Best of the week's TV (May 4-10)

Highlights include Derek Mooney's new nature series and The Apprentice.

SATURDAY

Star Trek, Channel 4, 9pm  

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto star in JJ Abrams’ enjoyable tale of the early days of Kirk and Spock at the Starfleet Academy. Other familiar faces include Eric Bana, Simon Pegg and Winona Ryder.

The Saturday Night Show, RTÉ One, 10.05pm

Brendan O’Connor’s guests include Mark Patrick Hederman, right, the Abbot of Glenstal Abbey; Voice UK contestant, Andrea Begley, from Tyrone; and former Limerick-based teenage wonder-guitarist, Andreas Varady, now managed by Quincy Jones.

Sport

The All-Ireland U21 football final features Cork v Galway (TG4, throw-in 7pm) from the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. In soccer, a crucial match from the Championship features several Irish players in Hull v Cardiff City (Sky Sports 2, ko 12.45pm), while Premier League action includes Tottenham v Southampton (Setanta Sports, ko 3pm) and QPR v Arsenal (ESPN, ko 5.30pm).

 

SUNDAY

Secrets Of The Irish Landscape, RTÉ One, 6.30pm  

Derek Mooney begins a new, three-part series travelling across Ireland looking at our flora, fauna and geology.

 

Tadhg Barry Remembered,  Cork Community Television, 8pm  

This documentary on UPC channel 803 looks at the fascinating tale of the Cork labour and independence leader who has had a surprisingly low profile in the public consciousness. A follower of James Connolly who also wrote one of the first books about hurling skills, the Blarney Street native was a prominent figure in the War of Independence era until he was shot dead at the age of 33 by a British soldier at Ballykinler internment camp.

Sport

In hurling, the league final features the clash of Kilkenny v Tipperary (TG4, throw-in 3.30pm). A busy day in soccer features Ross County v Celtic (ESPN, ko noon), Liverpool v Everton (Sky Sports 1, ko 1.30pm), Kilmarnock v

Hibernian (Sky Sports 2, ko 3pm) and Man Utd v Chelsea (Sky Sports 1, ko 4pm). Coverage of the second session of the final of snooker’s World Championship (BBC Two, 7pm) comes from the Crucible in Sheffield.

 

MONDAY

Sunderland v Stoke City,  Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm  

After last week’s trashing by Aston Villa, the home side will be anxious to put in a better shift in front of their home fans against another one of the several teams in the lower half of the table separated by just a few points.

Person of Interest, RTÉ Two, 9pm  

Pilot episode of the crime drama that  was first broadcast on CBS in the US in 2011. It revolves around a reclusive billionaire who has built a computer system that can predict crimes before they happen. The government is only interested in the terrorist-related activities, so he approaches a former CIA agent to help him stop the ‘ordinary’ crimes.

Our Friends In The North, RTÉ One, 7.30pm  

The final episode of the surprisingly enjoyable series on the little-known culture of the Ulster Scots. Central to the show’s success has been the languid charm of presenter Kevin McAleer.

 

TUESDAY

The Consumer Show,  RTÉ One, 8.30pm  

Given that many washing powders are made from the same basic ingredients, does it really matter which brand you choose? Hotelier Francis Brennan from At Your Service attempts to find out by putting four of them to the test. Tonight’s show also features a survey of fish shops to find out how much of their stock is actually caught in Irish waters.

The Apprentice, BBC One, 9pm  

A new series begins with 16 contestants trying to impress pantomime boss Alan Sugar. Tonight’s opener has the introductory pep talk being given in the wee hours, after which the teams of boys and girls have to work through the night and attempt to sell the contents of a shipping container by 4pm the next day. And can both the project managers on the first task really avoid the chop?  

Hannibal, Sky Living, 10pm  

The famed cinema cannibal gets a TV show all to himself in this new series. Mads Mikkelsen, familiar from Bond flick, Casino Royale, is in the title role.

WEDNESDAY

Local Heroes, RTÉ One, 8.30pm  

Joe Duffy presents another series of the show that looks at the methods six towns are using to fight against the recession by upping spending and attempting to preserve and even create jobs.

Come Dine With Me Sligo, TV3, 9pm  

It’s the half-way stage of the batch of shows from the north-west and it’s the turn of mature student, Monica Cogan, to host. Her attraction to hunky surf instructor Dimitar is obvious, but Monica is aware she faces competition from one of the other guests. Runs from Monday to Friday.

Other Voices,  RTÉ Two, 10.55pm  

A new series of the excellent live music show begins with a line-up that includes emerging British soul singer Laura Mvula; folkie sisters The Staves; and indie-folk trio Daughter. The show has expanded from its Dingle base for this series, with sessions also recorded in London and Derry.

 

THURSDAY

Playhouse Presents… The Pavement Psychologist, Sky Arts, 9pm  

Idris Elba is probably best known for his roles in The Wire and Luther, but is the writer/director for this drama about the relationship between a kind businesswoman and a charismatic homeless man.

Neither Fish Nor Fowl, RTÉ One, 10.15pm  

Fiona Murphy directs a lighthearted documentary about her family and their struggle for identity. Born into the Anglo-Irish tradition, she returns to the family’s former home in Co Mayo, and explores her siblings’ surprisingly diverse take on it all. Fiona is pictured here with her brother, Christopher.

Breaking Bad, TG4, 11.05pm  

This second-last episode in the current run is a biggie, complete with the loss of a major character. The DEA are closing in on the operation, and the resulting tensions are causing conflicts between Walt, Mike and Jesse.

FRIDAY

Pride & Prejudice: Having a Ball, BBC Two, 9pm  

Essential viewing for fans of Jane Austen or English period dramas, a group of historical experts advise on how to create a Regency ball. The documentary also explores the fashions of the day, while the music at the ball is from the Austen family archives, and the food is taken straight from the meals mentioned in the 200-year-old novel.

Blue Bloods, RTÉ Two, 10.05pm  

Tom Selleck and co are back for a third season. Begins with a double bill of episodes, with Michael Madsen guest starring as a dangerous criminal from Danny’s past.

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, 10.35pm  

Alan Sugar is all over the place this week, not least as a guest on Graham Norton’s couch. Cuddling up next to him will be Hugh Laurie and Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson.


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