What to watch on TV this week

One-year-old Tegan, with her parents Tina and Michael, is among the cochlear-implant patients featured in The Sound Barrier on RTÉ One on Tuesday.

What to watch on TV this week


T In The Park

BBC Three, 8pm

July is usually the worst month for TV viewing as many of the networks go into semi-holiday mode. At least there is often some good music fare on offer, including coverage of this Scottish music festival with sets from Irish heroes The Script, as well as the likes of Avicci, Jessie J and The Libertines.

The Secret World of Lego

Channel 4, 8pm

A repeat of the documentary that gives us a glimpse behind the scenes at the famed family-run Danish business.


Channel 4, 9pm

The sequel is on the way soon, so this is a good opportunity to catch up on the first instalment of adventures from the dope-smoking teddy bear and his owner, played by Mark Wahlberg.

Nathan Carter: The Wagon Wheel Show

RTÉ One, 10.55pm

The young country star moves into Daniel O’Donnell territory in more ways than one as he performs live in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.


National Day of Commemoration

RTÉ One, 11am

Live coverage from the Royal Hospital Kilmainham of the ceremony and religious service in memory of Irish men and women who died in wars or on service with the UN.

Dragons’ Den

BBC Two, 8.15pm

There are three new Dragons joining Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones on the panel for this season of the British version of the business investment show. Among those pitching ideas are a mother of four with her cellulite-fighting lingerie company; and a yoga instructor who impresses with her calming exercises.

The Outcast

BBC One, 9pm

First episode of a two-part adaptation by Sadie Jones of her own coming-of-age novel. A 10-year-old boy’s idyllic childhood takes a turn for the worse when he witnesses a tragic accident.



Sky 1, 8pm

A double bill of episodes gets series two of the fantasy comedy under way.

Meet The Young Americans

RTÉ2, 9.55pm

Stacey Dooley meets a number of young American men who are taking part in controversial gay ‘conversion therapy’ programmes to try and alter their sexuality.

Inside the Ku Klux Klan

Channel 4, 10pm

Perhaps it’s because of the spread of other racist groups in the US, but we don’t seem to hear as much about the Ku Klux Klan as we used to. Unfortunately, they’re still going strong. The makers of this documentary got access to a Missouri-based chapter to see its workings over a period of seven months.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

A dramatic episode has Wayne and Orla being forced to close McCoy’s, while Eoghan and Debbie try to stop Katy going to Honduras.


BBC One, 10.35pm

Anybody who’s read the books of Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon, God Help the Child, etc) will enjoy this interview with the Ohio-born author.


Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

BBC Two, 8pm

Michael Mosley is one of the most engaging presenters around, and the first episode of this new series has him providing tips on how to cure cramps. Other members of the show’s team introduce slots on how to spot lyme disease, and what is actually contained in some of the common herbal supplements.

Ray Donovan

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The first episode of season three of the LA-set drama features a guest appearance from Ian McShane that will have fans of Deadwood (and perhaps Lovejoy!) pining for his return. Here he plays a billionaire producer who employs Liev Schriber’s character to keep his daughter (played by Katie Holmes) out of trouble. Jon Voight’s return adds to the star lineup, but the big question is whether the show can survive the loss of its original creator Ann Biderman.

Escape from Isis

Channel 4, 10pm

The medieval barbarity going on inside the territories under the control of the Islamist group is shown via covert footage filmed by an activist cell and through testimony of women who’ve escaped the area. We also hear about the secret underground network trying to save females from the excesses of the regime.

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

BBC Two,9pm

When Britain abolished slavery in 1834, the country’s 46,000 slave owners were compensated for the loss of their ‘property’, while the 800,000 newly freed slaves got nothing. This documentary accesses rarely-seen records that showed the scale of the slave industry and the part it played in creating wealth for so many Britons, from the plantation-owners of the Caribbean to the UK-based slave owners who invested in the trade without ever actually seeing their charges. Interestingly, we see how many of those involved were ordinary members of the middle classes such as clergymen and shopkeepers.


Natural World

BBC Two, 8pm

RTÉ viewers have previously seen Colin Stafford-Johnson’s series on the Shannon, and now his footage from his travels on the river have been edited into a film which will show off its wonders to an international audience.


BBC Two, 9pm

The team head northwards to explore the rich fishing grounds around the Faroe Islands, and also why people of the Stone Age in Denmark preferred to fish at night.

Big Brother — The Final

TV3, 9pm

This was the year the long-running reality series returned to Irish screens after many years of absence, and tonight’s show will reveal the winner.

The Double Life of Veronique

Sky Arts, 10pm

An offering of quality European cinema in the shape of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1991 international breakthrough movie. Irene Jacob won an award at Cannes for her starring performance as two identical women living separate but parallel lives in Paris and Warsaw.

Ireland’s Great War

RTÉ One, 11.05pm

Episode one of the documentary series on Ireland and the First World War looks at how the outbreak of war actually brought some nationalist and unionist groups together.


Rock ‘N’ Roll America: Be My Baby

BBC Four, 9pm

Concluding episode of the excellent music documentary looks at the early 1960s as pop music was moulded by canny entrepreneurs, and we also see the arrival of the Beatles in America, an event that would have a massive impact.

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