Best of the Week's TV (Aug 24- 30)

Highlights include She's the Business, a documentary on female Irish entrepreneurs.

Best of the Week's TV (Aug 24- 30)


For One Night Only

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

A fledgling Boyzone’s first appearance on the Late Late back in 1993 is one of the classic clips from that show’s archive, and tonight Gay Byrne meets the four surviving members to look back on what turned into an amazing career.


Live soccer features Bolton v QPR (Sky Sports 1, ko 12.15pm), Fulham v Arsenal (BT Sport, ko 12.45pm), Everton v West Brom (Setanta Sports, ko 3pm) and Aston Villa v Liverpool (Sky Sports 1, ko 5.30pm). In GAA, the All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-finals on TG4 feature Wexford v Antrim (throw-in 4pm) and Galway v Clare (throw-in 6pm).


A Touch Of Cloth II:

 Undercover Cloth

Sky 1, 9pm

First episode of a two-part crime drama parody from Charlie Brooker. John Hannah returns as DCI Jack Cloth, ostensibly retired from the force until a bank-robbery goes wrong and drags him back into police work.

What Remains

BBC One, 9pm

It may be difficult to accept David Threlfall playing anyone else other than Frank Gallagher, but the Shameless actor begins the new phase of his career as Detective Inspector Len Harper in this one-off drama. A young couple make a grisly discovery soon after moving into their new flat.


The All-Ireland football semi-final features Mayo v Tyrone (RTÉ Two, throw-in 3.30pm), a game that’s preceded by the minor clash of Mayo v Monaghan (throw-in 1.30pm). In soccer, it’s Cardiff v Man City (Sky Sports 1, ko 4pm) and Malaga v Barcelona (Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm).


Louis CK: Oh My God

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Louis Szekely’s emergence on this side of the Atlantic over the past year or so with his Louie series has given the Washington-born comedian a growing cult status. This show has him in stand-up mode from a performance at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, as he puts his inimitable spin on such subjects as divorce and first dates.

Man Utd v Chelsea

Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm

After last week’s comfortable victories, both managers will be anxious to show they can compete with one of their more serious rivals. The Rooney saga adds an interesting sub-plot.


BBC Two, 9pm

A show entitled ‘Dinosaurs — The Hunt for Life’ looks at the work of Dr Mary Schweitzer, the American researcher who found soft tissue and red blood cells in the fossilised bones of a 68-million-year-old T Rex. She may even have found traces of the feared creature’s DNA, prompting all sorts of Jurassic Park hopes from some commentators. Be careful what you wish for?


Who Do You Think You Are?

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Irish actress Dervla Kirwan explores a family history that includes a link to her great-uncle Michael Collins.

She’s The Business

RTÉ One, 10.45pm

Observational documentary filmed over six months in the lives of four Irish women as they juggle family life with also running their own business. Among them are mother-of-two Samantha Kelly, right, whose Funky Goddess giftbox for the time around a teenager’s first period may be familiar from its pitch on Dragons Den last year. We also meet Madeleine Forrest, who has four children and had just set up a tea room in Duckett’s Grove Castle in Carlow.

The Midwives  

BBC Two, 9pm

The mothers giving birth tonight are at opposite ends of the age range, with 16-year-old Elizabeth about to have her life turned upside down, and 48-year-old Artemis, suffering from gestational diabetes, but delighted to be having her first child after conceiving through IVF.


Celtic  v Shakhtyor IK

RTÉ Two, ko 7.45pm

After last week’s 2-0 defeat in Kazakhstan, the Glasgow side have a mountain to climb if they’re going to make it to the  group stage.

Rachel Allen’s Everyday Kitchen

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Somebody could trace a social history of Ireland through its TV food shows. Back in the bubble era, it was all about elaboration and impressing at fancy dinner parties, but this new series is one of several now pushing thrift and a back to basics approach. In the first episode, the Co Cork-based chef cooks up dishes using Dublin Bay Prawns and potatoes.

 Martin Luther King and the March on Washington

BBC Two, 9pm

Denzel Washington narrates a documentary on the momentous rally on Aug 28, 1963, in which King made his ‘I have a dream’ speech.


Taking Care Of Business

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

One of several sectors to be decimated in Ireland when the bubble burst has been the motoring industry. One of those affected is George Mordaunt, whose Clonmel business

began to suffer significant drops in sales from 2008. Most of his business is now done over the internet, and with advice from Sean Dunne and Tommy Murphy, he explores if this will help provide a solution for him and his 20 workers.

 The Good Wife

RTÉ One, 10.10pm

Elsbeth goes head-to-head with assistant US attorney Josh Perrotti by taking him to court in a bid to force him to answer her questions.


Channel 4, 9pm

While this Cutting Edge documentary looks at the issue of burglary in Britain, many of the insights are also relevant to this country. It interviews people on all sides of the issue — householders, police and criminals — and see the innovative crime prevention techniques of the Leeds force as they begin to make headway on a massive problem.


UEFA Super Cup Final  

RTÉ Two, ko 7.45pm

Chelsea v Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup Final pairs the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League. Live from the Eden Stadium, Prague.

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

It’s a busy time for gardeners as attentions turn to harvesting what has a been a bountiful year for growers of fruit and veg. Monty Don also turns his attentions to the autumn ahead, and has tips on what to grow in the dry shade beneath a tree or shrub.

The Hit

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The final episode of the series brings five of the artists back to perform their songs again, this time accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Among them are the Stunning, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Johnny Logan. Viewers will then vote for their favourite song, thus deciding on the winner of the inaugural series.

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