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...


Orange Is The New Black


For some viewers, there’s a whiff that this show is past its sell-by date, but perhaps series five and its big opening episode can get people re-engaged.

The show’s producers have taken a chance by setting the entire 13 episodes in a real-time format over three days as a riot breaks out in the prison.

Tensions at Litchfield had been building since last season and the death of Poussey, but now it all spills over.

The Kennedys After Camelot

RTÉ One, 9.15pm

Kennedy fans may be interested in the concluding part of the dramatic take on the Irish-American political dynasty in the years after the assassination of two of the family’s sons.

Ted Kennedy has escaped with a suspended sentence after the Chappaquiddick tragedy, but it will still scupper his presidential ambitions. The family also has to contend with more dark days when JFK Jr — the son of Jackie and JFK — is killed in a plane crash.


Planet Earth II

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Episode two of the David Attenborough-narrated series seen last year on BBC has another series of spectacular clips involving fighting snow leopards, itchy grizzly bears and soaring eagles.

Wild Cities

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

A repeat of the episode on Cork’s wildlife, including the freshwater turtles that have taken up residence in the Atlantic Pond.


RTÉ One, 9.30pm

We’re up to the penultimate episode and Fionnula Flanagan’s character Agnes has more revelations. There’s also a christening that has the typically-Irish mix of joyful celebration underpinned with family tensions.

Dúshlán 1881

TG4, 8pm

Repeat of the enjoyable four-part documentary series seen previously on RTÉ that follows people living in conditions similar to what they might have faced in Donegal in the late 19th century.

Those taking part in the show have a special connection to the set-up, given that they are descendants of some of the 13 families who were evicted in Carrowmenagh in 1881.

The Life Swap Adventure

BBC Two, 8pm

More seeing how the other half lives as a London civil servant swaps places with a man from the Machousi tribe in the Amazon. As to be expected, both men see advantages and disadvantages to life in their new surroundings.


Amazing Animal Births

ITV, 8pm

Puppies, lambs and hippos are among the animals that feature as we see their first moments of life.

Micky Flanagan Thinking Aloud

Sky 1, 10pm

The final episode of the series has the Cockney comedian putting his spin on the very topical subject of patriotism. He buys a lordship title and gets into the spirit of it all by dressing up like Poldark.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

We’ve known that young Ellie was being manipulated by the nasty Ciaran, and tonight she shocks her family by revealing how much she knew about the kidnapping. Incidentally, Susie Power, the actress who plays Ellie, is actually the niece of Johnny Ward (Ciaran) in real life.

One Born Every Minute

Channel 4, 10pm

It’s births of a human kind we see at Liverpool Women’s Hostpital, as a bed shortage brings some difficult juggling for the staff. Among those given priority is Kristina, 34, who has twins on the way.



Channel 4, 10pm

The third episode of the quirky drama series features a flashback to 1975, as a con job on the making of a film has knock-on effects for the current plot.

Better Call Saul


The terrestrial schedules seem to have already dipped into their summer slump, so thank goodness for the streaming options.

This slow-burning offshoot won’t be winning over too many new viewers, but dedicated Breaking Bad fans may enjoy the ongoing filling-in of the back stories.


Liveline: Call Back

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The first of tonight’s stories features an Irish man whose brother’s tragic death led to encounters with some of London’s notorious old-school gangsters, and a trip to Rio for train robber Ronnie Biggs’ 70th birthday party.

Then it’s the tale of Larry Malone who rang Liveline to try and find the woman who tended him after a car crash. Finally, Sharon O’Brien relates how she took on the scammers who falsely claimed they were from the Revenue.

Wife Swap: Brexit Special

Channel 4, 9pm

We haven’t seen this show for quite a while, and it returns here for a one-off special in which a woman from a family of fervent anti-Europeans swaps places with somebody whose views are totally opposite. It makes for some fairly heated dinner-table discussions.


RTÉ2, 9.40pm

Matthew McConaughey stars in a sci-film from 2014 that would have been even better if they had snipped a half hour off the 169 minutes it runs for.


RTÉ One, 10.15pm

Another chance to see the Brendan Gleeson-narrated documentary on three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland.


Le Mans: Racing is Everything

Amazon Prime Video

This new six-episode documentary is available from today. It promises to show the inside story of the famous 24-hour motor race that’s held every year near the French town of Le Mans.

Audi have dominated the race in recent years, but through this series we see how Australian driver Mark Webber is leading a challenge from Porsche. Among the other drivers featured are Jann Mardenborough from Durham, who was scouted by Nissan through a video game contest.


Channel 4, 8pm

The youngsters take to the armchairs to offer their opinions on Britain’s Got Talent, Mrs Doubtfire and the various upheavals in British politics.

The Best Of The Late Late Show

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Excerpts from the most recent series include the O’Donovan rowing brothers, Robbie Williams, and a clip from Al Porter on the Valentine’s special.

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