Some fantasic TV to watch this week.
Celebrity Big Brother
They may not exactly be top of the A-list, but at this stage we know what type of people enter the Big Brother household. There’s Irish interest through former Mr Ireland, Jeremy McConnell; while the American contingent includes David Gest, former husband of Liza Minelli; David Bowie’s ex-wife Angie Bowie; and Jonathan Cheban, who qualifies because he’s a friend of Kim Kardashian.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Channel 4, 9pm
The second film in the four-part series has Katniss again being selected for the televised fight to the death, but this time around she’ll have to face the winners from previous years.
Walking the Himalayas
Channel 4, 8pm
Levison Wood continues his journey through the mountains with a stretch that includes the beautiful foothills on the Indian side of the Himalayas. As he’s already shown, the walking in the mountains is often much safer than road travel, with filming on the series delayed when Levison broke an arm when a taxi he was traveling in crashed.
At Your Service
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Vincent Murphy is the owner of a peculiarly Irish phenomenon where the pub, restaurant and undertakers are part of the same business. “We’ll wine you, dine you and bury you,” is the slogan of McCarthys in Fethard, Co Tipperary, but not enough people have been availing of the three services in recent years, so Francis Brennan has been called in.
War & Peace
BBC One, 9pm
Episode two of the six-part adaptation has Andrei and Nikolai getting ready face another terrible battle against the French.
My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles
BBC Two, 9pm
Adrian Chiles is also bringing us travel fare, albeit with a religious outlook, and begins tonight’s episode in Rome, where he goes on a hair-raising trip through the city on the back of a moped driven by his favourite parish priest. He’s then moves on to Marseille where a Carmelite nun discusses the difficulties of her vows of chastity, and a headteacher at a Roman Catholic school explains why she has no problem with 80% of pupils being Muslim.
RTÉ One, 9.30pm
There are times in this drama when you just want to scream at the TV especially in tonight’s episode as the setbacks leading up to the 1916 Rising leads to the infamous confusion about whether it would go ahead or not.
How to Lose Weight Well
Channel 4, 8pm
It’s a time when people think about diets and health, and among the shows helping you on your way is this three-part series following six dieters as they attempt various high-profile diets, from short terms crash programmes to longer plans.
Tracey Ullman’s Show
BBC One, 10.45pm
After a long absence, the hugely successful comedian returns with a new sketch show.
BBC One, 8.30pm
A look at possible breakthrough in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, with reporter Fergus Walsh gaining access to patients taking part in the trial for a treatment.
The 2016 Golden Globes Awards
It will be a big night on Sunday for the Irish involved in Brooklyn and Room as their films have been nominated in various categories. The show will have all the highlights, previewed by a Red Carpet Show (8.10pm).
Channel 4, 10pm
New six-part comedy based around the lives of six twenty-somethings living together as property guardians in a big disused hospital. For every comedy smash like Catastrophe, there are at least five duds, but at least Channel 4 has an excellent record in commissioning shows that turn out to be funny. We’ll approach with an open mind.
BBC Two, 9pm
Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will have a live linkup to astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station, while Liz Bonnin at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne where comedian John Bishop undergoes some astronaut training.
KKK: The Fight For White Supremacy RTE2, 9.55pm
Filmmaker Dan Murdoch spends time with the Loyal White Knights, a branch of the strangely race obsessive organisation that still exists in the US.
It’s been a dramatic few weeks in Red Rock and the murderer is still at large. Over the next two nights, there will be a dramatic chase and an arrest.
Sky Arts, 9pm
It probably isn’t surprising a Norwegian production company chose the work of popular author Jo Nesbo to create that nation’s most expensive TV series. The 10-part thriller is set in a Norway that has been invaded by Russia to seize its oil resources.
RTÉ One, 7pm
It’s been a tough winter so far for many ski resorts in Europe due to the lack of snow, but Angela and Joe are in Bad Hofgastein in Austria to partake of the skiing and snowboarding. They arlso go to Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg and check out some of the locations for The Sound of Music films.
The Good Wife
RTÉ One, 11.05pm
Alicia takes on a case in which a man has been accused of vandalism in a museum after he attacked a naked photograph of himself that was taken when he was a child.
With 10 series under its belt, this reality series following the lifeguards of Bondi Beach in Sydney continues to provide surprisingly decent diversion.
BBC One, 9pm
The murder mystery series set on the Scottish islands returns for a new season of six episodes. Jimmy Perez’s first case has him looking at the connection between the disappearance of a man on a ferry crossing and the admittance of a little boy to intensive care.
Channel 4, 10pm
We’ll soon be getting an Irish version of this show, but in the meantime, you can whet your appetite with the new run on the British broadcaster. Among those being filmed over a blind-date meal is wheelchair-bound Arunima, hoping that the man she meets can see past her disability. We also see two retirees meeting up to see if they can still find room for romance in their lives.
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