Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Graham Norton presents a special live chat show as part of the Comic Relief events at 10.35 on BBC1 on Friday.

SATURDAY

True Grit

BBC Two, 10.45pm

Excellent adaptation of the classic western tale by the Coen brothers. Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld and Matt Damon star in the story of young teenager who sets out to bring the killer of her father to justice.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize

RTÉ2, 11pm

The album of the year prize was picked up recently by Limerick-based hip-hoppers Rusangano Family at a ceremony in Vicar Street at which nine of the 10 nominees played.

SUNDAY

Cleas Act

TG4, 8pm

Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile and Stiofán Ó Fearail visit Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann at Oatencake near Midleton, Co Cork. The school are trying to perfect an Irish version of ‘Take My Hand’ by Picture This, and Crystal Swing also appear on the show.

Dancing with The Stars

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Des Cahill is gone, which leaves just four couples to take to the floor in tonight’s semi-final. Thankfully, they’re not going all-Riverdance for the St Patrick’s weekend, but they will all dance to music from various Irish artists.

SS-GB

BBC One, 9pm

It was an alluring concept, but we reach the final episode of the London wartime drama with the feeling that this certainly wasn’t one of the standout series in a fairly rich era for BBC drama. The endgame involves the plan by the resistance to get the king out of England in order to keep him safe from the Germans.

Sé Mo Laoch

TG4, 9.30pm

Sligo man Kevin Henry emigrated to Chicago in 1955, and at the age of 87 is still a stalwart of the city’s Irish music scene. Among those he mentored through the decades were Michael Flatley and Liz Carroll, and both of these Irish-Americans pay tribute to the veteran flute player.

MONDAY

Don’t Tell The Bride

RTÉ2, 10pm

As is increasingly common with these couples’ shows, Nikki and Jamie met online. He’s a chef, and has cooked up a wedding with a difference, complete with blue dress and a lake-side ceremony in the middle of winter. How will his luxury-loving schoolteacher bride react?

TUESDAY

Mutiny

Channel 4, 9pm

It’s the second last episode and the crew’s marathon voyage is nearing an end. First, however, they have to find a way through the Great Barrier Reef, taking care not to rip their flimsy boat on the coral beneath, and also dealing with such issues as crocodiles, sharks and the searing heat.

Boyhood

Film4, 9pm

Richard Linklater’s magnificent feat of film-making is being shown as part of the network’s ‘Coming of Ages’ season. Made over 12 years, we follow a boy played Ellar Coltrane, as he develops from early childhood into adulthood under the watchful eye of his mother (Patricia Arquette).

American Justice

BBC Two, 9pm

The first episode of three promising documentaries on the justice system in the US. It begins with police in Jacksonville, Florida, a city of about 800,000 with quite a high murder rate. We follow detectives looking for whoever strangled an uncle and his niece. 

Elsewhere, the prosecution service is trying to get Trey Wright convicted for the murder of his cousin, even if they accept he didn’t kill the man, also his cousin and accomplice in a robbery. 

Somebody in the apartment complex where they were going to commit their crime shot Wright’s cousin, but he’s being prosecuted under a Florida law which says if two people are involved in a crime, and one is killed by police or someone defending themselves, the other is responsible for their death.

The Works Presents

RTÉ One, 11.10pm

There’s such an earthiness to Liam Cunningham’s performances that you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he was the son of a Dublin docker, and began his own work life as an electrician. He tells John Kelly about his career on the final episode of the current series, particularly discussing his biggest role to date, that of Davos Seaworth in Games of Thrones.

WEDNESDAY

An Lá a Rugadh Mé

TG4, 8pm

Harry McGee continues his series where people trace the news stories on the day they were born. Co Limerick-born writer Gabriel Rosenstock has a look at the newspapers for September 29, 1949, and notices that a group of Irish actors were pictured for their work on the England-made adaptation by Walt Disney of Treasure Island.

Laochra Gael

TG4, 9.30pm

A look at the career of Dara Ó Cinnéide during his playing days with An Ghaeltacht and the Kerry team.

THURSDAY

Henry McIlhenny: Master Of Glenveagh

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

Glenveagh National Park in Co Donegal is one of the jewels in the crown of what little is left of Ireland’s wild countryside. Henry McIlhenny was the land-owner who passed it on to the state. 

We hear how the land was originally consolidated into an estate by John George Adair, the notorious Laois man who evicted more than 240 people in the 1860s after they objected to his hunting on lands they were renting. 

In the 1930s, the estate was purchased by Henry Plumer McIlhenny, whose own grandfather had emigrated from Donegal as a teenager in 1843, and had made a fortune by inventing the gas meter. 

Among the visitors Henry entertained at the castle were Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin. When the US entered WWII, Henry served in the navy, and this documentary includes footage of an unsuccessful kamikaze attack on his ship. 

Little wonder that after the war, the renowned patron of the arts enjoyed quiet summers on his property, until a combination of old age, the expense of running the estate, and the worsening Troubles convinced him to sell most of his property to the state in 1975, before he bequeathed the rest in 1983. 

The familiar voice you’ll hear narrating the documentary is that of Bibi Baskin.

FRIDAY

Comic Relief 2017

Various

The annual series of comedy events raises an absolute fortune for charities in the UK, and among the more entertaining shows could be Graham Norton’s Big Chat Live (BBC One, 10.35pm).

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World

BBC Two, 9pm

The concluding part of Colin Stafford-Johnson’s show on Irish wildlife has him looking for golden eagles on the west coast, as well as pine martens and basking sharks.


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