What to watch on TV this week

Darren Kennedy and Jennifer Maguire presenters on The Unemployables, RTÉ2, 9pm, next Thursday.

What to watch on TV this week


Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

TV3, 4.40pm

Fair play to Vogue Williams for making it to the final of what has been a tough test for all the contestants.

Any preconceptions we had about the Irish celebrity being some sort of pampered socialite have been blown by her trek through the Central American jungle over the past few weeks.

As well as abseiling down waterfalls and eating an array of creepie crawlies, Williams has also had to drink a jug of her own urine (pre-boiled to make it safe).

She’s shown impressive mental strength in the survivalist contest, and has deservedly made to a final three alongside ex athlete Kelly Holmes and former rugby player Mike Tindall.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 9.35pm

Bear Grylls also pops up in the salubrious surroundings of the ITV studios as he tells Ross about his recent adventures in the jungle with Vogue Williams and co.

Other guests include Clare Balding and Kylie Minogue, while James Bay provides the music.


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

TV3, 1.40pm

The classic 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book stars Gene Wilder.

Interestingly, it wasn’t a box office success and was even disliked by the author.

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

TV3, 9pm

Ken Loach’s account of the conflicts in the early 1920s in West Cork loses its way somewhat, but still provides interesting insight into a fascinating period in Irish history.


My Big Fat Gypsy Grand National

Channel 4, 9pm

These shows always teeter between insight and voyeurism, but often provide enjoyable viewing.

We see a Traveller bride staging her hen party at Aintree and also meet familiar figure, regular race-goer Paddy Doherty.

How To Be A Young Billionaire

Channel 4, 10.30pm

Though the title is slightly misleading, this promises to be an interesting documentary about three young entrepreneurs trying to make their fortunes in San Fancisco, on the back of their smartphone apps.

Gran Torino

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

You’d imagine Clint Eastwood put a lot of himself into the story of Walt Kowalski, a disgruntled old man who feels besieged by unruly immigrants until he begrudgingly befriends some of the good ones.

This is definitely one of the veteran actor/director’s better efforts of recent years.


Back in Time for Dinner

BBC Two, 8pm

This series has provided us with enjoyable reminders of how people cooked and eat in previous decades, and tonight brings proceedings up to the 1980s.

You may remember the huge microwaves, the essential toasted sandwich makers, and the allied rise of fast food and a more diverse range of supermarket products.


The Wolfe Tones Ar Stáitse

TG4, 8pm

As work gets underway on the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork, this restored footage from the Siamsa Cois Laoi concert in 1978 is a reminder of the events that helped finance the stadium’s previous revamp.

This World

BBC Two, 9pm

A documentary on how dozens of British women have joined Isis, some of them tempted by slick marketing and social media campaigns.


TG4, 9.30pm

Dara Ó Cinnéide explores the still contentious issue of players from Ireland going to play in the US. Some have even been paid for switching, a practice that has proved controversial on both sides of the Atlantic.


The Zoo

RTÉ One, 7pm

The animals and keepers of Dublin Zoo are back for another series. We’re introduced to a new elephant calf, and the staff face into the delicate job of introducing a new alpha male to the chimpanzee troop.

Home Of The Year

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

This week’s show looks at three houses in Dublin: from a sculptor whose interest in engineering has allowed him make several tasteful alterations to his terraced home; to an interior designer who had to completely revamp her downstairs after a local river burst its banks.

Camden Chaos: Reality Bites

RTÉ2, 9pm

An observational documentary in the Dublin area of the Portobello/Camden Mile that meets the people who live, work and, most of all, party in a part of the capital that is to the forefront of the city’s social life.

The Truth About Medicine

BBC One, 9pm

A look at the effectiveness or otherwise of over the counter medicines for some of our more common ailments. For example, he checks out whether honey and lemon is as effective as cough syrup.


Sky Atlantic, 9pm

As we reach the final episode of the star-studded Arctic thriller, there are still a few loose ends to be tied up before we can be convinced that it’s been worth sticking with it over the past 11 weeks.

Mad Men

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

All eyes are on Don Draper for the final run of seven episodes of the drama set in the advertising world of the late 1960s.

Will he reveal his true self to the world? Last year’s finale had the firm facing a lucrative merger, though any celebrations were tempered by the death of Bert.




New superhero series has Matt Murdock in the title role of the Marvel character who’s cleaning up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.

Sex and the Church

BBC Two, 9pm

Diarmaid MacCulloch begins a new three-part series looking at how Christianity has shaped attitudes to sex in this part of the world.

First up we hear how the biological act was turned into a sin, and how the teachings of such figures as St Paul and St Augustine contributed to negative notions about sex.

X Men: First Class

TV3, 9pm

This prequel from 2010 was a typically solid outing from the X Men stable, and features Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender.

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