What to watch on TV this week

Love/Hate actor John Connors features in I Am Traveller on RTÉ2 on Thursday.

What to watch on TV this week


Marvel’s Daredevil


Series two of the popular comic book adaptation is now available on the streaming service.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 9.40pm

Primal Scream provide some music, while guests on the couch include actors Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, as well as comedian Shazia Mirza.


RTÉ One, 11.55pm

The eight-part series continues on consecutive nights around this late hour. Originally broadcast in 1966, the drama on the Easter Rising was a mammoth undertaking for the fledgling TV station.


FAI International Awards

RTÉ2, 8pm

Last year was a good one for Irish soccer with qualification for Euro 2016 featuring some exciting performances, and Dundalk being really impressive in the Eircom League.

Presumably, Shane Long will take the goal of year for his strike against Germany, while Richie Towell will get the domestic award.

Tribes, Predators & Me

BBC Two, 9pm

Gordon Buchanan has really become the go-to guy when the BBC wants a gonzo documentary. For this new three-part series, the cameraman lives with tribal families in different parts of the world.

So far, so Bruce Parry. What Buchanan does differently is use his experience with the tribal families to focus on the wildlife around them and their relationship with their environment. First up is a trip to a Waorani tribal family in Ecuador.

The Scot goes hunting for peccary and monkeys, and also spots river dolphins and a jaguar. He also helps to catch and release a giant anaconda, as part of research into how oil prospectors are encroaching into the area.

The Night Manager

BBC One, 9pm

It’s the second-last episode of the engaging adaptation of John le Carré’s work, and Hugh Laurie’s nasty arms dealing character is beginning to get suspicious he has a traitor in his team.


TV3, 9pm

With a cast that includes Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham and Ruth Bradley, this Irish film from last year doesn’t quite live up to its potential, but the fast-paced modern take on the tale of Diarmuid and Gráinne does have its moments.

Seven Women

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

In the aftermath of the Easter Rising, women’s role in the events may have been airbrushed out of the history, but they’ve been very much written back in over the past few months with a plethora of TV shows, plays, and other offerings looking at the contribution females made during those momentous days.

In this docudrama, Cork actress Fiona Shaw looks at events from the perspective of a number of witnesses and participants, including Rebel Constance Markievicz, nurse Aoife de Búrca and sniper Margaret Skinnider.


Fire In The Blood

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Former Cork camogie captain Anna Geary looks back on the life of Michael Cusack, the nationalist journalist who was active in the Gaelic League and a one of the founders of the GAA. We hear how he got his inspiration for the sports association from the FA in England, and himself inspired The Citizen in Ulysses, a rabid nationalist and racist.

Republic Of Telly

RTÉ2, 9.55pm

Kevin McGahern and Joanne McNally return for another series of the ever-popular show. Bridget and Eamon may have gone off to their own show, but at least in return we get Edwin Sammon, who played their parish priest.


Ross Kemp’s Britain

Sky 1, 9pm

The ace presenter returns with a new three-part series. Immigration is the first hot topic he deals with, meeting some of the people who are searching for a better life in Britain.

Along the way he attempts to find out if the current level of immigration is beneficial or otherwise for Britain. Future episodes will deal with child sexual exploitation and alcohol.

Inside Obama’s White House: Obamacare

BBC Two, 9pm

Many people in this country were surprised Barack Obama’s attempts to spread the public healthcare net in the US was met with such resistance.

Words such as ‘communism’ were used as the right mobilised many of its supporters against it, and it took a rebellion by thousands of nuns against the bishops to save the bill.

The second instalment of Brook Lapping’s series documents that incredible chapter in US history.

The A Word

BBC One, 9pm

Potentially decent new drama series starring Christopher Eccleston and Morven Christie about a family named Hughes. In the opening episode, tensions in the clan are briefly put aside when one of the children is diagnosed with autism.

Prime Time On 1916

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh present a special show from the GPO in Dublin in which they attempt to tease out some of the rights and wrongs of the Easter Rising. Among the questions they ask is whether the insurrection was justified.


Doctor in the House

TV3, 9pm

Every week, a team of medical experts will evaluate the health and lifestyles of different families. The O’Connors in Dublin are first into focus, and you’d have to imagine dad Paul’s weekly intake of 48 cans of beer and regular chipper meals is going to be an issue. The rest of family are also carrying extra weight and have plenty room for improvement.


I Am Traveller

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

John Connors is probably familiar from Love/Hate, but he goes from actor to presenter in this new series on identity in Ireland, looking at settled people’s stereotypes of Travellers and also attitudes within the community he’s part of.


Springwatch At Easter

BBC Two, 9pm

Easter special from the seasonal wildlife show hears about the premature flowers and other unusual happenings in the natural world.

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