Rugby World Cup (TV3, 2pm and 4.30pm)
2pm: Scotland v Japan
Tommy Martin, Shane Byrne and Malcolm O’Kelly are live in studio as Scotland takes on Japan in Pool B.
4.30pm: Australia v Fiji
All the action from Pool A as Australia takes on Fiji. Tommy Martin is live in studio with analysis from panellists Shane Byrne and Malcolm O’Kelly.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Film4, 6.20pm)
(2003) Director Peter Weir bravely sets sail with this swashbuckling adventure yarn torn from the pages of Patrick O’Brian’s novels.
Captain ’Lucky’ Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and the 197-strong crew of the HMS Surprise are ordered to intercept the French Privateer, Acheron and “sink, burn or take her as a prize”.
The first altercation between the two vessels leaves Aubrey’s ship badly damaged and the crew leap to the conclusion that Midshipman Hollom (Lee Ingleby) is a jinx and the reason for the defeat.
For sheer beauty and stunning action set-pieces, Master And Commander is head of the fleet.
**New series** Rachel’s Coastal Cooking (RTE One, 7.30pm)
In this episode Rachel Allen travels from Dungarvan to Ballycotton as she embarks on her coastal cooking adventure. She meets up with old friend Paul Flynn for inspiration, and hears about a very special food memory of his that she tries to recreate.
First she goes lobster fishing with Colin Dwan, in some rather choppy seas. Then she sets up an al fresco kitchen with Paul to cook lobster with wild garlic aioli.
Rachel then heads to Midleton for a masterclass in whiskey tasting from Dave Quinn, and a hands-on lesson in barrel making from Ger Buckley, who is keeping the craft of coopering alive.
The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm)
The five remaining bakers tackle patisserie in the quarter finals, making 24 cream horns for their signature challenge, before creating Mokatines for Mary’s technical bake.
For the showstopper, the cooks are challenged to make a Religieuse a l’Ancienne – three tiers of choux pastry eclairs filled with creme patissiere and decorated with icing and buttercream.
The contestants must produce something that not only looks and tastes good, but also stays standing before judges Mary and Paul cast a critical eye over their efforts.
Don’t Panic – How to End Poverty in 15 Years (BBC2, 8pm)
Professor Hans Rosling explores the target of eradicating worldwide poverty that the world has committed to this week.
He looks at extreme poverty, which is defined as those living on less than 1.25 a day, and examines dramatic human stories from Africa and Asia, as well as data on recent global progress.
Rosling uses holographic projection technology to create bubble graphs and income mountains in order to assess the world’s ability to to achieve the goal by 2030. He concludes by showing why putting an end to poverty quickly will be easier than slowly.
Celebrity Big Brother (3e, 9pm)
Highlights of all the latest events inside the house as celebrities from the UK and USA take part in the ultimate CBB battle.
Expect excitement and drama from the get go as the Brits and the Yanks come head-to-head in a trial of tasks, challenges and twists.
The Ascent of Woman (BBC2, 9pm)
Historian Amanda Foreman profiles the women who made and changed human history, concluding tonight with a look at those involved in revolutions.
Despite the promises made during both the French and Russian revolutions, Amanda believes that the world remained rife with gender bias.
In the end, real change for women would come from within the private sphere – in America, with activists such as Margaret Sanger, who coined the term birth control and helped to develop the pill which would finally give women the control over when to have children.
She also discusses the experiences of women in more contemporary uprisings, including the Arab Spring and the growth of grass-roots movements in Africa.
Grand Designs (Ch4, 9pm)
After recovering from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage, Bram Vis, his wife Lisa and their two children want to build a house for sharing on a seaside plot on the Isle of Wight.
Kevin McCloud follows the family’s progress as they design and construct an ambitious home complete with dedicated spaces for entertaining and a swimming pool.
However, the sheer scale of their project soon becomes clear when their original budget of £850k spirals out of control, leaving them facing some tough choices.
Second Captains Live (RTE Two, 9.55pm)
Series 5 will also see the lads take the show outside of Ireland for the first time, broadcasting live from Cardiff in front of the travelling Irish rugby faithful in October.
Expect more huge sporting names, more heated debate and more from the hugely popular slots such as Degrading Irish Superstars Action, Boring Irish Sporting Tweets and the Smoking Hall of Shame. Eoin, Ken and Murph are back on RTE2 from September 9th.
The People’s Debate (TV3, 10pm)
The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne is on the road around Ireland.
In every constituency we’ll be inviting sitting TDs to discuss local and national issues among their own constituents.
World of Weird (Ch4, 10pm)
Reporters present footage of some of the world’s weirdest characters, most bizarre situations and other remarkable phenomena, including action from annual event BronyCon, a My Little Pony convention in America that draws a surprisingly large number of adult male fans.
Plus, there’s an insight into life in the world’s largest family, which consists of a man with 39 wives and 94 children, and an exploration of the beliefs and activities of Prepared for Anything, a group which is ready for the end of civilisation.