What to watch on TV this week

What to watch on TV this week

The Voice UK

TV3, 8pm

The second episode continues the round of blind auditions as Will.I.Am and the other three judges select singers to fill up their teams.

Imagine: Listen to Me Marlon 

BBC Two, 9pm

This documentary on Marlon Brando includes some of the great actor’s own home movie tapes. It is followed at 10.40pm by one of his best films, On The Waterfront from 1954.


Call the Midwife: The Casebook 

BBC One, 5.05pm

Stephen McGann, the actor who plays Dr Patrick Turner in Call the Midwife, presents a documentary on midwifery has changed since the 1950s and ‘60s.

He talks to midwives who worked in Britain during that decade, and also hears about the social and medical developments that have improved the experience of birth for pregnant women.

Fair City 

RTE One, 8.30pm

Heather’s condition takes centre stage for several episodes this week, and with knock-on effects of her coma including the disintegration of relations between Farrah and Rennee.

Ciaran is also keeping his cards close to his chest as he fears Heather will reveal his secret if she wakes.

Sherlock - The Final Problem 

BBC One, 9pm

The third and final episode of the current series has the dynamic duo facing what is described as their “greatest ever challenge”. While there may another series, it looks like we’ll have to wait more than a year to see it.



Channel 4, 8pm

As the world gets ready for the inauguration of the new US president on Friday, an episode entitled ‘President Trump’s Dirty Secrets’ looks at the funding and commercial ties members of his administration have to the fossil fuel industry.

Panorama (BBC One, 8.30pm)

also has a Trump themed show, with ‘The Kremlin Candidate’ exploring his relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Then Comes Marriage?

 RTE2, 9.30pm

A new six-part series follows couples who subject their relationship to all sorts of tests at a retreat at Lisnavagh House in Co Carlow.

They will be assessed in such areas as communication skills, sex and intimacy, attitudes to money and conflict management.

The three couples on this first show include Lance West and Victoria Green from Carlow who moved in together a week after their first date; and Trish Rattray and Olwyn Martin from Portlaoise who met at a party and are together four-and-half-years.

We Need To Talk About Dad

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Brendan Courtney switches from his usual fashionista concerns to address a deeply personal issue that’s faced by so many other Irish families, not least as our population gets older.

Courtney’s father Frank suffered a stroke 18 months ago, and the family have some difficult decisions as they weigh up the care options.

Along the way, he says the state support known as the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, aka the “Fair Deal” scheme, is overly complicated.

Courtney also raises the question as to why the state will provide such support to people in longterm nursing home care, but won’t provide the same level of funding for people being cared for at home.


Ear To The Ground 

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Helen Carroll speaks out against the male domination of the Irish agriculture sector, pointing out that there’s only one female on the 53-member national executive of the IFA.

Other segments deal with the damage being done by Asian clams around the Shannon; and how a community bookshop is helping to bring life back to one rural town.

Stacey on the Frontline: Girls, Guns and ISIS 

BBC One, 10.45pm (not NI)

The story of the Yazidis’ treatment at the hands of Islamic State is, even by the standards of Iraq, quite harrowing. In this show previously seen on BBC Three, Stacey Dooley meets an all-female Yazidi battalion who are fighting the murderous group, hoping to avenge loved ones and free some of the women and children still held as slaves.


Italy’s Invisible Cities

 BBC One, 9pm

Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott are in Florence, using 3D scans to reveal new information on the city’s cathedral, and the duo also explore the legacy of the famous Medici family of the Renaissance.

Tina and Bobby

 TV3, 10pm

They didn’t quite get the Posh & Becks levels of attention of the modern age, but Bobby Moore and his wife Tina were a harbinger of what was to come in terms of celebrity culture.

This three-part drama is based on the memoirs of Tina, who revealed that life wasn’t always roses as wife of the England and West Ham captain.

We see the secrecy surrounding his diagnosis with cancer in 1964, the ‘golden couple’ days following England’s World Cup win, and the debt-ridden days of the Moores’ life when Bobby retired from soccer.


Spy in the Wild 

BBC One, 8pm

More revealing footage from the cameras hidden inside robotic animals. Spy Orangutan in Borneo shows real apes sawing wood and washing with soap, while Spy Termite films a drongo bird outwitting a group of meerkats.

Generation F’d

RTÉ2, 10.30pm

A new three-part series that meets some of those in the 25-35-year-old bracket who are struggling to make their way as adults in the manner previous generations did.

They might be well-educated and well-travelled, but the hangover from the financial crash and changes in the modern world ensure it can be extremely difficult for them to get a permanent job or buy their own home.

Those featured in the first episode include a couple with two children to support. They both work hard at their respective jobs, but still have trouble just keeping up the rent, and paying basic bills.

We also hear from a cross-section of other members of Generation Y, including a couple who have been making their way out of homelessness, and and a newly-qualified teacher who can only find part-time work.


GAA - Club na mBan 

TG4, 9.30pm

This episode meets two of the volunteers who organised the Comórtas Peile in Baile Bhuirne, Co Cork.

The Graham Norton Show 

BBC One, 10.35pm

Another impressive guestlist includes Ben Affleck, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, while Gregory Porter performs a song.

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