Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Graham Norton returns to BBC1 on Friday. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Jack Whitehall are among the guests, while Take That perform a song.

Your TV wrap for the week ahead


Jimi: All Is by My Side

BBC Two, 9.45pm

It’s always going to be a handicap for a film about Jimi Hendrix when the producers don’t secure the rights to use any of his music.

Despite this major omission, Andre Benjamin of Outkast does a good job in the lead role for a focus on the great guitarist’s time in London around 1966.

The film did create controversy for its loose adherence to facts, with an ex-girlfriend outraged at scenes of domestic violence that she says never happened.

And yes, that familiar urban backdrop is actually Dublin, where the movie was made.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

This week’s episodes could be stuck with a ‘Secrets & Lies’ theme, as various characters keep their dark sides under wraps while others come clean.

Marcus is pushing Niamh to tell the truth to Paul, but both males in that scenario stun with revelations of their own. Jake is also threatening to expose Cathal’s dastardly deeds, but miscalculates and pays the price.

Top Gear

BBC Two, 8pm

Matt LeBlanc tries out the new Ford GT, while Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz face off in a buggy race in the desert.

At Your Service

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The Brennan brothers are on familiar ground in Killarney as they try to help Mary Guerin with her guesthouse.

In this democratised world of travel reviews, the premises has been getting a very bad rap online, and Mary – a self-confessed old-school operator – is reluctant to engage with these critics.

Line of Duty

BBC One, 9pm

Last week’s opener did its usual scene setting as the police corruption unit began to get drawn into a strange scenario involving an accused serial killer, and some dodgy deeds involving members of the force.

Unusually for Line Of Duty, however, there were several looser moments where viewers really had to suspend disbelief in order to stay with the story. Hopefully, the plot will tighten up again for this second episode.

Would You Believe?

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

It’s a big leap from expressing sympathy with the plight of Syrian refugees to accepting them into the community, but Ireland is committed to taking 4,000 of the almost five million who’ve left their war-torn country.

This show looks at how the welcome has been for the few who’ve made it here already. Among the contributors is mother of five Rekad Shouman, now living in Cork with her husband and children.



Channel 4, 8pm

One of the characteristics of many of the people US president Trump has surrounded himself with is that they are adamant that their country’s role in the world must change.

Will this be a good thing or a bad thing for the rest of us? Abi Austen travels to America to try and find out.

Child Of Our Time

BBC One, 9pm

Robert Winston returns to meet some of the children who’ve been taking part in this show since they were born in 2000. Over two episodes we’ll hear how the brain development a 16-year-old undergoes can help shape their lives for ever.

Ireland’s Property Crisis

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

It’s that sense of deja vu all over again. Property prices are rising, experts are warning about the economy’s over-reliance on the sector and, most pertinent of all, people are struggling to find affordable homes to buy or even rent.

This new series documents seven days in the lives of some of those having to deal with it. A widow describes how she fears losing her house after she slipped into arrears, and a vulture fund has bought the debt.

The Sadlier family talk about having to pay rent on the house they live in with their two young children, as well as paying a mortgage on a one-bed apartment they bought at the height of the boom. A Trinity graduate explains why he’s living on the streets. And so forth...

Shortscreen: Beautiful Boy

RTÉ2, 11.55pm

John Gleeson’s 15-minute film offers an intimate portrait of his brother, whose autism brings both difficulties and creativity to their family.


Big Week On The Farm

RTÉ One, 7pm

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh drops in as guest presenter on the show.


Channel 4, 10pm

The late Carrie Fisher appears in the final episode of the current series as her character pays her respects to Sharon’s father.


An Lá a Rugadh Mé

TG4, 8pm

Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh looks at a newspaper story for July 26, 1959, the day she was born. It involves the commissioning of a memorial for a Buttevant nurse who served in France during the Second World War, but who may have been working for MI6 and the Resistance.


Comhrá TG4, 7.30pm

Áine de Baróid from Cork talks about her years of Irish language activism.

The Trip to Spain

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon begin a new series of culinary travels through Spain, beginning in the Basque region and the famed restaurant Txoko.

Isis And The Battle For Iraq

Channel 4, 11pm

Members of the Islamic State group have a reputation as a particularly barbarous bunch of murderers, but this documentary shows how some of the Shia militias fighting against them have also been responsible for some terrible acts.


Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

You don’t need a lot of space to grow apples and pears, and Monty Don offers advice on what varieties to grow in small areas. He also plants some summer-flowering bulbs.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

After a break of just a few weeks, the Irish presenter returns for a new run.

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Jack Whitehall are among the guests, while Take That perform a song.

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