What to watch on TV this week

Farmers in Charge

Claire Reddin, Maurice Walsh and Nick Reddin feature in Farmer in Charge on RTÉ One on Monday at 6.30pm.

SATURDAY

The Bourne Supremacy

RTÉ2, 9pm

This 2004 action thriller with Matt Damon was the second instalment in the excellent franchise.

Alice in Wonderland

BBC Two, 9.45pm

With the sequel just opened in cinemas, this is a timely chance to see Johnny Depp and co in the 2010 original. 

Widely slated by critics and purists alike, it’s actually not a bad offering, not least when the Saturday schedules are so threadbare.

SUNDAY

The Jungle Book

Channel 4, 5.05pm

Yes, the recent version of Rudyard Kipling’s story was hugely impressive, but this 1967 classic will always have a special place in our hearts. Worth it alone for such songs as ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wan’na Be like You’.

Escape to the Chateau

Channel 4, 7pm

Fancy an escape from your own daily grind? This new four-part documentary follows an English couple who tried to do just that by buying and restoring an abandoned French chateau.

About Time

Channel 4, 9pm

Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams star in this 2013 tale of a man who discovers that members of his family travel in time. Unfortunately, there are all sorts of consequences of doing so.

Dragons Den

RTÉ One

Frozen ‘grape candy’, leather accessories and a specially-designed chair for disabled people are in the mix for the final episode of the series.

MONDAY

Farmer In Charge 

RTÉ One, 6.30pm 

One-off show to try out the format in which a practical-minded farmer applies his various skills to rescuing a hairdressing business. 

Maurice Walsh, a dairy farmer from Mitchelstown, Co Cork, is the man elected to take the multifaceted skillset he’s developed on the farm and apply it to a struggling hairdressing business in Tallaght.

When two worlds collide...

Panorama

BBC One, 8.30pm

Gene editing is being hailed as one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of our age. Tonight’s show looks at how it has all sorts of implications for treatments and even cures of some diseases, but worries have been expressed about its power being used in other ways.

The Great British Sewing Bee

BBC Two, 9pm

It gets rather tricky for the remaining contestants tonight as they try working on garments from other countries. For example, they’re tested on a Chinese top with an asymmetrical neckline and a difficult zip insertion.

Love Island

UTV Ireland, 9pm

When a show is sponsored by Durex, you can probably guess what the subject is. Another week of shows following Miss Britain Zara Holland and the other mingling singles in their villa on a Spanish Island.

Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Jon Snow and Sansa Stark begin to gather an army to take back Winterfell as, with three episodes left, we’re already into the home straight on the current series.

TUESDAY

Euro 2012 — You’ll Never Beat The Irish?

RTÉ One, 7pm

As the optimism rises ahead of Euro 2016, the second and final part of the series looks back on our ill-fated campaign in Poland in 2012 when everybody beat the Irish. 

The disastrous tournament didn’t quite mark the end of the regime of Giovanni Trapattoni, but it did underline how his tactical intransigence and strange man-management were well past their sell-by date.

Follow Donal

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Donal Skehan is in the Greek island of Ikaria, where the life expectancy is 10 years higher than the European average. The Irish chef looks to the island’s food culture for reasons why they might be living longer.

Rich Brother, Poor Brother

Channel 4, 9pm

Irresistible documentary following two estranged brothers at opposite ends of the wealth scale. On one side is multi-millionaire Tory grandee Ivan Massow; on the other is his younger brother David, who lives in his white van on a lay-by.

Grey’s Anatomy

RTÉ2, 9pm

The second-last episode of the current series has Callie and Arizona at odds over Sofia’s future.

Thierry Henry: My France, My Euros

BBC One, 10.45pm

Yes, he did handle that ball, but given some of the dodgy refereeing decisions we’ve got before and since, perhaps we should all follow Roy Keane’s advice and just get over it. 

In this documentary, the former Arsenal striker looks at the impact of previous European Championships, and how such teams as Holland in 1988, and England in 1996 managed to unite their nations. 

He also assesses the mood in France as his home country faces up to the aftermath of the terror attacks and prepares for the inevitable ones to comes.

WEDNESDAY

My Money And Me

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Fred and Orla are in that classic young couple’s dilemma situation where the arrival of children means that they’ve dropped from two to one wage-earners. 

They’re also fond of using credit cards and aren’t overly careful of what they spend. Obviously, the presenters find a few ways of improving the family’s financial situation.

Versailles

BBC Two, 9.30pm

More shenannigans in the court and royal bed of Louis XIV, as the king decides to bring some of the nobles to heel.

THURSDAY

Extra Time

TV3, 10pm

New Euro 2016 show that has various soccer people, comedians and others looking at the lighter side of the tournament.

The People Vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

If you missed the broadcast of this series elsewhere, then the combination of an excellent cast and a gripping true story help ensure it’s well worth a look. 

John Travolta plays the permatanned lawyer Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding Jr is the superstar footballer accused of murder, and David ‘Friends’ Schwimmer turns up as Robert Kardashian, OJ’s friend and lawyer whose fame would eventually be surpassed by his daughters.

FRIDAY

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Adam Frost shows how small gardens can be cleverly adapted to attract wildlife and provide nice spaces for human relaxation, while Monty Don plants squashes and harvests his honey.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Dawyne ‘The Rock’ Johnson brings his incredible biceps into the studio, while Jeff Goldblum talks about his starring role in the Independence Day reboot. Tom Odell provides the music.


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