Best of the Week's TV (March 22-28)

True Detective reaches a crucial point and Dragons Den makes a return

Best of the Week's TV (March 22-28)

SATURDAY

True Detective

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

As we reach the fifth of eight episodes, much of what has gone before feels like an introduction to this crucial episode as the superb series becomes even darker and more disturbing. There’s also a lot of detail to take in, so pay close attention or even read an online catchup afterwards.

Sport  

As the Premier League title race hots up, Chelsea v Arsenal (BT Sport 1, ko 12.45pm) is a crucial game for both sides. Other games today include Cardiff v Liverpool (Setanta 1, ko 3pm) and West Ham v Man Utd (Sky Sports 1, ko 5.30pm). In rugby action, the Rabodirect Pro12 features Munster v Treviso (TG4, ko 7.15pm).

SUNDAY

Sport  

Real Madrid v Barcelona (Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm) has the home side trying to prove that the Catalans’ recent slips really do signal the end of an era, and Ronaldo and his teammates would take great pleasure in driving a nail into that coffin. In the Premier League, it’s Tottenham v Southampton (Sky Sports 1, ko 1.30pm) and Aston Villa v Stoke City (Sky Sports 1, ko 4pm). Live hurling league action features Kilkenny v

Waterford (TG4, throw-in 2pm).

The Park

TV3, 8pm

Episode two of this impressive four-part series picks up the action in autumn, possibly the best season to visit Killarney National Park. We see the annual drama of the red deer rut, when stags battle it out for mating rights, and also witness the lesser horseshoe bats getting ready for hibernation.

 Vikings  

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

The final episode of the current series has Ragnar making a journey to Gotaland (modern day Sweden), to try and resolve a land dispute with the area’s leader. Meanwhile, bubonic plague is also taking its toll. Season two recently began broadcasting on the History channel in Canada, but it may be a while before we see it on this side of the pond. Overall, series one didn’t make the grade as top-notch television, but it has been a very watchable affair.

Dragon’s Den

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

A new series brings a new Dragon, with Eamonn Quinn (son of Feargal) lining up alongside Ramona Nicholas, Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy.

MONDAY

Moone Boy

Sky 1, 9pm

We began series two with Italia 90, and conclude it with Fidelma’s wedding.

Unfortunately for the heavily-pregnant bride, not everything goes to plan, as a Coco Pops disaster befalls her dress, and the baby deciding to put in an early appearance.

Hector Goes Digging

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The exploitation of Ireland’s natural resources is a hot topic at the moment, so Hector throws in his tuppence worth by taking a shovel in hand and finding out what lies beneath and who owns it. He doesn’t have far to trek to suss out whether there really is zinc under his hometown of Navan, and he’ll also pan for gold at Croagh Patrick, as well as delving into such issues as fracking and turf-cutting.

The Centre

RTÉ Two, 10pm

New sitcom with a cast containing numerous familiar faces from the world of Irish comedy. Set in St Bartholomew’s Community Centre

in the heart of a grim Dublin housing estate,

we follow manager Teresa (Helen O’Brien, pictured right with Yasmine Akram) as she supervises a group on a community employment scheme.

Rev  

BBC Two, 10pm (11.50pm on BBC NI)

Tom Hollander both writes and stars in a new season of one of the better British comedy offerings of recent years. Ever the well meaning priest, the opening episode has his Adam Smallbone character teaming up with the local imam to try and improve the community. But are they friends or rivals?

TUESDAY

Lambing Live  

BBC Two, 8pm

This series has become an annual event on the Beeb’s nature schedule, and this year Kate Humble is going north of the border to Scotland to imbed on the Dyke family farm during one of the busiest periods of the year. The show will  run from Tuesday to Friday.

Living the Wildlife

RTÉ One, 7pm

Anyone thinking of planting up their garden to attract more butterflies, bees and dragonflies should tune in for Colin Stafford-Johnson’s encounter with Angus Tynan. He has spent 15 years creating a wildflower meadow and dragonfly pond in Co Wicklow. Among the species they spot is the spectacular emperor dragonfly, which has only arrived in Ireland in recent years.

Man Utd v Man City

Sky Sports 1, ko 7.45pm

Few would have predicted that only one of the Manchester teams would still be involved in the title race at this stage, but there’s still much to play for in the city’s derby.

Prime Time  

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

A special report on shortcomings in the ambulance service in Ireland, showing how a shortage of vehicles and other resources is putting lives at risk, and has already led to fatal outcomes.

WEDNESDAY

MasterChef

BBC One, 9pm

As the Irish version of the show reaches its final heat, John Torode and Gregg Wallace kick off a new season of the British series. Presumably there won’t be a spag bol in sight as the first six candidates prepare their signature dish. Just two of tonight’s participants will make it through to Friday’s quarter-final.

Dead Famous DNA

Channel 4, 9pm

New three-part series in which veterinary scientist Mark Evans tracks down the remains of famous people and attempts to extract a sample of their DNA for analysis. Marilyn Monroe and Charles Darwin feature among an eclectic mix of subjects.

THURSDAY

Jigs & Wigs

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

It’s gay pride week in Las Vegas, and a group of male Irish dancers are ensuring that their pageant helps ensure the colour green is very prominent in the rainbow flag during the city’s celebrations.

The Takeover

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

The owners of a gym in Bettystown give its fitness instructors a chance to drum up more business. A target of 200 new members in two weeks has been set, so the staff try to attract new corporate members and attempt to push disco bounce as the hot new fitness craze. Will they succeed?

FRIDAY

Crossfire

TV3, 8pm

There’s no such thing as a straightforward quiz show any more, and the format of Sean

Moncrieff’s new general knowledge competition has the four players attempting to force each other out of the game.

Gogglebox

Channel 4, 9pm

A TV show about real people watching TV probably shouldn’t work, but this series somehow manages to be strangely entertaining. Caroline Aherne (The Royle Family) narrates as we watch the likes of posh wine-sippers Steph and Dom, and hairdressers Christopher and Stephen, give their opinions on what they’ve been watching.

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