Tonight's TV tips

Tune in to RTE One at 9.30pm tonight to see a special investigation from the Would You Believe? series. A look at how corrupt paedophile priest Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado used the Irish to build a global empire.

Tonight's TV tips

COMPETITION: Dancing on Ice (TV3, 7pm – 9pm)

Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley host the Grand Final of Dancing on Ice. It’s the last ever series, and there can be only one winner - one of the three finalists will be crowned the ultimate champion.

It will be a show full of surprises to bring the curtain down on the ice extravaganza.

The three finalists will aim to dazzle with razzamatazz in a Showcase performance, and then performing their favourite routine from this incredible series.

Only two of the finalists will make it as far as being able to perform their own self-choreographed Bolero routine.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will perform a magical version of their infamous Bolero, and some familiar faces from the series will be back on the ice again, but only one star will hold the trophy aloft and be immortalised as the last ever Dancing on Ice champion. Who will it be?

DOCUMENTARY: Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake (BBC4, 9pm)

It has been taken up time and time again, but the dual lead role in Swan Lake is said to be one of the biggest challenges in the world of ballet – and there are only so many actually cut out for it.

World-famous ballerina and artistic director of English National Ballet Tamara Rojo is one of them. She’s in the middle of preparations for that challenge of playing contrasting characters Odette and Odile – and is taking viewers backstage with her as she does, all part of the BBC’s Ballet Season.

Tamara discusses the role’s physical and psychological demands, and explains how to read the choreography of some of the ballet’s most famous scenes.

Plus, she will also be revealing some of her biggest inspirations, including the Bolshoi’s soviet star Galina Ulanova, as she looks back at the ballet’s history.

DOCUMENTARY: The Legion (RTE One, 9.30pm – 10.30pm)

The story of how a corrupt, embezzling, drug addict and paedophile priest, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado used the Irish to build a global empire and a cult of personality within the Catholic Church under the noses of five popes.

As the Legionaries of Christ, known as ‘the Legion’, was setting up in Ireland in the late 1950s, the founder of this new religious order, Fr Marcial Maciel was under investigation by the Vatican for acts of sodomy with boys, fraud and drug addiction.

Despite what the Vatican knew about Maciel, he was allowed to establish a congregation in Ireland and recruit young, enthusiastic Irish men to build the Legion empire from a minority Spanish-speaking Congregation into a powerful international movement within the Catholic Church.

In 2008, over 200 documents relating to the Legionaries of Christ were leaked from the Vatican. This programme looks forensically at these documents in the context of what was happening with the Legion in Ireland over the years.

SERIES: Vikings (RTE Two, 9.30pm – 10.30pm)

Ragnar Lothbrok has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace. However, King Aelle has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens.

Filmed in Co Wicklow and featuring Gabriel Byrne, the much-anticipated Vikings comes to RTÉ Two.

The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history – a man on the edge of myth.

Our story begins in 8thcentury Scandinavia where Ragnar Lothbrok is a warrior and a farmer who dreams of finding riches by bucking the tradition of raiding to the east. Ragnar has been working in secret on a project that will turn the Viking world on its head.

But first Ragnar must convince the leader of his community, the powerful Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) who is none too happy to share in the renown that this journey could bring to Ragnar if it’s successful.

FILM: The Killing Fields (BBC2, 11.35pm – 1.50am)

(1984) Based on the true story of Sydney Schanberg, an American journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia.

He’s assisted by Dith Pran, a local who sends his family to the US with soldiers leaving the country, but stays behind to help Schanberg, putting his life in jeopardy.

A long but incredibly moving account of a country torn apart by war and terrorism, which will stay in the mind long after the closing credits.

Haing S Ngor is particularly effecting as Dith Pran.

Despite not being a professional actor (he was a doctor), he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance; tragically, he was murdered in 1996.

Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S Ngor, John Malkovich, Bill Paterson, Craig T Nelson

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 92%

FILM: Forget Me Not (BBC1, 12am – 1.30am)

(2011) This little-seen romance unfolds over the course of 24 hours in present day London.

It centres on talented musician Will Fletcher who is enjoying a drink in his local pub, when barmaid Eve Fisher is harassed by a drunken customer.

Thankfully, Will rescues her in the nick of time and the strangers share a smouldering glance.

Fascinated by each other, Will and Eve embark on a journey through night-time London, desperate to know more about each other before dawn comes and Will must reveal the secret that drew him into Eve’s orbit.

This is a likeable indie romantic yarn, beautifully made, with plenty of nice London locations. It’s not the most original story in the world, but it certainly keeps you watching.

Starring: Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O’Reilly, Gemma Jones, Luke de Woolfson, Martina Laird

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 73%

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