Des O’Driscoll.


What to watch on TV this week...

Your home viewing entertainment wrap for the week ahead, with Des O’Driscoll.

What to watch on TV this week...


The Keepers


Seven-part documentary about the unsolved killing of nun, Cathy Cesnik, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1969.

The makers of the show particularly point the finger of blame towards Fr Joseph Maskell, a Catholic priest who fled to Ireland in the 1990s when some evidence emerged linking him to the case.

He worked as a psychologist in Ireland, and was based in Wexford until his departure to the US in 1998, where he died three years later.



Series three of the family drama is now available on the streaming channel.

The Ray D’Arcy Show

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

As summer beckons, this is another chat show that has reached the end of the road for the current season.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

The aftermath of the kidnapping still dominates proceedings this week, and there’s further shock for the O’Briens as they hear more details of Ciaran’s murder plan.

Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip

BBC Two, 9pm

Could the celebrity chef be the new Jeremy Clarkson? This three-part series has the presenter swapping canapes for carburetters as he drives across Europe, dipping into the car culture in each country he passes through. First up is Italy.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Channel 4, 9pm

Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes star in this 10-part adaptation of the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood.

Being one of the few fertile women in a totalitarian society has Moss’s character forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to repopulate the world. So far, it’s being getting very positive reviews in the US.

Arena: American Epic

BBC Four, 10pm

The second part of the excellent three-part series on American roots music looks at genres on two sides of the colour divide: Delta blues, and the white sounds that emerged from the coalmines of West Virginia.

In the Mississipi Delta, we hear about Charley Patton and how his songs reflected the struggles of the cotton-picking life, and how he was a huge influence of the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson.

In coal country, music provided a similar way of dealing with toil, through the likes of the Williamson Brothers and Dick Justice.


RTÉ2, 11pm

Apart from some dodgy special effects and a hammy sea captain, much of Steven Spielberg’s debut feature from 1975 still stands up.



BBC Two, 8pm

Rumours of the demise of Martin Hughes-Games on a diversity-chasing BBC seem to have been greatly exaggerated as the affable presenter is back for this year’s instalment of the popular nature show.

As usual, he’ll be joined by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan, as well as Gillian Burke, every night this week to look at how various animals are getting on in this season of feeding and procreation.

Red Rock

TV3, 10pm

The weekly show has three episodes this week as it reaches the season finale.

Sharon makes a horrifying discovery during her search for Robbie Scanlon, and elsewhere we see two sides of the drugs coin as Keith has a tough first day as a dealer, and the gardaí are getting ready for the drug awareness fundraising ball. Further episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday.


How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell

RTÉ One, 7pm

The Ballymaloe chef prepares grilled chicken paillard and roast cauliflower, while dessert is Chocolate and Caramel Whip Langues de Chat.

Twin Peaks

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Another double bill of episodes from the revival of the classic David Lynch series from the 1990s.



RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Episode two of the thriller series has Paula (Denise Gough) trying to come to terms with the death in her life, and slowly coming to the belief that all isn’t as clear-cut as first suggested.

White Gold

BBC Two, 10pm

The evidence of the first episode suggested this comedy series isn’t going to be half as funny as The Inbetweeners show that several of the White Gold team were also involved in.

Perhaps we should keep an open mind, however, and see if the double-glazing salesment can up their game as the series unfolds.


The Great Village Green Crusade

BBC Four, 9pm

You may remember Robert Llewellyn from the Red Dwarf comedy, but this documentary follows him on his campaign to get the Cotwolds village he lives in to use more renewable energy sources.

When he discovers the electricity grid won’t take the extra energy the village can generate, he begins to research advances in battery technology, seeking a solution in lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries.

Bannon’s War

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

While many people dismiss Donald Trump, his right-hand man Steve Bannon is far more complex character. We know that the 64-year-old Irish-American is the extremely savvy media mogul behind the powerful right-wing website Breitbart News.

This film draws on testimony from a wide range of political insiders and associates to try and present insight into a man, who despite some setbacks in the internal wranglings in the Trump camp, remains a hugely powerful figure.


Gardeners’ World BBC Two, 8.30pm

Monty Don goes bananas, literally, as he promotes the tropical plant as an option for container planting. There’s also advice on pond building, and we’ll see a school that has put gardening high on its curriculum.

Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road

Sky Arts, 9pm

The AC/DC singer reaches the final episode in his series on rock tours with a chat with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

In their heyday of the early 1970s, the British rockers were prone to excess in all areas, a lifestyle that led to the death of drummer John Bonham. Plant talks about the good times and the bad.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm (NI 11.05pm)

Guests include American stars Tom Cruise and Zac Efron, as well as Israeli actress Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman).

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