What to watch on TV this week

Anton Savage and Sheana Keane present new adult literacy series, Get the Numbers Write, on TV3 on Monday.

What to watch on TV this week


The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 9.25pm

Keanu Reeves talks about his new thriller, while there are also appearances from Catherine Tate and Russell Brand. Olly Murs provides the music.


BBC Two, 10.50pm

This adventure film, from 2007, showed what a talented director Mel Gibson can be. Set in a Central American jungle in the 16th century, it’s an edge-of-the-seat yarn that will so draw you in that you’ll soon forget that the dialogue is in Mayan.


Caribbean With Simon Reeve

BBC Two, 8pm

Reeve gets behind the common images of the tourist paradises. As well as visiting Barbados, the presenter also spends time in St Vincent, an island best known for its potent strain of marijuana, which is exported all over the region.

Irish Pictorial Weekly

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The opening episode of the new series had its moments, but the show will need to produce a few more laughs to justify this primetime slot.

Albert Nobbs

TV3, 9.30pm

Glenn Close stars as the 19th century Irish woman trying to live as a male butler and terrified that she will be found out.

Would You Believe

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

Mary and Tony Heffernan relate the tragic tale of how their two young children succumbed to the rare congenital disease, Batten’s.


Driving School of Mum and Dad

Sky 1, 8.30pm

In a happy family, no-one ever gives each other driving lessons. Perhaps the people taking part in this new series can disprove those words of wisdom, as the parents pass on motoring skills to their children.

Get the Numbers Write

TV3, 9pm

New series presented by Anton Savage and Sheana Keane that follows six adults as they undertake a course to improve their reading, writing and numeracy issues. Viewers will also see methods for improving their own skill with numbers and letters.

An Coláiste Éireannach

BBC Two, 10pm

Dr Art Hughes continues his look at the establishment of Irish colleges across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In tonight’s episode, he’s in Paris, where the facility there, now the Irish Cultural Centre, provided many of Ireland’s priests for over a hundred years.


Laochra Gael

TG4, 8pm

A look at the career of Kerry centre forward, Ogie Moran, the only man to win eight All-Ireland medals in the same position.

Bhí mé Ann

TG4, 10pm

Second episode of the series in which people who lived through the Troubles recollect those dark days in the North. Most of tonight’s testimonies come from journalists and cameramen who covered the conflict.


John Bishop’s Australia

RTÉ Two, 8pm

The comedian continues his journey Down Under with a trip to the alternative hotspot that is Byron Bay, before travelling to Queensland.


Tracks and Trails

RTÉ One, 7pm

We’re used to seeing Dermot Bannon on building sites, as he directs renovations for Room to Improve, but in this show he takes to the wide open spaces of Co Mayo. The architect heads to Inishturk for two days of walking, along the way hearing history and local lore.

Fair City

RTE One, 8pm

Dan is having a tough time this week, as he’s laid low with depression. Elsewhere, Kerri-Ann has a spot of bother trying to stay friends with Decco, while also dating Frank.

Don’t Tell The Bride

RTÉ Two, 9pm

The show revisits six of the couples from previous episodes to see how life has been since their high-profile weddings. Among them are Ger and Ciara, from Cork, who got married in the old Women’s Gaol, and Dublin couple Alan and Trevor, the show’s first civil partnership.

The Real Slum Dogs –Journey of Hope

3e, 9pm

Documentary on Irish charity, Hope, as it helps children in Kolkata who’ve experienced poverty and abuse.

The Truth About

BBC One, 9pm

The recent revelation that fats in food may not be so bad after all came as a surprise. In this show, we hear about groundbreaking research that has turned food science on its head.


Unreported World

Channel 4, 7.30pm

A report entitled ‘America’s Cowboy Kids’ looks at the youngsters who don’t fit the stereotype of burger-munching couch potatoes. These 10-year-olds are the stars of the bull-riding circuit, a multi-million dollar sport that is said to be the fastest-growing in the States. We see some of these children riding half-tonne animals and coming within inches of serious injury, or worse.

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

The Easter weekend has traditionally been a busy time in the garden, so Monty Don and co offer some advice on jobs you could be getting on with. He’ll be breaking ground for a pond, while Carol Klein will be helping her novice gardeners to trim their shrubs.

The Works

RTE One, 8.30pm

Cork writer Sara Baume and singer-songwriter, Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Policewoman, are among the interviewees.

Eurovision’s Greatest Hits

RTÉ2, 9pm

Graham Norton introduces a concert from the Apollo, in Hammersmith, to mark 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. As well as a smattering of European stars, Johnny Logan will perform a medley of his two winning songs, ‘What’s Another Year’ and ‘Hold Me Now’, while Brotherhood of Man will wing their 1976 winner, ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’.


BBC Two, 9pm

A one-off special to coincide with a marvellous time in the natural world, as many birds get nesting and plants come into bloom.

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