TV not to miss

SATURDAY

Kingdom of Plants

Sky Atlantic, 6pm

David Attenborough introduces the second of three programmes from Kew Gardens in London. Among the topics he delves into is the little known ability of some plants to actually move their parts. He also employs high tech UV-sensitive cameras to show patterns on flowers that are even more mesmerising than what you can see with the naked eye.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

Channel 4, 7.20pm

The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson’s masterful adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s books. As the forces of darkness look like they are about to prevail, the little hobbits strike a blow for all that’s decent in the world.

Layer Cake

Film4, 9pm

Daniel Craig stars in this enjoyable thriller about an ambitious young drug dealer who gets dragged into all sorts of unintended business.

SUNDAY

Franc’s DIY Brides

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Melissa Flynn and Michael Morrissey have seven children between them, and have waited 20 years to get married. The Tramore couple have a budget of €6,000 for Peter ‘Franc’ Kelly to help realise their dream day.

District 9

Channel 4, 9pm

Superb sci-fi thriller with a real original feel from South African director Neill Blomkamp. A group of aliens who crash-landed on Earth find themselves confined to a township where they face prejudice and harassment from the authorities.

MONDAY

The Diamond Jubilee Concert

BBC One, 7.30pm

From Elizabeth II’s perspective, it is unlikely that tonight’s concert from in front of Buckingham Palace will match her visit to the world-famous English Market, but the event does offer an eclectic mix of performers. Marking the British royal’s 60 years on the throne will be such figures as pop princess Jessie J, the living god that is Stevie Wonder, and Grace Jones, a woman whose demeanour is probably as far from Elizabeth’s as you could find. Hopefully somebody will manage to get some footage of a backstage encounter between the two.

Springwatch

BBC Two, 8pm

Another week of the top nature show includes footage from a family of peregrine falcons who have taken to living in an urban area.

Come Dine With Me Kerry

TV3, 9pm

The dinner party series makes a return to the Kingdom as another five strangers get to know each other across the table. In tonight’s episode, hairdresser Audrey Logue-Duggan is the hostess with the mostest, providing food and grub for music teacher Sean Treacy, interior designer Melissa Perry, barman Stephen Leane and yoga teacher Dervil Fleming. They make for an eclectic bunch, and the karmic blessings of the yoga teacher later in the week are balanced nicely by Sean’s attempts to serve his guests the best cabbage in the county.

TUESDAY

Jimmy And The Giant Supermarket

Channel 4, 9pm

Rare breed pig farmer Jimmy Doherty continues his efforts to produce higher welfare versions of three of Tesco’s own brand product at the same price. In this episode, he concentrates on the supermarket giant’s sausage, which sells in the millions. He visits Tesco supplying farms to find out how they make their sausages and looks for ways to use free-range pigs reared to higher welfare standards in his own bangers.

The Battle of Britain

BBC Two, 9pm

Repeat of the excellent documentary in which Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin tell the story of the legendary WWII air battles that helped turn the war in Britain’s favour. While the actor provides star power and narration, his brother is actually the key to the programme. He’s in the RAF and gets to fly planes from the war era, explaining to us the issues involved in handling a Spitfire in the heat of battle.

Dublin Airport: Life Stories

TV3, 9.30pm

This new six-part series follows a number of stories at Dublin Airport, from passengers to security staff to airline employees. The first episode was recorded around St Patrick’s Day, and includes an encounter with the family and friends of young girl Zara who has been in the US for stem-cell treatment. We also meet a grandfather who is eager to see his grandson for the first time.

All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry

Channel 4, 10pm

Major artist Grayson Perry explores the concept of taste and why people wear and choose certain things. In Sunderland, he looks at men’s working-class tastes, from cars and body art to football and gyms. On a night out with the local ladies, he also gets to indulge his transvestism, before inviting those he met down to London for the unveiling of a tapestry inspired by his northern experiences.

WEDNESDAY

Cork v Tipperary

TG4, 7.15pm

Live coverage of the Munster U21 hurling quarter-final from Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.

THURSDAY

Comhrá

TG4, 7.30pm

A chat with Danny Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin from Cúil Aodha. As well as Danny’s own singing career that has seen him perform at venues all over the world, the show also delves into his family’s rich cultural tradition and the household’s connection with Seán Ó Riada.

FRIDAY

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Carol Klein has tips on propagation, while Monty Don gets through a heap of viewers’ questions from his base at Longmeadow.

Punk Britannia

BBC Four, 9pm

The second episode of the three-part series looks at the heyday of the punk movement, from 1976 to ’78. Right-minded people everywhere were left tut-tutting as the Sex Pistols led the way with their shock and awe assault on the music industry and traditional values. In their wake came the marvellous music of such groups as the Clash and the Jam, and while punk itself began to run out of steam by 1978, we see how it still managed to inspire a richly talented generation of new bands. Contributors include John Lydon, Paul Weller and Sioxsie Sioux.

Hot Fuzz

TV3, 10.30pm

British comedy actor Simon Pegg stars in a tale of a London cop who has been transferred to a small town. Produces a few laughs without ever really striking gold.

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