Monday’s TV tips

Your daily, spoiler-free guide to what to look out for on the box.

Monday’s TV tips

Your daily, spoiler-free guide to what to look out for on the box.

DRAMA: Scannal – Where’s My Iodine? (RTÉ One, 8pm)

Back in September 2001 the World Health Organisation advised all nations to prepare an emergency response to chemical or biological attacks following 9/11.

Cora Ennis, a young reseacher on the Marian Finucane show on RTÉ Radio 1, went in search of the person responsible for Ireland’s National Emergency Plan. Less than two weeks after 9/11 she spent a fruitless day ringing different governmental departments.

The following morning she received a phone call from the Department of Enterprise and was told that Junior Minister Joe Jacob was the man in charge. What followed was one of the most bizarre radio interviews ever broadcast as Marian Finucane tried to obtain the information from Minister Jacob that would reassure the Irish public that the Government was prepared for a terrorist attack.

Many listeners thought they were listening to “Scrap Saturday” as Joe Jacob seemed unable to give a clear account of the National Emergency Plan and instead caused panic and mirth, in equal measure, across the nation.

It a was a shocking indictment of the times that were in it and the Government of the day, but for many it was one of the funniest half-hours of radio ever broadcast.

TECHNOLOGY: Gadget Man (Channel 4, 8.30pm)

Britain has a rich heritage, some stunning scenery, and all manner of tourist attractions, so why does the idea of a ’staycation’ in the UK fill some people with dread?

Luckily for anyone who thinks they’d rather just go into work than spend a week trudging up hills in the rain or dodging wasps at a picnic, Richard Ayoade has recruited Phill Jupitus to test out some gadgets that should make a British holiday a little less stressful.

These range from the world’s tiniest caravans (although some families may feel that the one thing that could make their break worse is less space), to 300-litre rucksacks and a pair of trousers that transform into a picnic table.

But what it you’d rather not go outdoors at all?

Well, Richard’s technical team are busy looking for contraptions that should allow him to experience Maidstone’s legendary Teapot Island from the comfort of the car park, and join Phill on a taxing country hike without actually getting any exercise.

BUSINESS: Alex Polizzi: The Fixer (BBC2, 9pm)

Regular listeners to The Archers will already know that life can be tough for Britain’s fictional sausage producers.

And it seems it’s not much easier for the real ones either, as Alex Polizzi travels to North Yorkshire to come to the aid of the Keebles, the family behind Heck brand sausages.

These former farmers are reliant on the supermarkets to survive, but it’s a business relationship that has sometimes left them feeling like the retailers have all the power.

By going behind-the-scenes in a food development kitchen of one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets, and learning more about the art of shelf layout, Alex hopes to come up with some practical ways to help the Keebles achieve their goal of becoming the UK’s premium banger brand.

And in the process she also raises questions about how small businesses can hang on to their autonomy when they go into partnership with the ’big boys’.

DOCUMENTARY: Feargal Quinn, Supermarket Revolutionary (TV3, 9pm)

Presented by Nora Owen, this insightful TV3 special delves into the remarkable life of Superquinn founder, Feargal Quinn, with an open and frank interview.

Featuring home-movie footage and personal photos as well as contributions from Feargal’s family, friends, colleagues, and business rivals, the programme looks at how the admired entrepreneur took the lessons he learned from visiting supermarkets in France and the US to help him revolutionise the Irish supermarket landscape.

Feargal talks candidly about working in his father’s Red Island holiday camp as a shoe-shine boy and a bingo caller, the dilemma he faced after seeing his very first shoplifter, getting the call to tell him that one of his Superquinn stores was burning down and introducing self-service to Ireland.

FILM: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (TG4, 9.30pm)

Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz (Volver) and Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (The Nanny Diaries) light up the stunning city of Barcelona in this sexy romantic comedy.

Vicky and Cristina are two young Americans spending a summer in Spain, who meet a charming Casanova and his beautiful but volatile ex-wife.

When they all become romantically entangled, the smoldering sparks begin to fly in hilarious fashion.

Critics rave, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of Woody Allen s finest films, with bravura performances from its incredible cast.

Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Kevin Dunn

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 81%

DOCUMENTARY: Women on The Inside (RTÉ One, 9.35pm)

In Ireland today over four thousand people are in prison. Less than two hundred of them are women.

Women on the Inside is a new two-part documentary series filmed behind the walls of Ireland’s women prisons and depicts life inside, allowing us a rare glimpse into a world so few of us see.

Produced by Midas Productions and the team who filmed the award-winning Life on the Inside, their cameras entered the Dóchas Centre in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison Campus in June 2013 and secured unprecedented access to chart the lives of the prisoners locked up in Ireland’s only exclusively female prison.

Women prisoners from 18-years-old and above are housed in this medium security, purpose built centre.

Women On the Inside is a revealing, frank and true insight into life as a female prisoner in Ireland.

You can meet every type of woman in Mountjoy; from the homeless, impoverished, drug addicted repeat offenders to white-collar criminals, drug mules and murderers.

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