What to watch on TV this week

Maia Dunphy examines our concepts of beauty in the concluding episode of her series What Women Want on RTÉ2 on Thursday.

What to watch on TV this week


Childline Concert

TV3, 5pm

Boyzone and Olly Murs are among the performers at a concert at the 3Arena for a concert to support the Childline charity.

The People Of The Year Awards

RTE One, 9.50pm

Grainne Seoige presents the annual awards ceremony for selfless people who have made a difference to others’ lives.


Fair City

RTE One, 8pm

Last week we watched Yvonne plot her revenge on Dan, and tonight she begins to implement a plan that takes her ex by surprise. Elsewhere, Pete attempts to persuade Dolores to reconsider the wedding.

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

BBC Four, 10.25pm

Dave Grohl and his bandmates are on their way to Ireland in June, but in this series, they’re travelling to various iconic studios around America. In tonight’s episode, the band are in Seattle, a town loaded with significance for the Ohio native, as it was the base for his breakthrough band, Nirvana.

The Moment of Truth

RTE One, 10.40pm

Limerick man Brian Hartnett blames his schizophrenia on prolonged drug use in his twenties. His symptoms often involve hearing voices in his head, one of which he believes to be Jesus. In this encounter with Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, he describes how he has learned to reconcile his psychotic episodes with his ‘normal’ life, and has set up an advocacy group for people with mental health problems.


Jamie’s Cracking Christmas

Channel 4, 8pm

Jamie Oliver is on the crowded seasonal food trail, showing us how to cook up dishes like Beef Wellington, roast goose and panettone bread-and-butter tart.

Neven Maguire: Home Chef Christmas Special

RTE One, 8.30pm

It’s the Cavan chef’s turn to provide advice on festive food, with tips on starters and party food. He suggests a platter with air dried beef, ham and rocket rolls, pickled beetroot and goats cheese, and spiced beef croquettes.

You Choose You Lose

RTE2, 11.10pm

Eoghan McDermott helms a new lighthearted panel show in which the teams discuss a series of ‘would you rather’ dilemmas.


Hand Me Down

TG4, 8.30pm

Repeat of the 1981 documentary on Cúil Aodh singer and broadcaster Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin, who was killed in a road accident in Kerry in 1991. The late singer talks about his own life and the musical tradition in the Cork Gaeltacht.

Taste Of Success

RTE One, 8.30pm

The final of the artisan food showcase features the remaining two candidates, Creagh Moore’s chicken broth and Pádraig McCarthy’s beef short rib, in one last push to win the cash prize of €100,000 and have their product stocked on the shelves of Lidl.

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas: Tinsel and Tiara

Channel 4, 9pm

This one-off episode of the show looking at the blingier aspects of Traveller culture follows a bride as she plans a massive Christmas-themed wedding, and also accompanies another family as they leave England and head back to Ireland for the festive season.

Prime Time

RTE One, 9.35pm

Work practices at the Áras Attracta Care Home in Swinford, Co Mayo, are put under the spotlight by the RTÉ Investigations Unit. A list of issues on the treatment of the adults with intellectual disabilities has already been presented to the HSE and the gardai.

The Secrets Of Quantum Physics

BBC Four, 9pm

Fed up of all the seasonal dross in the schedules? Perhaps you should join Professor Al-Khalili as he gets down and dirty with the wonders of the sub-atomic world and the scientific principles that underpin the universe. Episode one delves into the history of quantum physics and how an Irish professor found some alarming results when he became the first person to test some of Eintein’s theories.


Home from Home

TV3, 9pm

Second and final episode of the documentary made in Irish nursing homes. Tonight’s show is set in the Glenaulin Nursing Home in Chapelizod in Dublin, with both staff and residents reflecting on their lives there.

How Safe Are My Drugs?

BBC Three, 9pm

Radio 1 DJ B Traits chats to users and dealers about the substances they’re consuming, particularly since the proliferation of formerly legal highs.

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

UTV, 9pm

First episode of the two-part dramatisation of the real-life nightmare of British man Christopher Jefferies who was arrested over the murder of Joanna Yeates, one of his tenants, around Christmas 2010. Despite no charges being made, or no evidence of him being involved in the crime, several media outlets named him, and his picture was all over the front pages. Within a few weeks, the real killer was found and Jefferies won damages from several newspapers and an apology from the police. Concluding episode on Thursday.


Maia Dunphy’s What Women Want

RTE2, 10pm

The final episode of the current series looks at women’s perception of what makes them attractive. People’s social media photographs are a good place to start. Dunphy also wonders whether beautiful people really have an easier life, and meets women who don’t conform to common ideas of what is attractive.

The High Hopes Choir

RTE One, 10.15pm

Ed Sheeran charmed all of Ireland with his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show, and now the British singer is about to further enhance his reputation by dropping in to rehearsals by David Brophy’s choir of homeless people.


The Works

RTE One, 8.30pm

Pat Shortt is this week’s guest recommending things to do over the coming weekend, while English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey performs music from his Mercury-nominated album First Mind.

Queen – Days of Our Lives

BBC Four, 9pm

Two-part documentary on Freddie Mercury and his band runs until 11pm.

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