What to watch on TV this week

The final series of Downton Abbey begins on Sunday on ITV, and on Tuesday on TV3.

What to watch on TV this week


Keith Richards: Under the Influence


Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist in which he talks about his musical influences and his new solo album.


Downton Abbey

ITV, 9pm

The final series of the series by Julian Fellowes gets a run on ITV from tonight, with TV3 showing the opening episode on Tuesday (see p46). UTV Ireland will not be showing the series.

The Go-Between

BBC One, 9pm

Who dare doth put a period drama in the same time slot as Downton Abbey? The BBC doth. Jim Broadbent is among the familiar faces in this one-off adaptation of LP Hartley’s novel of desire and betrayal.

This Is England ‘90

Channel 4, 9pm

Episode two of the coming-of-age drama has the gang flinging themselves with abandon into the rave culture that’s emerging around them.

Last week’s opener was patchy, but hopefully Shane Meadows’s series will click into gear this week before the inevitable tragedies and meltdowns.

Taobh Thiar den Gheansaí

TG4, 9.30pm

Ainle Ó Cairealláin looks at suicide among Gaelic games players, talking to individuals and clubs affected by such tragedies, and looking at what can be done to help prevent them.



RTÉ One, 4.10pm

Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé are back in the Cork studios for their daily discussions and guides for everyday living. Family food, style advice and consumer issues are all on the agenda.


BBC One, 8.30pm

With the Rugby World Cup under way, an episode entitle ‘Rugby and the Brain: Tackling the Truth’ has former player John Beattie taking a timely look at the dangers of the heavy-hitting sport.

Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

BBC Two, 9pm

Michael Mosley is up to the middle term of pregnancy with gender and signs of our individuality about to become major issues.

Our biological sex is hidden until around week 10, and we see how some people think they can influence the gender of the baby they’re carrying.

Transgenderism has become more recognised as an issue in recent years and Mosley meets a child who feels she was born in the wrong body.

One in 1,000 of us are born with cleft lips, and Mosley also looks at this, as well as members of a family who have the rare condition of being fingerprintless.

Primetime Emmy Awards

Sky Living, 9pm

Highlights from the previous night’s major TV awards in Los Angeles. House of Cards, Mad Men and Game of Thrones should all be represented on the podium.

Apres Match Of The Day

RTÉ2, 9.55pm

Another one of those ‘Where were you?’ moments gets the comedy treatment as the crew puts its spin on Ray Houghton’s goal in the USA 94 encounter between Ireland and Italy.



BBC Four 10.55pm

War photographer and cameraman Tim Hetherington was killed by mortar shrapnel in Libya in 2011.

This documentary, entitled ‘Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?’ looks at his work, and his awareness of the huge responsibility he had in his work.



RTÉ One, 7pm

A special show on the Cork-based charity, the Greater Chernobyl Cause, which has expanded its work beyond the aftermath of the infamous nuclear accident to help provide resources for impoverished orphanages and hospices in Kazakhstan.

Rachel’s Coastal Cooking

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

As the title suggests, Rachel Allen’s new series was filmed in various locations along the west and south coasts.

The first episode has her travelling from Dungarvan to Ballycotton, hanging out with fellow celebrity-chef Paul Flynn, going lobster fishing and checking out whiskey in Midleton.

Don’t Panic: How To End Poverty In 15 Years

BBC Two, 8pm

Swedish statistical showman Professor Hans Rosling turns his attention to extreme poverty and gives a typically engaging presentation of what in other hands would be a difficult subject with which to hold an audience.

World of Weird

Channel 4, 10pm

It’s a funny old world, apparently, and if you’ve any doubts about that, check out this new show that takes in such human pursuits as a My Little Pony convention, and visits an agency where people can hire fake family members.

Nurse Jackie

Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm

Another of those decent American dramas that flies under the radar a bit in this country, we see Edie Falco’s character entering the sixth and second-last season having fallen off the wagon after a year of being pill-free.



TG4, 8pm

The first episode the new series of the arts show has Belinda McKeon talking about her new novel, and we also see rehearsals for a new stage adaptation of Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea.

A Week to My Wedding

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

We follow Waterford couple Roisin McDonagh and Darren Ryan in the run-up to their big day.

Roisin has put her graphic designer skills into action making the invitations and the flower girl wands, while the couple’s two daughters, Harper and Dakota, and the family labrador will also have parts to play.

Pioc do Ride

TG4, 10pm

It could be delightful or disastrous, but this new series is a dating show where candidates are chosen because their driving skills, or lack thereof.


Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Allotments have really taken off in Ireland in recent years, and perhaps the movement would be given fresh impetus by the alcohol-centred project featured in tonight’s show. Joe Swift sees how the produce is turned into beer, wine and cider.

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