What to watch on TV this week

Our picks of what to watch on TV.

What to watch on TV this week


Fantastic Mr Fox

Film4, 1pm

The best Roald Dahl adaptation ever? Wes Anderson put a unique spin on his top-motion take on the über-cool fox. He also assembled an incredible cast to voice some of the best film dialogue of recent years, not least George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jarvis Cocker.


RTÉ One, 5.50pm

The ongoing series on Muslims in Ireland has Bohemians FC winger Ayman Ben Mohamed talking about the difficulties of training and playing during Ramadan when he’s fasting for 18 hours a day.

Life of Pi

Channel 4, 8pm

The visual effects are turned up to 11 for this tale of an Indian boy adrift on the ocean with a tiger for company.

Download Festival 2016

Sky Arts, 9pm

Highlights from the recent festival at Donington Park includes music from Korn, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.

Breakfast On Pluto

RTÉ2, 11.30pm

If Eamon Dunphy was describing Neil Jordan’s 2005 offering, he might describe it as a good film, but not a great film. Cillian Murphy stars as the crossdressing emigrant to London in a story originally written by Patrick McCabe.



BBC Two and Four, from 6.30pm

Jeff Lynne’s ELO and Coldplay are among the heavy-hitters on the final night of the festival, and there is also coverage of what could be quality sets from Gregory Porter, Ellie Goulding, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Hidden India

RTÉ2, 7.25pm

Irish presenter Liz Bonnin is joined by Indian actress Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta for a look at some of the wildlife of the subcontinent.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

We’ll see a lot of Caoimhe this week as she has to undergo an emergency procedure. Elsewhere, Oisín is hatching plans to destroy Niamh.


Superfoods: The Real Story

Channel 4, 8.30pm

New six-part series in which Kate Quilton turns to science to find out which foods really do deserve the title of ‘super’.

The Great British Sewing Bee

BBC Two, 9.30pm

We’re down to four contestants in the semi-final, and they’ll face some tricky challenges. They’ll have to make an asymmetric yoked skirt with a curved seam; and also create clothes from a duvet cover.


RTÉ2, 12.35am

‘Queen of the Plough’ is one of the most coveted titles at Ireland’s largest annual public gathering, the National Ploughing Competition. This 12-minute film follows the battle between Joanne Deery from Monaghan and Laura Grant from Offaly for the prize.


Follow Donal

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Puglia in the heel of Italy is famous for its production of olive oil, and as Donal Skehan discovers, there’s also a whole lot more to the region’s food culture. He tries home made ice-cream, burrata cheese, and fish fresh from the market.

The Living And The Dead

BBC One, 9pm

Promising new period drama to get us through the summer. Set in Somerset in 1894, it revolves around a practitioner of the emerging discipline of psychology who has brought his young wife back to live on his family’s estate. A string of disturbing cases raises the possibility that there’s something sinister, or even supernatural going on.

Mr V Mrs: Call The Mediator

BBC Two, 9.30pm

Episode two of the fascinating series features three more couples going through a mediation process following their break-up. One of the saddest aspects of such situations is when there are children involved, and we see Richie and Lizzie trying to agree arrangements for their 18-month-old son now that they’re living 100 miles apart. Another former couple are disagreeing over what to do with their flat.

Philip Cairns – Fresh Evidence

TV3, 10pm

With the late Dublin paedophile Eamon Cooke being blamed for the killing of 13-year-old Philip Cairns in 1986, this show looks at the new evidence that’s emerged, and also talks to some of those who knew the predatory DJ.


The Women Who Kill Lions

Channel 4, 9pm

We tend to think of big game hunters as being rich, white men. This show meets Rebecca Francis and Jacine Jadresko who prove that shooting lions, rhinos, zebra, etc, can actually be an equal opportunities pursuit. Francis is from Wyoming, while Jadresko is Canadian, and both women spend large sums of money to travel around the world pursuing their hobby. They also have an online presence, which have acted as a forum for both sides of the hunting debate. Inevitably, the criticism has gone too far at times, with Jadresko being threatened with rape and torture, and further vile threats being made against her nine-year-old son.


BBC Two, 9.30pm

When you see some of the things that went on in this French den of iniquity, it’s probably just as well that the noble Gaels of the Republic of Ireland soccer team have left the area.


Freud — Genius Of The Modern World

BBC Four, 9pm

The concluding episode of the series on great thinkers looks at the life and work of Sigmund Freud. The father of psychoanalysis gave us such phrases as the Oedipus Complex, repression and wish fulfillment, and some of his theories are still debated today. We also hear about his use of cocaine, both as a researcher and an addict.


Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 9.30pm

Note the irregular time of broadcast to accommodate the sport. Monty Don talks pruning and propagation for clematis, and also offers tips for dealing with problems with roses. Carol Klein gets down and dirty in streams and marshy areas to show how to choose the right water plants.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

The final episode of the current series has the presenter doing his customary look back on some of the best moments from the past few weeks. The likes of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Seth Rogen all featured, while there was also an impressive interview with Charlie Sheen.

Revolutionary Road

RTÉ One, 11.25pm

Decent drama from Sam Mendes in 2008, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starring as a young Connecticut couple struggling with various issues.

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