What to watch on TV this week

Nora and Kat

Cork-based couple Nora and Katriona go for a casino-themed event on Don’t Tell The Bride, on RTÉ2 on Thursday.

SATURDAY

Ratatouille

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

The superb animated film from 2007 will entertain adults and children alike with it’s tale of a French rat whose foodie tendencies mark him out from the rest of the pack.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 9.20pm

Madonna seems back on form with her new album, Rebel Heart, and her chat with Ross will include mention of her much-publicised fall at the recent Brit Awards. The 56-year-old will also perform two tunes on the show.

SUNDAY

Poldark

BBC One, 9pm

Irish actor Aidan Turner has been getting plenty of praise for his role in this period drama. In this second episode, hundreds of Cornish miners find themselves without work, as Turner’s character Ross Poldark attempts to revive his family’s fortunes.

Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance Live

TV3, 9pm

The Irish-American dancer is front and very central again to his own Riverdance-inspired show, filmed at the 3Arena.

Room To Improve

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The final episode of the series has a 1960s three-bed suburban semi being renovated with a revamp of the ground floor and a full loft conversion. As ever, there are some tricky issues for Dermot Bannon to work his way through, not least a builder who is quite forthright with his own design ideas.

MONDAY

Gliondar - Honey Bee Heaven

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

This week’s episode looks at honey bees and meets some of the Irish people who keep hives.

Swansea v Liverpool

Sky Sports 1, ko 8pm

Brendan Rogers’ men continue their quest for a top four finish away to a Swansea side seemingly ensconced in mid-table.

Kew On A Plate

BBC Two, 9pm

New four-part series in which nature presenter Kate Humble teams up with chef Raymond Blanc at Kew in London to explore the kitchen gardens that once would have been so important. First up, they look at the production of rhubarb, and how the imported spice, vanilla, was made popular.

Moone Boy

Sky 1, 9pm

Terry Wogan makes a guest appearance on an episode entitled ‘Fecks, Lies & Videotapes’. Martin and Padraic set out to film funny family clips to try and win a prize on the TV game show presented by Wogan’s character.

Pope Francis — The Sinner

RTE One, 9.35pm

The current Pope has been hailed in some quarters as the saviour of a Catholic Church that, in the West at least, had faced growing irrelevancy and countless scandals over the way the huge number of child abusers in its ranks were treated. This special from religious series ‘Would You Believe’ looks at Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s rise through the ranks of the Church in Argentina, and his subsequent appointment as head of the international organisation.

Raised by Wolves

Channel 4, 10pm

Could this be the new Shameless? Celebrated journalist and author Caitlin Moran was joined by her sister Caroline to create this comedy drama based on their own childhood. There was already one pilot episode broadcast in 2013, so it may look vaguely familiar.

Soccer Republic

RTE2, 11.05pm

Peter Collins is joined by Richie Sadlier and Trevor Croly for a round-up of the weekend’s action in the domestic league and a discussion of other issues in the Irish game.

TUESDAY

St Patrick’s Festival Parade

RTÉ One, 12.20pm

A great day to be Irish, apparently, and there’s live coverage of the big parade in Dublin.

The Quiet Man

RTÉ One, 3.25pm

John Ford’s classic from 1952 stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the tale of a retired American boxer finding love in the village he was born. “He didn’t have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin’ rod.”

WEDNESDAY

Stargazing Live

BBC Two, 9pm

Intellectually-advantaged duo Brian Cox and Dara O Briain are at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester to preview Friday’s solar eclipse. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is among the special guests.

GAA USA

TG4, 9.30pm

Kerry footballing legend Dara Ó Cinnéide presents a new four-part series on the GAA in America and how the organisation still provides a hugely important network for Irish emigrants. For the first episode, he’s on the west coast recalling how Gaelic games events in the 19th century were important fundraising events for nationalist causes back home. We also hear of the effect the First World War had on clubs in the US, as many of their players ended up in the trenches in the latter stages of the conflict.

THURSDAY

Tracks and Trails

RTÉ One, 7pm

Rob and Amy Rankin bring their children Finn and Sana along the part of the Shannon that’s been branded the Blueway, going from Drumshanbo to Battlebridge. Along the way, they hear about the rich wildlife on the waterway, and also try canoeing and horse riding.

The Truth About

BBC One, 9pm

First episode in a new four-part series focusing on various health matters. The opening episode deals with sugar, the substance that seems to have been recently anointed the world’s number one bad boy. Fiona Phillips finds out what the much-loved sweetener does to the body and also shows how it is added to many food products that we’d consider as savoury.

The History of Irish Rock

RTE2, 10.15pm

The ‘Tale of Two Cities’ documentary looks at the development of Irish rock music in Dublin and Belfast, looking at the likes of Van Morrison, The Undertones and Thin Lizzy.

FRIDAY

Gogglebox

Channel 4, 9pm

Another round-up of the week’s viewing in the company of the eclectic regulars who give us a glimpse into their sitting rooms.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC Two, 10.35pm

The final episode of the current series is actually a greatest hits of sorts, combining various clips from the current season. We’ll see the likes of Meryl Streep, David Beckham and Benedict Cumberbatch.


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