What to watch on TV this week

A new series on RTÉ One tomorrow looks behind the scenes of the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

A new series on RTÉ One tomorrow looks behind the scenes of the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

SATURDAY

Take Me Out TV3, 5.55pm

One of the downsides of the arrival of UTV Ireland on the broadcasting landscape this year was that many Irish viewers no longer had access to a show that is among the best of the Saturday night light entertainment offerings. 

Thankfully TV3 has picked up an option to broadcast the season shown earlier this year on ITV, with Paddy McGuinness introducing the hopeful single men to the 30 ladies behind the lights.

Pixies: Live in Eurockéennes 2014

Sky Arts, 9pm

Black Francis and co in a concert recorded at Belfort, France, last July. As well as new tracks, we also hear classics such as ‘Here Comes Your Man’ and ‘Debaser’.

SUNDAY

The Gleneagle

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

A new fly-on-the-wall series showing some of the workings of the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. After starting out as a 15-bedroom premises in 1957, it now has 240 bedrooms and 50 apartments, as well as the accompanying INEC entertainment venue. 

This provides the setting for the biggest gig yet for Dingle band, Walking on Cars, and we also see a group of older people who’ve travelled to take part in a marathon of old-time dancing, and a Lisdoonvarna reunion attended by more than 1,000 people.

Dirty Dancing

TV3, 9pm

The late Patrick Swayze set female hearts afluttering in this 1987 film about love and dancing. Dated, but perhaps worth a watch for the nostalgia value.

The Outcast

BBC One, 9pm

The second and concluding part of the adaptation of Sadie Jones’s poignant novel about Lewis, a young man whose devastation at the death of his mother and subsequent rejection by his mother results in behaviour that ensures he soon became an outcast in his village. Tonight we see him returning to a place that is still fearful of him, and his attempts to lead a normal life look doomed to failure.

1864 RTÉ2, 11.20pm

One of a number of Nordic shows on offer this week, this Danish series is set in the 19th century as a friendship develops between three children. We see how their subsquent lives play out, particularly as the two brothers go off to fight in a war.

MONDAY

Supershoppers

Channel 4, 8pm

One of the segments in this consumer show compares a pair of Primark jeans to a pair of Levis that cost nine times more.

Don’t Take My Baby BBC Three, 9pm

Drama based on real-life testimony about a disabled couple – she’s in a wheelchair, he’s partially sighted – who are struggling to keep their newborn baby, and the tough job the social worker has deciding if the child needs alternative care.

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

RTÉ2, 10.55pm

The presenter visits some of Ohio’s psychiatric hospitals where he meets some of the patients who’ve committed terrible crimes because of their illness.

TUESDAY

Imagine

BBC One, 10.35pm

As Richard Flanagan’s surname would suggest, he’s of Irish descent, and in this trip through his native Tasmania with Alan Yentob, he talks about his own journey from being a descendent of illiterate convicts to becoming one of Australia’s finest novelists.

The duo also travel to Thailand to see the site of the Death Railway where his father worked as a prisoner in WWII, and also the inspiration for his widely-acclaimed novel, The Narrow Road to The Deep North.

The Walking Dead

RTÉ2, 11pm

After the tumultuous events at the hospital, Rick and co are back to struggling through each day as it comes.

WEDNESDAY

Erotic Adventures of Anaïs Nin

Sky Arts, 9pm

Cuban-American diarist Anaïs Nin counted the likes of Henry Miller, John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal among her lovers, and her sex stories are still considered among the finest examples of female erotica. She died in 1973, and this documentary mixes commentary from experts in her writing with dramatisations of different periods of her life.

Witnesses

Channel 4, 10pm

Originally broadcast in Belgium and France under the name of Les Témoins, this six-part thriller revolves around the mystery of why the bodies of certain murder victims are being exhumed in a coastal village. The former chief of police is implicated in the murders, and we follow the exploits of two detectives investigating the cases.

THURSDAY

Natural World

BBC Two, 8pm

A genetic quirk has ensured that Canada has a population of black bears that actually have white fur. They’re known as ghost bears or spirit bears, and have an important part in the stories of the indigenous human populations where they live. In this documentary, Jeff Turner and his family follow a female and her two cubs over the course of a year.

FRIDAY

Animal Super Parents

BBC One, 7pm

Only the best parents would coat their baby in toxic saliva, thus making it unpalatable for predators. This practice by the slow loris is one of the examples in a documentary that runs through a number of strategies animals use to keep their young safe.

Celebrity Masterchef

BBC One, 8.30pm

The final episode of the series has the remaining trio preparing a three-course meal for the judges before a winner is selected.

The Saboteurs

RTÉ2, 10.35pm

Decent WWII drama from Norway about a scientist caught up in the Nazi’s nuclear programme, and the Allies’ efforts to prevent the Germans from developing the bomb. Double bill of episodes.

The Best of the Late Late Show

RTÉ One, 10.40pm

If you missed Ryan Tubridy’s show over the past few months, this new series has the host picking out some of the highlights from his intereviews and musical slots.

Retreat

TV3, 11.30pm

Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton star is a very watchable horror-thriller from 2011.


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