What to watch on TV this week


What to watch on TV this week

Available on the streaming service since yesterday, this film has Bill Murray playing himself in a variety show collaboration with writer/director Sofia Coppola. George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and Amy Poehler are among the guests dropping in to stir a bit of festive cheer.

The Great Polar Bear Feast

Channel 4, 7pm

Indigenous people in Alaska kill dozens of bowhead whales each year. This documentary shows how, at Barter Island, it’s an event the local polar bears have learned to predict, with about 80 of them gathering to feast on the leftovers.

The People Of The Year Awards 2015

RTÉ One, 9.50pm

Gráinne Seoige and Aidan Power host the annual awards for people whose deeds have shown selflessness and heroism.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 10.35pm

Burt Reynolds, 79, has written an autobiography and rolls out some of those Hollywood anecdotes tonight. Also, Simon Pegg talks about his unlikely evolution into a sci-fi hero with parts in Star Trek and Star Wars, while Coldplay start on the promotion trail for their new album.


The Jungle Book

Channel 4, 5.25pm

Set your recorders. This Disney classic from 1967 gets a rare TV broadcast, presumably to drum up interest in the upcoming remake featuring the likes of Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley. The new version may have the star power, but could it ever match the original for charm, or for songs like ‘Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You”.

Stetsons And Stilettos

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The final episode of the series carries the title ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E’, taken from the classic Tammy Wynette song. It follows three middle-aged country music fans who are hoping to meet new people at the gigs and dances.

The Great Irish Bake Off 

TV3, 9pm

It’s the semi-final. Whoever does best on the creation of a sweet soufflé and a gateaux st honore will be among the three contestants going through to next week’s final.

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

UTV Ireland, 9pm

We’ve reached the end of this year’s sojourn in the jungle and will find out tonight who is to succeed last year’s winner Carl Fogarty.

Young, Dumb And Dangerous 

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

First of a new three-part documentary on the stupid thing that some young people get involved in. This episode looks at the depressingly familiar instances of assaults, often carried out over the weekend and on occasions when people have ignored the alcohol corporations’ advice to drink responsibly. Witnesses, victims and police officers are among those contributing to the show.


Tested On Humans 

RTÉ2, 9pm

Keith Walsh and Claire Tracey begin a new two-part series in which they test their mind and body in all sorts of difficult situations. Smelly fish and hot chilli bot feature.

Tomorrow’s Food 

BBC One, 9pm

Dara Ó Briain is at the Quorn production plant to see how tiny fungus is turned into a high-protein, non-meat food. He also meets scientists using genetic modification to create foods that are high in anti-cancer properties; and also goats that can produce milk that’s similar to human breast milk.

Gerry Adams: War, Peace and Politics 

TV3, 10pm

With Sinn Féin in the running for a coalition government slot next year, Vincent Browne presents a three-part series on the party’s leader. We hear about Adams’ involvement in the early Civil Rights movement, and his evolution into a top operator in republican campaigns during the worst years of the Troubles, and eventually being a major instigator of the peace process.


My Life: The Boy On The Bicycle

CBBC, 5pm

The latest episode of this superb series providing a perspective from children in difficult situations takes us inside the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Sixteen-year-old Syrian boy Ahmet gives us a tour of a camp that’s home to almost 100,000 people.

The Royal Variety Performance 

ITV, 7.30pm

This isn’t the major TV event it once was, but an impressive lineup of performers who did their bit last month at the Royal Albert Hall included One Direction, ELO and Kylie Minogue. Harry represented the royal family at the event, as his nana has been cutting back on her appearances in recent years.

Ear to the Ground 

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Includes a segment on Leahy’s open farm near Dungourney, Co Cork; and a look at how bovine TB has dropped to record low levels.

Vogue’s Wild Girls 

RTE2, 10pm

Vogue Williams meets various Irish women who are happy with their rather active sex lives. She visits a swingers club in Limerick, checks out all female sex parties for ‘bi-curious’ women and meets the Irish owner of an S&M B&B in London.


Béaloideas Beo 

TG4, 7.30pm

The series on Irish folklore continues with a look at the darker side of some traditional beliefs. We hear how tales of possession sometimes had tragic consequences for people who were probably suffering a mental illness, while Eddie Bhearthla describes the stories of ‘changelings’ he heard as child from older members of his family.

Grey’s Anatomy Sky Living, 9pm

Season 12 of the medical drama picks up the action three months after last year’s finale. Main protagonist Meredith is struggling with her new life.


The BBC Music Awards 

RTÉ2, 8pm

Hozier will be flying the flag for Ireland at this awards ceremony live from Birmingham. Jack Garratt will be crowned Artist of the Year, while the likes of One Direction, Jess Glynne and Ellie Goulding will also be on the show.


The Graham Norton Show 

BBC One, 10.35pm (NI 11.05pm)

It’s always slightly surprising how much Quentin Tarantino seems to be into the high-jinks and play-along situations that are part of this show, but he makes a welcome return to talk about his latest film, The Hateful Eight, alongside star Kurt Russell. Amercia’s queens of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, also join them on the couch, while Sia sings.

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