What to watch on TV this week

Hands up: Jack Black stars alongside Tim Robbins in new comedy series The Brink on Sky Atlantic on Monday.

What to watch on TV this week


Madagascar RTÉ One, 6.35pm

A perennial favourite featuring King Julien and the New York zoo animals who have mixed feelings about living in the wild.

Winning Streak RTÉ One, 8.15pm

Nicky Byrne had a tough time convincing many people of the merits of The Million Euro Challenge, so it’s a relief all round that we’re back to old reliables Marty Whelan and Sinéad Kennedy for the more popular National Lottery show. This year, it’s possible that two players in some shows will get to spin the wheel, with the top prize of €500,000 up for grabs.

La Traviata: Love, Death And Divas BBC Two, 9pm

When Verdi’s great opera had its London premiere in 1856, it caused plenty of outrage for its ‘poetry of the brothel’. In this documentary, Tom Service looks at the opera’s reception and the real-life circumstances that inspired the story.


Yoga: Bend It Like Britain BBC One, 2.20pm

Today is the world’s first International Day of Yoga, so a sceptical Naga Munchetty explores the ancient roots and modern practice of the poses and philosophy. As well as the stereotyped new-agers doing their sun salutes, the presenter also joins a rugby league team who find yoga complements their training.

Lords And Ladles

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

The trio of celebrity chefs — Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Flynn — are in Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan where pike and deer are on the menu.

Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year

Channel 4, 8pm

It may seem like a crazy idea for a show, but last year’s inaugural series showed us that there are sheds, and then there are sheds. From man-cave utopia to designs that reflected the quirkiness of their owners, we suddenly realised that the garden outhouse is much more than something for storing the lawnmower. Last year’s winner was an “eco shed” with an allotment on its roof, and the two categories in tonight’s episode are Eco and Normal.


Channel 4, 9pm

Not surprisingly, wife Laura is becoming increasingly threatened by the presence of the pretty robot, while George despises the new android given to him by the health service.



BBC One, 8pm

BBC reporter Tom Martienssen was on Mount Everest with a team of British Army Gurkhas when the recent earthquake hit. They fought for their lives as a wall of ice and snow crashed down around them. Dramatic footage accompanies first-hand reports of their ordeal, and we also hear about how Nepal is coping since.

The £100K House: The Final Fix

BBC Two, 8pm

Piers Taylor returns to an unfinished house that’s in danger of deteriorating as it’s exposed to the weather. He also assists a farming family whose cluttered house has ended up with a lot of baby gates.

The Brink

Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm

Jack Black and Tim Robbins star in this new dark comedy series set in the world of geopolitics.

From the HBO stable, it also comes with good pedigree in its team of producers, Jerry Weintraub (The Karate Kid) and Jay Roach (Meet The Parents), and definitely has potential to be one of the hits of the summer.


Kitchen Hero: Donal’s Irish Feast

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Donal Skehan is in Tipperary to watch some of the potato harvest being turned into O’Donnell Crisps.

Imagine… Frank Gehry: The Artist Says, Why Can’t I? BBC One, 10.35pm

Essential viewing for anybody with an interest in architecture.

He designed Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and here we see the Australian architect at work in his studio, continually trying to push the boundaries on projects.


Don’t Tell The Bride BBC One, 8pm

A new series of the British version of the show where the groom plans the wedding. Tonight, Andrew wants to give his long-term partner Jenni a day out that’ll provide some relief from the tough time she’s faced.

The People’s Debate With Vincent Browne TV3, 10pm

Himself is at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney to discuss matters of interest for the Kerry constituency.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Dolores is on the road to recovery, but not everyone finds her spirituality easy to deal with.

Adoption Stories TV3, 8.30pm

Two incredible stories. First up is Geraldine, who finally found her birth family, but then a genetic test revealed that she wasn’t related to the woman incorrectly named as her mother on her file. We also hear the tale of Sheila, sent to the US for adoption in the 1960s, and had one of those happy outcomes where she loved and was loved in her adoptive family.

Exiles RTÉ2, 8.30pm

In this instalment of the adventures of the glamorous ‘emigrants’ to Vancouver, we see Jade working with a local photographer, while Dylan’s much-vaunted Hipsterverse documentary seems to hitting all sorts of obstacles.


BBC Music at Glastonbury 2015 various, from 7pm

The event at Worthy Farm is covered right across the Beeb’s TV and radio networks, with BBC Two the choice for the big headline acts, while BBC Three is aimed at the younger audience. Highlights tonight include Florence + the Machine (7.15pm) and Foo Fighters (9.15pm).

Gardeners World BBC Two, 8.30pm

Still time to create a scented border this summer as Monty Don shows in this episode.

Heat RTÉ2, 10.30pm

Well worn but decent heist movie from 1995 in which characters played by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro faced off on opposite sides of the legal divide.

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