What to watch on TV this week

Anne-Marie Tomchak

Longford-born Anne-Marie Tomchak looks at the issue of personal data being put online on Cloud Control at 10.15pm on RTÉ One on Thursday.

SATURDAY

Balletboyz — Young Men

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Michael Nunn brings his choreagrapher’s eye to bear on the direction of this documentary without dialogue on the dancers of his BalletBoyz company.

The Big Short

Netflix

If you’re not a rugby fan, the schedules don’t have too much to offer today, so perhaps you might resort to this excellent film adaptation of Michael Lewis’s book. 

Incredibly, it actually manages to turn the economic meltdown in Wall Street into 130 minutes of lighthearted enjoyment .

SUNDAY

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Katy makes a desperate attempt to attack her kidnapper tonight, but it’s only later in the week that she discovers who he is.

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

UTV Ireland, 9pm

It’s that time of year when a new bunch of celebrities enter the camp in New South Wales for bushtucker trials and the even more challenging personal politics. 

Among the more recognisable faces are ex soccer player Wayne Bridge, Carol Vorderman, and Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt.

The Meaning of Life

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

Dublin-based imam Muhammad Umar Al-Qadr tells Gay Byrne about his life and beliefs. He’s been an outspoken critic of Islamic state, describing some of their actions as blasphemous and against the teachings of Muhammad.

Later — Sound of Black Britain: Groove and Grime

BBC Two, 10.30pm

The format of Jools Holland’s show is probably best suited to traditional white rock bands, but through the years he has always featured a smattering of the artists emerging from Britain’s black music scene. 

A trawl through his archives brings performances from the likes of Mark Morrison, Dizzee Rascal, and Stormzy.

MONDAY

Making Ireland Click

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

David Puttnam is in his adopted home-town of Skibbereen, Co Cork, to show what a difference high-speed broadband can make. 

Traditionally an area hit by emigration, Puttnam shows how proper internet access can ensure jobs are created in West Cork, and more people can stay at home.

Madraí na nGael

TG4, 8pm

There are nine breeds of dogs that are classed as native Irish, and this new series tells each of their stories.

NW

BBC Two, 9pm

A 90-minute adaptation of Zadie Smith’s book about two friends who go their separate ways and meet years later.

Catastrophe

RTÉ2, 9pm

After becoming a massive hit on Channel 4 and Amazon, the superb comedy drama gets an airing in co-writer Sharon Horgan’s native land. 

Revolving around an Irish woman and an American who find themselves expecting a baby after a one-night stand in London, it really does tap into the experience of people in that fertility window in the 35-40 age bracket.

Ladies of Science

RTÉ One, 11.35pm

Unfortunately late scheduling slot for this docu-drama on two women in 19th century Ireland, Mary Rosse and Mary Ward, who were heavily involved in such disciplines as astronomy, microscopy, and architecture at a time when females weren’t even admitted to universities.

TUESDAY

Vogue Williams — On The Edge

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

While obesity is a massive problem in Ireland, the flip-side of the fitness coin is the obsession with having the ‘right’ body. 

In episode two of her series, Vogue Williams meets blokes who seem overly-concerned with pumping up their muscles, and she also enters a bikini fitness competition.

WEDNESDAY

You Should Really See A Doctor

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Pixie McKenna and co are back with the results of their summer tour around Ireland with their pop-up clinics. First up is a man suffering from chronic constipation.

Ireland’s Paramedics

TV3, 8.30pm

The air ambulance has to respond to a call from a woman who has fallen in a remote location, while we also follow a patient through his transfer from hospital to a step down clinic in West Cork.

THURSDAY

The Local Eye RTÉ One, 7pm

The enjoyable series about regional newspapers returns for another run, with a focus on The Northside People, The Nenagh Guardian and The Donegal Post.

Bob And Roberta’s Excellent Protest Adventure

BBC Four, 9pm

British artist Patrick Brill is best known under his working name Bob and Roberta Smith, and has long had an interest in the anti-establishment side of artistic endeavour. 

For this documentary, he looks at the revival in protest movements in the US and Britain, including the Brexit vote and Black Lives Matter .

Cloud Control-Who Owns Your Data?

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

Longford woman Anne-Marie Tomchak is editor of Mashable UK, which describes itself as the website for the “connected generation”, and in this show looks at the amount of information people put online about themselves. 

She meets the 10 members of the Kinsella family who upload videos of many aspects of their lives to YouTube, and visits Dr Cathal Durrin in Dublin, where he’s been uploading five photographs of his life every minute for the last 10 years. 

In Blackpool Shopping Centre, she looks at how the retail industry likes to gather information about shoppers. Possibly most interesting is the segment on a Galway community that is trying to erase all presence online.

The Works Presents

RTÉ One, 11.15pm

West Cork-based photographer John Minihan has captured some of the most iconic images of our time, from 19-year-old Lady Diana to portraits of Samuel Beckett and Francis Bacon. He tells John Kelly about some of those photographs, and why he still uses his old Rolleiflex camera.

FRIDAY

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

BBC Two, 9pm

The chef is in the Nordic foodie heaven of Copenhagen, checking out Danish pastries and such dishes as grilled turbot with cabbage.


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