TV not to miss: Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

SATURDAY

The Saturday Night Show

RTÉ One, 9.50pm

Cork presenter Brendan O’Connor can split opinions among viewers, but a fourth series of the chat show indicates that he must be doing something right.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV, 10.35pm

Guests tonight include comedian Jack Dee, magician Dynamo and Harry Potter star Emma Watson. Music comes from No Doubt, the American band who’ve reformed with Gwen Stefani.

SUNDAY

Andrew Marr’s History Of The World

BBC One, 9pm

In the second episode, Andrew Marr looks at the various empires that have sprung up through human history. From Alexander the Great to the Phoenicians, early conquerors killed and looted, but were also responsible for the spread of knowledge and culture. We also see how the emergence of the belief in just one god also had a profound effect on human history, as Buddhism began to spread from India.

Perfect Heart

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

John Healy will be familiar to many people as the Maitre D in The Restaurant series. He also suffers from severe heart problems and is on the waiting list for a transplant following damage to the vital organ from two heart attacks. In this film by Anna Nolan — the former Big Brother contestant who has also cooked on The Restaurant — we follow Healy through a year on the heart transplant list, witnessing many of the highs and lows of that difficult existence. We also see the other side of the transplant situation when Nolan turns the cameras on the family of Eamonn Goggin, who donated his organs after his death in a car accident. Eamonn’s mother Martina describes the process that led to the decision about her only son’s organs.

Cogar: Hataí

TG4, 9.30pm

Documentary on the centuries-old relationship Irish women have had with hats.

MONDAY

Pump Up My Dance

RTÉ Two, 5pm

New talent show in which young Irish dancers strut their stuff in front of a ‘dance master’. In each episode 20 contestants perform a particular style, with the five best going forward to perform at a show in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. The first judge is hip-hop dancer and choreographer John Graham, a Dubliner who has worked with the likes of Beyonce and Justin Bieber.

Scannal

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Looks back at the killings of three IRA members by the British army in Gibraltar in 1988. Presumably, Mairead Farrell and her companions were planning an attack at the time, but all three were unarmed when shot. Their deaths also set up a sequence of events that would lead to further killings and strife. Loyalist gunman Michael Stone attacked their funeral, and at the funeral of one of the three men he shot, two British soldiers were killed when they drove into the cortege. Among those interviewed in the show is Carmen Proetta, above right, the Gibraltar resident who witnessed the killings of the IRA operatives, and said that Farrell and Dan McCann had their hands in the air when they were shot without warning by the SAS. After she gave her account on the Death on the Rock documentary, The Sunday Times and The Sun were among the newspapers that took part in a campaign to smear Proetta, with the latter’s headline ‘The tart of Gib’ being cited in a libel case which saw her being awarded substantial damages.

Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Pádraig Ó Céidigh returns with a new five-part series looking at various business figures before the eventual award is presented in October.

Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model

Sky Living, 9pm

Cork contestant Lisa Madden didn’t make it past last week’s semi-final, so tonight’s finale will definitely feature a British winner.

TUESDAY

Double Your House For Half The Money

Channel 4, 8pm

Sarah Beeney tries to help a family turn their house into a dream home, and also assists on the renovation of a windmill.

Soul Power

Sky Arts, 10pm

Magnificent documentary on the musical side of the Rumble in the Jungle, the 1974 fight in Zaire between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Behind the scenes footage and performances from the likes of James Brown and BB King.

Later Live — with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

The second episode has another impressive line-up, including Mumford & Sons, Neil Sedaka and Lisa Marie Presley.

WEDNESDAY

Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story

BBC Four, 9pm

Drama about the late entertainer who, as well as hosting one of the funniest TV shows ever made, also lived a fascinating life. This show is built around his relationship with Lee Middleton, the woman he was married to for over a decade before he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality.

THURSDAY

2013 GAA Championship Draw

RTÉ Two, 7.30pm

This dust from the current season will barely have settled when the draw is made for the first round of the football and hurling next year.

Hunted

BBC One, 9pm

New eight-part series from Frank Spotnitz, one of the main writers on The X-Files. If follows elite spy Sam Hunter (Alex Kent) as she keeps one eye out for whoever is trying to kill her while she carries out tasks set by Byzantium, the shady organisation she works for.

The Works

RTÉ One, 10.45pm

Among the items on tonight’s show is a feature on What Richard Did, the new film from Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage).

Movie Talk

RTÉ One, 11.20pm

Jim Sheridan contrasts his life as a hugely successful international filmmaker with his childhood in poverty-stricken Dublin.

FRIDAY

Modern Family

Sky 1, 8pm

Series four of the popular US comedy begins despite an ongoing dispute between ABC and some of the actors. The show has been such a phenomenal success the cast members are reportedly looking for a renegotiation of their contracts so they’ll earn $200,000 per episode.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

UTV, 9pm

Ronan Keating of Boyzone chats to the former News Of The World editor about his life and career. From his boyband’s rise to fame to his marriage breakup and the deaths of his mother Marie, and Stephen Gately.

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