What to watch on TV this week

Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm.

SATURDAY

Homes by the Med

Channel 4, 5.30pm

Is the crash far enough in the past that it’s ok to watch property porn again? 

This new series looks at the type of high-end properties you see on holidays in Spain, with architectural designer Charlie Luxton explaining what makes them work. He begins in the Costa Brava.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

BBC One, 7.15pm

Ronan Keating is the guest celebrity on tonight’s show as McIntyre sends a text to everybody in the Irish pop star’s list of phone contacts. There’s also music from Jess Glynne.

The Stand Ups

TV3, 10.15pm

The second and final part of the series on the comedy scene in this country follows some of the Irish acts at the International Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

SUNDAY

Yehudi Menuhin: Who’s Yehudi?

BBC Four, 8pm

A documentary to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late American-born violinist. 

As well as contributions from family and well-known musicians, there’s also an interesting first-hand account of Menuhin’s performance with Benjamin Britten for the survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after its liberation by Allied forces.

Louis Theroux: Drinking To Oblivion

BBC 2, 9pm

What to watch on TV this week

Louis Theroux is in the specialist liver centre at King’s College Hospital in London to meet some of the patients whose health has been destroyed by their drinking.

MONDAY

Artists in Love

Sky Arts, 8pm

The second episode in the series looks at the tempestuous love affair between singer Maria Callas and Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. 

After many twists and turns — often in the public eye — the relationship would eventually end when Onassis opted for John F Kennedy’s widow, Jackie.

Game of Thrones 

Sky Atlantic, 9pm 

The hardcore fans would have been up the previous night for the 2am simulcast with HBO, but most other people will just spend the day dodging spoilers before watching the first episode of season six. 

Cersei’s revenge, Daenerys’ exile, and the strange goings-on in the north will all feature strongly.

Horizon: How To Find Love Online

BBC Two, 9pm

Xand van Tulleken, one half the ubiquitous doctor twin duo, is the guinea pig to see if dating sites get it right with the algorithms they use to match people.

Flowers

Channel 4, 10pm

First two episodes of a new comedy series that will run on consecutive nights all this week until the finale on Friday. 

Olivia Colman is among the stars of this tale of a dysfunctional family living in a crumbling old house.

TUESDAY

Inside the Billionaire’s Wardrobe

BBC Two, 9pm

Reggie Yates travels to various locations around the world to see how animal products are used in the fashion industry. 

In Siberia he meets a hunter of wild sable, the most expensive fur; he visits a crocodile farm in Australia; and meets python traders in India.

Pixie’s Sex Clinic

RTÉ2, 9.55pm

What to watch on TV this week

Shawna Scott from Irish online retailer Sex Siopa talks about sex toys, while presenter Dr Pixie McKenna explains the vagina to a group of secondary school students.

Later... LIVE With Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

Gregory Porter is one of the superstars of the modern jazz scene, and will be letting loose with his silky-smooth voice on tonight’s show. 

Mumford & Sons, Field Music, and Christine and The Queens are among the other guests.

Never Again: Fear And Faith In Paris

BBC One, 10.45pm

Given the way that Jewish targets seem especially prized by those carrying out recent terror attacks in France, it isn’t surprising that thousands of people of that religion have opted to leave their country of birth. 

Israel, the US and London are among the destinations of choice for the French Jews as they seek to escape a new wave of anti-Semitism. 

This show speaks to some of those affected, as well as getting insight from people living in the infamous suburbs where many of the young Islamists emerge from.

WEDNESDAY

Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit 

BBC Two, 9pm

What have the Romans ever done for us? Mary Beard’s new four-part documentary aims to show what a special place ancient Rome really was. 

We hear about the symbolism of the Romulus and Remus story, the importance of the concept of ‘citizenship’, and how there was quite a tolerance for diversity within the empire. 

Not that it was some perfect utopia. We also hear about the brute force and quasi-genocide that accompanied Rome’s expansion.

THURSDAY

I’ve Got Your Back

RTÉ2, 5pm

Eleven-year-old Tadhg O’Neill from Clonakilty, Co Cork, leads a quiz team on today’s show that includes his mother Bernice, sister Deirdre, cousin Orla O’Flynn, and aunt Bríd O’Mahony.

Line of Duty

BBC Two, 9pm

The final episode of the current series of the enjoyable cop show gets an extended slot of 90 minutes. 

As you’d imagine, there are plenty of twists and turns before the investigation concludes.

First Dates Ireland

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

What to watch on TV this week

Week two sees another two potential couples brought together for a blind date. 

First up is architecture student Alannah who has been paired with Dawn; and they’ll be followed by dental nurse Ciara and Kias, who describes himself as a “player”.

FRIDAY

Unreported World

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

A few years ago, many of us probably submitted to the naive and somewhat patronising belief that African runners were a bastion of purity and honesty in an athletics world riddled with cheats. 

Revelations in this show would indicate that, in Kenya at least, they’ve become very much like the rest of the world. Some athletes are honest; some are not. Ade Adepitan delves into the doping and corruption in a country famed for its long-distance runners.

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

BBC Two, 9pm

Stein is in Reykjavik to check out a smorgasbord that includes roast lamb, rye bread baked in volcanic sand, and a fillet of cod.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Paul Rudd, aka Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War, will be joined on the couch by his fellow American Seth Rogen.


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