TV: What to watch this week

SATURDAY

TV: What to watch this week

Defeating Oceans Seven

TG4, 7.15pm

A documentary on Ballydehob-based swimmer Steve Redmond’s attempt to complete the last of his Seven Oceans swims, at the Tsugaru Strait off Japan in 2012. The amazing achievement was not without setbacks, and its completion put the Londoner in the record books as the first person in the world to achieve a feat that only four others have managed since.

The Dark Knight

RTE One, 9pm

This Batman instalment from 2008 features Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, as well as a short cameo from Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

SUNDAY

The Bee

RTE One, 6.30pm

This documentary follows the progress of a number of children taking part in this year’s Eason Spelling Bee competition.

Fair City

RTE One, 8pm

Much of this week’s action is taken up Christy and whether he really can accept the decision that a care home is the best place for him to be at the moment. Elsewhere, Robbie is plotting a revenge that involves spoiling things between Yvonne and Dan.

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One, 8pm

The launch show for the twelfth series of the celebrity dance compeition will introduce us to participants such as Brendan O’Carroll’s wife Jennifer Gibney (she plays Mrs Brown’s daughter Cathy), and singer Pixie Lott.

Houdini

Channel 4, 9pm

Harry Houdini’s profile seems to have dropped down the ranks in popular culture in recent years, but this two-part drama may help restore the status of a fascinating character. As well as the tricks and illusions for which he famous, Houdini’s life is the tale of how an eastern European immigrant became one of America’s first A-list celebrities.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

UTV, 9.05pm

Paddy Considine stars in the third of the films about the Victorian detective. A body in the Thames provides the link between some unpleasant business to do with some of Britain’s representatives in India.

The Outlaw Josey Wales

RTE One, 12.55am

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in one of the best westerns ever made. The 1976 film was a revisionist take on the genre, and has anti-war undertones, as well as Indian characters who are portrayed as decent human beings.

MONDAY

Scannal

RTE One, 8pm

Before Viagra came on the scene, the most famous blue pills in Ireland were those government-issued iodine tablets that were supposed to protect us from a terrorist attack. Tonight’s episode looks back on the plan to make us all feel safe in the wake of 9/11.

NY Med

Sky Living, 8pm

Another instalment from the documentary series from two of New York’s hospitals has a man holding out for a liver transplant so he can walk his daughter down the aisle. We also see some of the impressive nurses showing off their non-medical abilities as they combine diplomacy and outstanding people skills when dealing with some of the more difficult patients.

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy

Sky 1, 9pm

Baz and Nancy are off to Florida where the poor mammy is subjected to a terrifying rollercoaster ride, an aerial acrobatic ride in a Harvard bomber and a close encounter with alligators.

Feargal Quinn, Supermarket Revolutionary

TV3, 9pm

Former politician Nora Owen talks to Fergal Quinn about his life and the building of his Superquinn business empire. We hear how Quinn’s working life started in his father’s holiday camp as a bingo caller and shoe-shine boy, and also get contributions from friends and family.

TUESDAY

Wwoofáil

TG4, 9.30pm

After all their exotic travels, Mairéad Ní Chuaig and Conall Ó Máirtín find themselves in Cloghjordan Eco-Village in beautiful Co Tipperary.

Joey: The Man Who Conquered the TT

RTE One, 10.35pm

Documentary on the Co Antrim motorbike legend who won the Isle of Man TT Race 26 times. A statue was erected of Dunlop on the island after he was killed in Estonia in 2000 when racing a 125cc bike in wet conditions.

WEDNESDAY

The Homeless Shelter

TV3, 9pm

The second and final episode of the documentary on the work of St Vincent de Paul homeless shelters in Waterford and Cork.

THURSDAY

Penguins on a Plane: Great Animal Moves

BBC Two, 9pm

Two-part documentary looking at how animals are moved around the world. The stars of the show are the gentoo penguins being brought from New Zealand to Birmingham in a custom-built compartment that cost £40,000. We also get an insight in how you’d send a two-tonne hippo to France for love, and the methods of sending honey bees from Italy to this part of the world.

Who Do You Think You Are? UK

RTE One, 10.15pm

Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox uncovers tales of illegitimacy and poverty as she delves into her ancestral past.

FRIDAY

Gino’s Italian Escape

UTV, 8pm

Gino D’Acampo is in Venice, checking out the island’s distinctive local cuisine, checking out the equivalent of tapas and creating a platter of courgette and fennel with capers.

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 9.30pm (not NI)

It’s a time for planning ahead in the garden, and Monty Don is already getting foxtail lilies in the ground even though they won’t emerge until May or June. Meanwhile, Carol Klein checks out salvia.

The Raid

Channel 4, 11.55pm

This Indonesian martial arts film got plenty of praise when it was released in 2011. A high- octane affair follows the action when a special police unit try to capture a crime boss in an apartment block in Indonesia.

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