Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Nic Pizzolatto’s creation for HBO is already being hyped as another triumph in the golden age of American TV, and with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in starring roles, it certainly has the heavy-hitters to back up those claims. That impressive duo plays a pair of state policemen on the trail of a serial killer. Heard it all before? Not this one. The whodunnit aspect is almost subsumed by the character explorations of the two leads, particularly McConaughey’s portrayal of troubled strangeness in Cohle. As slow-moving as the Louisiana bayou where some of the series is set, you may need a smattering of patience, but this is a show well worth sticking with.
Guests on tonight’s show include comedian Jack Whitehall, actor-presenter Bradley Walsh and the members of new hybrid boyband McBusted.
England v Ireland (RTÉ Two, ko 4pm) tops the bill in rugby. In hurling, it’s Laois v Cork (Setanta Ireland, throw-in 7pm), while football’s Sigerson Cup Final (TG4, 6.30pm) is live from Belfast. Soccer action includes Middlesbrough v Leeds (Sky Sports 1, ko 12.15pm), Hearts v Celtic (Sky Sports 2, ko 12.45pm), Chelsea v Everton (BT Sport 1, ko 12.45pm), Man City v Stoke (Setanta 1, ko 3pm) and Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sky Sports 1, ko 5.30pm).
Due dates are approaching for the three
families, and Sinéad is already in Cork University Maternity Hospital for bed rest.
Ireland are among the second seeds for the Euro 2016 Draw (RTÉ Two, 11am) from Nice, and two teams qualify from each group. On the pitch, it’s Newcastle United v Aston Villa (Sky Sports 1, ko 1.30pm) and Norwich v Tottenham (Sky Sports 1, ko 4pm). Rugby action features Ospreys v Munster (delayed broadcast, TG4, 5.55pm) in the RaboDirect PRO12, while the hurling league has Kilkenny v Tipperary (TG4, throw-in 2pm), followed by a deferred broadcast of Dublin v Clare.
RTÉ Two, 10.25pm
Superb Oscar-nominated French film from 2009 following the path of a petty criminal who climbs the underworld ladder while in prison.
The first contestants on the third episode of the new game show are siblings Julie and Sean, right, from Cork. Despite their different interests, they try to work together to spot the untruth and walk away with the 10,000 jackpot.
Channel 4, 9pm
The excellent documentary series moves to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for the new season of highs and lows in the maternity unit. One dad makes the mistake of going home for a rest just before his wife’s contractions get stronger, while one of the midwives is happy to lend a hand during her next-door neighbour’s eventful labour.
Rick and Carl continue to adjust to life outside the sanctuary of the prison.
TV3, ko 7.45pm
On paper, David Moyes’s men were given a kind draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, but their patchy form this year means anything is possible in this first leg in Greece.
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Over tonight and tomorrow, we’ll see the final two episodes of what has been another superb series from the Operation Transformation team. Tonight we’ll see the participants leading the 5km runs, while Brendan Courtney gives them tips on how to dress for their shape and size. Tomorrow’s episode will look back on the past eight weeks and feature the traditional end-of-season catwalk show.
BBC Four, 9pm
Dr George McGavin and his team do exactly what it says on the tin and take apart a real human foot to show how it works. We hear about the interplay between the foot’s muscles, tendons, nerves, etc, and see the complicated processes of movement and balance.
BBC Two, 9pm
While we’ve had plenty of shows underlining the seemingly senseless slaughter of the First World War, in this documentary, former war correspondent Max Hastings explains his view why Britain was right to enter the conflict against Germany.
The final episode of the final series is a fitting end to one of the best TV series of the modern age. Walt knows the end is nigh, and is busy trying to tie up loose ends, settling old scores and still trying to ensure his family will be okay. Meanwhile, Jesse has been imprisoned at the meth lab in the desert, but surely a rescue is a step too far for his old partner in crime?
It’s Galatasaray v Chelsea (RTÉ Two, ko 7.45pm) in the Champions League, with Jose Mourinho’s men hoping to grab an away goal against a Turkish side that could feature former Stamford Bridge hero Didier Drogba.
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
The final show of the current series is an equestrian special, looking at three interesting horse-related features. First up is the tale of young jockey Jonjo Bright, right, back living on the family farm after a racing accident left him paralysed last year. There’s also a report from Ireland’s biggest farm, Coolmore, Co Tipperary, the 7,000-acre operation that produces 100,000 bales of hay a year to support the facility’s horse-breeding facility.
Michelle Nic Phaidín looks at the case of Frank Shortt and the awful treatment he received at the hands of gardaí in Donegal.
RTÉ One, 10.15pm
The concluding part of this series on Irish aviation looks at such issues as the birth of Ryanair, and the turmoil in the wake of 9/11.
RTÉ One, 7.30pm
Jim Sherwin walks along the coast from the Bull Wall in Clontarf, Dublin, before moving inland past Bram Stoker’s former residence, the Casino in Marion and the Botanic Gardens.
BBC Two, 9pm
Considering that the First World War claimed the lives of 37m people, the question of whether it was a mistake seems a strange one. But, as we see with Max Hastings on Tuesday, there’s a considerable rump of opinion in Britain that views the conflict as some sort of worthwhile sacrifice. In this show, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson argues that Britain’s decision to enter the war was a tragic error.
RTÉ Two, 9pm
Viggo Mortensen stars in David Cronenberg’s 2005 crime thriller, a film whose claims to fame include being the last major film to be released on VHS video in America.
RTÉ One, 9.35pm
Ryan Tubridy hosts a Eurosong special with the five acts hoping to represent Ireland in the Eurovision in Denmark in May. A number of RTÉ-appointed mentors selected Patricia Roe, Eoghan Quigg, Can-linn, Andrew Mann and Laura O’Neill, and the eventual winner will be chosen by a combination of votes from the public and the regional juries.
BBC One, 11.05pm
Another biggie, with Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) and Irish actor Jamie Dornan, the star of The Fall who is also to play the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey.