What to watch on TV this week

Irish nurse Berna Breen tries working in the A&E section of a hospital in Honduras on Toughest Place To Be, on Monday on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

What to watch on TV this week


Nanny McPhee

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

Hugely popular children’s tale from 2005 in which Emma Thompson stars as the governess who uses a twist of magic to control the seven children under her control. No shortage of nods to Mary Poppins.


BBC One, 9.15pm

He’s taken on the crown and the world’s largest company, but James Delaney’s plans start to unravel a bit tonight as family memories come back to haunt him, and his enemies strike a blow.


The Jump

Channel 4, 7.30pm

Last year’s series had several casualties in a show that really did push the contestants way beyond the usual celebrity romps.

Vogue Williams is already out of this year’s show after injuring herself in training, so hopefully the likes of Robbie Fowler and Bradley Wiggins can make it through in one piece.

Tonight is the downhill race on snow skates.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Much of this week’s plot revolves around the planned departure of Dermot and Jane. As to be expected, not everything goes smoothly for the fugitive couple, not least when Callum grows suspicious in tonight’s episode. Oisin also throws a spanner in the works for Paul’s recovery.

Bafta Awards

BBC One, 9pm

Stephen Fry does his usual hosting duties for the British film awards from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake is flying the flag for the UK industry in a number of categories, but La La Land is again expected to win big.

Ruth Negga, at 35, has a rising star nomination, while Irish man Seamus McGarvey is up for best cinematography for Nocturnal Animals.


Red Rock

TV3, 9pm

A dramatic episode has Katie Kiely waking up to find her baby has been snatched from his cot. We soon learn that the culprit is little Luke’s estranged father David whose fragile mental state has reached breaking point. The gardaí launch a manhunt for the missing baby and his father.

SAS: Rogue Warriors

BBC Two, 9pm

The SAS probably has quite a few skeletons in its closet, but the focus for this second episode in the story of the regiment is very much on the Second World War and the special units’ evolving tactics against the Germans.

We hear how one group used their training to survive for three days in the desert without food or fresh water, and also how new leadership was required following the capture of founder David Stirling.

Toughest Place to Be 

RTÉ One, 9.35pm 

After a really good pilot episode last year featuring a Dublin street-cleaner in the Philippines, the show returns with two more episodes.

First up is Waterford nurse Berna Breen, who tries working at the A&E department of the public hospital in Tegucigalpa in Honduras, a country with a really high murder rate. Not surprisingly, she has to deal with some shocking injuries.

Bournemouth v Manchester City 

Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm 

After shipping six goals against Everton last week, Bournemouth can’t be relishing the thought of this fixture. But Man City’s own form has been patchy enough.


Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The sixth and final run of Lena Dunham’s show arrives on a wave of lavish praise, even if the audiences in this part of the world haven’t always matched the creator’s profile.

Dunham never hit the popularity of Sex and the City, but the adventures of her character Hannah and her pals did cover aspects of modern life that other shows didn’t reach.

And amidst the whirl of issue-laden public debate that trailed Girls, it was often forgotten that the relatively young Dunham (she was 25 when the series began) actually managed to create a quality show that provided plenty laughs along the way.

This final run is set six months after the conclusion of season five, and we see Hannah meeting a significant new acquaintance while at a female surf camp in the Hamptons.

The Walking Dead

Fox UK, 9pm

After a fairly lame opening half of series seven, hopefully the return of the zombie drama after its mid-season break will bring more-entertaining fare.

Rick and his pals seem to have some of their mojo back, so presumably the next few weeks are all about revenge on Negen.


Andrew Marr: My Brain And Me

BBC Two, 9pm

The familiar broadcaster reveals the personal story of the stroke he suffered in 2013, and explores some cutting-edge treatments as he tries to improve movement on his left side.

He also meets other people who’ve suffered strokes to hear about the different effects, from a man who doesn’t recognise his wife, to a woman who can’t talk but can sing beautifully.

The Works Presents

RTÉ One, 11.10pm

Despite his name not being widely known, Seamus McGarvey is one of the most influential Irish people in the international film industry.

The Armagh-born cinematographer has worked on such films as Atonement and Godzilla, and is currently winning lots of praise for his work on Nocturnal Animals.

He talks about the impact of digital technology on his craft, and also about the other challenges in capturing the visual tone of films.


The Kettering Incident

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The opening two episodes of a new Australian drama that was well received when it ran Down Under last year.

A woman returns to the town where her teenage friend disappeared 15 years earlier.


The Supervet

Channel 4, 8pm

Noel Fitzpatrick returns for another run, and we see him trying to fit two bionic feet to a west highland puppy, and repairing the pelvis of a young husky collie.

Russia’s Hooligan Army

BBC Two, 9pm

One of the most abiding memories of Euro 2016 was of Russian hooligans running amok in Marseille. This new breed are often part of highly organised ‘firms’ who are often non-drinkers and train hard for their violence.

For this documentary, film-maker Alex Stockley von Statzer travels to Russia to see them in action. Presumably, it’s an issue we’ll be hearing plenty about in advance of that country’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup.

Other Voices

RTÉ2, 11.25pm

Lisa Hannigan, Conor Oberst and Kojey Radical are among the artists on tonight’s show.


The Lake District: A Wild Year

BBC Two, 9pm

To capture the beauty of one of Britain’s most impressive areas through a year, the producers of this show planted fixed cameras around the national park.

They also used more conventional filming techniques to follow the lives of the plants, animals and people that inhabit the park.

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