ben Frow, TV3’s departing director of programming, is to take up an equivalent position at Channel 5 in the UK.

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