Thursday’s TV tips

Thursday’s TV tips

A Week To My Wedding (RTÉ One, 8.30pm)

With fulltime jobs and four children between them — three of the kidsfrom previous relationships — Sinéad and Keith have a lot to juggle in the run-up to their wedding.

They’ve opted for a humanist ceremony and the children are fully involved on the day.


Hunted (Ch4, 9pm)

New series. In today’s hi-tech world, where there is a CCTV camera on every corner and everything people do is monitored – from cash withdrawals and supermarket shopping to telephone calls and social media posts – how easy would it be to simply disappear?

That’s the challenge facing a group of ordinary British people in this social experiment which sees them going on the run and taking extreme measures to avoid detection.

Where they go and what they do is entirely up to them – but with a team of expert ’hunters’ tracking them down, the task promises to be a tough one.


Cradle to Grave (BBC2, 9pm)

Continuing the 1970s-set sitcom based on the early life of radio DJ and writer Danny Baker. Things are looking up for the future broadcaster when he has a few lessons in biology – both at school and in the bedroom. Meanwhile, his parents Bet and Fred expand their horizons with such rich new experiences as wine, a night out at the Bermondsey small retailers’ dinner dance and the piece de resistance – a caravan holiday in Dymchurch. Starring Peter Kay and Lucy Speed, with Laurie Kynaston as the young Danny.


Stand Up Guys (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2012) After 28 years behind bars for a botched heist, Val (Al Pacino) is finally granted parole and he swaggers out of jail into a warm welcome from his only friend and former partner-in-crime, Doc (Christopher Walken).

The two men reminisce as Val re-acclimatises to life on the outside, which includes a visit to the brothel run by Wendy (Lucy Punch), a late-night raid on a pharmacy for Viagra pills and a reunion with old getaway driver Hirsch (Alan Arkin).

As an eventful night unfolds, Val comes to terms with the fact that he is a dead man walking and that gangland boss Claphands (Mark Margolis) will have hired someone to put a bullet in his head in revenge for the death of his son.

The only question that remains is: who has been paid handsomely to pull the trigger?


The Sin Bin (TV3, 10pm)

Hosted by ‘Off The Ball’s’ Joe Molloy and top comedian Andrew Maxwell, The Sin Bin will be the cheeky, topical entertainment show to catch during the Rugby World Cup.

Going out live every Thursday night at 10pm, this is the show where every funny, contentious, or off the ball moment of the tournament will be ripped apart and thrown into our comedic half hour mix.

Joining Andrew and Joe in the studio will be some of the biggest names in world rugby, as well as comedians and actors… basically anybody who wants to join Ireland’s World Cup party!

We’ll sample all the tension and exhilaration on the streets and at the games with our comedy VT hit squad, plus we’ll top it all off a with an amazing competition in each show where the winner gets to travel to the Rugby World Cup to attend the team captains’ coin flip.


Crumlin (RTÉ One, 10.15pm)

Thursday’s TV tips

This new four-part series brings us inside the workings of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

Episode one looks at the cardiology department, where recent advances in medical science have meant increasing survival rates for the one in 100 babies born in Ireland with a congenital heart defect.

The surgery is still a difficult process for all involved, as we see from the cases of baby Zack Murphy, right, and three-year-old Lee Cotter from Cork.


Boy Meets Girl (BBC2, 9.30pm)

Harry Hepple and Rebecca Root star as fledgling couple Leo and Judy, who strive to get their relationship off to a good start but face a seemingly endless set of obstacles.

Today, they are looking forward to a quiet Sunday lunch together at the pub, only for Leo’s family to interrupt their date.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, her mum and sister unexpectedly turn up as well, but things really get awkward when Judy’s old friend Geoff arrives – and is somewhat confused as the last time he saw her, she was a man.


First Dates (Ch4, 10pm)

The oddly addcitve series that allows viewers to spy on first dates is back for a new run _ but will the encounters in the opening episode show us that romance can still blossom under the watchful eye of the cameras, or leave us cringing with embarrassment?

Among the singletons hoping to find love tonight is Anna, who has a lengthy list of expectations for her Mr Right that her date Liam may struggle to meet. On paper, linguist Louis seems like the perfect match for Adela, who is searching for an ’English gent“, but his nerves leave him lost for words over the dinner table.

Meanwhile, Michael and Karina share their experiences of parenthood, and will ’spiritual’ barmaid Amber be impressed or put off when her date whips out his calculator as soon as the bill arrives?

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