What to watch on TV this week...

 

Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth And Maeve Dermody start in SS-GB on BBC One tomorrow at 9pm.

SATURDAY

Taken 2

Channel 4, 9pm

Liam Neeson stars in the second film in the trilogy about ex-CIA officer Bryan Mills. Though this sequel was slated by critics, the negative reviews didn’t stop the film enjoying a significant amount of success at the box office.

Taboo

BBC One, 9.15pm

It’s the second-last episode and James Delaney faces further betrayal as he tries to pick up the pieces after all his losses. 

Can he really redeem his situation when he’s up against both the Crown and the East India Company?

SUNDAY

Dancing With the Stars

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

After last week’s surprise elimination of Des Bishop, this week brings the big ‘switch-up’ so there will be no eliminations.

Take Me Out Celebrity Special

ITV, 7pm

The ‘celebrities’ who get wheeled out for these shows tend not to be A-listers, but Paddy McGuinness always makes for an entertaining watch. The panel of ladies with the lights are drawn from across the previous series.

SS-GB

BBC One, 9pm

What if the Germans had won the war? This new drama series explores that idea through an adaptation of Len Deighton’s novel, originally published in 1978. 

The five episodes revolve around the character of Douglas Archer, a detective who continues his work fighting crime in London, despite the issues that surface when a brutal SS regime is running his home town. 

Not surprisingly, he faces all sorts of dilemmas when his police work brings him into contact with elements of the resistance.

Room to Improve

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

As Dermot Bannon underlines when he goes to revamp a family’s house in Sutton, Dublin, a home is far more than four walls and a roof. 

There are lots of family memories tied up in the building and the architect also has to turn his hand to diplomacy when dealing with the builder. 

The couple he’s working for, Hannah and James, also want a ‘wow factor’ for the extension, but when Bannon submits his plans, it emerges that he’ll end up at least €20k over the €200,000 budget. 

He then has to scale back his design, and the collaboration involves further compromises along the way as the couple dispense with some of his other proposals.

Gradam Ceoil

TG4, 9.30pm

Donal Lunny and Paul Brady are among the stars taking part in the concert at Cork Opera House that’s part of the traditional music awards night. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan will receive the overall award on the night.

MONDAY

Then Comes Marriage?

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Families in Ireland have become much more diverse than the traditional model, and tonight’s episode features a couple who have a blended family of four children. 

They want to tease out the relationship and co-parenting issues that might arise. There’s also an engaged couple, Fiona Faughnan and Ray Owens, who want to discover if their bickering is something to be concerned about.

Jon Richardson: How to survive the end of the world

Channel 4, 10pm

From the health issues of processed meat to the threat from Isis, there is plenty to worry about if you so desire. Jon Richardson, a self-confessed worrier, sets out to investigate some of the issues that play on his mind. Are his fears totally ridiculous, or is he really in danger?

TUESDAY

Béaloideas Beo

TG4, 8pm

This episode of the folklore series comes from the old workhouse in Dingle, and there’s also discussion of the ‘lumper’ potato that failed so spectacularly during the Famine.

The Works Presents

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Cork actress Fiona Shaw reflects on an incredible career that has featured roles from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Harry Potter. The 58-year-old also talks about the death of her younger brother, Peter, in a car crash when she was in her mid-twenties.

Billions

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti return for season two of the drama set in the world of high finance.

Staying Healthy: A Doctor’s Guide

Channel 4, 10pm

Irish medico Pixie McKenna takes a statistical approach to health for this show. 

She looks at NHS statistics about what injuries and ailments affected British people last year, and looks at solutions that might be applied from analysing the data in this way. 

It’s all based around figures from Britain, but presumably there will be information that could also be of interest for this country.

Nashville

TG4, 10.30pm

Season five flashes back to the aftermath of the plane crash involving Hayden Panettiere’s character, Juliette. She’s the only survivor but is badly injured and faces a long rehab process. 

By contrast, the problems of her counterpart Maddie (Connie Britton) seem trivial — she’s having trouble with the chorus of a new song.

WEDNESDAY

The BRIT Awards

ITV, 7.30pm

Also broadcast on Friday on TV3, the annual music awards include the album of the year prize, which features such nominees as David Bowie, The 1975 and Skepta.

The House That £100K Built

BBC Two, 8pm

Kieran Long and Piers Taylor are in Antrim to help a couple build a decent house for a sum that would leave them mortgage-free.

Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston’s Casebook

BBC Two, 9pm

Celebrity surgeon Gabriel Weston begins a new series looking at medical rarities and the procedures required to address them. For instance, episode one meets a seven-year-old who was born with her heart on the outside of her ribcage. 

She also meets freediver Veljano Zanki, who has dived to more than 100m on a single breath, to see if his techniques for surviving so long without fresh oxygen could be used in the medical world.

THURSDAY

Inside Apollo House: The Untold Story

TV3, 10pm

While we all grumble about various issues in this country, this documentary looks at a group of people in Dublin who actually decided to take action. 

Frustrated with the slow pace of resolution to the homelessness crisis, they took over a NAMA-controlled vacant office block and turned it into a temporary shelter.

FRIDAY

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart talk about the latest, and possibly last, appearance in the X-Men films.



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