What to watch on TV this week

Jeremy Irons is one of the people John Creedon encounters in his new series, Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way, on RTÉ One tomorrow.

What to watch on TV this week


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang RTÉ One, 2.15pm

Perhaps you have loads of nostalgic memories of this 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke. In truth, time has not been kind to the adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel, even with a cast that also includes Benny Hill and Danny Kaye, and its only saving grace may be that it offers a chance for a whole new generation to be traumatised by the Child Catcher.

The Karate Kid RTÉ One, 5pm

This 2010 remake, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, isn’t up to the standards of the original from 1984, but it may provide some diversion. Comes complete with an extended break for the Angelus and evening news.

Latitude Festival 2015 Sky Arts, 9pm

Coverage from Suffolk of the sister-festival to last weekend’s Longitude in Dublin. Performers over the three-day event include Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher.


Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way RTÉ One, 6.30pm

The stroke of marketing genius that was the Wild Atlantic Way gets yet another dedicated TV series as John Creedon travels along its length. At least the Corkman is beginning his road trip in his native county, and is likely to tread some ground that others haven’t yet explored. He sets out from Kinsale in his VW camper van, before heading to Schull for a meet with Jeremy Irons, and then onwards to Kerry.

Dragons’ Den BBC Two, 8pm

Despite no shortage of ties and other devices, TV cables can still make a room look untidy - can one of tonight’s budding entrepreneurs interest the Dragons with his new solution? Other interesting pitches include muscle-enhancing clothes and a diving-safety device.

Partners in Crime BBC One, 9pm

David Walliams and Jessica Raine star in a new series of adaptations of novels by Agatha Christie. An ordinary couple inadvertently end up in a world of espionage.


The Pennine Way BBC Two, 7.30pm

The first of four shows this week about the English hiking trail. As well as seeing the beauty of a 268-mile route that was officially opened in 1965, we’ll also hear tales and local lore. Tonight’s opener looks at how Tom Stephenson fought landowners and governments to win access for hikers to the route, and there’s also a feature on some of the literary giants who lived nearby, including Ted Hughes and the Brontes.

The Americans RTÉ2, 9pm

There were plenty eyebrows raised in the US when the recent Emmy nominations managed to ignore some of the fine performances in this drama. Not least from 17-year-old Holly Taylor, who plays the Soviet spies’ daughter, Paige.

Last week, we saw the couple resisting attempts to train her in the world of espionage, while tonight’s show has her dropping a bit of a bombshell when she declares she wants to be baptised.

True Detective Sky Atlantic, 9pm

We’re up to episode six of the eight-part series, and have finally stopped looking to repeat that first crack-hit of the opening series. File under moderately decent cop show.


The Three Day Nanny Channel 4, 8pm

We’re not sure whether a Three Day Nanny is an upgrade or a downgrade from a Super Nanny, but you can guess that this new series features a childcare guru spending time with a family and a difficult child. Tonight, Kathryn Mewes (formerly branded as the Bespoke Nanny!) takes on three-year-old Frankie, who’s breaking his parents’ hearts with his constant swearing and violence.


Trust Me, I’m a Doctor BBC Two, 8pm

The team of medical experts deal with such subjects as how to spot a stroke before it happens, and whether organic food really is so good for you.

The Art of the Joy of Sex Sky Arts, 9pm

So that’s where it goes. The Joy of Sex was one of the great publishing success stories of the 1970s, and this show hears from original illustrator Chris Foss on how he created his famous images. Modern artist Julie Verhoeven also puts a contemporary twist on his work.

Witnesses Channel 4, 10pm

TV writers and viewers in this part of the world should give thanks for Channel 4, one of the few networks to actually keep up the quality output through the summer months. In episode two of the French thriller, the detective duo explore evidence that seems to again link a former policeman to the murders.


Coast BBC Two, 8pm

This series usually provides excellent viewing, particularly when there’s an Irish angle. Tonight’s episode focuses on the Irish Sea, particularly the seasonal phenomenon of the ‘gyre’, which creates an ideal environment for Dublin Bay prawns.

We also hear tales of the Celtic sea god Manannan mac Lir, and the tragic tale of the RMS Tayleur, a clipper that ran aground off Lambay Island in 1854, with the loss of over 300 lives.

Having left Liverpool for Australia, the ship’s crew thought they were heading southwards, unaware that the iron hull was playing havoc with their compasses and they were actually sailing west.


Gardener’s World BBC Two, 7pm

We’ve passed peak-growth, so gardeners can indulge themselves a bit before the autumn harvest comes around.

Carol Klein uses the time to explore different plant combinations through a visit to Logan Botanic Gardens in Scotland, famed for its colourful borders.

The Best Of The Late, Late Show RTÉ One, 10.35pm

A rather A-list line-up of highlights from the last season includes appearances from Dermot O’Leary, Eva Longoria and Russell Crowe.

Artsnight BBC Two, 11pm

The Beckett festival is currently under way in Enniskillen, and director/actor Richard Wilson heads to the northern town to explore the still influential Irish writer.

Hugo Weaving also discusses his upcoming turn in Waiting For Godot at the Barbican, and Lisa Dwan will discuss why Beckett was so good at writing for women.

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