Macedonia v Republic of Ireland
RTÉ Two, ko 8.30pm
The discontent in the Irish camp will probably be echoed in the homes of many fans tonight as conflict breaks out over whether the TV will be tuned to this European qualifier or the results of Britain’s Got Talent (see p34). If Simon Cowell and co were sitting in judgement over Giovanni Trapattoni, right, they’d have eliminated him ages ago for his poor man-management skills and refusal to go see players in action at their clubs. But then again, his teams have ground out important results in the past and will be hopeful of returning home with all three points. Note the unusual kick-off time.
The Picture Of The Napalm Girl
RTÉ Two, 6.55pm
Documentary on one of the most iconic war photographs ever taken. Associated Press photographer Nick Ut recounts the events around his snap of nine-year-old Vietnamese girl Kim Phuc as she ran from her village after American planes had just dropped naplam on it.
RTÉ One, 11.55pm
This crime drama from 1996 ranks among the Coen brothers’ best work. Frances McDormand steals the show as the pregnant police officer who is surprisingly determined in her attempts to solve a crime.
Another show that has opted to show all five episodes this week. Psychological thriller starring James Purefoy and Irish actress Dervla Kirwan, above. The comfortable life of a former high-flying lawyer goes awry when a murder is committed near his home.
Along with Come Dine With Me Ireland, this is another show TV3 is running over several nights this week. Beginning tonight, and continuing on Wednesday and Friday, it is populated by a typical crew of reality TV candidates: models (Rosanna Davison and Georgia Salpa); a former Big Brother contestant (Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace); one of TV3’s own presenters (Alan Hughes); and two imports from British TV (Calum Best and Abi Titmuss). For each episode over the two-week period they’ll live together and compete in different aspects of a beautician’s trade — tanning, waxing and the essential skill of vajazzling.
The Walking Dead
RTÉ Two, 9.55pm
The second episode of the zombie drama is entitled Guts, a clear hint that this is just as grisly as last week. Rick is holed up in the city with a bunch of other survivors, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel in his quest for his family. Quality show that even manages to engender sympathy for the flesh-eating hordes walking the earth. Zombies were people too, y’know.
BBC One, 9pm
Second episode of the decent new crime series (see p36) set in Edinburgh has private detective Jackson Brodie getting to the bottom of some of the mysteries that he encountered in Sunday’s opener.
Channel 4, 8pm
A show entitled America’s Secret Killers looks at the campaign by US special forces to kill Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The recent death of Osama bin Laden is shown by the top current affairs show to be part of a much wider assassination campaign. A six-month investigation by Dispatches attempts to show the consequences.
Botany – A Blooming History
BBC Four, 9pm
Part of the Beeb’s botany season, this new three-part series is presented by Timothy Walker, the director of Oxford University Botanic Garden. Delving into the history of the discipline, we see how the work of Carl Linnaeus and John Ray moved the study of plants from the realm of religion to that of science. As the series unfolds, it explores how modern botanists are at the forefront of advances which fight disease, provide renewable energy and help feed the world’s growing population.
BBC Three, 10.40pm
You may remember Chris Lilley as the creator of hilarious Australian mockumentary Summer Heights High. This new 12-part series again has him exploring the faux-reality genre, this time basing his characters in the small outback town of Dunt. His stars are identical twins Daniel and Nathan, while Lilley also takes on the roles of their prison officer grandmother, and American rapper S.mouse. Episode two follows immediately afterwards.
RTÉ One, 11.15pm
The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson, is the main work up for review on John Kelly’s show tonight, while John Butler’s first novel, The Tenderloin, and the play Perve, by Stacey Gregg, also feature in a discussion by the panel.
RTÉ Two, 11.55pm
Series one of the enduring British comedy is getting a welcome repeat here, and tonight’s episode has the incongruous flatmates ending up in the local Lazerbowl, smoking pot in the toilets with a young goth.
Off The Rails
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
This section of the series is called the Complete Collection and features a repeat of the highlights from the show’s recent tour around the country, and also goes behind the scenes at London Fashion Week.
RTÉ Two, 11.50pm
One of the best French films of recent years follows the fortunes of a Franco-Arabic family. The patriarch Slimane loses his job at the local shipyard, but is persuaded to follow his dream of converting an old boat into a restaurant specialising in his ex-wife’s fish couscous.
Athletics – Diamond League: Oslo
BBC Three, 7pm
With the London Olympics looming next year, this season is all about the preparation as public interest in athletics starts to climb. This is the fifth of the 14 Diamond League meetings which will culminate in Brussels in September, and the main attraction tonight is undoubtedly Usain Bolt’s appearance in the 200m.
Help! My House Is Falling Down
Channel 4, 8pm
Every home should have a Sarah Beeny, below. She’s back for another series helping distressed homeowners. First up is a couple who’ve discovered an alarming slope on the first floor of their house. As well as subsidence, they seem to have a bad case of roof spread that is affecting the supporting walls. All is not lost, however, as Beeny roles out the sound advice and puts them in contact with people who can solve their problems.
RTÉ Two, 9pm
We’re up to the final episodes the drama that was filmed in Wicklow, so presumably it’s only the dedicated fans are left. There’s plenty of battle action tonight as Bardon Pass is attacked and Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower, right) and his men have to rush to protect it.
For a Few Dollars More
Sergio Leone’s classic western from 1967 has Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef colliding in the wilds of frontier America.
Sky Living It, 10pm
As Britain embraces prom culture, this new series explores the over-the-top preparations and teenage tantrums and back-biting associated with an event that really does feel like the most important thing in their lives. Instead of the queen bees and jock kings who usually rule this world, however, Promzillas bats for the poor or geeky underdogs, and attempts to make their night a dream come true.
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