TV not to miss

SATURDAY

There’s Something About Mary

RTÉ Two, 10.15pm

Yes, you probably have seen it before, but the Farrelly brothers’ funniest film deserves another viewing. Even when you know they’re coming, the agonising zipper accident, Mongo in his cage and the DIY hair gel are all guaranteed to bring forth the titters.

SUNDAY

Exile

BBC One, 9pm

This impressive-looking psychological thriller was created by Paul Abbott, the man behind Shameless, and has the similarly talented Danny Brocklehurst on writing duties. Throw in a cast that includes John Simm, left, and Jim Broadbent and you’ve the makings of a fine mini-series. It’s based around Simm’s character Tom Ronstadt who makes a rare journey back to his home in the north of England after being sacked from his job and dumped by his girlfriend. On his way he begins to reflect on the events that made him leave, and his newfound curiosity leads us down the path to a mystery involving his Alzheimers-suffering dad. Be warned that it runs over three consecutive nights, rather than in a weekly format.

Spin

TG4, 10pm

Philip King dusts down his old Horslips album, Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part, the 1972 classic widely regarded as the first Celtic rock record. He also joins up with Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart to discuss its creation.

The Restaurant

RTÉ One, 7pm

The final episode in the series has radio presenter John Murray working on a menu that includes braised lamb’s kidneys and tandoori roast chicken. On the desserts front, he claims that some of the traditional dishes are making a comeback, so goes for bread and butter pudding and a rhubarb and ginger crumble.

Dresden

Channel 4, 1am

Most of the accounts of the Second World War we get are from the Allied side, but this major production gives a German perspective on the destruction of one of their major cities. Combining dramatic reconstructions with memories from people who were there, we see how two nights of bombing by the RAF in 1945 created a massive firestorm and claimed 25,000 lives.

MONDAY

Killers: Sisters

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Looks at the infamous ‘Scissor Sisters’ killing of African immigrant Farah Swaleh Noor by Dublin siblings Charlotte and Linda Mulhall, above, in 2006. The judge may have described the murder as the most depraved case he had ever presided over, but it really captured the imagination of the public with its tale of drugs, sexual advances, and the dismemberment of Noor’s body before it was dumped in a canal. Forensic scientist on the case, Augustin Meir, talks about his work, and the show also promises — True Detective-style — a “series of dramatic reconstructions” of events.

The Good German

TG4, 9.30pm

George Clooney seems to be a weekly fixture on TV at the moment, and this 2006 drama by Steven Soderbergh has him in the role of a military journalist drawn into a murder investigation involving his former mistress and his driver. Set in post-war Berlin, it doesn’t come close to either man’s best work, but there may be enough here to wile away a Monday night.

Dead Man’s Shoes

Filmfour, 11.20pm

Shane Meadow’s thriller from 2004 is one of the best British films so far this century. Starring a menacing Paddy Considine bent on revenge against a bunch of local bullies who terrorised his special needs brother, it ticks the director’s two main boxes: set in the midlands and dark as hell. Superb.

TUESDAY

Punky

RTÉ Two, 10.25am and 1.45pm

New animated series claiming to be the first in the world which has a lead character with Down syndrome. Punky is a little girl who acts as a fine reminder that people with the syndrome can have as much fun as anybody else. She is a happy girl who loves music, dancing and hugs.

Super Garden

RTÉ One, 7pm

Cork teacher Padraigín O’Donoghue attempts to design a woodland-themed garden for a couple and their triplet boys in Ballincollig. She has back-up in the form of some of her pupils at Coláiste Cholm, and looks for influence to Japan and traditional Irish stonework, while protesting against the decking and trellising she feels are overused in gardens in this country.

Ceart agus Coir

TG4, 10pm

Looks back on events in Donnycarney, Dublin, in October 1942 when a Special Branch detective was shot dead during a garda raid on an IRA safe house. While Harry White from Belfast escaped, Maurice O’Neill from Caherciveen, Co Kerry, was arrested. He was tried before a military court, found guilty of shooting with intent and executed by firing squad.

WEDNESDAY

Two Greedy Italians

BBC Two, 8pm

Italian celebrity chefs Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo begin a new series in which they return to their homeland to see how the cuisine has changed since they left. Episode one is based around the theme of family and explores if food is still at the heart of the Italian clan. They visit the region of Emilia Romagna — famous for its Parmigiano cheese, Parma ham and Balsamic vinegar — where two mammas show them how to cook fresh tortellini. From there it’s off to Bologna where they make the surprising discovery that many locals are signing up for cookery courses aimed at tourists. Don’t watch this hungry.

If Walls Could Talk

BBC Four, 9pm

More foodie fare as the final episode of Lucy Worsley’s documentary series looks at the history of the kitchen. As she tracks the changes in what is probably the most important room in the house, Worsley bakes bread in a Tudor kitchen, tests some of the labour-saving devices that came out in the 1950s and tries out recycling Victorian-style.

THURSDAY

The Shadow Line

BBC Two, 9pm

Another new thriller series. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Eccleston have the lead roles in this seven-part series as two men from opposite sides of the law as they attempt to discover what happened in the murder of a major crime lord. Stephen Rea also pops up as the colourful villain Gatehouse.

Inside The Human Body

BBC One, 9pm

This new four-part series has already been getting plenty of press for its broadcast of an 84-year-old man dying, but this episode starts at the other end of the life cycle. Combining CGI with real human stories, we’ll see the beginnings of life and hear about some of the complications that can occur at the early stages. The programme features 59-year-old conjoined twins, and also visits India to see what causes cleft palates. Maternity ward scenes include a woman giving birth to triplets.

Jackpots and Jinxes: Lottery Stories

Channel 4, 9pm

Be careful what you wish for. This documentary from the Cutting Edge team follows a number of winners of the British lottery from the moment their lives were turned upside down. From those who blew their winnings on drink, drugs and sex (and squandered the rest!) to the wonderful Ray and Barbara Wragg, a happy-looking couple who won £7.6 million in 2000 and have given nearly £6m away to family, friends and charities.

FRIDAY

Tracks And Trails

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The Ballyhoura mountains on the border between Cork, Limerick and Tipperary provide some spectacular walking, and tonight Aidan Power and Hot House Flower Fiachna Ó Bhraonain undertake a 40km journey.

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