What to watch on TV this week

Neil Delamere


Monday: Holding Out for a Hero RTÉ2, 9pm
Neil Delamere is back with a new series putting a humorous spin on historical events.


The Inbetweeners Movie Channel 4, 9pm

The summer theme isn’t exactly seasonal, but the first big screen outing from the four amigos will provide some laughs.

Irish Book Awards RTÉ One, 11.15pm

Highlights from Wednesday’s event at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Keelin Shanley and Evelyn O’Rourke present.


Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level RTÉ One, 5.05pm

Today’s guest is Pádraig Ó Céidigh, former CEO of Aer Arann, and there’s also a discussion on the subject of a just war.

The Polar Express TV3, 5.10pm

Tom Hanks is among those providing the voices for this 2004 tale of a doubting boy who travels to the North Pole on a magical train.

Whose Holiday Is It Anyway? RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Myra and Seaumus Gill are under the control of their four daughters — Rochella, Mickella, Tiger Lily and Jasmine — for a holiday in the south of France. The expensive food bills are a shock to mum, but at least dad gets to unleash his competitive streak at a paintballing centre.

The Great Wall of China: The Hidden Story Channel 4, 8pm

Drones and mapping surveys are used to explore the magnitude of the famous wall.

Schindler’s List RTÉ2, 9pm

Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes star in Steven Spielberg’s take on the actions of Holocaust hero Oskar Schindler who went to great lengths to protect his Jewish employees.

The Fall RTE One, 9.30pm

Gibson knows who the killer is by now but is shocked to discover he has also been visiting one of his surviving victims in hospital. Three episodes left, and we’re all presuming that Spector really will be caught this time around.


Holding Out for a Hero RTÉ2, 9pm

Neil Delamere is back with a new series putting a humorous spin on historical events. As well as talking to historians and other experts, Delamere learns to use a sword and even gets some hurling lessons from DJ Carey.

Science Squad RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The alarm bells have been ringing for some time about the worrying decline in bee numbers — bumblebees and honeybees. In this episode, Aobhinn Ní Shúilleabháin goes to the fields of Co Wicklow to hear about the problems from a Trinity College researcher. There’s also a report on the Advance Science company in Galway who produce a nutritional supplement for honeybees. On human health issues, Paul Cotter talks about his study with the Irish Rugby team on the impact of exercise and diet on gut microbial diversity. Apparently, protein consumption, in particular, has a positive impact on the range of beneficial microbes in your gut.

Turner Prize Channel 4, 7.30pm

Chiwetel Ejiofor, possibly familiar as the actor who played Solomon in 12 Years a Slave, announces the 30th winner of the Turner Prize from the Tate in London. Among the four shortlisted artists for a £25,000 prize that’s among the most prestigious in the arts world is Irish man Duncan Campbell, for his film quartet, It for Others.


Imagine…Colm Toibin: A Widow’s Son BBC One, 10.35pm

The Irish novelist is featured in tonight’s show, with Fiona Shaw, Anne Enright and Nick Hornby among the figures paying tribute to him.


Confessions of a Secretary Channel 4, 10pm

Ever worked in an office? If so, you may enjoy the recollections of various people from before the age of sexual harrassment laws and equality legislation.

Forbidden Love: My Husband is Gay Sky Living, 10pm

We know now that the traditional ‘nuclear model is just one of a range of family types. Tonight’s episode focuses on married couples comprised of a straight woman and a gay man. One of the women, Emma, was aware of Ray’s sexuality from the beginning, and three children later, still feels their marriage was the right decision. Michael and Ami also had three children, but he only came out as gay a few years ago While this revelation rocked their marriage, the couple have decided to stay together.

The Legacy (Arvingerne) Sky Arts 1, 10pm

This latest Danish drama is probably closer to the character-led drama of Borgen rather than the suspense-laden plot of The Killing. Episode two picks up the intertwined lives of the four siblings following the death of their mother. Family secrets and battles over an inheritance will have a familiar ring for many.

CSI RTÉ Two, 10.30pm

This episode about a cyber-related murder of a prominent casino owner’s wife has an Irish connection as Dublin-based cyber psychologist Mary Aiken was a consultant on the show.


Kitchen Hero: Donal’s Irish Feast RTÉ One, 7pm

Donal Skehan is in Wexford, checking out dry cure bacon, as well as local yoghurt and fruit.

Corp agus Anam TG4, 9.30pm

Episode two of the crime thriller starring Diarmuid de Faoite and Maria Kennedy Doyle.

Maia Dunphy’s What Women Want RTÉ Two, 10pm

The presenter claims that being given the choice between strength, intelligence or fame, the majority of young Irish girls would opt for the latter option. She uses this statistic to explore fame in Ireland, where the financial rewards in relation to the high profile aren’t always as high as might be expected. Dunphy also delves into that modern phenomenon of bypassing any talent and being famous solely for being famous.


Dornálaíocht Beo TG4, 7.30pm

Seán Bán Breathnach provides the commentary for the IABA National Intermediate Boxing Championship Finals from the National Stadium in Dublin.

The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove BBC Four, 9pm

Documentary on the marvellous musical genre is followed by another funk show, and a film on Prince.


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