What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Netflix
Gilmore Girls was a fairly big deal in the US in the Noughties and lasted seven series. This four-part revival is made up of 90-minute episodes, with Lauren Graham and most of the original cast returning.

 

Jazzie B’s 1980s: From Dole To Soul

BBC Two, 10.30pm

Jazzie B of talks about creating a brand around Soul II Soul and becoming a successful businessman and chart-topper during the tough times of the late 1980s.

SUNDAY

Agenda

TV3, noon

In fairness to David McWilliams, the guests and subject-matter of this show have been rather eclectic, as underlined by the presence of Patti Smith today. She talks about her love for Oscar Wil

de, while former Greek minster of finance Yanis Varoufakis talks about his new umbrella group for leftwing movements in Europe.

Stetsons and Stilettos

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Stewarts Music Shop in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, has been flying the flag for country music for 40 years, and is also the home of the leading Irish label, Sharpe Music. 

Tonight’s episode joins owner Raymond Stewart in Dungannon as he prepares for the big birthday celebrations.

Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life

Sky 1, 10pm

A repeat of the show where the hilarious moany Manc meets a number people who have taken very different approaches to finding happiness. 

They include a Buddhist monk, a Mormon man with several wives, and a man who is into extreme ironing.

Would You Believe?

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

Sister Consillio is almost 80, and here reflects on her life and how she put her faith in the Blessed Virgin to practical use by helping people with addiction issues at her Cuan Mhuire centre in Athy, Co Kildare.

We hear how she left her home in Brosna, Co Kerry, to train as a nurse at the North Infirmary in Cork, and how she loved doing visitations to the sick in Gurranabraher and other nearby areas. At 22 she joined the Mercy order, and got to know many homeless ‘road men’ who would get shelter at St Vincent’s in Athy.

She resolved to create a home to help these men, and purchased a farm in 1966 for £49,000. Unfortunately, its services are needed more than ever. 

“What people need most in addiction is to see the good in themselves, to love themselves,” she says in a show that also features contributions from several people who have been helped at Cuan Mhuire.

MONDAY

Polaitiocht : Power On The Box

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Harry McGee begins a new series on the influence of TV on Irish politics.

First, we hear about the establishment of RTÉ and Eamon De Valera’s opening live address to the nation.

10 Things to Know About...

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Aliens are the subject of tonight’s episode of the science series, visiting academics who are finding ways to control muntjac deer, Asia clams, and the disease that is attacking ash trees.

The Joy of Data

BBC Four, 9pm

While many of us find the data boring, frightening or mind-boggling, for people like Hannah Fry, it’s endlessly interesting. 

In this show, she tells us about the people who developed the tools for analysing the huge amounts of data that is now available since the advent of the internet. 

She also tells about the thrill she gets from spotting patterns in data.

TUESDAY

Madraí na nGael

TG4, 8pm

Irish setters are in focus this evening as we hear how Michael Collins was a fan of the world-renowned gun dog.

Life on the Psych Ward

Channel 4, 9pm

Documentary following three patients who have spent years at Bethlem Royal Hospital, aka Bedlam, and now face possible release.

Westworld

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The second-last episode of the inaugural series has the upgraded Maeve (Thandie Newton) making a proposition to Hector the outlaw.

WEDNESDAY

Finding Banni: Reality Bites

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Colm Flynn goes to Belarus to find out what happened the disabled boy from Belarus that his family had fostered and tried unsuccesfully to adopt.

Kids On The Edge: Troubled Girls

Channel 4, 10pm

Presumably, some of the issues dealt with in this show around self-harm and suicide by girls are as applicable in this country as in Britain. It particularly focuses on two teenage girls who have harmed themselves on numerous occasions, and have been receiving help at the Tavistock centre in London.

Carl Cox: Space is the Place

Channel 4, 12.05am

The veteran techno DJ let the cameras follow him through his summer in Ibiza, right up to the closing night at the Space nightclub on the island.

THURSDAY

Who Do You Think You Are?

BBC One, 8pm

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden looks into whether rumours of French ancestry in her family hold true, and also tries to find out more about her grandfather’s suicide.

Ear To The Ground

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Irish Water is about to spend €1.2bn to take water from the Shannon and make it available in Dublin via a 170km pipeline. 

Many people aren’t happy about it, including some of the local groups joining the Fight The Pipe protests. 

Ella McSweeney hears from some of the farmers who fear the disruption the project will create when the pipe is laid through their land. 

The presenter also visits the Village Dairy in Co Carlow, a small project in comparison to the major enterprises, but one that’s been gaining quite a reputation for the quality of its output.

FRIDAY

Pat Shortt’s Entertainment From D’Telly

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Shortt dips into the RTÉ archives for footage of Billy Connolly talking about his home city of Glasgow, Glen Campbell being interviewed by Donncha O’Dualing before his appearance at Siamsa Cois Laoi in 1983, and Spike Milligan chatting to Marty Whelan.

Walliams And Friend

BBC One, 9.30pm

If the Late Late Toy Show doesn’t float your boat...

... perhaps you can find an alternative with David Walliams and Harry Enfield teaming up for a number of comedy sketches.


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