Best of the Week's TV (Saturday, July 13 - Friday 19)

Highlights include Top of the Lake and Celebrity Masterchef Ireland

Best of the Week's TV (Saturday, July 13 - Friday 19)


Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire

RTÉ One, 5.15pm

The fourth instalment of the franchise has the young hero competing in the Triwizard


Top Of The Lake

BBC Two, 9.10pm

Elisabeth Moss (Peggy in Mad Men) stars in this major new six-part series. Set in New Zealand, homeland of the director Jane Campion (The Piano), child protection specialist Detective Robin Griffin returns to care for her sick mother and is dragged into solving a case in which a 12-year-old girl has disappeared. Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter are among the other familiar faces involved.

Shine A Light

RTÉ One, 10.55pm

Those of us who had written off the Rolling Stones had to eat our words after their recent Glastonbury performance. This 2008 documentary by Martin Scorsese looks back over the band’s history, from their blues-inspired origins in London to their ascent to the realm of rock legends.


Celebrity Masterchef Ireland

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The celeb version of the cooking show gets its first Irish outing, with eight relatively well-known people competing over the next six weeks. Among them are Gary Cooke of Après Match, athlete David Gillick and sports presenter Tracy Piggott.

Great Irish Journeys

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

The forced 250-mile march between West Cork and Leitrim by O’Sullivan Beare and 1,000 of his followers around the turn of year at the end of 1602 is one of the great stories of Irish history. Defeat at the Battle of Kinsale had ensured the power of the Irish nobility was coming to an end, and O’Sullivan’s attempts to link up with the Hugh O’Neill were met with harassment along the way by English forces and rival Irish. Only 35 of the men, women and children who began the journey actually reached Leitrim — the others either dropped off along the way, or met with death from battle wounds, exposure or hunger. O’Sullivan himself later died in exile in Madrid. Evelyn O’Rourke walks the route of the infamous march, retelling the tale as she goes.


The provincial championships have produced some surprise results this year, and the Munster hurling final clash of Limerick v Cork (RTÉ Two, throw-in 4pm) at the Gaelic Grounds is another extremely difficult game to call. In football, the Leinster final at Croke Park features Dublin v Meath (TV3, throw-in 2pm).



RTÉ One, 8pm

It’s been a tough week or two for Ian Beale, with his new restaurant being burned to the ground, and then being blackmailed by Carl over the fact that he stole the £10,000 hidden by the late Derek Branning. The misery continues for Ian tonight as he is forced to choose between the business and his family.


Channel 4, 10pm

New four-part drama series running over

consecutive nights this week. Each episode focuses on one of the seemingly unconnected characters struggling with the harshness of life. Olivia Colman and Jaime Winstone feature in a strong cast.

Rick Stein’s India

BBC Two, 9pm

The British chef begins tonight’s episode in the desert state of Rajasthan where he cooks some serious biryani, and then heads to the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh, where he even manages an audience with the Dalai Lama.


Family Tree

BBC Two, 10pm

This new comedy series arrives with massive fanfare given that it was created by Christopher ‘Spinal Tap’ Guest, and stars former Roscommon goalkeeper Chris O’Dowd. The Irish actor plays Tom Chadwick, who’s left a mysterious chest of items by his great-aunt. His quest to uncover his family’s history is the central plotline around which a host of eccentric characters are

attached. Tom also has a sister Bea, who often speaks her mind through a monkey puppet. Overall, though, the BBC-HBO co-production doesn’t quite have the charm or wit of Moone Boy and the mockumentary format has long felt overdone. Lower your expectations and you might get a few laughs out of it.

Princess Diana’s Dresses: The Auction  

Channel 4, 9pm

Documentary on the auction earlier this year of 10 of Princess Diana’s dresses, along the way examining how her style evolved through the years. Fashion insiders talk about such outfits as the 25-foot train of her wedding gown that was longer than any other royal train, to the off-shoulder velvet gown she wore when she danced with John Travolta, and the halter neck black dress she was photographed in by Mario Testino.


GAA Beo  

TG4, 7.15pm

Live coverage from Semple Stadium of the Munster U21 hurling semi-final featuring Cork v Tipperary. The other semi-final, being played tomorrow, features Clare v Waterford.

The Apprentice

BBC One, 8pm

The final of series nine has the remaining candidates joining forces with former contenders to come up with brands and campaigns to launch their business. Each team then pitches their idea to an audience of industry experts. The winner will then join Lord Dara Ó Briain for The Apprentice — You’re Hired.

The Reader

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in a romantic drama set in Germany after the Second World War, taking in a war crimes trial and the difficult pasts of those involved. Both leads put in magnificent performances, with the English actress winning an Oscar.


Golf: The Open

BBC Two, 9am

Sixteen golfers have managed to defend their Open title, and last year’s winner Ernie Els will be hoping that a good performance at Muirfield ensures he joins an illustrious group that includes Padraig Harrington.

The Americans

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

A double bill of episodes completes the first season of the Cold War spy drama. The KGB couple seem tantalisingly close to gathering some great intelligence, but in a world where nobody can be trusted, they fear walking into a trap and make contingency plans for escape to Canada. Incidentally, a new series has already been commissioned.

The Briefs  

UTV, 9pm

This two-part documentary is the second in the series following the workings of a busy legal aid practice in Manchester. We meet serial offender Kyle, being represented by the firm for the 34th time, and Gary, a man accused of attacking a suspected paedophile with a hammer.


Mike The Knight

CBeebies, 8am

Everybody’s favourite knight is back all this week, and will hopefully keep those little early risers happy with a whole new series of adventures. In today’s episode, our armoured wonder is training a bird to run errands for him, while Squirt also learns a valuable lesson.


BBC One, 8.30pm

The Reichenbach Fall concludes the weekly repeats of season two. From here, we have to wait for series three in the winter.


RTÉ Two, 9pm

Another two episodes from the first series sees Darren dragged back into the clutches of gang leader John Boy as he tries to clear his debts. Meanwhile, a drug-mixing factory is raided by the gardaí and John Boy is in no doubt about who sold them out.

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