What to watch on TV this week

Nika McGuigan and Seána Kerslake star with Amy Huberman in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. The comedy about two Cork women living in Dublin begins on RTÉ One on Monday at 10pm.

SATURDAY

Monsters, Inc

RTÉ One, 7.05pm

Billy Crystal and John Goodman provide the voices for a 2001 animation that still stands up to another viewing.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 9.30pm

A decent line-up of guests on tonight’s show includes Amy Schumer, Bear Grylls and Olly Murs.

The Warriors

Film4, 11.10pm

This classic New York gang tale from 1979 may look extremely dated but perhaps it’s worth a nostalgia look for those who loved it in their teens.

SUNDAY

Na Bailéid

TG4, 10pm

John Spillane is in the west of Ireland to hear the story behind three of the region’s favourite songs: ‘Dónal Óg’, ‘The West’s Awake’, and ‘The Rocks of Bawn’.

Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls

Channel 4, 9pm

As ever with some of these ‘celebrity’ shows, you probably won’t recognise at least half of the 10 people who’ve agreed to fend for themselves on an island in the Pacific. Dom Joly and former Miss Northern Ireland Zoe Salmon are possibly the best known participants. 

The four-week series will raise funds for the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, and presumably will follow the familiar pattern of group dynamics starting to get really interesting as hunger and uncomfortable sleeps begin to kick in.

Poldark

BBC One, 9pm

With the court case behind him, Ross Poldark turns his attention to other things, and tries to find investors for a new tunnelling scheme. He still doesn’t realise Demelza is pregnant.

MONDAY

Cold Feet

UTV Ireland, 9pm

Adam’s suspicions about Pete are confirmed by a visit to the doctor, and a late-night police visit to the home of David and Robyn causes them much stress.

Keeping Ireland Alive

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The fourth episode of this excellent series includes a vist to Waterford to see surgery to correct a bending penis, while the aeromedical service flies to the scene of a cardiac arrest. In Limerick, Richard McEvoy undergoes dialysis while hoping that a donor kidney can be found in time for him.

Scannal

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

A look back on the 1940 murder of Moll McCarthy, a mother of six whose body was found in a field with shotgun wounds near New Inn, Co Tipperary. It gave rise to a terrible miscarriage of justice when neighbour Harry Gleeson was tried and hanged within five months. 

A group entitled Justice For Harry Gleeson pointed to all sorts of discrepancies in the evidence against Gleeson, and the unfortunate farm labourer was eventually given a posthumous pardon in 2015.

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope 

RTÉ2, 10pm 

Seána Kerslake has been getting rave reviews for her performance in the film, A Date For Mad Mary, and will presumably climb further in up the ladder with this new dark comedy series. 

She appears alongside fellow rising star Nika McGuigan as their characters’ friendship comes under pressure in the wake of various life changes and a massive hangover.

TUESDAY

Ploughing Live

RTÉ One, 7pm

The first of three live shows from the biggest event in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships. Marty Morrissey and Aine Lawlor are on presentation duties.

National Treasure

Channel 4, 9pm

Promising new four-part drama about a comedian who is accused of a rape that’s supposed to have happened about 20 years go. Robbie Coltrane plays the accused celebrity, while Julie Walters is in the role of a wife faced with the decision of whether to stand by her husband.

Later Live With Jools

BBC Two, 10pm (Not NI)

Madness are about to release a new album, so the north London veterans give us a tase of it tonight. Jamie T and Beth Orton are also among the acts on the show.

Alex Jones — Fertility & Me

BBC One, 10.45pm (not NI)

Alex Jones switches from her usual role as presenter of The One Show to look at various issues around fertility. She uses her own attempts to get pregnant at the age of 38 as a springboard to look at cutting-edge scientific developments in the field of fertility treatment.

WEDNESDAY

Making it Down Under

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

We see the work of Alan O’Riordan from Co Cork in one of the air ambulance units in New South Wales. There’s also a look at the problems encountered by his fellow county man, Con O’Sullivan, as his massive cattle truck is held up at roadwarks that stretch for 200km. 

There’s another Cork angle in Perth, where UCC geology graduate Elaine Hyde takes us into the gold mine where she tries to identify the most productive seams.

Ross Kemp Extreme World

Sky 1, 9pm

It can be a bit confusing flicking through the channels and seeing Kemp in a reprise of his EastEnders role, while also presenting this very weighty show. 

Tonight he’s in Mozambique looking at the elephant poaching that could lead to the extinction of the animal in that African country within five years. He also looks at the main driving force in the rise of poaching — increased demand caused by China’s prosperity.

Chicago PD

RTÉ2, 9pm

A double bill of episodes to kick off the second season.

AirBNB: Dream or Nightmare?

Channel 4, 10pm

The website facilitating casual room rentals has been a massive success, but this show looks at the some of the more negative stories that have come about from letting strangers into your home, and also the flipside of that equation when you stay with somebody you’ve never even met.

THURSDAY

Find Me A Home

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Liss Ard in West Cork is currently on the market for €7.5m, and tonight’s show takes a visit to the beautiful house and estate.

Inside Trinity

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

New observational documentary series set in Trinity Collete in Dublin. Fresher’s Week, cutting-edge scientific research and the daily routine of the college’s provost all feature in this first episode.

FRIDAY

Keith Richards’ Lost Weekend

BBC Four, 7pm

Lock up your medicine cabinets. The veteran rocker takes over BBC Four from tonight until Sunday. We’ll get everything from Julien Temple’s documentary on the man himself to the guitarist’s favourite films, The Sorcerers and The 39 Steps.

Gogglebox

Channel 4, 9pm

We’ll get the Irish version Thursday, but the original also begins a new series on Thursday.


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