TV not to miss: Rose of Tralee

Dáithí O Sé, pictured here with Texas Rose Kelly Gaetano, will introduce the Rose Of Tralee on RTÉ One on Monday and Tuesday.

SATURDAY

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

BBC One, 6.25pm

No, it wasn’t as good as the originals, but Harrison Ford and co provide a few harmless thrills and spills and Indy brings us all the way up to 1957.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV, 10pm

Wossy is back for a new series, complete with a Colin Farrell-shaped dollop of Irish manhood in the studio. The Dublin actor will be talking about his starring role in Total Recall, the remake of the classic sci-fi film that is being panned by the critics. Among the other guests are American actress Kelly Brook and Jamaican jogger Usain Bolt. Rita Ora provides the music.

Frankie Boyle: If I Could Reach Out Through Your TV And Strangle You I Would

Channel 4, 10.15pm

We haven’t seen this show yet, and we’re already laughing at the title. This stand-up set from the controversial Scottish comedian was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in 2010, and promises his usual array of material. Some of it will push at the barriers of good taste, while other parts will smash them to smithereens, leaving you wishing he hadn’t just said that.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

RTÉ Two, 10.40pm

Mike Myers and Heather Graham star in the second of the superb spoof spy movies. Also watch out for a stellar support cast that includes Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello and Elizabeth Hurley. Can Austin get his mojo back?

SUNDAY

Toughest Place To Be A Miner

BBC Two, 9pm

The first series of this show provided some highly entertaining fare as it took British workers and put them doing the same job in the developing world. Season two promises more of the same and begins with a miner spending time with gold diggers in Mongolia. Craig Notman lives with a husband and wife who have joined the growing numbers of nomadic herders who are giving up their traditional way of life to try and eke out a living from the country’s mineral boom. We see the awful conditions they work in, but also how they are cheered by an act of goodwill by their British guest.

MONDAY

On The Street Where You Live

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

As a prelude to the Rose Of Tralee show, this repeat looks at Bridge Street and Castle Street in the Kerry town, talking to business-owners and residents about the changes to the area through the decades.

Tony Benn: In Confidence

Sky Arts, 8pm

Whether you agree with him or not, Tony Benn has been one of the more interesting British politicians of recent years. In this interview, the 87-year-old talks about such allies as Enoch Powell and Arthur Scargill, and his ongoing disdain for Tony Blair.

Panorama

BBC One, 8.30pm

On the Late Late Show earlier this ear, Bob Geldof asked one of his spot-on questions from the school of the bleedin’ obvious. If the powers that be can track down and kill Bin Laden, why aren’t they doing the same to Joseph Kony? This Panorama special looks at how, over the past 25 years, the Ugandan militia leader has been responsible for some of the most awful acts of our time. Ostensibly trying to create a state based on the 10 Commandments, his Lord’s Resistance Army have spread terror in Uganda and neighbouring countries with their savage campaign of murders, mutilations and kidnappings. At least 25,000 children have been taken from their homes by the LRA since they began their campaign, often being forced to butcher their own families before being pressed into service as soldiers.

Ian Brady: Endgames Of A Psychopath

Channel 4, 9pm

Paddy Wivell’s documentary on the notorious British murderer includes interviews from several people who have dealt with him in recent years. It claims that even though he has been in captivity for nearly 50 years, Brady attempts to assert power over his victims’ families.

Toast Of London

Channel 4, 10pm

A new sitcom written by Arthur Mathews, the Navan man who was also partly responsible for Father Ted. Matt Berry of The IT Crowd stars as successful actor Steven Toast who’s made the wrong decision to appear in a controversial West End play.

Who Do You Think You Are? USA

RTÉ One, 11.25pm

Edie Falco — star of The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie — delves into her family history. Unsurprisingly, there’s Italian blood on her father’s side, but it’s her mother’s combination of Swedish and English ancestry that throws up some of the most interesting stories.

TUESDAY

The Midwives

BBC Two, 9pm

This episode focuses on the specialist midwives who deal with high risk pregnancies. One recipient of a kidney transplant has put her life at risk by getting pregnant, while we also see a woman suffering from diabetes and visit a clinic for people who’ve had recurrent miscarriages.

His & Hers

RTÉ One, 11.25pm

Ken Wardrop’s excellent documentary film features many different Irish women talking about their lives.

WEDNESDAY

The Culture Show

BBC Two, 10pm

Nile Rodgers of Chic seems to be everywhere you look at the moment, and he pops up on tonight’s show for an interview with Sue Perkins. Author Kirsty Gunn also talks about her new novel, The Big Music.

Syriana

ITV, 10.35pm

Somewhere inside this tale of CIA shenanigans in the Middle East is a very good film waiting to burst out. Despite the presence of George Clooney and Matt Damon, however, it doesn’t quite make it. Still worth a watch if you go in with low expectations.

THURSDAY

The Boss Is Back

BBC Two, 10pm

Back in 2000, Theo Paphitis took part in a series entitled Back to the Floor, in which company executives would work with the people on the ‘lowest’ rung of the company ladder. As chairman of Millwall FC, the Cyprus-born businessman mixed with the employees in the canteen and on the coalface during matchday at the much-maligned club. For this show, he goes back to Millwall to see how life has changed.

FRIDAY

Parade’s End

BBC Two, 9pm

First episode in a promising five-part adaptation by Tom Stoppard of Ford Madox Ford’s quartet of novels. This tale of life around the First World War stars Benedict Cumberbatch (last seen as Sherlock Holmes). Those involved in the series are shying away from the Downton Abbey comparisons, claiming this will be a far weightier affair.


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