Your TV wrap for the week

Sci-fi meets old-style westerns on new HBO series ‘Westworld’, beginning on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday at 9pm.
Your TV wrap for the week


Amanda Knox


The American woman accused of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy is one of the main participants in this highly-rated documentary about the case.

Performance Live: Kate Tempest

BBC Two, 10pm

Hip-hop, poetry, and theatre are all in the mix as the talented Londoner presents stories from her latest album.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 10pm

Britney Spears is top of the guestlist tonight as she hits the promotion trail for her new album. Also appearing will be actors Alexander Skarsgard and Emily Blunt.


Rosh Hashanah 2016

RTÉ One, 5.45pm

Dublin has a long and rich Jewish history, and this one-off show marks the Jewish New Year, by looking at a slice for members of the faith in contemporary Dublin.

It follows three young members of the community as they prepare for their Bar-Mitzvah (Bat-Mitzvah for girls), the coming-of-age ceremony for that happens around the age of 13.

Painting The Nation

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

New five-part series that features seven artists vying for the title of Ireland’s best amateur painter, with the winner having a piece hung in the OPW’s state art collection in Dublin Castle.

Pauline McLynn is on presentation duties, and in the first episode, the competitors have to show objects that reveal things about their background.

Black pudding from West Cork and Wexford lobsters are among the objects chosen. They then have to paint a picture of Powerscourt waterfall.

Louis Theroux: Savile

BBC Two, 9pm

Even before any of us knew the real Jimmy Savile, his appearance on Louis Theroux’s documentary in 2000 was cringe-inducing.

Of particular discomfort were the scenes of him in his late mother’s bedroom, revealing how he still got her dresses drycleaned, and rabbiting on about what a lady ‘the Duchess’ was.

Incredibly, he also discussed how he distracted the tabloids from any paedophile stories.

After the show, Theroux stayed in touch with Savile, and here reflects on how he never really got to know him.

He also chats to some of the DJ’s victims, and speculates on how his hundreds of rapes never went beyond the level of rumours until after his death.

Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls

Channel 4, 9pm

They’ve been a week on the island without a proper meal, and tensions remain high, despite the efforts of a new leader following the overthrow of Dom Joly.



BBC One, 8.30pm

A look at diabetes, a disease that’s also a major issue in this country. In Birmingham one in every 10 adults is afflicted with Type 2 diabetes, a huge amount of people that’s creating major implications for the health system.

Kevin McGahern’s America

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

The US of A is front and centre at the moment as it hurtles towards a divisive election.

Not surprisingly, the Republic of Telly presenter finds ripe pickings as he looks at some of the other areas of American society.

First up, he looks at the gun culture that supports a multi-billion dollar industry, and also joins a group of ‘preppers’ honing their survival skills in preparation for the breakdown of society.



Sky Atlantic, 9pm 

The new HBO show is getting much hype as the network’s next big thing as Game of Thrones gets ready to enter its twilight years.

Based on the original 1973 film from Michael Crichton, the 10-part series stars Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris, and is set around a futuristic theme park where guests pay huge sums to act out their wild west fantasies.

They join in the resort’s various plotlines and can do whatever they like to the realistic android inhabitants.

As you’d expect, this allows for expression of some of the darker inclinations of human nature.

It all begins to get really interesting when some of those robots begin to display behaviours they weren’t programmed for.

Living With Lucy

TV3, 9.30pm

Last week’s episode had national hero Shane Long; this time around, it’s former pop star and reality TV regular, Kerry Katona.

The Somme 1916 - From Both Sides of The Wire

RTÉ One, 11.10pm

Fans of war history who missed the broadcast of this series earlier in the year will enjoy Peter Barton’s show.

The British historian presents from the former-battlefield, walking us through much of the significant action, along the way giving us perspectives from both the German and the allies.

He also mixes ‘big picture’ analysis with individual tales of the horrors of that awful conflict.


Adoption Stories

TV3, 8.30pm

The opening episode of the fourth series visits some of the Irish-born people whose adoptions and subsequent lives took them overseas. We see how many are still carrying difficult baggage from their experiences.

Ross Kemp Extreme World

Sky 1, 9pm

The final episode of the current series was made in Syria, where Kemp meets some of the Kurdish men and an women who have been part of one of the most successful forces battling Islamic State.


Neven’s Food Trails

RTÉ One, 7pm

Neven Maguire splits his time in this episode between the Basque country and the Rioja wine region, as well as showing us how to make dishes such as air-dried lamb carpaccio, and roasted beetroot.

The Apprentice

BBC One, 9pm

His royal lordship, Alan Sugar, takes on a fresh batch of go-getters whose first task is to sell collectibles at a car-boot sale. The tricky bit is separating the real valuable bits from the rubbish.


Building Ireland

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

After last week’s fascinating visit to Cork Harbour, it’s the turn of Kilkenny Castle to get a show of architectural and engineering history. Among the contributors is an expert in conservation building techniques who tells us about the importance of lime to bind the other products together.

The property also features a garden that has been reconstructed and replanted to match its 16th century heyday.

This involved some high-tech research that included analysis of soil and pollen to find out what had been in the ground here hundreds of years ago.

The People’s History Of Pop

BBC Four, 9pm

Pauline Black of The Selector looks back to that incredibly rich period of 1976 to 1985 when the punk movement led to a resurgence in youth culture that included the 2Tone offshoot she was such an integral part of.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

A multi-national guestlist includes Danny DeVito, Sam Neil, and Ewan McGregor.

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