TV watch: Not to be missed this week

SATURDAY

TV watch: Not to be missed this week

The fact that Simon Schama is presenting this documentary on the 17th century Dutch painter should double the viewership. As well as artistic genius, we hear a tale of bankruptcy and scandal.

SUNDAY

Hitler’s Hidden Drug Habit: Secret History Channel 4, 8pm

Adolf Hitler’s drug use has long been the stuff of rumour, but this documentary uses an American intelligence dossier and the medical diaries of his personal physician to show that the German leader was indeed a major consumer of pharmaceutical products, as well as less conventional medicines such as bull semen. We hear of a hypochondriac who took 74 different medications during the years studied, with his use of metamphetamine among the more disturbing revelations. The drug’s tendency to make users feel overly confident and energetic, with side-effects such as aggression and paranoia, probably didn’t help the mad idiot with some of the decision-making a war leader has to make.

Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve BBC Two, 9pm

The presenter completes his tour of religiously significant waterways with a trip along the Yangtze in China. We see the Three Gorges Dam and the world’s biggest power station that it contains, and also hear about a revival of religious faith in the world’s most populous country.

Love/Hate RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Fran is still obsessed with revenge, while Nidge and Siobhán have an unpleasant encounter,

MONDAY

Sarah Beeny’s How To Sell Your Home Channel 4, 8.30pm

Britain is a very different housing market to Ireland, but there may still be some interesting pointers to the future in this new series about people selling their homes without the aid of estate agents. Each week, Beeny meets two vendors cutting out the middle-men, and handling their own sales online.

Gomorrah Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The final episode of the Italian crime drama has the war escalating between the rival clans in Naples.

Dallas TV3, 10pm

The final episode of the current series is a dramatic one, as Bobby tries to save lives in the wake of a family kidnapping. John Ross also puts his life on the line.

TUESDAY

The Insiders RTÉ One, 7pm

New documentary series taking us behind the scenes at major occurrences in recent Irish history. The first episode, entitled ‘The Last Ban’, looks at the removal of Rule 42 from the GAA statute books, and the subsequent renting out of Croke Park for soccer and rugby games. Tommy Kenoy from the Kilmore club in Co Roscommon describes he and a group of other GAA members wrote the famous repeal motion at a meeting in his kitchen.

The Taste Of Success RTÉ One, 8.30pm

New series sponsored by a German supermarket chain in which various presenters show off food products from their areas, with an eventual winner taking home a prize of €100,000. First up is Catherine Fulvio in Leinster, who introduces us to a maker of beech leaf liquer, a baker of gluten-free bread and the inventor of a dandelion flower preserve that’s being marketed as an alternative to honey. Four of the eight products get selected for the next round.

WEDNESDAY

#TRENDING RTÉ Two, 8.30pm

This new show has Darren Kennedy as the man with his finger on the fashion pulse as he shows us insider tips, celebrity styles, etc.

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor BBC Two, 9pm

Dr Chris van Tulleken investigate three so-called superfoods - garlic, beetroot and watermelon – to try and verify their reputed benefits for blood-pressure.

Also, Michael MOsley asks if sugar really is the bad guy it’s portrayed as, and myths about treating burns are dispelled.

The MOBO Awards 2014 ITV, 11.10pm

Highlights from Wembley Arena of the annual Music of Black Origin awards. Sam Smith could be one of the big winners, while Tinie Tempah has been nominated for three awards. The live show is on ITV2 at 8pm.

Torthaí na Daoirse TG4, 9.30pm

Documentary on the Dunnes Stores strike in 1984 at the Henry Street branch which began when 21-year-old check-out worker Mary Manning complied with a union directive and refused to sell an Outspan grapefruit from South Africa.

The dispute lasted two years and nine months, and ended when the Irish government agreed to implement a ban on the import of South African goods. Contributors include Manning herself, Ben Dunne and South African clergyman Desmond Tutu.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You? Channel 4, 10pm

Potentially interesting new three-part series in which the cross-dressing British artist spends time with people facing difficulties with their life or identity, and then creates a portrait based on what he has learned.

Our Island TV3, 10.05pm

Dick Warner is in Munster during a glorious summer for the latest instalment of his tour around the coast.

THURSDAY

Feirm TG4, 8pm

New six-part series looking at innovation and growth in Irish farming. Begins with dairy, and visits a Glanbia plant that’s selling a successful whey product. Jamie Costin also goes to Dairymaster in Kerry to see technology that allows all sorts of processes around milking to be monitored from a mobile phone.

Angela Scanlon: Full Frontal RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Episode two has Scanlon continuing her look at ways in which people try to improve their appearance. She meets some ‘living dolls’ who model themselves on Barbie, and attempts to find out why the Irish are the world’s biggest consumers of fake tan.

An Bronntanas TG4, 9.30pm

This new thriller series is set in Connemara and revolves around a local lifeboat crew.

Imeall TG4, 10.10pm

Cork DJ Stevie G is interviewed about the city’s famous Sir Henrys nightclub.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards RTE One, 10.45pm

As well as the overall winner, one candidate will also be awarded a prize in the three categories: emerging, Industry and international.

FRIDAY

The Works RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Preview of the Wexford Festival Opera.

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