Best of the rest on TV

MARCH 16-22

Best of the rest on TV

SATURDAY

Churchill and the Fascist Plot

Channel 4, 7pm

In May 1940, the British leader wasn’t just facing a threat from the massing German forces across the Channel. A group of well-connected fascist aristocrats called the Right Club were also plotting to bring down the British government and make an alliance with Hitler. This documentary traces the intriguing story of how they were foiled.

Spiral

BBC Four, 9pm

Final two episodes of this series of the enjoyable French crime thriller.

The Saturday Night Show

RTÉ One, 9.45pm

Brendan O’Connor’s guests include broadcasters Mary Kennedy and Kathryn Thomas, comedian David McSavage and athletes Fionnuala Britton and Linda Byrne.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV, 9.20pm

Welsh band Stereophonics provide the music, while guests include actors Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey).

SUNDAY

The Voice Of Ireland

RTÉ One, 7pm

It all gets a little bit more serious with the first live show tonight and each of the celebrity coaches will lose one act. The coaches themselves will also combine on a group performance.

Dragons’ Den

BBC Two, 7pm

As our own Dragons do their thing at 10.05pm, their British equivalents have also started into a new series. Tonight’s pitches include a grandmother trying to secure investment for a food website, a children’s haircare brand and a man trying to convince them of the money-making potential of giant sand sculptures.

Toughest Place To Be A Farmer

BBC Two, 9pm

A dairy farmer swaps his usual green pastures in Devon and heads to Kenya to join the cattle-herding Samburu tribe. Obviously, it’s quite a change. Severe drought has made the Samburus’ life even more difficult in recent years, and part of Gibson’s daily task will be to dig holes in the baking heat to try to find water for his charges. The herders survive on a little maize and milk, while there is no food some days.

Lón sa Spéir

TG4, 9.30pm

Documentary on the iconic photograph from 1932, Lunch atop a Skyscaper, taken 69 floors up during the construction of the Rockefeller Building. The filmmakers make the case that two of those sitting on the girder with their feet dangling came from the Co Galway village of Shanaglish.

MONDAY

Sport

Live hurling action from Galway v Tipperary (TG4, throw in 2pm) is followed by deferred coverage of Kilkenny v Waterford. In rugby, it’s the Leinster Schools Cup final from the RDS featuring Blackrock v St Michael’s College (Setanta Ireland, ko 4pm).

Coronation Street

TV3, 7.30pm

It’s probably the biggest week in Weatherfield since the 2010 tram crash, as a fire will devastate the Rovers Return and lead to the loss of two lives. Spoiler alert: the actress who plays Sunita (Shobna Gulati) has already said she’s leaving the show, so her character is one victim. Stella Price (Michelle Collins) is also seen screaming for help through an upstairs window. The major question that won’t be immediately answered is who lit the fire?

James Nesbitt’s Ireland

UTV, 8pm

The Ballymena actor explores the island of his birth in this eight-part series. He begins at a place that possibly has the claim to being the most beautiful on the island — the Dingle Peninsula — and then moves onto Co Cork where he kisses the Blarney Stone and visits Ballyvolane House.

The Challenger

BBC Two, 9pm

Remember William Hurt? The 63-year-old actor stars in this factual drama about American physicist Richard Feynman’s attempts to reveal the truth behind the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Don’t Just Stand There, I’m Having Your Baby

BBC Three, 9pm

New series following clueless (is there any other kind?) dads-to-be as they attempt to learn about pregnancy, labour, and the birth itself. Midwives put them through their paces with a robo-baby with the ultimate goal being that they’ll even be of some use in the delivery ward.

In The Name Of The Republic

TV3, 9pm

Professor Eunan O’Halpin’s two-part series will probably spark plenty of debate among historians as it takes a look at rumours about brutal acts that may or may not have been carried out by the IRA during the War of Independence. First up is a journey to Laois to investigate the possibility that bodies of executed men from north Tipperary were dumped on a farm. Next week’s episode will deal with similar rumours about bodies being dumped near Knockraha, Co Cork.

Girls

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The final episode of series two sees Hannah with just one day to write her book. And don’t worry — series three has already been commissioned, though you’ll have to wait until next year to see it.

TUESDAY

I, Claudius

BBC Four, 10pm

Repeat of the classic 1976 series about life in ancient Rome.

WEDNESDAY

Neven Maguire: Home Chef

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The celebrity chef is in Howth, Co Dublin, visiting Aidan McManus in his King Sitric Restaurant, where the host demonstrates how to prepare hake with tomato vinaigrette.

THURSDAY

Wwoofáil

TG4, 10pm

New series following Mairéad Ní Chuaig and Conall Ó Máirtín as they join the international Wwoof movement of ‘willing workers on organic farms’. Often used by backpackers, it’s a simple deal: you do some work on a farm in exchange for accommodation and food. As well as locations in Ireland, the duo also travel to Portugal, Seville and Morocco.

The Takeover

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

New series fronted by Norah Casey, the former Dragon and current Newstalk presenter. Each week, a boss of a company leaves the employees to run the show and make the changes they’ve always wanted to make, with a bit of mentoring from Casey. First up is Navan Golf and Race Course.

FRIDAY

Big Wave Bootcamp

RTÉ Two, 5pm

The Irish teenagers are taken way out of their comfort zone with sessions at the Outer Reef and the aptly named Pounders Beach.

Dúshlán 1881 — Living The Eviction

RTE One, 8.30pm

Final episode of the enjoyable series where families live in the same manner as their 18th century ancestors.

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