TV not to miss


David Attenborough’s Galapagos

Sky 1, 8pm

A repeat of the final episode of the veteran naturalist’s recent show on the fascinating islands off Ecuador. Attenborough encounters an even older celebrity than himself — Lonesome George, the 100-year-old last remaining Pinta giant tortoise who died two weeks after being filmed.


The Voice Of Ireland

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Bressie, Jamelia and co continue their chair-swivelling search for Ireland’s unsigned singing talent.

At Your Service

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The Brennan brothers encounter another group of hotel industry siblings at Haydens in Ballinasloe, Co Galway. The three Creavens took over the premises in 2008 with intentions for a development of apartments. Unfortunately, that fateful year was also the one when the bubble burst and the Creavens never got to put their plans into action. Now stuck with a 47-room hotel to run, one of the keys to its success will be the regeneration of their wedding business.


TG4, 8.30pm

New series in which tradesmen such as carpenters, decorators and plasterers attempt to transfer their skills to the world of fine art. First up is tree surgeon Eamonn O’Neill who is mentored by professional sculptor Séighean Ó Draoi.

Mr Selfridge

TV3, 9pm

Episode two of the drama series based on the life of the American entrepreneur who founded the famous British department store.

The Meaning Of Life With Gay Byrne

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

Irish-American writer JP Donleavy is probably best known for his novel, The Ginger Man. Set in Dublin, the 1955 book was banned both in this country and the US. Now 86, he tells Gay Byrne about his memories of the time, as well as his early days in the Bronx and some of the other experiences that have shaped his life.



BBC Two, 8.30pm

Chris Packham and his crew take a four-episode look at life for wildlife at this most challenging time of year. Beavers, pine martens, red squirrels and all sorts of birds may have been spared extremely low temperatures so far, but spring is still a couple of months away.

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

RTÉ Two, 9pm

Yes, this is indeed the 70th year of the annual TV and film awards voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This package of highlights from last night’s show is preceded by red carpet footage from 8.05pm. Homeland, Breaking Bad, Girls and Game Change (we haven’t seen it yet on this side of the pond) are among the shows nominated for multiple awards. Funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are on presentation duties.


TV3, 10pm

It has a soap-opera feel and suffers from the lack of the type of budget that Love/Hate gets to play with, but it’ll be interesting to see if this Galway-set drama series can improve on the 500,000 viewers who watched it last week.


Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Series two of the show that was a massive hit last year with those modern young female types. Lena Dunham’s drama continues with its sharp take on twentysomething life as the characters all deal with the major changes to their lives in the last season. Chris O’Dowd also guest stars for part of the series.


Páidí Ó Sé — Marooned

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

As a tribute to the late football legend, this is a repeat of the documentary on the Kerry man’s 2004 Leinster winning campaign with Westmeath.


FA Cup replays

Third round action features Arsenal v Swansea City (ESPN, ko 7.30pm) and Manchester United v West Ham (UTV, ko 8.05pm). Apparently each club will receive £68,200 in FA Cup Broadcast Fees, while the winning sides will also get £67,500 in prize money. It’s the type of money a lot of the players would barely get out of bed for.


BBC One, 9pm

David Attenborough is in the Congo rainforest for the third episode of the excellent series. Among the highlights are a chimpanzee using an array of tools to extract honey from a bees’ nest, and tiny leaf-folding frogs battling it out kung fu-style.

One Born Every Minute

Channel 4, 9pm

Among the women we meet tonight is 25-year-old Alexandra, who isn’t in contact with her baby’s father, but is determined that the new arrival will be the missing link in her life.

Funny Business

BBC Two, 9pm

New three-part series on the economics of the comedy world. In recent decades, many formerly humble stand-ups have seen their incomes skyrocket. As well as the live audiences that can be accessed for much lower costs (one clean shirt, one working microphone) than those incurred by a touring band, there are numerous side earners, such as after dinner speeches and TV commercials. The likes of John Cleese, Rhod Gilbert and Jo Brand take part in the show.

Sex And The City

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Widely slated by critics, at least this first big screen adventure for the four gal pals was much better than the sequel. One of the main storylines is the on-off-on wedding of Carrie and Big.


Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald

UTV, 9pm

First of two programmes in which the former newsreader visits Indiana State Prison to talk to some of the 12 inmates on death row. One prisoner goes into harrowing detail about the crimes he committed and there’s also a meeting between an inmate and his likely executioner.


Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy

BBC Four, 9pm

“Nice guys get washed away, just like the snow in the rain.” As well as such classic lyrics, Glen Campbell gave us songs like ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’. This documentary recollects his journey from an impoverished childhood in Arkansas to worldwide stardom. An Evening with Glen Campbell (10pm) follows with a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London from 1978 featuring accompaniment by 80 musicians.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC one, 10.20pm

Graham Norton has eclipsed all other chatshow hosts to the extent that it really doesn’t matter who the guests are — you’re almost guaranteed plenty of laughs anyway.

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