TV not to miss

SATURDAY

The Graham Norton Show

3e, 9pm

Jessie J announced a summer gig in Cork this week, and a repeat of last night’s BBC show will give you a glimpse of what she’s all about. Also joining her on the couch will be comedian Simon Amstell.

Papillon

BBC Two, 10.30pm

Steve McQueen stars in this mostly true tale from 1973 of a French petty criminal who refuses to accept his incarceration and ends up in the notorious Devil’s Island facility off the coast of French Guiana.

SUNDAY

Britain’s Got Talent

TV3, 8pm

As the eliminations begin in earnest for next week’s final, tonight’s show is the first of five semi-finals between now and Thursday. Guest performers include Tulisa Contostavlos and Rebecca Ferguson tonight, Justin Bieber tomorrow and Labrinth on Tuesday.

Homeland

Channel 4, 9pm

The finale of the first season was seen a few weeks ago on RTE, and anyone following the excellent thriller on the British network must have been hard-pressed not to hear what happens in the end. We won’t go spoiling it here, so suffice to say that there are plenty more twists to pique your interest for a second season that’s already in production. Series two will begin in the US in September, so watch this space for broadcast dates on this side of the pond. In the meantime, anyone who hasn’t seen it should try to get their hands on a boxset.

Dragon’s Den

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The final episode in the current series includes a pitch from Fiona Wilson, a woman who was surprised not to be able to find an app to help the communication skills of teenagers with autism and learning difficulties. She tries to get the Dragons interested in her own project. They’ll also hear pitches from people involved in a company that produces chimney plugs to reduce draughts, and a website for over 55s.

MONDAY

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

RTÉ One, 3.25pm

Harry Potter films have become something of a bank holiday staple, and the fifth instalment in the series has the young wizard struggling to convince people about the return of the nasty Lord Voldemort.

TUESDAY

The Consumer Show

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Eddie Hobbs and co help a family to halve their bin bills, while the pitfalls of signing up for free beauty samples online are also investigated.

More Sex Please, We’re British

Channel 4, 10pm

While this show concentrates on the UK, it’s probably fair to say that many of the same issues apply in this country, not least because Ann Summers outlets in Ireland have been among the most profitable in the chain. This documentary goes behind the scenes in the thriving online sex toy businesses, Lovehoney, a company that has sales of £16m per year.

WEDNESDAY

The Killing

Channel 4, 10pm

The second episode of the second series of the US drama has Sarah continuing to investigate Rosie Larsen’s murder on her own.

THURSDAY

Human Planet

RTÉ Two, 7pm

A repeat of the incredible series that looked at how humans eke out a living in different environments. From pygmies who climb huge trees to forage for honey, to sea gypsies who spend their lives travelling around the oceans.

Prisoners Of War

Sky Arts, 9.30pm

This is the original Israeli show that inspired Homeland. Much like its American counterpart, it follows two prisoners of war who have been released from captivity after 17 years as prisoners taken during one of their nation’s attacks on Lebanon.

Laochra Gael

TG4, 10pm

Brian McEniff was Donegal’s first All Star in 1972 and was also player-manager for his county’s first Ulster title that year. This documentary traces his incredible career as both a player and manager, including his achievement in stewarding Donegal to an All-Ireland title in 1992.

FRIDAY

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

The team are at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show in Worcestershire to offer advice on the best plants and designs on display.

Borat

Channel 4, 11.55pm

Sacha Baron Cohen stars as the Kazakhstani journalist in a merciless spoof that sends up the American people he encounters. “When you chase a dream, especially one with plastic chests, you sometimes do not see what is right in front of you.”


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