What to watch on TV this week

‘Home of the Year’ begins a new series on RTÉ One on Thursday, with new judge Deirdre Whelan joining Hugh Wallace, and Declan O’ Donnell.

What to watch on TV this week



BBC Two, 9pm

This new three-part dark comic thriller is set on a stag weekend in Scottish highlands which goes horribly wrong. The group’s deer-hunting weekend has them becoming the hunted.

Taken 2

Channel 4, 9pm

Liam Neeson stars in the second instalment of Luc Besson’s action thriller.


RTÉ2, 9.10pm

Soft but watchable tale from Clint Eastwood following the amazing true story of how Nelson Mandela used the South African rugby team as a healing force for the nation during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.


Finding Nemo

Channel 4, 5.10pm

Pixar’s hugely popular animated tale from 2003. A clownfish father attempts to rescue his son from a pet shop.


RTÉ2, 9pm

Iceland jumps aboard the Nordic TV bandwagon with this tale of murder in a small town. Over the next 10 episodes, we’ll see the police trying to discover who left a dismembered body in the fjord.

Vote 2016 With Ivan Yates

TV3, 9pm

As the dust settles on the election, the former Fine Gael minister leads a panel of expert opinion on what happened.

Sky Movies Oscars

Sky Movies, 1.30am

If you can’t wait for the reports and highlights on Monday, get the popcorn a-popping for a late-night session which could see some Irish-connected winners.


Fire In The Blood: The Revivalists

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

First episode in a new series on the Celtic Revival of the early part of the last century. New movements in culture, language and sport fed into the resurgent nationalism of the era.

This show looks at some of the major players involved. First up is Lady Augusta Gregory, a companion of WB Yeats who was involved in founding the Irish Literary Theatre and eventually the Abbey.

Modern Abbey actress Derbhle Crotty looks at the work of the upper-class woman who did so much for Irish culture.


Zig and Zag

RTÉjr, 5.45pm

They’re back. Well kind of. They’ve abandoned their puppet form for this new animated series aimed at six- to nine-year-olds.

Eco Eye

RTÉ One, 7pm

Anja Murray travels along the Blackwater to use it as an example of what’s happening to waterways throughout Ireland. In Duhallow, she meets members of the community who realise how important the river is to their lives.


TG4, 8pm

The series about where Ireland got its placenames turns its attentions to the Vikings and how evidence of their presence can still be seen in the names of such areas as Wexford and Waterford.

Born to Be Different

Channel 4, 9pm

This two-part show revisits three of the families with disabled children that it first filmed 15 years ago.

The kids are now in their mid-teens, and life presents various degrees of difficulty.

William, who can get tumors anywhere on his body, has a girlfriend, but also needs expensive treatment for a tumour on his kidney.

Zoe has arthrogryposis, an ailment that affects movement in her limbs, but she is being urged by her headmistress to run for head girl at school.

Shelbie has Trisomy 9-P and needs constant blood transfusions, but still manages to find pleasure in parts of her life, particularly swimming.


Sky Box Sets

After bingeing on Breaking Bad and spending way too many nights watching The Wire, perhaps you should pencil in Deadwood for your next indulgent box-set marathon.

Available from Tuesday on Sky Box Sets, this foul-mouthed tale of the American west offers some fine entertainment.

Star of the show is Ian McShane, who brilliantly banishes any memories of his Lovejoy incarnation.


My Life — Marvellous Messy Minds

CBBC, 5.15pm

More brilliant stuff from this documentary series as it meets three youngsters who suffer from various mental health problems.

Libby, who narrates the film, suffers with anxiety, but has set herself the goal of being able to walk to school on her own.

Ethan talks about how his ADHD means he finds it very difficult to talk to new people.

Oliver’s OCD has made life difficult as he dreads germs and getting dirty. He is trying hard to enjoy being outside.

Neven Maguire: Healthy Home Chef

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Rugby player Tommy Bowe hangs out with Maguire and shows him his kitchen skills while cooking a beef tagine. The presenter himself cooks a paella and also beef kofta with chickpea flatbreads.

Raised by Wolves

Channel 4, 10pm

A second series of the tale of Wolverhampton in the 1980s from writer Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline. Season one never justified the hype, but it did tick a few nostalgia boxes.


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Sky 1, 8pm

Another adaptation of a Marvel comic is set in 2166 as a group of superheroes get together to stop the nasty Vandal Savage from destroying humanity. This five-part series is probably one for fans of the genre.

Don’t Tell The Bride

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

In a true tale of the power of love we hear how Mickey O’Sullivan from Cork met Tipperary lass Niamh Whyte after a hurling clash between their home counties. Now they’re about to get married, and Mickey seems to be underestimating the task ahead of him.


The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA

BBC Four, 10pm

Graham Norton’s break has left the Friday schedules looking fairly threadbare for anybody who isn’t a fan of the Late Late Show, but BBC Four can usually be relied on to roll out some great music documentaries.

In this show, we hear how Nashville has provided a fertile recording ground for everybody from Elvis and Bob Dylan to Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks.

We also hear tales from the dark side of the music business, as personal issues and the pressure to succeed left a slew of casualties in its wake.

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