What to watch on TV this week

The Guards is a new series on RTÉ Two looking at life behind the scenes for gardaí in Dublin. It airs at 9.55pm on Tuesday night.

What to watch on TV this week


The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses — Henry VI Part II

BBC Two, 9pm

The second part of the adaptation of Shakespare’s accounts of King Henry’s life, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Henry) and Irish actor Adrian Dunbar (Pantagenet). As the Wars of the Roses continue, Henry hangs onto his crown, but disinherits his heir, Prince Edward. The king’s wife isn’t happy that her son won’t become king, so she organises a massacre of Plantagenet’s family.

X-Men: First Class

Channel 4, 9pm

Prequel from 2011 has Michael Fassbender’s character, Magneto, meeting Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) for the first time as they join forces to try and stop a nuclear war.



TG4, 6.25pm

Harry McGee follows the path of Tom Barry and his 36 IRA men as they travelled from Enniskeane to Kilmichael, Co Cork, where they staged the legendary ambush that claimed the lives of 17 British soldiers and three IRA men.

Louis Theroux: A Different Brain

BBC Two, 9pm

Whatever about damage to limbs, a bang on the head really can lead to life-changing brain injuries. In this documentary, Theroux spends time with staff and patients at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, as they deal with everything from the behavioural and personality changes that can come with such injuries, to rediscovering such basic tasks as walking and talking.

Dragons’ Den

RTE One, 9.30pm

An eclectic mix of pitches includes a self-weighing suitcase; an organic flax seed business; and a rugby training aid.


Choose the Right Puppy for You

BBC Two, 8pm

A huge amount off puppies are chosen just because of how cute they look. In the concluding episode of her two-part series, Kate Humble explains why all sorts of other factors should come into the mix. For instance, how noisy they will be, or how trainable they are.

Firetrap Homes

TV3, 9pm

If you think fire-prone houses were a product of a bygone era when building regulations weren’t so tight, think again. Mick Clifford investigates how many premises from the Celtic Tiger era leave a lot to be desired in terms of safety.


Super Garden

RTE One, 8.30pm

Alexandra Hollingsworth is brave enough to design her first ever garden on a television show. She attempts to create a child-friendly garden for a couple in Glasnevin, Dublin, and one of the issues she has to deal with is that there is limited access to the back, so everything has to go through the house.

Congo 1961 — Scaradh Katanga

TG4, 9.30pm

Looks back on the Irish army’s involvement in the Congo in 1960, when independence sparked a vicious civil war.

The Guards 

RTÉ Two, 9.55pm 

Being a garda in Dublin can be a hugely challenging job. A huge heroin problem has been blighting the city for years, and the levels of violence associated with the drugs trade have hit new levels in recent months. This two-part series presents an edited version of life behind-thescenes as members of the force deal with all sorts of issues at street level and beyond.

Later Live - with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

Iggy Pop’s latest album with Josh Homme is a return to form for the 69-year-old, and he performs some of it tonight in a band that also includes Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Other guests on the show include Graham Nash, the former bandmate of Neil Young and co. Despite being born in Blackburn, most people presume he’s American.

Leicester’s Impossible Dream: Gary Lineker’s Story Of The 2015/16 Premier League

BBC One, 10.45pm

It’s still difficult to believe that Leicester have actually won the league. In this show, Gary Lineker — formerly an easy choice for the club’s greatest player — looks back on an incredible season.


How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Risotto is one of the easiest dishes to not get quite right, so O’Connell promises a fool-proof technique in tonight’s show. For dessert, he makes candied citrus zests.

Weight for Love

BBC One, 8pm

Of all the childcare ‘gurus’ we’ve had on TV over the years, Tanya Byron stands out as the most impressive.

For this new series, however, the affable clinical psychologist turns her attention to grown-ups. In particular, she puts the focus on couples who are both overweight from a constant cycle of over-eating.

As well as eating plans and exercise routines, Byron and her team work on the psychology of food intake, and one of her first suggestions is to separate a couple for 10 weeks to work on them as individuals.

Nature’s Epic Journeys

BBC One, 9pm

Liz Bonnin is in Canada and Alaska to follow the epic journey of 100,000 caribou, the longest land migration of any animal.

As well as the physical challenge of the 5,000 mile trek, they also face harsh weather and attack by wolves.

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge

RTE One, 9.35pm

This new series features the host being joined by a panel of three people from various sectors of Irish society to discuss some of the big issues of the week.

Young Dumb And Dangerous

RTE One, 9.55pm

Tonight’s episode looks at some of the violence at the more extreme end of the scale, including the case of a gang of teenagers who broke down the door of a woman’s home in Dublin in 2014, and threatened to cut off her son’s fingers unless they got money.


First Dates Ireland

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

We tend to think of the whole dating experience as a young person’s game, but the two match-ups on tonight’s show include Tony, 74, and 75-year-old Lexie.

The Truth About Dementia

BBC One, 9pm

Angela Rippon presents a personal view on Alzheimer’s, explaining how it took her mother’s life and is now affecting some of her friends.

She also takes a series of tests to see if she’s at risk herself, and hears suggestions about ways to help keep the disease at bay.


Gardener’s World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Monty Don is splitting and replacing ornamental grasses, while Carol Klein looks at plants that will survive in cracks and crevices.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

It’s A-list central on the host’s couch, with a guest list that includes Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Jodie Foster and Elton John.

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