What to watch on TV this week

The best of this week’s TV in one place. 

What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY

Orange Is The New Black

Netflix

Series four is now available on the streaming channel. It doesn’t quite belong in the tier of top-class programmes, but the solid prison series has become a welcome annual boost for summer schedules shorn of decent drama.

Ramadan

RTÉ One, 5.50pm

In the ongoing series to mark the Muslim holy month, Dublin-based neurosurgeon Dr Taufiq Al-Sattar talks about how the Islamic centre he has helped build in Blanchardstown will be dedicated to the memory of his wife and three teenage children who were killed in an arson attack in Leicester in 2013.

Alice In Wonderland

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

Tim Burton really does bring something of his own in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s book . Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp star.

The Other Side Of Sleep

RTÉ One, 12.55am

Unfortunately, the late scheduling of this film ensures most people really will be the other side of sleep. Those who do stay up or set recorders will get to see the debut feature from Rebecca Daly, one of Ireland’s best emerging directors. It follows a woman in the midlands whose life gets blurred between her waking state and her dreams. Daly followed up the film last year with the much-lauded Mammal.

SUNDAY

Vera

UTV Ireland, 8.30pm

Vera and her team try to find out what happened a teenager whose body is found 30 years after she disappeared during the unrest in the 1984 miners’ strike.

August: Osage County

Channel 4, 9pm

Meryl Streep stars as the matriarch who gathers her children when her alcoholic husband (Sam Shepard) vanishes. It all gets rather heavy and confessional, but stays afloat thanks to a fine ensemble cast that includes Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

MONDAY

Cunk on Shakespeare

BBC Two, 10pm

We first saw her put her spin on world events on Charlie Brooker’s show, and now Diane Morgan’s character travels to the birthplace of the Bard, and interviews various experts about him.

Micky Flanagan: Back in the Game

Channel 4, 10pm

At times, you wish Micky Flanagan just wouldn’t give so much away about the male psyche, but he’s still one of the funniest stand-ups on the scene at the moment. This is another chance to see his homecoming gig at Hackney Empire in London in 2013.

Shortscreen

RTÉ One, 12.35am

Let Those Blues In runs to almost 10 minutes with its tale of Paddy Smith, an Irish blues musician who battled a drink problem that landed him in Cook County Prison in the US.

TUESDAY

Britain’s Most Spectacular Backyard Builds

BBC Two, 8pm

New show in which the type of man — and most of them are men — who spend a lot of time tinkering in their sheds show off their pet projects. Among them are a carousel that dispenses sweets, a big robot, and an automated breakfast maker.

Follow Donal

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Donal Skehan is in Amsterdam where he shows the city’s cuisine is about much more than herrings, or chips with mayonnaise. He goes fishing with a local couple and cooks up what they catch.

Born On The Same Day

Channel 4, 9pm

Another look at the lives of three people born within a few hours of each other: 1960s model Twiggy; anti-hate crime campaigner Sylvia Swain and Anne Smith, a woman who uncovered a huge family secret.

The Border

Channel 4, 10pm

New thriller series from Poland in which a soldier is trying to find out who set a bomb that killed all his comrades.

WEDNESDAY

The £100K House: The Final Fix

BBC Two, 8pm

A follow-up show to the original series revisits some of the low-budget builds to show clever ways of finishing off their projects.

The Big C and Me

BBC One, 9pm

The final episode of the series focuses on Mark, 33, whose life ambitions have changed quite a bit since he discovered his bowel cancer is terminal. His main aim is to live long enough to see his son’s first day at school. Elsewhere, 50-year-old Steve has had a better prognosis in that his prostate cancer is operable. Being self-employed means he will lose his main income for several months as he recovers.

THURSDAY

Natural World

BBC Two, 8pm

An episode entitled Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants looks at the threatened demise of a creature most of us wouldn’t realise is endangered. Dr Julian Fennessy has been ringing the alarm bell for some time, and in this show we see him supervising a hugely ambitious project to capture 20 giraffes and move them across the Nile.

Frat Boys: Inside America’s Fraternities

BBC Two, 9pm

We know about fraternity houses in the US from summer comedies where there’s usually at least one party scene with loads of alcohol and various mating rituals. As the recent sexual assault case in Princeton has underlined however, there can be a nastier side to the frat’ culture in colleges. We also hear about the initiation rituals that end up injuring and killing several young men each year.

EU Referendum — The Result

BBC One, 9.55pm

David Dimbleby brings coverage of the day’s referendum, talking to various experts as the votes about whether to leave the EU are counted around the UK.

FRIDAY

Celebrity MasterChef

BBC One, 8.30pm

The contestants in this second episode have to work together after being split into two teams to create a main course with guinea fowl.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.55pm

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley talk about Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, while Australian funny woman Rebel Wilson is usually good for a few laughs. Iggy Pop provides the music.

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