Best of the rest of the week's TV


Best of the rest of the week's TV

Move It!

RTÉ Jr, noon

Emma O’Driscoll presents a dance show that’ll show you moves from salsa, bubble pop and other styles.

Forest Force

RTÉ Jr, 6.35pm

Shot on location in Co Wicklow, this series features four children learning particular forest skills, such as bug hunting, animal tracking and compass reading.

Punchestown Festival Preview

TG4, 9.10pm

Jockeys, owners and trainers contribute to a preview of the upcoming horse racing event, while there’s also a look at the all-important fashion stakes.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Channel 4, 9.20pm

This second part of the popular vampire franchise was a step down from the opener, but that didn’t stop it being a huge hit.

America in Primetime

BBC Two, 10.15pm

This new four-part series from Alan Yentob on American television is a must-see for anyone with an interest in the history of the small screen. For the first episode, he’s looking at the depiction of fathers on TV, from the classic bread-winner of the 1950s to the modern multitasker. Contributors include David Lynch and Alan Ball.


Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero

BBC Two, 8pm

The comedian re-enacts the tale of one of his heroes, Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. Overshadowed by Charles Darwin, the Welshman nonetheless did hugely important work on theories of evolution, and also collected thousands of specimens on Indonesian islands. In the first episode of a two-part series, Bailey heads to these islands, meeting up with orangutans, flying frogs and extraordinary insects.

The Butcher Boy

TV3, 9pm

Neil Jordan directs this 1998 adaptation of Pat McCabe’s classic tale of the madness that lurks in small-town Ireland. Stephen Rea and Eamonn Owens feature among the cast, while Sinead O’Connor pops up as the Virgin Mary.

Dragons’ Den

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

An app and a GAA product are among the ideas pitched in a show that sees the Dragons splashing the cash, with investments of nearly €250,000 promised tonight.

Spartacus: War Of The Damned

TV3, 11.10pm

The final series of the show gets a run in this rather obscure slot.



Channel 4, 8.30pm

Mrs Moneypenny of the famed Financial Times column offers cash-saving tips to help survive in the recession.

Paul Hollywood’s Bread

BBC Two, 8.30pm

The final episode in the series has Paul Hollywood preparing a Sicilian lemon and orange bread with a sweet almond glaze, and he also demonstrates the wonders of Danish pastries with onion, and a savoury brioche crown.

The Estate

TV3, 9pm

The third and final part of the observational documentary follows Shauna as she takes the first step of getting her life in order by doing a major clean-up of household waste. We also see the Halligans prepare a Christmas box for Thomas in Portlaoise prison, while Tommy settles into college life, despite delays in his grants coming through.



TG4, 9.55pm

Documentary on the heated battle to become the world’s first malaria vaccine. We hear about the controversy surrounding the candidate being developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.

Later Live — with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

Tonight will be the first chance for most of us to hear tunes from Laura Marling’s new album, while other acts include French alt-rockers Phoenix and Mali singer-songwriter Rokia Traore. Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of the Eagles also chat to Holland about the recent documentary on their band. A longer version of the show will be broadcast on Friday.

The Following

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The second-last episode continues the battle of wits between Ryan Hardy and the serial killer Joe Carroll.



BBC One, 8pm

The 50 candidates have been whittled down to just four for this week’s semi-finals. Tonight they have to work for a busy lunchtime service in two London restaurants.

Great Bear Stakeout

BBC One, 9pm

Billy Connolly narrates the first of a two-part special following a family of grizzly bears in Alaska. Only half of grizzly cubs make it through the first season, not least because bears are prone to killing each other’s youngsters. Tonight we witness the survival efforts of a cub the show has called Pushki.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

It’s an eventful week in Carrigstown, with Tommy revealing Judith’s shocking secret earlier in the week, and tonight her daughters Neasa and Caoimhe confront her about the revelation. Paddy is also unhappy about the blossoming relationship between Vivienne and Ray, while Callum is causing trouble again.

FC Basel v Chelsea

3e, ko 8.05pm

Second leg of the Europa League semi-final from Switzerland.

Super Garden

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The new series features five aspiring garden designers competing for a slot at the Bloom Festival. They’re each given €5,000 and assigned a mentor to help them develop their particular themes.

Temple Street Children’s Hospital

TV3, 8.30pm

Among the three patients featured in tonight’s show is 18-month-old Faye Knowles from West Cork, transferred from Cork University Hospital to Dublin where she is treated for meningitis.


Unreported World

Channel 4, 7.30pm

This excellent current affairs show always feels like it should be in a different scheduling slot, but its longetivity would suggest it’s working just fine. Tonight’s episode includes a report on a somewhat tragic property boom in Gaza. So many of the buildings in the densely-populated territory have been hit by the Israelis that safer neighbourhoods for families have become highly prized, with estate agents and developers cashing in along the way.

Withnail & I

Film 4, 12.20am

It’s the first broadcast of the 1987 classic since the death of Richard Griffiths (Uncle Monty).

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