Here's your TV wrap for the week ahead

Stephen Graham’s character continues to search for evidence in real-life murder drama Little Boy Blue at 9pm on ITV on Monday.

Here's your TV wrap for the week ahead



RTÉ One, 5.25pm

The best animated film of the century features the voice of Ed Asner as the old man who sets off for an adventure in his floating house.

Unfortunately scheduled to be interrupted by the Angelus and evening news, ask your mam to have the dinner ready for then.

All Round to Mrs Brown’s

RTÉ One, 9.20pm

Brendan O’Carroll’s chat show series bows out after a six-week run that, as expected, produced a Marmite reaction among viewers. Michael Ball is among the guests.


BBC Two, 9.30pm

John Michael McDonagh is another divisive figure in Irish culture, with audiences offering very mixed reactions to this 2013 tale of revenge in the west of Ireland. Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd feature among a familiar cast.


Escape to Costa Rica

Channel 4, 7pm

While the countries of Central America often make the news for all the wrong reasons, Costa Rica has emerged as a flag-bearer for progressive policies on the environment.

For this new three-part series, science writer Gaia Vince visits a country with a similar population size to Ireland to see how they’ve attained the title of the happiest, most sustainable country in the world’.

At Your Service

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The Brennan brothers are in Wolfe Tones na Sionna to help the Co Clare GAA club revamp their clubhouse. It’ll be quite a challenge, given that the club wants to get it all done in just two weeks.


American Gods

Amazon Prime

Major new series based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Odin and other traditonal gods come back to Earth to fight the forces of modernity. Ian McShane is among the familiar faces in the cast.

Saving Mr Banks

BBC One, 8.30pm

Decent account of Walt Disney’s attempt to get author PL Travers allow a film version of her Mary Poppins book. It stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

Inside Christie’s: The World’s Biggest Auction House

RTÉ Two, 8.25pm

The second episode of the excellent two-part series also seen recently on BBC.

It presents a fascinating picture of life behind the scenes in the lucrative auction industry, as China’s growth ensures that new fortunes are being spent, some of it returning Chinese art to the mother country after centuries spent in Europe.

Little Boy Blue

ITV, 9pm

It must be tough for the families of murder victims when their loved one becomes the subject of a TV drama, but the family of Rhys Jones have given their blessing to this series.

In 2007, the 11-year-old was shot dead in Liverpool while walking home from football training. The stray shot had been fired by a 16-year-old involved in a gang dispute.

While the identity of the shooter was well-known, the police still had quite a job gathering enough evidence to eventually convict him. Rhys was an Everton fan, and after last week’s episode featured an appeal for help to the public at Goodison Park.


How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell

RTÉ One, 7pm

The menu includes roast pheasant casserole for main course, and dessert of Sicilian casatta with pistachios.

Horizon: Why Did I Go Mad?

BBC Two, 9pm

A look at how science has led to a rethink on how people who hear voices and see hallucinations should be treated.

Three people who experience these phenoma explain how it feels, and experts in the area talk about some of the advances in understanding of what causes them.

Later Live - with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

We all just want to hear the hits. That hasn’t stopped Blondie recording a new album, though, and they’ll be playing music from it on tonight’s show. Future Islands – on their way to Ireland soon – and Senegalese veterans Orchestra Baobab also perform.


Trust Me, I’m A Vet

BBC Two, 8pm

The Beeb tries to steal some of Noel Fitzpatrick’s thunder – and possibly some of his business - in a new three-part series on pet health. First up, we hear about the mineral content of pet food, the problem of gum disease in cats and dogs, and how to avoid bone diseases in pet reptiles.


TV3, 9pm

The first episode of the new series on Irish gangland killers features Paddy ‘The Whack’ Doyle, an infamous Dubliner who played a large part in the Crumlin-Drimnagh gang feud that resulted in at least 15 murders.

When he was eventually shot in Spain in 2008 – allegedly on the orders of Russian mobsters – he was sitting in a vehicle being driven by Gary Hutch, whoe own death a few later would spark the current Dublin feud.

Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On

BBC One, 9pm

Is it really a decade since the British three-year-old disappeared in the Algarve? BBC reporter Richard Bilton, who has covered it since the beginning, looks back on a case that still shows no sign of a resolution.


The Truth About Stress

BBC One, 9pm

Fiona Phillips looks at the health issues caused by stress, including how it can be a factor in diabetes, dementia and some types of cancer. She also takes part in high-stress situations, and tests techniques to deal with stress. Interestingly, we also hear how some stress can actually be good for us.

Can’t Cope Won’t Cope

BBC Three

The recently-seen RTÉ comedy drama from Co Cork writer Stefanie Preissner gets a run on the digital channel in the UK. Tell all your relations in England their misty-eyed view of d’oul sod is about to be shattered.


Gardener’s World BBC

Two, 8pm

It’s a busy month for gardeners, and Monty Don is planing tomatoes and bringing other plants out of the greenhouse. Penelope Hobhouse, 87, explains how she’s created a low-maintenance garden, and James Wong sings the praises of tree ferns.


Sky 1, 9pm

New period drama set in the British colony of Jamestown in Virginia in 1619 as three women arrive to meet the unknown husbands who have paid for their passage to the New World.

Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road

Sky Arts, 9pm

The AC/DC frontman continues to work his contact book, and chats to Lars Ulrich of Metallica about gib gigs, on-the-road rituals and the importance of a good crew.

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