What to watch on TV this week

Jamie Dornan is on Jonathan Ross on UTV Ireland tonight at 10pm, and also stars in series three of The Fall with Gillian Anderson on RTÉ One tomorrow night at 9.30pm.
What to watch on TV this week


Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One, 6.30pm

Episode two of the show features nine of the 16 couples taking their first steps on the dance floor, with Irish representative Laura Whitmore and the other contestants not having to face an elimination decision yet.

Keith Richards’ Lost Weekend

BBC Four, 7pm

The Rolling Stones guitarist continues his curation of BBC Four over the weekend, with a schedule that includes film noir I Walked with A Zombie, Fellini’s classic film The Bicycle Thieves, and Julien Temple’s documentary, London: The Modern Babylon.

Winning Streak

RTÉ One, 8.15pm

Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy return for another season of the National Lottery show.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 10pm

Jamie Dornan is one of the busiest men in showbiz at the moment, and is in the studio tonight to talk about 50 Shades Darker. The child stars of Netflix hit Stranger Things are also on the show, while Zara Larsson provides the musical interlude.


Lords and Ladels

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

The three chefs are in Ballymacmoy House, near Killavullen, Co Cork, ancestral home of Richard Hennessy, the man who founded the famous cognac brand. For their period feast, Catherine Fulvio heads to the nearby Blackwater in search of salmon, and joins a boat in Ballycotton to catch some lobster.

Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls

Channel 4, 9pm

They’ve been four days on the island and they still haven’t managed to gather enough food for a proper meal. To add to the unpleasantness of the situation, one of the celebrities has a nasty accident. As tensions rise, not everybody agrees with the way Dom Joly is leading the group.


50 Ways to Kill Your Mammies

Sky 1, 9pm

Irish presenter Baz Ashmawy’s show has been hugely successful, but presumably he faced the dilemma of whether it was really feasible to put his mother Nancy through any more ordeals.

If you spotted the plural in the title for this new series, you may have an idea of what the solution was. Three other elderly women have joined the show.

First up, they’re off to Costa Rica for such activities as abseiling down a waterfall and taking 700 dogs for a walk.

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope

RTÉ2, 10pm

Episode three of the enjoyable new comedy series has Seána Kerslake’s character Danielle hitting the tequila at a work function with almost disastrous consequences.

Trump v Clinton Live

Channel 4, 1.45am

The first of three presidential debates in the US will probably be more frightening than any horror film.


The Pet Surgeons

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

A specialised oncologist also suggests some cutting-edge treatment for dog with colon cancer. A cute pup has been hit by a car, so the Cork vets have to try some difficult reconstruction on its leg bone.

Later Live — with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm (not NI)

Lisa Hannigan cracked the UK top 40 with her recent album, At Swim, and an appearance on tonight’s show should further boost her profile in Britain. Barry Gibb, Norah Jones and Slaves are also on the show.


Channel 4, 10pm

Government cuts, stress-related sick leave and temp staff who aren’t quite up to the job... sound familiar? Jo Brand stars in and helped write this new comedy series set among a team of social workers.


Ross Kemp Extreme World

Sky 1, 8pm

Colombia may have despatched Pablo Escobar and reached a peace deal to end the Farc insurrection, but Kemp discovers that drug gangs can still unleash massive violence in such cities as Buenaventura.

Inside Trinity

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

It’s winter at the Dublin college and the staff and students are getting ready for Christmas. Among them are then student union president Lynn Ruane (since elected to the Seanad) who lives on the campus with her two children.

We also see the ladies’ rowing team braving the cold to go training in the early morning; and twins Fionn and Cian Ó Riain Broin, making their way on the college’s hurling team.


Gogglebox Ireland

TV3, 9.30pm

Episode two of the Irish version of the show, and the participating families and friends cast their eye over another week of TV.


TG4, 10.30pm

The show previews Cork Folk Festival, particularly Donal Lunny’s latest project, Atlantic Arc Orchestra which is being performed on the Friday night at the festival.

The Works Presents: Emma Donoghue

RTÉ One, 11.05pm

Dublin-born writer Emma Donoghue is best known for her book and screenplay Room, and here also chats to John Kelly about her new novel, The Wonder.


Living The Wildlife

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Foxes are the most widespread carnivore on the planet, and Colin Stafford-Johnson sets out to film some of the Irish population. Among them are a vixen and her cubs in their den, which isn’t the easiest place to record images.

Building Ireland

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

A new series of the show begins in Cork with a look at Spike Island and the military engineering of its vast fortress. Of course, many of the features that were designed to keep people out also came in handy to keep people in when the complex evolved into a prison.

Across the harbour, Orla Murphy also looks at the Victorian character of Cobh’s architecture.

Hip Hop World News

BBC Four, 9pm

British rapper Rodney P talks to the likes of Chuck D of Public Enemy, and Def Jam’s Russell Simmons about hip-hop’s journey from the streets of New York to becoming a world-wide cultural force, and an industry worth billions.

Later, the Rubble Kings (10.30pm) documentary looks at how hip-hop helped lower the rates of gang violence in New York in the late 1970s.

Sir Terry Wogan Remembered: Fifty Years At The BBC

BBC One, 9pm

A celebration of the career of the late Irish broadcaster, taking in his decades of radio and TV work, as well as his charity work.

More in this section

Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

ieFood pic
ieFood Logo

In the Kitchen with

 Video Series

Join Colm O'Gorman in his kitchen as he makes flatbreads in minutes and crispy air fryer chicken. Explore why he thinks chilli is the spice of life, and find out why his 50-year-old food mixer is his most important piece of kitchen equipment. Friday, September 17, 12pm

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

great irish summer

From walking and hiking, to day trips and camping, your guide to holidays at home in 2021


The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up