What to watch on TV this week

Jude Law stars in The Young Pope on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Sunday.

What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY

Wreck-It Ralph

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

John C Reilly provides the voice of a clumsy video game villain who really wants to be a hero. Enjoyable animated feature from 2012.

The School That Got Teens Reading

BBC Two, 8pm

Many teenagers are reluctant to read anything that doesn’t appear on their smartphone. In this documentary, the presenters visit a secondary school in Lancashire to try and persuade students about the pleasure to be found in reading books.

Mr. Robot

TG4, 9.05pm

Episode two sees main protagonist Elliot struggling with his addiction issues, and almost every other facet of his life as he weighs up the option of taking a job with Evil Corp while continuing with plans to hack into their systems and take them down.

Shutter Island

RTÉ2, 9.25pm

It’s a matter of debate whether the end justified the means in Martin Scorsese’s film, but for a while at least, Leonardo DiCaprio and co do offer an intriguing watch.

SUNDAY

Virginia McKenna’s Born Free

Channel 4, 7pm

One of Virginia McKenna’s most famous roles was the part of Joy Adamson in the true tale of Born Free in 1966. For this documentary, she returns to the locations in Kenya where the film about Elsa the lion was made.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Niamh’s ongoing plot to fleece Paul takes centre-stage this week, while Paul himself is also concerned that word will get out about his affair with Hayley.

The Meaning of Life

RTÉ One, 10.40pm

The fact that Druid from Galway is easily the country’s leading theatre company is largely down to co-founder and director Garry Hynes.

She talks to Gay Byrne about her theatre work and about other aspects of her life, including how the death of her brother, Jerome, in his mid-40s affected her. Hynes explains how the death of a loved one can make you appreciate life all the more.

MONDAY

The Geansaí

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

GAA clubs are often named after the parish, the patron saint of the parish, or a hero from Irish history. Garry Mac Donncha explores club names in each of the four provinces.

Autumnwatch

BBC Two, 8pm

The usual chirpy presenting trio move to an RSPB reserve in Dorset for a week of shows documenting how nature is responding to the changing seasons. Deer, eagles, and swans all make early appearances.

Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh And The Ivory War

BBC One, 9pm

We hear a lot about conservation these days, but one of the really urgent issues is the demise in elephant populations in Africa, where more than 80 of these magnificent creatures are killed every day.

In the first of two shows, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is in Mozambique, meeting rangers and villagers trying to protect the remaining elephants from poachers who are part of the lucrative ivory trade.

From there, he follows the smuggling route facilitated by corrupt port officials in Kenya, and onto Hong Kong, where dealers hide behind regulations that still allow trade in ivory that was taken before 1947.

TMI

RTÉ2, 10.30pm

The second of two hidden camera shows on RTÉ2 tonight, this one exploits the tendency some young people have to put all sorts of details about their lives online.

Stephen Byrne and his team glean some of these details from social media sites and use it to rattle the people who’ve posted it. Hence the show’s title — TMI (Too Much Information).

The Walking Dead

Fox UK, 10pm

After the cliffhanger finale last year, the season seven opener finally reveals who was killed by Negan.

TUESDAY

The Taste of Success

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The food industry show returns for another run, with five small producers being whittled down to two by Roz Purcell. Best known as a model, Purcell has gone down the road of food blogger and cookbook author, so will be ‘mentoring’ the successful contestants.

Westworld

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

By now, you probably should know whether you’ll warm to this 10-part drama. It’s been quite a slow and sometimes repetitive introduction to the harsh fantasy world, but thankfully some of the plotlines do take a proper step forward in this episode.

Ordinary Lies

BBC One, 9pm

There seems to be a lot about online identities on the telly this week, and this new drama has the PA trying to improve her love life by creating a new version of herself on the internet while also reminiscing about an old flame.

Living With Lucy

TV3, 9.30pm

The brave Lucy Kennedy is moving in with John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward.

WEDNESDAY

The Missing

BBC One, 9pm

Episode three of the six-part series has the missing British soldier in Iraq showing up, while the other plot strand has Gemma finding a big clue about her daughter’s disappearance.

THURSDAY

The Young Pope

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

A double-bill of episodes opens this new eight-part drama about a young American cardinal who is elected Pope. We see how powerful figures within the hierarchy are alarmed at his inaugural speech. Diane Keaton stars as his confidante.

The Works Presents

RTÉ One, 11.20pm

John Carney gave us Sing Street, Once and Bachelor’s Walk, and here talks to John Kelly.

FRIDAY

The Fall

RTÉ2, 9pm

A late scheduling change means the finale of the Belfast-set crime series is now simulcast on both RTÉ2 and BBC One. How will it end for Spector and Gibson?

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Bryan Cranston has written a memoir, so will be in the studio to discuss his adventures on such shows as Breaking Bad and Malcolm In The Middle. Also appearing are Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.

The Butcher Boy

TV3, 11.10pm

Neil Jordan’s enjoyable take on Patrick McCabe’s blackly humorous tale of madness and badness in small town Ireland.

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