What to watch on TV this week

What to watch on TV this week


Stetsons and Stilettos

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Tonight’s episode is set around the wedding of Dervla Burke from Crystal Swing.

She signed up a wedding planner for a country music theme at the event, so expect plenty of hay bales and stetsons.

Her brother Derek is hands-on with the planning at Lisgoold, Co Cork, putting his knowledge of vintage tractors into action, and also showing the bridegroom a few killer dance moves.

Even the priest gets in on the act with his jiving ability.

Ireland with Simon Reeve

BBC Two, 8pm

The affable presenter may be familiar from his shows on exotic spots around the world, but this new two-part series has him visiting both sides of the border on this fair isle.

This first episode has him arriving by ferry and stopping off in such spots as Cork, Lahinch and Croagh Patrick.

The Hunt

BBC One, 9pm

We’re back in the oceans for tonight’s episode, featuring spectacular footage of a diverse range of hunters, from blue whales to frigate birds.

The Great Irish Bake Off

TV3, 9pm

There’s an international flavour to tonight’s proceedings as the remaining contestants must bake a cake influenced by their favourite country.


The Late Late Toy Show Unwrapped

RTÉ One, 7pm

In the lead-up to Friday’s Toy Show, this series will run tonight, Wednesday and Friday with memories of the show from various celebs and interviews with the three men who’ve presented it.

Tomorrow’s Food

BBC One, 9pm

Dara O’Briain presents a new three-part series looking at the cutting edge of food production.

First up he visits Thanet Earth, a huge facility in Kent that grows tonnes of fruit and vegetables without using any soil.

He’s also in Texas where he finds out about ‘cloud seeding’ to produce rain, and the emerging science of digital taste.

In Australia, we see how farmers are being replaced with robots, using machines to herd cows and flying drones to keep an eye on crops.


RTÉ2, 9pm

The final episode of series three has Ragnar and his band of marauders taking a huge risk to breach the battlements of Paris. Meanwhile, back in Denmark, his son Bjorn steps up as leader.

Storyville: Cartel Land

BBC Four, 10pm

Documentary on the cross-border drug cartels which operate around the Mexico/US border. The film also spends time with two of the vigilante groups fighting against the cartels, along the way revealing that the situation isn’t as straghtforward as it might seem.

10 Things to Know About

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

The brain is the subject of tonight’s show as presenter Jonathan McCrea undergoes an MRI scan, and 2fm’s Rick O’Shea talks about his epilepsy.

We also hear about the dangers and benefits of cannibalism from a tribe in Papua New Guinea who eat human brains.


My Life: Knocked Back

CBBC, 5pm

As part of Road Safety Week in the UK, this child-friendly documentary meets two kids show suffered traumatic injuries in road traffic accidents.

t shows how brains heal in different ways, and the bravery of Adam and Molly in their journey back from their life-changing injuries.

Liveline: Call Back

RTÉ One, 7pm

A look at the infamous ‘White Van Story’, when a group of men who got money from an elderly woman for shoddy roof repairs were tracked by listeners to the show, and after garda intervention, the money was returned.

Ear to the Ground

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Includes a vist to the North Cork farm of Frank Murphy, the CEO of currency conversion company, Monex; and a look at the use by Midleton distillery of barley in its malt whiskeys.

The Truth About Child Sex Abuse

BBC Two, 10pm

The sheer numbers of child sex abuse cases in this country ensure that most people have some familiarity with the subject.

But what do we really know about it? Taking information from a recent studey of the phenomenon in the UK, Tanya Byron and Tazeen Ahmad investigate the issue further, talking to both victims and offenders.


Channel 4, 10pm

We’re already down to the second-last episode of the series. It has a bit of a weightier feel this time around, but pound-for-pound probably still provides more laughs than any other show on at the moment.


BBC One, 10.35pm

Julien Temple directs an episode on Wilko Johnson, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist who was diagnoseed with pancreatic cancer in 2013.

After a farewell tour, Johnson was given a Lazarus-like reprieve following surgery that was surprisingly successful.


Live At The Apollo

BBC Two, 10.35pm

Noel Fielding introduces tonight’s proceedings from Hammersmith Apollo, where guests include Irish comedian Al Porter, and upcoming black British funnyman Dane Baptiste.


Mad Men

RTÉ2, 11.59pm

The final episode of the final series provides a surprisingly worthy ending that’ll leave you with a smile on your face.


Kitchen Hero: Cook Eat Burn

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Donal Skehan is rockclimbing in Antrim, so selects some recipes to help the body recover after exercise, such as seabass ceviche and beetroot burgers.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm (NI, 11.05pm)

A star-studded couch has Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch in attendance.

Daniel Radcliffe also talks about his new Victor Frankenstein film, and Louth’s finest musical exports The Corrs provide some music.

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