Best of the Week's TV (Aug 3-9)

Highlights include Challenging God With Vincent Browne

Best of the Week's TV (Aug  3-9)


Top Of The Lake  

BBC Two, 9.30pm

It’s the fourth of six episodes from the big-budget New Zealand-set drama, and by now you should have decided which camp you are in: major fan or luke-warm and perplexed? In tonight’s episode, Robin gets into trouble with her bosses, but it doesn’t stop her working on the case.

Saturday Night With Miriam

RTÉ One, 9.45pm

Miriam O’Callaghan’s guests include rugby player Donncha O’Callaghan, ex Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding, Alzheimer’s sufferer Helen Rochford and Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane.


A fine double bill on RTÉ Two, in the All-Ireland football quarter-finals at Croke Park, features Monaghan v Tyrone (throw-in 5pm) and Dublin v Cork (throw-in 7pm). In soccer, cross-channel action resumes with Burnley v Bolton (Sky Sports 1, ko 12.15pm) in the Championship, and Celtic v Ross County (Sky Sports 1, ko 5.15pm) in the Scottish Premier League. There’s also a friendly involving Monaco v Tottenham (ITV 4, ko 5.15pm).


Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars And Us

BBC Two, 9pm

There are a number of German-themed shows on BBC this week, and those with an interest in cars should tune into this documentary on that country’s famed motor industry. Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes all feature in the elite list of brands, and Dominic Sandbrook explains how the sector has enjoyed such success.

Challenging God With Vincent Browne

TV3, 11pm

Belief in God has been a largely uncontested concept in Irish public debate, but Vincent Browne puts the issue on the agenda and he questions well-known theologians.

He also looks at extreme beliefs across the faiths and wonders why sex is such a difficult subject for religions.


The All-Ireland football quarter-finals continue on TV3, with Kerry v Cavan (throw-in 2pm) and Mayo v Donegal (throw-in 4pm). Soccer action features Derby County v Blackburn Rovers (Sky Sports 1, ko 4pm) and Hibernian v

Motherwell (Sky Sports 1, ko 1.15pm).



Channel 4, 8pm

This show revealing how celebrities use their social media accounts to promote certain brands has received loads of advance publicity thanks to its sting involving Coronation Street stars. Some of the celebrities tweeted about a product entitled Puttana Aziendale which they had been gifted at a set-up event, without realising that the name translates as ‘Corporate Whore’. Chris Atkins also travels to Bangladesh where backstreet ‘click farms’ manipulate social media for big western brands.

Long Lost Family

UTV, 9pm

This series has had a mixture of heartwarming and heartbreaking tales as it seeks to reunite family members who have been separated for a variety of reasons.  Tonight’s episode features a man who last saw his sister when she was a baby, and also a woman looking for the son she gave up for adoption.

Rick Stein’s German Bite

BBC Two, 9pm

As part of a series of German-themed shows on BBC, the British chef looks at some of the country’s often under-rated cuisine. Stein’s journey includes a sampling of the wide variety of seafood on the north coast, and he also visits the German side of his family  in the Rheingau.


Make Me A German  

BBC Two, 9pm

The central aim of this documentary is to find out what makes Germany so successful. British couple Justin and Bee Rowlatt move with two of their children to Nuremberg, and get expert advice on how the ‘typical’ German works and socialises. We hear about how many Germans live in rented accommodation without a mortgage and aim to save 10% of their income. They also show how, in real terms, German wages haven’t risen in 20 years, and most mothers of young children stay at home. On the other hand, childcare options are quite affordable for those who do choose to work.

Cracking Crime — Cold Cases

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Whitestrand beach is a well-known beauty spot on the Ring of Kerry near Cahersiveen. In 1991, it was also the scene of a mystery when Charles Brooke Pickard, originally from Leeds but living in Castlecove, was attacked by a masked man. Twenty days later Brooke’s burnt out van was found, but no body has ever been discovered. Tonight’s show revisits the case in the hope that it may jog some memories and help bring closure to Pickard’s family.

Who Do You Think You Are?

RTÉ One, 10.55pm

Harry Potter author JK Rowling delves into her French ancestry in the repeat of this show from series eight.


How Not To Get Old

Channel 4, 8pm

The anti-ageing industry is worth billions to various beauty product and cosmetic surgery firms, but it can be difficult for consumers (mostly women) to work out what actually works. This new series attempts to get beyond the marketing bumph, looking at everything from high-end products and surgery to natural quick-fixes. Among the areas tackled in this first episode are perennial favourites, wrinkly eyes and ageing tummies.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Sparks fly in tonight’s episode when Neasa is outraged after Tommy manipulates her in the war against Luke.

Who Do You Think You Are?  

BBC One, 9pm

Minnie Driver does have some Irish blood in her background, but this episode shows how she also has a number of other nationalities peppering her heritage. Her parents weren’t married, and the 43-year-old actress investigates her father’s murky past which includes a wife and another family.


Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club

BBC Two, 8pm

Among the topics covered is one scientist’s attempt to genetically modify mosquitoes to help eradicate dengue fever.

Taking Care Of Business

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Joe Doyle’s story reads like a classic tale from the Celtic Tiger era. He bought his first property 10 years ago at the age of 18 and in subsequent years amassed nine more. Now 28, he owes the bank about 4m, but is fighting hard to remain in business, and has won some funding from Dragon’s Den. With the advice of Seán Dunne and Tommy Murphy, he attempts to ensure that his debts won’t drag him down.

The Men Who Made Us Thin

BBC Two, 9pm

First of a four-part series looking at the lucrative diet business. In the first episode, Jacques Peretti looks at the reasons why so many diets fail, and talks to a number of industry insiders.


Little Miss Sunshine

More4, 9pm

The little film that had such a big impact in 2006 features Toni Collette, Alan Arkin and Steve Carell about a family who embark on a crazy road trip so their daughter can take part in a children’s beauty pageant.


RTÉ Two, 9pm

A repeat of the first two episodes of series three. A drunken escapade on St Patrick’s night ends with the harrowing scene that sets up the main plot for the rest of the series. Not for the faint-hearted, this instalment gave a clear signal that this season was going to be darker than its predecessors.

Natural World  

BBC Two, 9pm

A show entitled ‘Sri Lanka: Elephant Island’ has cameraman Martyn Colbeck looking at the unique subspecies and their amazing social world. Along the way he gets caught up in the plight of an orphaned calf who lost a leg to a hunter’s snare.

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