TV not to miss


TV not to miss

The Borgias

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

It’s the final episode of season one and Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons) is just about clinging to the papal throne. The king of France arrives in Rome for a showdown and it’ll take some more serious politicking to get him on the side of the pontiff.



RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Dick Warner has revived his hugely enjoyable Waterways series for a six-part journey along the Royal Canal that coincided with its reopening for boats last year. He’ll travel from Dublin to Lough Ree in an original tug barge that last did the journey in 1923. In tonight’s first episode, he travels through the city, meeting up with Ulick O’Connor who recounts some of Brendan Behan’s antics and stops off at Glasnevin cemetery to pay his respects to Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan. Warner also tries some fly fishing in the unlikely surrounds of Finglas.

Brokeback Mountain

RTÉ Two, 9pm

Ang Lee’s magnificent 2005 tale of forbidden love in Wyoming in the 1960s stars Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.

Tom Clancy- Geal é a Chroí

TG4, 9.30pm

This new documentary from the Cogar team looks at the life of one of the founding members of the Clancy Brothers singing group. As we see, however, his music career was only part of the story of a fascinating life. Among his other escapades was flying over Germany on RAF bombing raids in WWII and launching a decent acting career that saw him pop up in such classic shows as Little House on the Prairie, Charlie’s Angels and The Incredible Hulk. Clancy retired to Ring, Co Waterford, and died at the age of 67 in Cork in 1990.

Ceol na nOileáin

TG4, 10pm

Tonight’s episode visits Cape Clear off the coast of Cork to explore the island’s music and dance traditions. Gearóidín Ní Dhonnabháin and Máire Ní Laoire are among those performing and talking about the importance of music to islanders.

Nowhere Boy

Channel 4, 10pm

Decent film exploration of John Lennon’s early life, with an impressive cast that includes David Threlfall, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff. At the centre of it all is Lennon re-establishing contact with the mother who abandoned him at age four.

Downton Abbey

TV3, 10.15pm

The war begins to take its toll as the death of a wounded officer has a profound effect on Isobel and Sybil, while a shell-shocked new valet joins the staff.


The Secret Millionaire

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

For the third and final episode of the series, Nadim Sadek goes undercover in Cork looking for worthy charities to give a donation to. While Leesiders will be anxious to see how their city comes across in the show, one of the most interesting segments is the look at Sadek’s normal life. With a mother from Limerick and a father from Egypt, the Dubliner made vast sums of money in marketing and now spends much of his time with his family on Inish Turk Beg, off the coast of Mayo, where he has built a spectacular luxury home. For his sojourn to Cork, Sadek is set up in a house off Shandon Street. He admits he has mixed memories of the city, not least because he had once been mugged in Cork. For this visit, however, things run fairly smoothly. Sadek may not have had the common touch of John Concannon in the first episode and this show doesn’t quite have the same emotional punch, but this week’s wealthy man does seem to have a desire to help as he strolls and chats his way through the northside suburbs. Along the way, he encounters charities that help children in sport and music, as well as an outreach group for immigrants and an organisation providing meals for the needy.

One To One

RTÉ One, 11.35pm

In the first episode of a series of interviews with some of Ireland’s heavy hitters, Áine Lawlor, right, interviews Michael Somers, former chief executive of the National Treasury Management Agency and a long-serving public servant.


Raising Hope

RTÉ Two, 8.30pm

Episode four of the enjoyable comedy about a blue collar family in America doing their best to raise a little girl.

America’s Next Top Model

Sky Living, 9pm

OMG. We’ll barely be recovered from the British and Irish version of this model talent show and Tyra hits us with the 16th series of her programme. For the 14 candidates, the head-games begin early as Ms Banks and co trick them into thinking they’ve been rejected. Squeals of delight ensue when they realise that Tyra has just been pulling their shapely legs.

Bob Quinn @ 75

TG4, 9.30pm

Atlantean continues a series of Bob Quinn films introduced by the filmmaker himself and Theo Dorgan. Here, we see how he was an early sceptic of the notions of the Irish being descended from one Celtic European race, and broadened the pre-gene-testing debate by exploring the cultural links between Ireland an areas of Spain and north Africa.

True Stories: One Lucky Elephant

More4, 10pm

Documentary on an orphaned elephant who was raised and trained by circus producer David Balding. Eventually realising how Flora is not happy performing, Balding sets her on the path to retirement and life with other elephants. Filmed over 10 years, it shows the emotional bond between animals and humans, and also explores some of the issues in keeping wild animals in captivity.



TG4, 9.30pm

A documentary on the traditions and significance of the Irish wake. From pre-Christian practices that have either been lost or adapted, to the Catholic era when many wake traditions seem to be linked to the idea of purgatory. Undertakers, gravediggers, priests and doctors are among the professions contributing their expert opinion.



BBC One, 9pm

Philip Glenister stars in this new four-part conspiracy thriller. He plays a solicitor haunted by his criminal past as he tries to find answers about the death of his brother in a botched robbery many years earlier.


Sky 1, 10pm

Hugh Laurie continues his reign in the eighth series of the top medical drama. In last season’s finale, we saw his character ploughing his car into Cuddy’s home, and we pick up the story as he’s locked away in prison.



More4, 9pm

Political sensitivities meant Robert Altman set his darkly comic tale of a US army medical facility in the Korean War, but everybody knew he was talking about Vietnam. Stars the likes of Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Robert Duvall.


BBC Two, 9pm

The resident nature experts are back for another series of seasonal nature fare. Autumnwatch Unsprung immediately afterwards answers viewers’ questions.

Later... with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 12.20pm

The extended version of the show features an eclectic mix of styles from Lara Marling, Tony Bennett, Little Roy and the Silver Seas.

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