Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Denise McCormack, Aidan O’Mahony and Aoibhín Garrihy have made it through to the final of Dancing With The Stars. Tune into RTÉ One at 6.30pm on Sunday to find out who wins the trophy.

Your TV wrap for the week ahead


The Young Offenders


The hugely popular Cork-set comedy is now available on the streaming network.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Channel 4, 8pm

Harmless film from 2011 in which a group of British retirees move to a hotel in India.


Dancing with the Stars 

RTÉ One, 6.30pm 

Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram, right, present the final show. After weeks of dancefloor action, Denise McCormack, Aidan O’Mahony and Aoibhín Garrihy battle it out one more time before the first Irish winner of the Glitterball trophy is selected.


ITV, 8pm

Episode two of the new series has DCI Vera Stanhope exploring the links between a new drug-related murder and a crime that happened 13 years previously.

Line Of Duty

BBC One, 9pm

Over the past three series, Line of Duty has staked a claim to being the best cop show on TV. Its increasing popularity is also one of the reasons for a move this year to a prestigious Sunday slot.

Irish actor Adrian Dunbar returns as head of the unit investigating police corruption, while Vicky McClure shines again as one of his most able deputies.

Thandie Newton is the big addition to the cast this season, and we see her in the opening scenes as a detective on the hunt for a serial killer.

As ever, not all is as straightforward as it seems, and the opening episode whets our appetite for what should be an enjoyable six-week run.

Turkey With Simon Reeve

BBC Two, 9pm

The affable presenter fronts a new two-part series from a country that’s been featuring in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times.

Wars on its borders, terrorist atrocities and an autocratic leader have underlined what challenging times faced by the country on the crossroads between Europe and Asia.

First up, Reeve travels along the Aegean coast, where he meets a billionaire making the most of the current property boom, and also encounters some of the many Syrian refugees who are trying to build new lives in Turkey.

Dragons’ Den

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The business show returns for another run, with Chanelle McCoy’s replacement of Eamonn Quinn on the panel ensuring females have the majority among the five Dragons.

McCoy has helped build the pharmaceutical company founded by her vet father Michael Burke into a business with 350 employees and an annual turnover of €93 million.

Born in Galway, McCoy also owns a clothes retail business that’s based near her home in Hungerford in the UK. She may be familiar to horse racing fans as the wife of former champion jockey AP McCoy, and recently took part in the Being AP documentary.

Would You Believe?

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

A Mother’s Day special meets a variety of Irish mammies. Among them is Atoinette Borza, who runs a chipper in Drogheda with her Italian husband Joe and their three grown-up children.

Single mother-of-two Sharon Darcy talks about the tougher side of the role, having lost two children to miscarriage, and helping her eldest son through a life-threatening liver condition.

The oldest mother on the show is Valerie Cottell, 80, who describes what it was like to raise four children in the 1960s.



Channel 4, 8pm

Coca-Cola has featured on the current affairs show before, and the massive soft drinks brand again finds itself under the spotlight.

Travel Man

Channel 4, 8.30pm

It’s probably fair to say that Richard Ayoade and American star Lena Dunham (Girls) aren’t the typical tourist you’ll find on Tenerife, but the duo take the island to their hearts as they explore away from some of the more popular spots.


RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Keelin Shanley engages the public to try to help the gardaí solve a number of crimes.

Don’t Tell The Bride

RTÉ2, 10pm

After being engaged for 10 years, you’d imagine Dean and Liza would have their big day all worked out. Not quite. While she dreams of luxury on a country estate, he’s plotting to recreate a 1980s Valentine’s disco.


Stargazing Live, Australia

BBC Two, 8pm

Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain are in Australia for three consecutive nights of starzgazing.

The night sky looks quite different from Down Under, with the Southern Cross replacing the Plough as the most obvious constellation. They also get an amazing view of the Milky Way.


Channel 4, 9pm

Thankfully for the participants in this recreation of Captain Bligh’s famous voyage, they are into the final part of their journey.

Only 1,200 miles of open sea stands between their embarkation point in northern Australia and their destination of East Timor. With limited supplies and such a small boat, however, the heat begins to take its toll and dehydration becomes a very real issue.

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

TV3, 9.30pm

We’ve been hearing a lot from the Philippines about the summary execution of those accused of being involved in the drugs trade.

In this one-off documentary, Paul Connolly has a look at conditions for those who’ve been ‘lucky’ enough to survive all the way to prison. Overcrowding, violence, and remands without trial that can last for years are all common.


What Are You Eating?

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Philip Boucher-Hayes looks at how more people are eating ready-meals and we’re having fewer family gatherings around the table.


Home of the Year

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Co Cork at last gets a representative in the current series, as we get a tour of architect Paul Keating’s home. Keating and his wife Jan bought the 1980s bungalow in 2007, and quickly set about overhauling it to make the most of its spectacular views.

Huge windows and double height spaces are among the main features, while the couple have also tried to use salvaged and repurposed materials throughout.


BBC One, 9pm

Liz Bonnin may suffer by comparison with David Attenborough, but the Irish presenter is one of the top performers in the new generation of natural history presenters.

For this three-part series, she’s in the volcanic island chain that has been well covered in other shows, but by joining a real scientific expedition, she hopes to bring us new angles on the wildlife of the area.


Unreported World

Channel 4, 7.30pm

During the years of military rule in Burma, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was seen by the west as an inspirational figure. But now that she’s leading the civilian government, her reputation has been tarnished somewhat.

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