Horton Hears A Who
Film 4, 3pm
Dr Seuss purists were probably justified in their criticisms of this adaptation starring Jim Carrey, but junior viewers will still enjoy the fun of this imaginative animated tale. Other familiar voices may include Steve Carrell and Isla Fisher.
BBC Two, 8.30pm
David Attenborough’s recent Africa series will have piqued some viewers’ interest in the fate of the rhino. He explained how poaching — mostly fuelled by the erroneous beliefs of Chinese medicine practitioners — had increased at a frightening rate over the past five years. In South Africa alone, 668 rhinos were killed for their horns last year and the species is rapidly heading for extinction in the wild. For this programme, Sean Bean follows 12 black rhinos as they are transported to a new site that will hopefully make them safer.
The Jonathan Ross Show
Ke$ha provides the music, while banter will come in the shape of the two-headed monster that is Ant and Dec, as well as actor/director Tim Roth.
Sculpting Life — Rowan Gillespie
Sky Arts, 8pm
Low-profile Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie has been responsible for such pieces as the Blackrock Dolmen and the Famine figures on Custom House Quay in Dublin. This documentary travels with him to Denver and Liechtenstein to examine the dramatic intensity of his sculptures, and to the Edvard Munch museum in Norway, where he reveals the influence of the Scream artist on his work.
Channel 4, 9pm
We haven’t seen a preview of this show, but the fact that it comes from the pen of Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) should ensure that this feature-length drama is, at the very least, well-written. It’s the tale of an MI5 agent who believes a suspected terrorist is about to unleash a ricin attack in Britain. When the suspect is arrested in Egypt, the agent is forced into an uncomfortable alliance with local security forces.
Bliain in Árainn Mhór
First episode of a four-part series documenting life on Árainn Mhór, three miles off the Donegal coast. It gives an insight into life on the island for the 520 inhabitants. They do have a primary and secondary school, and the main industry is still fishing, but many are still forced to emigrate, following in the footsteps of the ‘Tunnel Tigers’ from the area who dug tunnels in places such as London and New York.
The Magdalene Sisters
This 2002 film has been given renewed relevance by the publication of the recent report. Anne-Marie Duff and Eileen Walsh are prominent in a harrowing offering directed by Peter Mullan.
Would You Believe?
RTÉ One, 10.30pm
A new series of the religiously-themed show begins with the tale of Ifrah Ahmed, who came to Ireland as an unaccompanied child asylum seeker from war-torn Somalia. Now in her early 20s, she was one of the campaigners behind successful moves to get female genital mutilation/circumcision outlawed in Ireland last year. A devout Muslim, the documentary also follows Ifrah in one of her other guises as the organiser of Miss Ethnic Ireland.
Man Utd v Reading
ESPN, ko 8pm
The fifth round of the FA Cup continues with a tie in which the home side will probably take the opportunity to rest some of their weary players. Meanwhile, the away side — with an Irish contingent consisting of Noel Hunt, Ian Harte, Stephen Kelly and Alex Pearce — are also battling relegation.
Channel 4, 9pm
Irish doctor Pixie McKenna and Co are back for another series looking at some of the ailments people tend not to be so open about. First up is a woman with painful abscesses on her groin and bottom, and anyone heading to Majorca this summer may be interested in the report on sexually transmitted diseases and other common conditions arising from the partying that goes on in Magaluf.
Reality Bites — A Eurovision Affair
RTÉ One, 9.30pm
You may remember Pat O’Mahony as one of the original hosts of Head 2 Toe. In recent years he has spent more time off camera as a producer/director, but is now front-and-centre again on a joint musical tour by our Eurovision stars. O’Mahony follows them behind the scenes in rehearsals and back stage, also gaining an insight into the relationships between the stars themselves as they hit the road.
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
TV3, ko 7.45pm
Arsene Wenger’s men face a German side that are walking away with their domestic league. Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, signed last year from Wolfsburg, has been in particularly good form this season.
RTÉ One, 8pm
After the kiss between Dermot and Jo, are there hopes for a reconciliation? Elsewhere, Doug struggles to keep Ama off the streets, and Tommy delights at Luke’s departure.
The BRIT Awards
James Corden again hosts the British music industry event from the O2 in London. Emeli Sandé, Mumford and Sons and Justin Timberlake are among the live performers.
BBC Four, 10.30pm
A documentary entitled ‘How Hackers Changed the World’ looks at the group known as Anonymous, responsible for some of the most high-profile online security breaches. Recent attacks have occurred on government computers of such states as Syria and Israel, and Anonymous has also been involved in actions against paedophiles and the Church of Scientology.
Neven Maguire: Home Chef
RTÉ One, 7.30pm
The celebrity chef is with Ross Lewis of Michelin-starred Chapter One restaurant in Dublin, who prepares assiette of pork.
Des Bishop: Under The Influence
RTÉ One, 10.15pm
As the comedian has ranted and railed against the destructive effects of Irish drink culture, he has been quite straight about his own baggage that he brings to the issue. This episode brings a further exploration of this personal aspect as Bishop returns to New York and talks to his own family about their experiences with alcoholism. “It doesn’t run in our family, it gallops!” we hear.
BBC Two, 9pm
Major new three-part series on the little-known wildlife of the Arabian peninsula. As well as oryxes, jerboas and horned vipers, this first episode also gives an insight into the camel-riding Bedouins who live in the area.
The Rabodirect Pro12 clash of Glasgow v Ulster (RTÉ Two, ko 7.35pm) is followed by the boxing National Finals (RTÉ Two, 9.45pm) from Citywest.