Best of the week ahead on TV

April 6-12


The Saturday Night Show

RTÉ One, 9.55pm

Brendan O’Connor’s guests include singer

Charlotte Church, right.


Tracy Piggott is on presentation duties at Aintree for the Grand National, (RTÉ Two, 4.15pm), while GAA action features the Vocational Schools Hurling Final (TG4, throw-in 1.30pm) and the Croke Cup Final (TG4, throw-in 3.15pm). The Heineken Cup quarter-finals feature Clermont Auvergne v Montpellier (Sky Sports 1, ko 3.40pm) and Saracens v Ulster (Sky Sports 1, ko 6.30pm). Highlights TG4, 9.10pm. In soccer, it’s Reading v Southampton (Sky Sports 2, ko 12.45pm) and West Brom v Arsenal (Setanta Sports 1, ko 3pm).


Sex In A Cold Climate

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

Acclaimed documentary from 1997 on the lives of four Irish women who were sent to the infamous Magdalene laundries. Steve Humphries’ film was to provide the inspiration for Peter Mullan’s The Magdalene Sisters.


Harlequins v Munster (Sky Sports 2, ko 2pm) has the Irish province facing a Heineken Cup quarter-final against a side they have defeated in five of their six previous encounters. Today’s quarter-final is Toulon v Leicester Tigers (Sky Sports 2, ko 5.30pm). Live soccer features

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton (ESPN, ko 2.05pm) and QPR v Wigan (Sky Sports 1, ko 4.10pm).


The Estate

TV3, 9pm

This new, three-part series was filmed at

Ballybeg, the sprawling council-housing estate near the former crystal factory in Waterford. As with the British version of the show, we are offered a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at the highs and lows of some of the residents’ lives. Among those we meet in the first episode are single mother Shauna, 25-year-old ex-prisoner Denis, and aspiring college student Tommy.

Man Utd v Man City

Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm

It might not be the title-decider neutrals had hoped for, but this derby is still loaded with significance.


Living The Wildlife

RTE One, 7pm

The final episode of the series has Colin Stafford Johnson picking some of his favourite wildlife events that mark the passing of the year. Starting off in Castlegregory, he records the breeding calls of the natterjack toads that fill the Co Kerry air for a few nights in April. He also ventures to other parts of the country to see basking sharks, lampreys and otters.

Borussia Dortmund V Malaga

TV3, ko 7.45pm

With Galatastary v Real Madrid at 0-3, TV3 has opted for the game in Germany as both sides emerged scoreless from the first leg. Robert Lewandowski is the big star for the home team.


Neven Maguire: Home Chef

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The guest chef tonight is Andy McFadden, at the Michelin-starred L’Autre Pied Restaurant in

London. He prepares scallops ceviche, while the presenter cooks a rump of lamb and an apple-based dessert.

Mad Men

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

A double bill of episodes launches the sixth, and second-last, season. Last year’s offering was the snappiest yet, with Don’s good behaviour being alleviated by Roger’s rascally antics and the unsettlingly tragic nature of Lane’s death. Some of tonight’s opener is set in Hawaii, where Don and Megan are holidaying. RTÉ viewers will most likely see the series in the autumn.


The Sex Clinic

Channel 4, 10pm

New observational documentary filmed in

sexual health clinics in London and Birmingham. Cases include a steady flow of people worried that they’ve contracted such easily-preventable conditions as chlamydia, HIV and genital warts.

John Lonergan’s Circus

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

In this new four-part series, former Mountjoy governor John Lonergan,works with eight young Dubliners as they spend two days a week with the Belfast Community Circus School. Rather than turning them into professional performers, the aim of the course is to help potentially wayward teenagers by improving their creativity, self-esteem and discipline.


Neville’s Doorstep Challenge

TV3, 8pm

Interior designer, Neville Knott, is back doing speedy make-overs of viewers’ nominated rooms. Every week, he has to stretch a budget of 1,000 while the owners relax in a hotel.

The Security Men

UTV, 9pm

One-off comedy from the pen of Caroline Ahern (The Fast Show, The Royle

Family) about a bunch of hapless security guards in a shopping mall, who plan to watch a televised boxing match in one of the shops. While they’re neglecting their duties, a robbery takes place and the security men have to stage a cover-up. The cast includes Brendan O’Carroll and Paddy McGuinness.

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