What to watch on TV this week

Mrs Brown’s Boys gets a one-off live special tonight at 9.20pm on RTE One.

SATURDAY

Stranger Things

Netflix

It sort of looks like a pastiche of every sci-fi and horror movie you saw in the late 1980s, but this eight-part series is probably the freshest drama you’ll watch all summer. 

Winona Ryder is the familiar face in this creepy tale of a young boy’s disappearance, but it’s the brat pack of younger actors who steal the show. Don’t miss it.

The Marvellous World Of Roald Dahl

BBC Two, 8pm

Between the release of The BFG, and various specials to mark the upcoming centenary of the great author’s birth, you’ll be seeing plenty of mentions of Roald Dahl over the next few months. 

This documentary dips into Dahl’s own letters and diaries to recount some of his real-life adventures, both as a fighter pilot and a hugely successful writer. His favoured illustrator Quentin Blake also contributes some new drawings for the film.

Keith Richards - The Origin Of The Species 

BBC Two, 9pm

By his own admission, it’s quite a miracle that Keith Richards has made it to the age of 72. 

In this documentary, however, we see a lot about the days before the Rolling Stones guitarist immersed himself in the rock’n’roll lifestyle. 

For instance, he really was a choirboy when he sang for Queen Elizabeth at the age of 12, and he also recalls seeing the bomb damage that was still apparent on the streets of London in the post-war years. 

Julien Temple’s film follows Richards back to some of the places that helped to mould him, as he talks about hearing the blues for the first time, and learning to play the electric guitar while in art college.

Mrs Brown’s Boys Live!

RTÉ One, 9.20pm 

A one-off special from Brendan O’Carroll and co comes live from the BBC studios in Glasgow.

Entitled Mammy Sutra, it has Mrs Brown taking it on herself to help Mark and Betty have a better time in bed.

SUNDAY

Toy Story That Time Forgot

Channel 4, 5.05pm

Mid-summer may not seem like an ideal slot for a Christmas-themed show, but there really is never a wrong time to watch a Toy Story film. 

This 22-minute offering originally aired on CBS in America back in 2014.

Saddam Goes To Hollywood

Channel 4, 8pm

Documentary on the incredible story of Clash of Loyalties, the 1983 film about the formation of Iraq that was funded by Saddam Hussain. 

Oliver Reed featured among its stars, and we hear anecdotes from other members of the nervy cast as they tried to make the film in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war.

Francis Brennan’s Grand Indian Tour

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The second show of the series has Brennan and his companions getting a view of life on the back streets of Delhi before heading off to Agra and the Taj Mahal. 

What to watch on TV this week

The famous monument was built as a tomb for a Mughal’s beloved wife, and it provokes an emotional response from Eddie McDaid, who has immersed himself in work since the death of his wife Christine. 

“I’m going to retire and have a life,” he decides.

The Secret Agent

BBC One, 9pm

The second episode of the three-part political thriller set in the 19th century has Toby Jones’s character continuing with his bomb plot in London. Watch out for Tom Vaughan Lawlor (Nidge from Love/Hate).

Dragons’ Den

BBC Two, 9pm

A new series of the British version of the show features the same Dragons as last year, with ideas pitched in the first episode including huge beanbags and a boot cleaning device.

Classic Album - The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

BBC Four, 9pm

The 50th anniversary of the release of the Beach Boys’ masterpiece offers a fine excuse to look back on an album that still stands as one of the great landmarks in popular music history. 

It gave us such tunes as ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, but music fans today tend to enthuse more about the production of an album that was offically the band’s 11th, but is widely regarded as a solo effort by Brian Wilson. 

As well as the expected array of interviewees, this documentary also gets access to the original multi track recording tapes.

MONDAY

Naked Attraction

Channel 4, 10pm

A dating show where the singletons select prospective mates from a panel of six naked people? It had to happen eventually. 

Anna Richardson hosts the new series where one body part at a time is revealed to those making the selections.

TUESDAY

Vice Principals

Sky Atlantic, 9:35pm

New comedy from the HBO stable that revolves around school politics as two vice principals battle for the top job. Will Ferrell and Bill Murray are expected to make cameo appearances.

Inside The Factory: Cereal

BBC Two, 8pm

The second series of the show begins with a look inside Kelloggs’ factory near Manchester, the largest producer of breakfast cereal in Europe. 

We see how Weetabix is produced, and Gregg Wallace also follows a consignment of Argentinian cork through its journey to become Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.

The Walking Dead

RTÉ2, 10.40pm

Series six continues with a double bill of exciting episodes. Some of the group try to reach safety ahead of a herd of zombies, while Morgan is still trying to stay true to his code.

Inside Obama’s White House

RTÉ One, 11.45pm

History probably won’t be kind to America’s involvement in the Middle East, and this episode looks at Obama’s attempts to extricate his country from the war it started in Iraq; as well as his use of the ‘democracy’ word about Egypt, always a difficult concept to sell, when foreign policy objectives might not quite be in synch with the wishes of the people in various countries.

WEDNESDAY

Masters of the Pacific Coast: The Tribes of The American Northwest

BBC Four, 9pm

Dr Jago Cooper begins a two-part series looking at human settlement to the top left corner of North America. We hear how a complex society managed to develop without agriculture.

THURSDAY

Gliondar

TG4, 9pm

PR executive Emma Scott and beautician Sharon Conroy are among the part-time power lifters showing us the workouts they put into their sport.

Celebrity Big Brother

TV3, 9pm

Former glamour model Samantha Fox, 50, is expected to be among the contestants in this year’s show, a year after losing her longterm partner Myra Stratton to cancer.

FRIDAY

Celebrity MasterChef

BBC One, 8.30pm

The three remaining contestants battle it out in this year’s final with one last three-course meal.


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