Best of the week ahead on TV


Best of the week ahead on TV

The Saturday Night Show

RTÉ One, 9.55pm

Guests include chef Richard Corrigan, comedian Katherine Lynch and Cork family band Crystal Swing.


In rugby, it’s Munster v Ospreys (RTÉ Two, ko 6.30pm) in the Rabodirect Pro12. The Scottish Cup Quarter-Final features St Mirren v Celtic (Sky Sports 1, ko 12.45pm), while in the Premier League it’s Man Utd v Norwich (Setanta Sports 1, ko 3pm) and Wigan v Liverpool (ESPN, ko 5.30pm). GAA action includes the Fitzgibbon Cup Final (TG4, 2.15pm) as well as Dublin v Mayo (Setanta Ireland, throw-in 7pm) and Armagh v Longford (Setanta Sports, throw-in 7pm).


Dragons’ Den

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Series five has three new Dragons on the scene: former Secret Millionaire participant, pharmacist Ramona Nicholas; Peter Casey of recruitment firm Claddagh Resources; and Barry O’Sullivan of Cisco Systems. There’s also a new Junior Dragon segment for budding entrepreneurs aged 12-18.


As well as being a north London derby,

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal (Sky Sports 1, ko 4pm) features two teams who could be fighting it out for the last Champions League place. Football action includes Tyrone v

Donegal (TG4, throw-in 2pm), followed by a deferred broadcast of Kildare v Kerry.


Reality Bites: Generation Sex

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

This documentary puts forward the view that sex for younger generations in Ireland has major differences from those who went before. Along with a liberalisation of attitudes and increased sexualisation of popular culture, the digital age has seen a proliferation of pornography and a resultant pressure to behave in a certain way.

Communion Day

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

First episode of a two-part documentary following families as they prepare for a Communion. Among the children featured in tonight’s show is Laoise Cronin from Glantane near Mallow, Co Cork, a spina bifida sufferer who hopes to make it out of her wheelchair and walk up the aisle.


Living The Wildlife

RTÉ One, 7pm

Colin Stafford-Johnson has been boosting his international reputation with filming assignments for the BBC and others, but he returns home for the third series of his excellent show on Irish wildlife. This first episode features one of our most beautiful of animals, the pine marten. Normally elusive, Stafford-Johnson films a family of them that have taken up residence in an artist’s attic in Connemara.

Man Utd v Real Madrid

TV3, ko 7.45pm

Will Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford be a night of joy or disappointment for the home side’s former hero?



TG4, 10pm

Episode two of Colin Bateman’s drama series set in a struggling Irish language newspaper in Belfast. Cork-born actor Don Wycherley plays the journalist who has been tempted back from a big job in England to try and rescue the paper.

Juventus v Celtic

RTÉ Two, ko 7.45pm

With a 3-0 deficit to make up against the Italian league leaders, you’d have to presume this match is a bridge too far for the Glasgow side. If the Hoops can score first, however, it might make for an exciting game. At the very least, Neil Lennon’s men will be hoping to put in a better performance than the first leg.


The Irish Road To Cheltenham

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

New five-part observational documentary series on five jump jockeys through the 2012/2013 National Hunt season, as they approach their ultimate aim of racing at Cheltenham. Nina Carberry, Davy Russell and Andrew Lynch are among those featured as we see their lives both on and off the track.

Breaking Bad

TG4, 11.01pm

Hank knows Gus isn’t the respectable businessman he pretends to be, and tries to gather some evidence on him. Meanwhile, Walt is worried that Gus’s conflict with the Mexican cartel is going to get them all killed.


Big Wave Bootcamp

RTÉ Two, 5pm

The Irish teens are staying with their Hawaiian friends, but are somewhat surprised as to how early their day begins. At least the waves have returned, so Ken announces a surf skills competition for which the Irish crew will have very little time to train.

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Spring has sprung, so it was only a matter of time before Monty Don and his pals would raise their heads above ground. He gives tips on pruning in this first episode of the new series, and also demonstrates how to lay a new path. Meanwhile, Carol Kline looks at some of the many different varieties of snowdrops.

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