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SATURDAY

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

RTÉ One, 5.25pm

Michael Apted directs the third of the adaptations of CS Lewis’s classic novels. Interestingly, the author — who died in 1963 — never sold the film rights because he believed that cinema couldn’t recreate the fantasy world of the books. Overall, however, the adaptations have been excellent, and there are another four books in the series, so it seems inevitable that there are more to come.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV, 9.20pm

Leigh Francis is on the show as his remarkably successful character Keith Lemon, while Olivia Newton-John, 64, talks about her new tour. X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger also makes an appearance.

SUNDAY

Crufts 2013: Best In Show

Channel 4, 5.30pm

BBC abandoned its coverage of Crufts a few years ago because of concerns about bad breeding practices, but if dog-lovers are willing to put such considerations aside, the best in show finale can prove irresistible. Last year’s was won by a lhasa apso, pictured.

Call the Midwife

BBC One, 8pm

Much of tonight’s season finale revolves around the impending birth of Chummy’s baby. Outside the convent, the East End of London is also undergoing change, as many old buildings are being cleared to make way for new flats, a process that will possibly threaten Poplar itself. Not surprisingly, given the show’s huge ratings and sale to over 100 countries, a third eight-episode series has been commissioned for next year.

Top Gear

BBC Two, 8pm

Another Sunday stalwart reaches the end of its current run. The three lads reach the end of their African odyssey and their hassle-laden quest to reach the definitive source of the Nile.

Toughest Place To Be A... Taxi Driver

BBC Two (not NI), 9pm

Another season of the excellent show that takes Western workers and puts them doing their jobs in the developing world. First up is cabbie Mason McQueen who heads from the comparatively calm streets of London to the chaos of Mumbai. He stays with a local driver and along the way gains insight into the plight of the rural migrant workers who flood India’s cities.

Dragons’ Den

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Episode two of the latest series has the new crew competing to get in on a winning idea.

MONDAY

Dispatches

Channel 4, 8pm

With Channel 4 showing Crufts this week, it’s an appropriate time for its investigative current affairs show to look at Europe’s puppy trade. Many puppies are being imported to Britain from Lithuania, Hungary and Slovakia, often under horrendous conditions.

Panorama

BBC Two, 8.30pm

Despite the recent Newtown massacre in the US which claimed the lives of 20 children, Barack Obama faces stiff opposition in his attempts to ban assault weapons. Hilary Andersson meets teachers who want to bring their own guns into the classroom, and shows how easy it is to buy assault weapons in Texas.

Reality Bites — The Gym

RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

While gym memberships have probably been hit by the downturn, there are still legions of people who spend time pounding a treadmill or pumping iron. This documentary meets a number of them at four premises around the country. Among them are James Fennelly from Co Kilkenny, four-time winner of Ireland’s Strongest Man competition; Darragh Hayes, a personal trainer and model; and Richie and Joanna Clifford, fitness instructors at University Arena in Limerick.

Communion Day

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Concluding episode of the two-part documentary following families as they prepare for the big Catholic ceremony. Tonight features families from Wicklow and Dublin, as well as a Filipino family now living in Galway.

TUESDAY

Planet Ant: Life Inside The Colony

BBC Four, 9pm

Is there any creature on this planet more interesting than ants? In this documentary, entomologist Dr George McGavin and leafcutter expert Prof Adam Hart use all sorts of techniques to show the life of a million-strong colony. Using a specially designed ant nest with built-in cameras and microphones, they are able to provide unprecedented insight into how it all works.

Fíorscéal

TG4, 9.55pm

Two Irish filmmakers explore the effects of water privatisation on Bolivia.

Ceol ar an Imeall

TG4, 11pm

Focuses on Cork-based electronic music producer Toby Kaar, one of the leading young lights of the scene in Ireland. The show also features an interview with Kelly Okereke from Bloc Party.

WEDNESDAY

The Culture Show

BBC Two, 10pm

Tonight’s show is all about architecture. Among the segments are Tom Dyckhoff’s visit to Berlin to see how architects and social media groups have been working together to reduce costs by cutting out the middlemen when designing new neighbourhoods. There’s also a feature from Holland on how to build in flood-risk areas, and a look at cheap building methods.

THURSDAY

Inter Milan v Tottenham Hotspur

ITV4, ko 6pm

With both teams off the pace at the top of their domestic leagues, the Europa League offers a much-coveted trophy to reaffirm their credentials.

Ireland’s Animal A&E

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Andrea Hayes is out with the ISPCA in Cork, and visits a premises with 14 feral cats. We also hear the tale of Tess the pony, a young foal who was found on death’s door in a housing estate.

The Irish Road To Cheltenham

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Interest in Cheltenham is at its peak this week, and episode two of this documentary provides further insight into the lives of prominent jockeys. Among them is Andy McNamara who needs to lose 5lbs on the morning of a race.

Born to Be Different

Channel 4, 9pm

A return of the series looking at the lives of children born with disabilities.

FRIDAY

Dúshlán 1881 — Living The Eviction

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Second part of the series in which two families live in 19th century conditions.


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