What to watch on TV this week

The Kelly family feature on ‘Doctor in the House’ on TV3 on Wednesday at 9pm.

What to watch on TV this week



RTÉ One, 6.35pm

The superb animated feature from 2007 tells of a foodie rat who goes to work at one of the best restaurants in Paris.

Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

There are so many different storylines in this show that fans waiting in anticipation for the new series on April 25 might do well to jump aboard these repeats from last year.

There are three episodes left in the series, so Jon Snow is still alive, and Sansa is trying to make the best of her awful situation as Ramsay Bolton’s wife.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

There’s devastating news for Dermot tonight .

Elsewhere, Renee is struggling with the demands of parenting, and Emmet and Mondo are trying to out-do each other.

IFTA Film and Drama Awards

TV3, 9pm

It must be a difficult dilemma for those who work on the IFTAs — do a live broadcast and risk the sound and other problems that dogged the most recent ceremony on RTÉ; or go for edited highlights and take the surprise factor out of the announcements.

They’ve gone for the latter option. Deirdre O’Kane is on presentation duties for the awards that will held in the Mansion House in Dublin the night before this broadcast.

The Durrells

UTV Ireland, 8pm

Episode two of the family drama based on the memoirs of Laurence Durrell about his life on Corfu that’s directed by Irish-born Steve Barron, the man behind such classic pop videos as Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’.

The Sky At Night with Stephen Hawking

BBC Four, 10pm

The recent detection of gravitational waves paves the way for a great leap forward in scientific understanding of black holes.

Up until that discovery, it was difficult to build on theories from the likes of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Now, Hawking discusses how his ‘information paradox’ may finally be solved.


Cloch Le Carn

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

This show looks back on the life of the late Bill O’Herlihy, from his childhood in Cork, through his work with this newspaper, and on to his legendary career at the head of RTÉ’s soccer panel.

Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan

BBC Two, 6.30pm

The wildlife filmmaker presents a new show, this time over five nights. He begins with a trip to the Western Isles off his native Scotland, where he films otters, seals, eagles and puffins.

Abused: The Untold Story

BBC One, 10pm

If we didn’t have similar experiences in Ireland, it would be scarcely believable that Jimmy Savile got away with so many sexual assaults through his lifetime in Britain.

When the first tranche of revelations were made public by ITV in 2012 — a year after Savile’s death — it paved the way for hundreds of more people to come forward.

Beyond Savile, an atmosphere was created where thousands more people spoke for the first time about abuse in their own lives.

Some of those speak in this show, and there are also contributions from detectives who investigated Savile.


One Born Every Minute 

Channel 4, 9pm

The cameras follow two very different dads in tonight’s show as they prepare for the impending birth of their first children.

Russell Brand: End The Drugs War

RTÉ2, 9.15pm

In this show, previously broadcast on BBC Three, Russell Brand looks at the way various countries deal with drug abuse.

A reformed heroin addict himself, Brand claims that the war on drugs, and dealing with substance abuse as a policing issue rather than a medical problem, has been counter-productive.



BBC Two, 8pm

We’re all doomed. This show explains how, even if we survive climate change, nuclear conflict and another Fianna Fáil government, our sun is going to run out of energy and thus extinguish any remaining life on Earth.

The bright side of this dark side is that it will probably take about 8bn years.

Doctor in the House

TV3, 9pm

Ashling and Aileen are nearly 40 and live at home in Kildare with their mother Christine, who suffers with type 2 diabetes.

Both daughters have suffered with their mental health, and they’re also overweight, with one fond of a drink, and other partial to a bit of chocolate.

With the big birthday looming, they’ve invited the show’s medical team into their home to try and improve their lives.

What British Muslims Really Think

Channel 4, 10pm

Potentially interesting survey of Muslims in Britain about the murderous actions of jihadists.

Will it reveal the range of opinions similar to that among Irish people during the IRA’s campaigns in the 1970s and 80s?


Home Of The Year

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

One of the interesting houses on show tonight is the ‘origami house’ of architect Jane Burnside.

She took inspiration from the traditional clochán groupings of cottages that would have been common in Ireland.


Unreported World

Channel 4, 7.30pm

Chicago has become America’s murder capital, with nearly 500 homicides last year.

Many of the killings are black-on-black and gang-related, and as well as the tragedy of the deaths themselves, there are all sorts of knock-on effects, from traumatised children to medical costs of an estimated $2.5bn (€2.1bn) per year.

For this show, Seyi Rhodes is shown around some of the most violent neighbourhoods by former gang members who are now trying to stop the violence.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Berlin

Channel 4, 8.30pm

Richard Ayoade spends time in the German capital with fellow comedian Roisín Conaty.

They stay at the Nhow, which bills itself as Europe’s first music hotel, and comes complete with two recording studios, and instruments available on room service.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Meryl Streep and Keeley Hawes are among the guests on tonight’s show.

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