TV Watch: What to watch this week

Blathnaid Ui Chofaigh, The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth
RTE One, 10.40pm
Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh begins the new series on people who made life-changing decisions with a chat with Sunny Jacobs , the American woman who spent 17 years on Death Row for a murder she didn’t commit.

SATURDAY

My Left Foot

RTE Two, 9.30pm

Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker star in Jim Sheridan’s hugely successful 1989 take on the life of Christy Brown, the Dublin writer born with cerebral palsy.

SUNDAY

Spirit Level

RTE One, 5.05pm

Joe Duffy is back with his series discussing aspects of religious and spiritual life. The first show features Fr Brian D’Arcy reflecting on his own life, while the second half of the show explores a panel’s beliefs around death and the afterlife. Among the people taking part are Lorrain Whyman, a young woman suffering from brain cancer who has about two years to live; and Fr Pierce Cormac, chaplain at the Mercy Hospital in Cork who was also involved with the Union Hall drowning disaster when five fishermen lost their lives.

All-Island School Choir Competition

RTE One, 6.30pm

The final of the competition comes from Titanic Centre Belfast, with four schools vying for a title won last year by Presentation College, Ballyphehane. This year’s finalists are Regina Mundi College, Cork; Wesley College, Dublin; Moate Community School, Co Westmeath and Sullivan Upper School, Co Down.

Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?

RTE One, 8.30pm

A new series of the show where the children control the family holiday begins with the Haddock clan from Co Limerick. The four youngsters bring mum and dad to Malta.

The Fall

RTE One, 9.30pm

Serial killer Paul Spector knows Rose spoke to the police about him, and she realises this as he’s driving her away from her home. Gibson is aware her words put Rosie in danger to begin with, so there’s more pressure than ever on the police to save her once they realise she’s gone missing.

Cogar: All Black na hÉireann

TG4, 9.30pm

The first captain of the first New Zealand rugby team known as the All Blacks wasn’t a Maori from Tauranga; in fact, it was Dave Gallaher from Donegal. This documentary traces his incredible life from the shores of Lough Swilly to his emigration as a youngster and his rise through the rugby ranks to become the captain of ‘the Originals’ that toured Europe in 1905. Although exempt from conscription, he joined a regiment of New Zealand’s army to fight in the First World War, and was killed by shrapnel at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 at the age of 44.

The Moment of Truth

RTE One, 10.40pm

Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh begins the new series on people who made life-changing decisions with a chat with Sunny Jacobs , the American woman who spent 17 years on Death Row for a murder she didn’t commit.

MONDAY

Doctor in the House

TV3, 9pm

The final episode of the series meets Eileen Callaghan, a woman suffering from fibromyalgia, a painful condition that’s also preventing the 36-year-old from getting pregnant. Weight is also an issue for Eileen, and her high cholesterol count has the show’s medical team urging her to adopt a new food and exercise regime. Meanwhile, her fiancé Peter Whelan is smoking too much and has had issues with alcohol.

TUESDAY

Connected

RTE 2, 10pm

Cork-based sex worker Kate works on her new single.

WEDNESDAY

Fair City

RTE One, 8pm

Yvonne has been pulling the strings all week with Dan and Carol, and continues play them tonight. The big moment of drama concerns Jane as she makes a shocking discovery.

The Newsroom

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Episode two of what is the final run of Aaron Sorkin’s newsroom drama. Jeff Daniels’ character Will tries to protect a young journalist who has received confidential documents from a government whistle-blower.

Live at the Apollo

BBC One, 11.05pm

The first episode in a new series of the stand-up comedy show runs later on BBC One Northern Ireland than other territories. Sarah Millican is on hosting duties, and also presents familiar face Russell Kane and camp comedian Joe Lycett.

THURSDAY

Ear To The Ground

RTE One, 8.30pm

Darragh McCullough is at the National Dairy Show in Millstreet, Co Cork, where he meets several families who go to great lengths to have their cattle looking their best for the parade ring. Also, Ella McSweeney is in the Burren to witness the movement of cattle ‘winterage’ pastures in the limestone uplands where they spend the winter grazing. It’s an ancient practice that is credited with helping the biodiversity of the area.

Life Story

BBC One, 9pm

For most of us, pufferfish are that cute little creature that inflates with water when threatened. Tonight, we see how the male of this highly poisonous fish creates an incredibly beautiful pattern in the sand when trying to impress females.

One Million Dubliners

RTE One, 10.15pm

Documentary on Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin. As well as containing the graves of the likes of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins and Brendan Behan, it is also the final resting place of approximately one-and-a-half million other people. Local historian and engaging guide Shane MacThomais takes us through some of the fascinating tales of the graveyard, not least the amount of flowers that Collins’s grave receives around St Valentines Day. Tragically, MacThomais himself died soon after this film was made.

FRIDAY

Unreported World

Channel 4, 7.35pm

The current run of the programme ends with a look at the work of sign language teachers in Uganda who are going deep into the countryside to provide the gift of communication to deaf children and adults.

The Works

RTE One, 8.30pm

The incredible life of James Brown will probably spawn no shortage films, and tonight’s show reviews the latest of them, Get On Up. It features an ensemble cast that includes Aloe Blacc, Dan Ackroyd and Jill Scott. At the other end of the music scale, Paul Noonan and Lisa Hannigan play a tune from their Printer Clips project.


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