What to watch on TV this week

Celebrity Operation Transformation

Celebrity Operation Transformation begins on RTÉ One on Wednesday at 9.35pm.

SATURDAY

Narcos Netflix

The second series of the crime drama about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar focuses on the latter part of his life, as he fled from the authorities and US pressure helped ensure that not even his buried billions could prevent him paying the ultimate price for his activities.

Chef’s Table: France Netflix

The foodie favourite features four French chefs in its third series, dipping into their life stories and how their particular take on top-class food developed. 

They include Alain Passard of L’Arpège in Paris; Michel Troisgros of the famed dynasty that runs La Maison Troisgros in Roanne; and Alexandre Couillon of restaurant La Marine on the island of Noirmoutier.

Strictly Come Dancing BBC One, 6.50pm

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the launch show, as the 15 celebrities are paired with a professional dancer. Laura Whitmore will fly the flag for Ireland, while other familiar faces include singers Anastacia and Louise Redknapp. Presumably, Olympic artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane is one of the early favourites.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

RTÉ One, 7.05pm

The New York animals end up in a travelling circus in Europe on the run from the unyielding Captain Chantel Dubois, voiced by Frances McDormand.

Electric Picnic 2016

RTÉ One, 8pm

Eoghan McDermott and Jenny Greene are on duty in Stradbally for a show that features some live performance, as well as interviews and reports.

SUNDAY

Roald Dahl’s Most Marvellous Book

Channel 4, 6.30pm

David Walliams hosts a show to mark the 100th anniversary of the great author’s birth, complete with public vote on what’s his best book.

MONDAY

Horrible Histories: The Grisly Great Fire of London CBBC, 5pm

The excellent children’s history show marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Samuel Pepys, Christopher Wren and Isaac Newton all feature.

Nationwide

RTÉ One, 7pm

A special episode from Ethiopia includes the efforts of Cork player Aoife Murray to teach camogie to young children in the African country.

Panorama

BBC One, 8.30pm

When there was a fire at the Windscale plant in 1957, there was little alarm in Ireland at radiation-laden particles being released 60 miles from our shores. 

These days we know not to be so complacent, and this investigation into failings at a plant that has since been rebranded as Sellafield raises some alarming issues. Leaked documents and former managers claim to reveal a facility where nuclear waste is still stored in dangerous conditions.

Keeping Ireland Alive — The Health Service In A Day RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Episode two of the series filmed over the course of a day in the health servicce includes a young horse rider who’s battling MS, a woman who donates her kidney to her brother, and a public health nurse who visits the homes of elderly people.

TUESDAY

Too Posh To Parent Channel 4, 10pm

The words ‘parental outsourcing’ will probably have some people dreaming of me-time galore. All you need is the money, apparently. Here we see how the super-rich pay for such services as professional potty trainers and etiquette lessons.

Peter McVerry: A View From The Basement RTÉ One 10.15pm

Documentary on the Jesuit priest who’s done so much to highlight the issues of addition and homelessness in Dublin. It includes contributions from some of those he has helped.

WEDNESDAY

Making It Down Under

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Last year we saw an excellent series about Irish people in the police force in Western Australia. This series looks at how some of our other emigrants have been faring. 

The first episode features Bantry man Con O’Sullivan, right, who drives the world’s largest cattle road train, a huge triple-trailer truck that’s so powerful it is banned from some parts of the country. 

We also meet the likes of Dr Matthew Mulkeen, who flies to medical emergencies in Queensland by helicopter.

My Congo: Natural World

BBC Two, 9pm

The Republic of Congo has some of the most incredible wild regions left on the planet, and in this show Congolese photographer Vianet Djenguet takes us on a tour through some of the rainforests and coastal environments.

Celebrity Operation Transformation 

RTÉ One, 9.35pm 

Previously the health promotion series was the preserve of ‘ordinary people’ and a new year slot, but the show’s incredible success probably meant a celebrity spin-off was bound to happen.

The well-known faces we’ll be following over three weeks are Katherine Lynch, Gerald Kean, Elaine Crowley, Karl Spain and Brenda Donohue.

Paralympics 2016 Opening Ceremony

RTÉ2, 10pm

Coverage from Rio.

The Night Manager

RTÉ One, 10.40pm

If you didn’t see this engaging political thriller during its run on BBC earlier in the year, you’re in for a treat with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie starring in a tale of dodgy international arms deals.

THURSDAY

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

BBC Two, 9pm

How to spot the signs of depression, and Dr Chris van Tulleken investigates whether there is any point in switching to a gluten-free diet for people who aren’t coeliac.

Euro ‘16 — Je Mo Peil

TV3, 10pm

By the end of Euro 2016, some of the coverage of the wonders of the Irish fans really was getting a bit cringey, but perhaps enough time has passed that revisiting their antics can make for an enjoyable show. 

Peter Coonan of Love/Hate and fellow actor Lochlann Ó Mearáin teamed up for the trek across France.The duo also visited the Somme, the Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle, and Le Mans track.

FRIDAY

Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie

BBC Four, 9.30pm

A repeat of the three episodes of the Mark Radcliffe-narrated series on a loose genre that emerged in the punk era’s rebellion against the major record labels.

Gardeners’ World BBC Two, 8.30pm

The hour-long episodes continue, and Monty Don has advice on what to do with roses at this time of year, as well as how to plant a new tree.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

RTÉ One, 11.55pm

Bob Rafelson’s steamy murder tale from 1981 stars Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson as characters who have a passionate affair with deadly implications.


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