Best of the week ahead on TV

SATURDAY

The Voice UK BBC One, 7pm Danny O’Donoghue is back with Jessie J, Will.i.am and Tom Jones for a second series of the talent show. Each coach will try to persuade 12 artists to join their team.

Sport

Soccer action features Sunderland v Man Utd (Sky Sports 2, ko 12.45pm), Man City v Newcastle (Setanta Ireland, ko 3pm) and Everton v Stoke City (ESPN, ko 5.30pm). In rugby, it’s Lansdowne v Clontarf (RTÉ Two, ko 2.05pm) and Leinster v Ulster (RTÉ Two, ko 6.15pm). Horse racing action includes the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup (TG4, 5.45pm).

SUNDAY

The Voice of Ireland RTÉ One, 6.30pm Two acts from each coach will perform tonight, and Jamelia will perform with her charges. Even with the hype surrounding the launch of the UK show, Irish audiences will be more interested in this home-grown version.

Sport

In GAA, the hurling clash of Kilkenny v Cork (TG4, throw-in 3pm) is live, followed by a delayed broadcast of Waterford v Galway. Soccer action features St Mirren v Celtic (Sky Sports 4, ko 12.45pm) and Aston Villa v Liverpool (Sky Sports 1, ko 1.30pm). In racing, the Powers Gold Cup runs at 4.30pm (RTÉ Two) as part of the Easter Festival from Fairyhouse. 

MONDAY

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince TG4, 4pm Sixth instalment from 2009 of the young wizard’s adventures. Harry finds a potions textbook that’s of great use, and also delves into Voldermort’s past.

Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic, 9pm Series three begins just a day after the US broadcast. Needless to say, Westeros is still in a state of upheaval as the conspiracies and resulting battles continue to wage. Familiar faces this time around include Ciarán Hinds, who plays the Wildling leader Mance Rayder. As with previous seasons, much of the show was filmed in Northern Ireland.

TUESDAY

The Consumer Show RTÉ One, 8.30pm The third run of the series brings a revamp, with Keelin Shanley now helming the show on her own without Eddie Hobbs. There’s also more of a focus on the work of the reporters, with Bill Tyson being joined by new faces Kathriona Devereux and Tadhg Enright.

Wally RTÉ One, 10.35pm Documentary on the life of young Portlaoise man Wally O’Loughlin filmed over two years as he struggles to overcome mental health issues that have included suicide attempts. Thankfully it’s a tale with a happy ending as it concludes with the joyful scene of O’Loughlin holding his newborn son.

WEDNESDAY

One Born Every Minute Channel 4, 9pm The final episode in the current series of the excellent labour ward show has a Christian couple relying on both their faith and the medical staff as things don’t go to plan in the delivery ward. We also meet 17-year-old Beth, whose anxious partner Dominic is in danger of missing the birth as he’s gone out for a smoke in the car park.

Hillsborough — Never Forgotten BBC Two, 9pm As the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster approaches on Apr 15, this documentary looks back on those awful events, and the subsequent deceptions by the authorities.

THURSDAY

The Zoo RTÉ One, 7pm The sea lion is pregnant and the cute little tapir calf is left explore his enclosure. We also get up close to some of the Dublin Zoo’s smaller inhabitants — the amazing stick insects.,

Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywood RTÉ One, 10.15pm John Kelly presents a documentary on the Irish people and their descendents who helped shaped American cinema. John Ford, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby are among those who loom large, and Kelly also traces the path of early emigrants from the aptly-named New York slum Hell’s Kitchen through the Vaudeville era to the golden age of Hollywood.

FRIDAY

Adam & Paul RTÉ Two, 9.10pm Lenny Abrahamson directs Mark O’Halloran and the late Tom Murphy in one of the finest Irish films of the recent years. The 2004 tale follows two hapless heroin addicts as they wander around Dublin. Ultimately tragic, it also manages to produce some hilarious scenes, and the director has recently spoken of how his film even borrowed from Laurel and Hardy.

Sport

Rugby action features London Wasps v Leinster (Sky Sports 2, ko 8pm; highlights TG4, 11pm) in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final. In domestic soccer it’s the clash of Bohemians v Derry City (RTÉ Two, ko 7.05pm) from Dalymount Park in the Airtricity League.

 


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