What to watch on TV this week

Dáithí Ó Sé hosts the Rose of Tralee on Monday and Tuesday at 8pm on RTE One.

SATURDAY

Monsters V Aliens RTÉ One, 6.35pm

Dreamworks has definitely made better animated features than this 2009 tale of a woman who is transformed into a giant, but younger viewers will probably enjoy it. Reese Witherspoon provides the main voice.

Pilgrim Hill RTÉ One, 10.25pm

Gerard Barrett from Listowel, Co Kerry, is one of the rising stars of Irish cinema and has recently been directing Chloë Grace Moretz in Brain on Fire, a film co-produced by Charlize Theron. 

He was closer to home for this feature debut from 2013, and its story of a middle-aged farmer living with his ill father.

SUNDAY

Cats v Dogs: Which Is Best? BBC Two, 7pm

You probably know the answer to this question already, and no amount of cajoling from presenters Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin will change anybody’s position. But perhaps it’ll still make for a fun debate to indulge in over two episodes.

Packham is in the canine corner, while the Irish presenter is making the case for felines, and they’re even injecting some science into the discussion under such headings as intelligence, sensory powers and agility. 

There’s also a bit of history as to how both animals evolved to become such favourite pets.

Fair City RTÉ One, 8pm

A lot of this week’s action revolves around Carol’s wedding, with a disastrous hen party, and all sorts of personal politics, making for an interesting build-up to the big day on Thursday. 

In tonight’s episode, Laura’s addiction issues are to the fore, and Kerri-Ann makes a shocking discovery.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Channel 4, 8pm

It’s big, it’s long (155 minutes), and was widely panned by the critics, but the third instalment in the Transformers franchise still raked it in at the box office.

Fleabag BBC Two, 10.30pm

Olivia Colman is an excellent actor, but is possibly popping up in too many TV shows. In this new comedy series, adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge from her own stage show, Colman plays a woman struggling with the demands of her sex life and financial needs in contemporary London.

MONDAY

Ripper Street BBC Two, 9pm

The fourth series of the 19th century drama was available on Amazon UK back in January and now gets a run on a traditional channel. 

We pick up the action three years after Reid’s retirement to the seaside, but he returns to London after hearing about an old friend about to face the gallows.

TUESDAY

Inside The Factory BBC Two, 8pm

After last week’s look at bikes, Gregg Wallace goes a bit Charlie Bucket on this episode as he follows a tanker full of sugar through Swizzels sweet factory.

Over 500 workers and some nifty machines use that main ingredient to produce 100 millions sweets in just 24 hours. 

Lovehearts are probably the most familiar product from the factory, and we also hear how the words on those distinctive sweets have evolved over the years. Elsewhere, Cherry Healy delves into why people from different countries like different sweets.

The Walking Dead RTÉ2, 11.10pm

There are times in this show when the grossness oversteps the mark, and one of the scenes in tonight’s double-bill from season six probably goes a step too far. We’ll also see some of the repercussions of Morgan’s refusal to kill anyone.

WEDNESDAY

The Great British Bake Off BBC One, 8pm

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are back with a crop of 12 amateur bakers for the new series.

KKK: The Fight For White Supremacy RTÉ2, 10.30pm

In this part of the world, we tend to laugh at the Ku Klux Klan as a bunch of clowns in pillow-cases.

Dan Murdoch’s film, previously seen on BBC, had access to a large Klan group, and shows how, for all their ludicrous beliefs, there are still a disturbing amount of people drawn to their rituals and outlook.

THURSDAY

So Awkward CBBC, 4.30pm

The popular comedy for younger teens returns for another series. As ever, Lily, Martha and Jas are slowly learning the important lesson that it’s ok to be different.

Class Of ‘92: Still Out Of Their League BBC One, 9pm

Another visit behind the scenes at Salford City FC, the Manchester club owned by Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. Last season, we saw the famous five celebrating their side’s winning of First Division North, but the 2015-16 turns out to be far more difficult. Needless to say, some of the ownership group also had issues elsewhere.

The Circuit Channel 4, 10pm

The striking thing about this pilot is the team behind it. Sharon Horgan is the Irish genius from Catastrophe and other shows; while Dennis Kelly wrote the superb conspiracy drama Utopia. 

In this new show, the premise is that everyone hates dinner parties but ends up going anyway. We see the guests arriving in the midst of a row among the host couple, and proceedings deteriorate from there.

Nashville Sky Living, 10pm

Hayden Panettiere has been open about the depression that caused her to temporarily leave this show, but the New Yorker, who celebrates her 26th birthday next week, recovered enough to take part in this fourth season. 

In the opening episode, we see how the career of Juliette Barnes is flying high, but her personal life isn’t going smoothly.

FRIDAY

Marley RTÉ2, 10pm

Bob Marley is back in the album charts, so Kevin Macdonald’s excellent documentary on the Jamaican music legend gets a timely broadcast.

Reading Festival BBC Four, 10.30pm

Includes tonight’s set from Foals at an event that also features the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro later in the weekend.


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