What to watch on TV this week

Molly Sterling represents Ireland in the Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

Molly Sterling represents Ireland in the Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

SATURDAY

School Of Rock

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

Jack Black turns the fun factor up to 11 in Richard Linklater’s enjoyable 2003 tale of a slacker musician who snags a job teaching kids in an elementary school.

The Hunger Games

Channel 4, 9pm

Jennifer Lawrence and co in the first film in what has turned out to be a hugely successful franchise.

21 Jump Street

RTÉ2, 9pm

Another decent comedy option from recent years, starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum.

SUNDAY

Big Brother

TV3, 9pm

Another week begins in the revamped house, with broadcasts every night at either this time or 10pm.

The Detectives

BBC Two, 9pm

First episode of what could be a fascinating three-part look behind the scenes at the work of the Public Protection Division of Manchester’s police force. This specialised unit are responsible for investigating sexual crimes, some of which can be complicated and controversial.

Remembering Mullaghmore

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

The IRA bomb in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, in August, 1979, is remembered for causing the death of elderly British establishment figure Louis Mountbatten, but it also took the lives of three other people – an 83-year-old woman and two children. In this documentary, Tommie Gorman revisits those events, and interviews several people who were associated with that tragic day. The show is timed to co-incide with a visit to Sligo by British royals Charles and Camilla (one of the hildren, Nicholas Knatchbull, was Charles’s godson, while Mountbatten was his grand uncle).

MONDAY

Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

We’re promised plenty of action tonight as Jorah and Tyrion encounter slavers, while Jaime and Bronn have to take on the vengeful Sand Snakes.

TUESDAY

Later…Live with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

An eclectic range of guests tonight includes Rudimentals, Joan Armatrading, Leon Bridges and Ezra Furman.

Who Is For Liberation? Radharc Revisited

RTÉ One, 11.10pm

A film from the archive of Catholic documentary series Radharc coincides with the upcoming beatification of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero. First broadcast in 1980, the film looked at the work of Irish Franciscan missionaries in a country riven with conflict, and features the final TV interview of Romero, a man who’d soon be killed on the orders of powerful interests who didn’t agree with his teachings on justice and poverty.

Mick Peelo revisits the old film and puts it into a contemporary context as, while El Salvador has lost its dictatorship, the Central American country suffers from terrible gang violence.

WEDNESDAY

Wild Ireland

UTV Ireland, 8pm

Christine Bleakley concludes her trip along the Wild Atlantic Way route with a visit to Co Cork. She braves Ireland’s only cable car for a spin out to Dursey Island, hangs out with the coastguard and also tries her hand at fishing.

Mná Díbeartha

TG4, 9.30pm

A repeat of the documentary series on the thousands of Irish women who were transported to Australia in the dark holds of ships, for new lives of incarceration and subservience.

The Affair

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Episode three has Noah and Alison heading on a trip together, with some huge consequences.

The Hangover

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The incredibly popular comedy following a bunch of guys in the aftermath of a stag party in Las Vegas.

The People’s Debate With Vincent Browne

TV3, 10pm

The Tower Hotel in Waterford is the venue for a discussion of local and national issues.

The Session

TG4, 10.30pm

Tonight’s show features Nanci Griffith, some top American bluegrass musicians and an appearance from Ray Lynam.

THURSDAY

Born Naughty?

Channel 4, 8pm

The two doctors continue their mission to help the troubled children and their parents, as well as providing entertaining viewing for us. Tonight we see eight-year-old Bobby whose very limited diet is made up of way too many sugary foods; and three-year-old Jessi-Jai who isn’t yet speaking in sentences.

Ireland’s Paramedics

TV3, 9pm

In the final episode of the current series, we see the role alcohol plays in too many calls to the emergency services. There’s also a moving scene in which terminally ill Jim Lucey and his wife Ber take what could be their final trip together as Jim is transported from home to a hospice. And, to complete the cycle of life, we also see one of the operators who take the 999 calls talking to a family where the woman has gone into labour.

Mad Men

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Just like Revenge earlier in the week, even fans of this show are relieved it’s bowing out when it still has some decency left. There’ll be plenty speculation over the next few days as to what’s going to become of Don Draper.

FRIDAY

The Office

RTÉ2, 9pm

The very first episode of the series that caused such a stir when it was first broadcast in 2001. A brilliant creation in a golden era for British TV comedy, it’ll be interesting to see if David Brent and his workmates can stand the test of time.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Gardener’s World fans probably won’t mind the absence of their show as Monty Don and Joe Swift instead provide a summary of some of the best of what the legendary show had to offer this week.


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