Best of the Week's TV (Nov 9-15)

Dr Gavin Jennings leads a team of medical professionals in the new RTÉ series Doctors On Call, beginning on Wednesday.

Vogue Williams goes on location at Home and Away, while Doctors On Call is a new health show.

SATURDAY

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV, 9.40pm  

Tennis player Andy Murray talks about success at last, while other guests include Celine Dion, Johnny Vegas and John Barrowman.

Sport  

Ireland v Samoa (RTÉ Two, ko 5.45pm) sees the Irish side beginning the autumn internationals with public expectations at a high level, following the appointment of Joe Schmidt. Other games today include England v Argentina (Sky Sports 2, ko 2.30pm), and Wales v South Africa (BBC Two, ko 5.30pm). In soccer, it’s Ross County v Celtic (BT Sport 1, ko 12.45pm) , Liverpool v Fulham (Setanta 1, ko 3pm) and Norwich v West Ham (Sky Sports 1, ko 5.30pm).

SUNDAY

Love/Hate

RTÉ One, 9.30pm  

The final episode in the series has Inspector Moynihan making his move on Nidge. We’ve already had the death of two characters — will everyone survive tonight’s episode?  

 

Sport  

The clash of Man Utd v Arsenal (Sky Sports 1, ko 4.10pm) tops today’s bill, with both teams having reversed fortunes compared to last year. Having failed to secure a win against any of the big sides so far, today’s game is particularly crucial for David Moyes. Other matches include

 Tottenham v Newcastle (Sky Sports 1, ko noon), and Sunderland v Man City (Sky Sports 1, ko 2.05pm).

Karl Pilkington: the Moaning of Life  

Sky 1, 9pm  

The penultimate episode of Pilkington’s quest for the meaning of life has him exploring the issue of vocation. Not surprisingly, he’s never had an urge in that direction, so he meets some people who have. From an 86-year-old Japanese inventor to a self-made millionaire in South Africa, he hears how a strong desire to follow a particular path can have its rewards. Incongruously, he then tries to find his calling by strutting his stuff at a Hollywood fashion show.

MONDAY

Music INC  

RTÉ Two, 5pm  

New series in which five transition year students compete for a work placement in the music industry. Over the next seven episodes, they’ll meet some of the big names of the pop world in Ireland, and perform such tasks as helping to create a music video and merchandise, while Louis Walsh sets them a challenge in PR work.

The Face

Sky Living, 9pm  

With the demise of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, this series, fronted by Naomi Campbell, is the undisputed queen of the model talent shows.

 

 Danny Boy — The Ballad That Bewitched The World

RTÉ One, 9.35pm  

It’s a beautiful song that became an Irish-American cliché. Danny Boy is 100 years old and this documentary explains how it made a fortune for Fred Watherly, an English barrister who added the lyrics to an old Irish melody. Gabriel Byrne, Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny), and Barry McGuigan contribute to a show that explains the song’s enduring legacy.

TUESDAY

Witnesses to War

 RTÉ One, 10.35pm  

Irish men and women who served with the British during the Second World War tell their stories, including Jack Mahony from Kerry,

pictured right. An estimated 60,000 Irish people joined the fight against the Axis forces for a variety of reasons, including the lure of a steady wage, a sense of adventure and even pure idealism. As well as facing Nazi bullets, they often faced scorn at home, where memories of the independence struggle were still raw. Among those interviewed are those who served with Bomber Command in the RAF, some who experienced prisoner-of-war camps in Germany, and a man who was with one of the first units to liberate Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

The Act of Killing  

Sky Atlantic, 10pm  

Documentary that tries to get inside the minds of mass murderers. Joshua Oppenheimer spent seven years with former members of Indonesian death squads, and got some of them to re-enact their killings in a surreal cinematic style, inspired by the murderers’ love of Hollywood gangster films.

WEDNESDAY

Doctors On Call

RTÉ One, 8.30pm  

New health series presented by Dr Gavin Jennings, in which medical professionals encourage people to take control of their health. The show is particularly targeting the ‘big six’ responsible for most deaths in Ireland: (chronic lung disease, asthma, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and heart disease). Also among the regular segments will be a contribution from Dr Ciara Kelly, an expert in family health, who will discuss various common ailments that she sees in her practice.

 

Downton Abbey  

TV3, 9pm  

The finale of series 4 has Rosamund hatching a plan to help Edith. Bates and Anna are also given renewed cause to worry.

 

Micky Flanagan: The Out Out Tour

Channel 4, 10.45pm  

A live performance from the cockney comedian, who has emerged as one of the funniest stand-ups in the business.

 

THURSDAY

 Ear To The Ground  

RTÉ One, 8.30pm  

Ella McSweeney looks at the issue of abandoned horses and donkeys; Darragh McCullough looks at the work of Ireland’s biggest farm contractor, John Dan O’Hare, as he co-ordinates the work of six silage harvesters; and Helen Carroll looks at the revival of flax, once grown for linen production in Ireland, but now coming back for cooking oil.

Vogue Does Home And Away

 RTÉ Two, 9.55pm  

This episode of Reality Bites has Vogue Williams looking at the impact of Home and Away in this country, and she also travels to Palm Beach, near Sydney where the Australian soap has been filmed for the past 25 years. Along the way, she recalls original cast members such as Heath Ledger and Guy Pearce, and also picks out some of the classic moments through the decades.

 

Croí an Cheantair

 TG4, 8pm  

The continuing series on Irish industry looks at the Ranks Flour Mills, on the Dock Road in Limerick, an integral part of the city’s life for

 50 years.

 

FRIDAY

Unreported World  

Channel 4, 7.30pm  

The Jungle Midwife features Olga Yetikoua, working with the International Medical Corps in the Central African Republic in a lawless area ravaged by the Lord’s Resistance Army. She is filmed as she’s called out to help a pregnant woman whose husband was recently abducted by the LRA.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia

Sky Sports 4, ko 7.45pm  

A game that looked like being a meaningless friendly has suddenly become a big box office affair because of the appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. The dynamic duo have the potential to provide plenty of headlines, and may even breathe some much-needed life into RTÉ’s soccer panel, but can they improve the fortunes of the national team? Highlights on RTÉ Two from 10.40pm.

The Walking Dead

Fox, 10pm  

Fans will be pleased to hear that season four is just as gripping as its predecessor, and the programme’s makers still seem to have an endless supply of stomach-churning scenes.


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