What to watch on TV this week

Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper and Garry Cooke put an Aprés Match spin on the general election of 1982 on  RTÉ One, on Wednesday at 10.35pm.

What to watch on TV this week




Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, etc ) is executive producer and co-writer on this new romcom series.

It gives us a look inside the highs and lows of the relationship between nice-guy Gus (Paul Rust) and his rather feisty girlfriend Mickey (Gillian Jacobs).

Kipling’s Indian Adventure

BBC Two, 9.15pm

With a new film version of The Jungle Book on the way, this is a timely look at author Rudyard Kipling’s journey to India as a 16-year-old in 1882.


RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Pat Shortt and Anne-Marie Duff star in this enjoyable 2007 drama, part of the station’s Lenny Abrahamson season.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 10pm

Guests include US actor Taylor Lautner, best known for his role as Jacob Black in the Twilight films. Rob Brydon and tennis player Johanna Konta also drop in.


The Voice Of Ireland

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

The series moves up a gear as the first of the battles on each team takes place.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

TV3, 9pm

A decent take on the great detective from 2011, starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in the second film adaptation they starred in together.


Food: Truth Or Scare

BBC One, 9.15am

New five-part series presented by Gloria Hunniford and Chris Bavin who look behind some of the scare stories about food.

It can get pretty confusing out there for people trying to make sense of the often contradictory advice we see in the media. Good fats/bad fats; take vitamin supplements or not; dairy or alternatives, etc


Channel 4, 8pm

Get your face mask ready. An episode entitled ‘Dirty Secrets: What’s Really In Our Air?’ has Morland Sanders using all sorts of hi-tech gadgets to show some of the unseen harmful material floating around in cities.

Bridget and Eamon

RTÉ2, 10pm

Yes, the short sketches worked better than full-length episodes, but the 1980s characters can still provide a few laughs. Tonight, Eamon accidentally joins the IRA and Bridget has to get her first ever job.

Des Bishop’s Election

RTÉ2, 10.30pm

At times, the Irish political scene just defies any attempts at humour or lampooning. Despite that, Des Bishop joins forces with Blindboy Boathouse from the Rubberbandits to skewer a few targets.


Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm

Lena Dunham hasn’t been doing as much advance publicity as might be expected for the final season of her excellent show as she’s been laid low with her ongoing battle with endometriosis.

While that uterine condition is quite common for women, the American screenwriter will be addressing plenty other aspects of the female experience in the final 10 episodes.

Her own character, Hannah, is in a new relationship that seems to be going surprisingly well, and Marnie is all preparations for her wedding.


Ear To The Ground

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Another excellent season comes to an end for the rural affairs show, and it’s probably inevitable that there had to be a 1916 angle. Helen Carroll looks at pig’s head and other commonly-eaten dishes of that era. Elsewhere, Darragh McCullough is run off his feet at such a busy time for beef breeders, and asks if sexed semen be a solution to unwanted bull calves.

Who’s the Boss?

BBC Two, 9pm

New business-based documentary series. First up is a family firm that supplies fruit and veg.

They’re allowing the staff to decide on who gets the job as the company’s new distribution manager, and the unknowing candidates are secretly scrutinised.

Prime Time Leaders Debate

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The polls will be only three days away by the time Miriam O’Callaghan hosts this debate with the leaders of the four biggest political parties.


Neven Maguire: Healthy Home Chef

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Tonight’s guest is Denise O’Callaghan from the Delicious Gluten Free Bakery in Cork, who shows Maguire how to make a bacon quiche by blending gluten-free flours.


RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The final episode of the documentary series looks at the aftermath of the Easter Rising, as the execution of the leaders turned the tide of public sentiment. We also hear how the rebels’ actions had a significance far from Irish shores.

Après Match Presents Election ‘82

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

It really is a funny old game, as the footie satire crew turn their attentions to the workings of Irish politics in 1982.

It was an era of three elections in 18 months and featured party leaders such as Garrett Fitzgerald, Dick Spring, and Charles Haughey.

Luckily, people voted for the latter figure to sort out the mess. What could go wrong?


Don’t Tell The Bride

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Roy and Rosann from Hollyhill in Cork have slightly different views on what their big day should involved.

He wants a wedding day that involves his love of aviation; while she wants a big dress, loads of bling and a fairytale Cinderella day.

The Great British Sex Survey

Channel 4, 10pm

In Ireland, we tend to believe that our near neighbours are that bit freer/looser in their sexual practices. Tonight, we’ll get the chance to find out if this is true.

Sexologists and psychotherapists are on hand for the countdown of the UK’s top ten fetishes, kinks and unusual sexual practices.



BBC Four, 9pm

Steve Coogan’s film telling the true story of Newcastle West woman Philomena Lee and her search for the son that she put up for adoption in 1952.


BBC Two, 11pm

Mental health is a big issue on tonight’s show, with comedian Rob Delaney of Catastrophe talking about his battles with alcoholism and depression, while Ruby Wax discusses how mindfulness helps her through the day.

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