What to watch on TV this week

What to watch on TV this week

It begins its tale of the modern British royals in the 1950s as the 25-year-old Elizabeth is getting ready to marry Phillip Mountbatten. Her father’s death would soon see her stepping up to become queen.

The Jonathan Ross Show 

UTV Ireland, 9.40pm

Michael Douglas, Keith Lemon and John Bishop lead the guest list, while OneRepublic provide the musical interlude.

The King of Comedy 

TG4, 11.45pm

Martin Scorsese’s edgy comedy from 1982 features the fantastic cast of Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard.



TV3, 12pm

David McWilliams is joined by Vivienne Westwood, the 75-year-old fashion designer who was closely associated with the punk movement.

Know The Score RTÉ One, 8.30pm

This new sports quiz series has Jacqui Hurley on presentation duties, while Ruby Walsh and Shane Byrne captain two teams that also feature rowers Gary and Paul O’Donovan, and ex-soccer player Keith Andrews.

Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow

BBC Two, 9pm

The second of the three shows in which Dan Snow travels with explorer Felicity Aston and medic Kevin Fong follow in the footsteps of those who participated in the 19th century gold rush in Canada. Tonight, they travel in a replica wooden boat through huge lakes and rough rapids as they traverse terrain that often hasn’t changed much since the original prospectors travel these routes.


BBC One, 9pm

The finale of series two has George being told by Elizabeth that she’s carrying his child. Meanwhile, Ross faces new conflicts as he discovers George will try to bankrupt him through the courts.


Channel 4, 9pm

Episode two of the robot drama series has Karen and Pete learning about a Synth being sold for huge amounts on the black market.

The Meaning of Life RTÉ One, 10.35pm

Gay Byrne continues his run of interesting guests with a chat with Joanne O’Riordan, the 20-year-old Cork woman born without any arms or legs.



RTÉ2, 6pm

The crew is out and about on the streets of Cork to look for participants in the quiz.

Making Ireland Click 

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

David Puttnam continues his campaign to boost Ireland’s digital know-how with a visit to 17-year-old Harry McCann, who is working to get more children into coding.

Fifth-year student Renuka Chintapalli also flies the flag for females choosing careers in science and technology, and Puttnam visits Luttrellstown Community College, where books have been replaced by iPads.

Republic of Telly

 RTÉ2, 10pm

The presidential elections in the US have become a major event for many people in this country, and in tonight’s episode Vogue Williams is on the streets to ask people for their opinion on the Trump-Clinton shenanigans.


The Secret Life Of 4 Years Olds

Channel 4, 8pm

A new group of children feature in the latest series of a show that’s main focus is showing some of the heartwarming things that children do, rather than providing loads of scientific insight. For instance, the excitement mounts through the week as the children follow the hatching of chicken eggs, and even organise a funeral when one chick doesn’t survive.

My Mother and Other Strangers 

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

Barry Devlin first came to public attention as the bass player with Horslips, but since those rocking days also been a screenwriter on such shows as Ballykissangel and The Darling Buds of May.

He’s penned this new drama series set in the North during the Second World War as a huge US base brings 4,000 men and women to a rural parish.

All the noble Gaels’ worst fears are confirmed when a local married woman begins an affair with an air force officer (possibly familiar as idealistic ad designer Ken Cosgrove from Mad Men).


Tithe Cois Farraige 

TG4, 9.30pm

Síle Nic Chonaonaigh visits Bantry House.

The Only Gay in the Village

RTÉ2, 9pm

This episode of the Reality Bites series looks at aspects of life for LGBT people in rural Ireland. Much has changed in recent decades, but is there still a stigma attached, or can gay people walk around holding hands in the way that straight couples can?

This show enlists people to describe their own experiences. Among them is farmer Will Keane, who campaigned for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum in his native Co Roscommon, the only county to vote no. Shauna Keane from Bannagher, Co Offaly, tells of how her mother went to her school looking for a ‘cure’ when she came out at 14.

There’s also a moving encounter between gay Traveller Oein DeBharduin and his father at his home in Tuam, where Oein talks about the silence of his community on the issue of sexuality.


Hector Central 

TG4, 10pm

Hector Ó hEochagáin continues his trip through Central America, visiting San José in Costa Rica, a city famous for medical tourism and gambling.


Unreported World 

Channel 4, 7.30pm

There are several prison-related shows on Channel 4 this week, and while you wouldn’t want to be in either the British or US facilities featured on Thursday’s shows, this look at Haiti’s National Penitentiary is particularly sobering.

Pat Shortt’s Entertainment from D’Telly

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Pat Shortt’s previous dip into the RTÉ archives was a simple format that produced some excellent viewing, and in this new series, he expands from music into other entertainment fields. Danny La Rue, Dame Edna Everage and Kenneth Williams all feature in the opening episode of archive clips.

Roots, Reggae, Rebellion 

BBC Four, 10pm

There’s a feast of reggae on the network through the night, including this documentary looking at the story of the roots subgenre that saw the emergence of the likes of Bob Marley, Big Youth and Burning Spear.

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