Eurovision Song Contest
RTÉ Two, 8pm
Marty Whelan commentates on the Ireland-less final from Copenhagen in Denmark, where the RTÉ budget can rest easy. Over on BBC One, Graham Norton will lead the cheers for Britain and Molly.
Three of the Irish provinces have largely had a good Rabodirect Pro12 campaign, but will want to go into next weekend’s semi-finals on the back of a win: Munster v Ulster (RTE Two, ko 6.30pm) and Leinster v Edinburgh (TG4, ko 6.30pm). There are no Premier League games, as the final fixtures take place tomorrow.
School Around The Corner
RTÉ One, 6.30pm
Ray D’Arcy is back with another series chatting to school-kids, with tonight’s subjects ranging from the taste of cow poo to what happens when you fall in love.
The Genealogy Roadshow
RTÉ One, 7pm
Derek Mooney presents another series of the show that digs into aspects of Irish people’s ancestors. Anne Ryan hears about Wexford man Michael Keegan’s military adventures in the US, which included a stint in General Custer’s regiment during the shameful war with the native population. He survived Custer’s last stand as he had been ordered to stay behind and watch the supply wagons.
The final day of the Premier League season has all games kicking off at 3pm, including Man City v West Ham (Sky Sports 1), Liverpool v Newcastle (Sky Sports 2) and Norwich v
Arsenal (Setanta Sports 1).
The Meaning Of Life With Gay Byrne
RTÉ One, 10.35pm
Rory O’Neill, aka drag artist Panti Bliss, has been in the news recently for his passionate defence of civil rights, and in this interview Gay Byrne engages the Mayo man on other issues. As well as his views on equal rights for gay people, we also hear O’Neill defend his religious critics’ rights to speak out against him.
Episode three of the documentary series follows the container ship West Gesa as she deposits her weekly load at Tivoli, and we also see the Gorch Fock German sailing vessel on a visit to Cobh.
Dolores Keane: A Storm In The Heart
RTÉ One, 9.35pm
A battle with alcohol addiction seems to be a feature of the lives of many prominent Irish singers, and this documentary reveals how Dolores Keane has also had to deal with depression and breast cancer. The De Dannan founder member talks about those difficult experiences, as well as some of the happier moments of her career.
Third and final episode of this enjoyable police thriller. Will John Simm’s character clear his name and finally discover who killed his wife and child?
The Consumer Show
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
After messing around with formats for a few years, the show finally hit on a winning formula last season, and the new series seems to be following the same path of using Keelin Shanley as the main presenter in the studio, augmented by reports from Tadhg Enright and Kathriona Devereux. The first episode investigates a fire in a family car, shows how to cut the cost of prescription medicine and tests different brands of vacuum cleaners on pet hair.
Jackie’s Story: My Life, My Legacy
Documentary on Irish woman Jackie Crowe, diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a year to live last August. As she fights to begin chemotherapy, we see how cutbacks in the health service are affecting people like Crowe, and also witness the other side of life for people on such a death sentence as she struggles with financial issues and trying to stay alive long enough to see her daughter through college.
Later… Live With Jools Holland
BBC Two, 10pm
A fine roster of guests tonight includes
Kasabian, and the collaboration between Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde.
RTÉ Two, 10.45pm
Series two of the Cold War period drama has a whole new set of pressures piling up on Soviet spies Elizabeth and Philip. Meanwhile their FBI neighbour Stan falls further into the honey trap. Overall, it’s a bit ludicrous, but the quality of the production and the performances help ensure the show manages to be quite captivating.
Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off
The second part of the Big Yin’s look at the rituals surrounding death. He visits a pet cemetery in San Francisco and also brings us on a tour of his favourite cemetery in Glasgow.
BBC Two, 10pm (NI, 11.25pm)
As the former cast of Friends floundered and flopped in various new TV projects, Matt LeBlanc found unlikely success playing a version of himself in this British sitcom. As series three begins, he’s still fighting for custody of his children, trying to convince his ex-wife to forgive him for sleeping with his stalker.
Shamrock Rovers v Liverpool (BT Sport 1, ko 5.30pm) at the Aviva gives Irish fans of the English side a chance to see some of their favourite players after quite a season for the club. Later in the evening, the Europa League final features Seville v Benfica (TV3, ko 7.45pm) from the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Doneraile-based Thomas Richardson wants to emphasise the practical nature of his garden design, using plants that have different edible beds; a salad bed, a medicinal bed, a soft fruit bed, and a bed with culinary shrubbery. His stonemason background also comes to the fore as he builds a fern-shaped wall from local stone.
Dog Day Afternoon
RTÉ One, 12.20am
Sidney Lumet’s classic from 1975 may be
scheduled late on a school night, but it’s well worth setting the recorders for one of the finest films of the decade. Al Pacino and John Cazale star in the classic hostage drama.
MasterChef: The Finals
BBC One, 8.30pm
In Thursday’s show, the three finalists went to Barcelona for a crash course in Catalan cooking, and sold their tapas at a stall in the city’s famous Boqueria market. For tonight’s finale, the trio have to distil all they’ve learned over the past few weeks into one last effort as they prepare one more three-course meal to impress the judges.
RTÉ Two, 9pm
Leonardo DiCaprio and Emily Mortimer star in Martin Scorsese’s solid if unspectacular thriller from 2010. US Marshal Teddy Daniels searches for a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 10.35pm (NI, 11.15pm)
Sam Smith provides the music while guests include Dawn French and Kirsten Dunst.