What to watch on TV this week

Neven Maguire is in Co Cork with Valerie and Alan Kingston of Glenilen, and also pays a visit to Hayfield Manor.

SATURDAY

Bernadette

TG4, 7.15pm

Another chance to see Lelia Doolan’s documentary on Derry activist/politician Bernadette McAliskey.

Taboo

BBC One, 9.15pm

If you’re not into light entertainment or sport, Saturday has recently been a write-off in terms of TV viewing. Hopefully, the ratings for this series will convince the schedulers that quality drama can find a mid-weekend audience. 

We’re up to the fifth episode in the eight-part show, and Tom Hardy’s character is having trouble with a nasty blackmail. His brother-in-law is also escalating the situation, and the Crown and the East India Company are at loggerheads.

SUNDAY

Apple Tree Yard

BBC One, 9pm

We really don’t know where this drama is going to go, but so far it really has been worth sticking with. 

There are more twists and turns tonight, and those who’ve been following it should be aware that the fourth and final episode is scheduled for Monday.

Room to Improve

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Dermot Bannon helps sprout farmer Enda to completely overhaul a harbour-side fisherman’s house formerly owned by his aunt. The problems begin when Enda’s design for the project don’t exactly fit with what Bannon has in mind. 

Conflicts continue when the family get into what is essentially a self-build, and don’t anticipate the various issues that inevitably arise.

Hup

TG4, 9.30pm

More traditional music as Conal Ó Gráda and Colm Murphy play a lively duet in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

MONDAY

My Life — Born To Vlog

CBBC, 5pm

Will YouTube kill the TV star? The latest episode of the excellent series on young lives features 12-year-old Nikki, whose medical condition led her to creating a video log that has amassed more than 1.5 million views. We see her travel to America for major surgery, before she becomes a contestant on Junior Bake Off. 

The show also ties in with Safer Internet Day on February 7, and Nikkie meets up with Em Ford, the acne vlogger who is well used to dealing with negative comments. She provides the younger girl with advice on how to deal with the trolls.

Then Comes Marriage?

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Fair play to the couples who are willing to give the whole nation a look into their relationships. 

Among the six people discussing some of their most intimate details with Allison Keating and Dr Ray O’Neill are a couple who met online and want to explore the issues around having a child.

TUESDAY

The Works Presents

RTÉ One, 11.10pm

Artist-musician Laurie Anderson discusses such topics as the death of her husband Lou Reed, and also her terrier Lolabelle, the subject of her documentary The Heart Of A Dog.

How to Get Fit Fast

Channel 4, 8pm

There are no shortage of shows around hoping to take advantage of our new year’s resolutions and quest for health. 

This particular offering promises to apply some science to the benefits or otherwise of such practices as yoga, high intensity interval training and shredding.

WEDNESDAY

Neven’s Irish Food Trails

RTE One, 7.30pm

Neven Maguire is in Cork for tonight’s show, taking in a visit to the Glenilen brand’s farm in the west of the county, and cooking a duck at the city’s plush Hayfield Manor hotel.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Ciaran has been feeling trapped in his situation, and takes a drastic decision to silence Heather. Niamh and Paul are also at the centre of much of this week’s action, with their encounters getting increasingly dirty.

Gogglebox Ireland

TV3, 9pm

The couch-dwellars from the previous series are joined by a few new faces for this second season of the show.

Roots

BBC Four, 9pm

This four-part adaptation of Alex Haley’s novel from last year had nowhere near the impact of the original 1977 series. 

Back then, the likes of Kunta Kinte and Chicken George even became major figures in Irish popular culture, and while the dodgy imitation accents thrived in the pre-PC era, the horrors of American slavery were also a common conversation topic. 

This latest adaptation does have a decent cast, including Jonathan Rhy Meyers as a nasty plantation owner, and was generally well-received for its run in the US last year.

An Klondike 2

TG4, 9.30pm

Episode two of the second series has the Connolly brothers falling out in true Irish fashion.

Pat Kenny Tonight

TV3, 10pm

The veteran broadcaster returns with Colette Fitzpatrick for a new run of the show discussing the issues of the day.

THURSDAY

Getaways

RTE One, 7pm

The final episode of the current series has the presenters basing themselves in Los Angeles, as they take a studio tour and also cycle along the Santa Monica coastal path. 

There’s also a segment on Lough Erne, a beautiful part of the country that probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Dúiche

TG4, 8pm

Síle Nic Chonaonaigh is in Cork checking out the work of Meitheal Mara, whose currachs are a regular sight on the River Lee.

After Brexit: The Battle For Europe

BBC Two, 9pm

The B-word is one we’ll all be sick of hearing by the end of the year, but our neighbours’ cack-handed attempts to leave the EU has exposed some of the faultlines that look like scuppering the agenda of political and economic union for the states who stay. 

This episode of the This World strand has Katya Adler travelling across Europe to meet some of the populist politicians who seem to be on the rise.

Hollywood in Éirinn

TG4, 9.30pm

The first season of this series brought some enjoyable local tales from the making of major movies in Ireland. This time around, there are more tales from some of the more recent creations.

FRIDAY

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

The couch is packed with A-listers again tonight, with Denzel Washington, Jamie Dornan, Keanu Reevees and Whoopi Goldberg. Music is by Rag’n’Bone Man, who performs his uber-catchy hit ‘Human’.



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