Here's your TV wrap for the week ahead

King Charles III on BBC Two at 8pm on Wednesday imagines the accession that could take place when the British queen dies.

SATURDAY

Nightcrawler

BBC One, 9pm

Jake Gyllenhaal is excellent as the creepy cameraman who realises he can make a decent career out of filming accidents and other newsworthy events.

Aliens

Film4, 9pm

James Cameron’s classic is 21 years old, but still packs a punch. “They mostly come at night.... Mostly.”

SUNDAY

Mexico: Earth’s Festival Of Life

BBC Two, 8pm

Given that Mexico mostly makes the news these days for mass murders, this three-part series is a reminder of the amazing life that exists beyond the drug wars. 

Episode one looks at the black bears of the Serranias del Burro, an area famous for tequila manufacture. 

Elsewhere we see the magnificent quetzal bird, and the traditions linking the arrival of millions of butterflies around the Day of the Dead to the spirits of deceased ancestors.

Who Runs Our Schools? A Would You Believe Special

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

In recent times, increasing numbers of people have been asking why the Catholic Church still controls about 90% of primary schools in Ireland. 

Despite being financed by public money, it means that the Church often has influence over who gets to work in these schools, and even which children can attend. 

On the other hand, some practising Catholics are aghast at the preliminary plans to have less Church involvement in the schools. This episode addresses some of the issues on both sides of the debate.

MONDAY

Dispatches

Channel 4, 8pm

The non-take up of vaccines is being blamed by many experts for the spread of such diseases as measles. 

Donald Trump’s belief of a link between autism and vaccines, though totally unsound, hasn’t helped the situation. This show looks at where the US president might have got his ideas.

Barcelona: An Art Lovers’ Guide

BBC Four, 9pm

A trip to the Catalan capital has no shortage of options on seeing impressive art. As well as the well-known works of Gaudi and Picasso, the presenters also reveal some of the less well-known wonders of the city.

The Undocumented

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

A documentary on life for some of the 50,000 Irish people estimated to be living illegally in the US. 

Six of them describe what life is like, being unable to get health insurance or a driver’s licence, or having to make tough decisions such as not travelling home for funerals. 

Donald Trump’s presence in the White House has also led to a new chill, says Ray O’Hanlon, editor of The Irish Echo: “I’m seeing stories that did occur in the early days of the undocumented Irish again, the raids, the knock on the door, waiting outside the workplace.”

TUESDAY

How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell

RTÉ One, 7pm

Grilled scallions and poached monkfish open the proceedings on tonight’s show, and you’ll be further salivating by the time the Ballymaloe chef gets to the dessert of apricot tart with almond praline cream.

The Eurovision Song Contest

RTÉ2, 8pm

The first of the two semi-finals will feature 18 countries trying to qualify for Saturday’s main event. Ireland’s entry will be performed in the other semi-final on Thursday.

WEDNESDAY

Trust Me, I’m A Vet

BBC Two, 8pm

It’s not just humans that are getting fatter. Unfortunately, obesity is becoming a huge problem for pets as well. Alice Rhodes investigates the best ways for pet to lose weight. There are also segments on choosing the right goldfish, keeping rabbits happy and the dangers of raw meat.

King Charles III 

BBC Two, 8pm 

Mike Bartlett’s play received rave reviews when it was produced in 2014, and it remains to be seen if its adaptation for the small screen will be as successful. 

It revolves around the accession of Prince Charles to the throne after the death of his mother, and his subsequent spats with the press and parliament.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid 

RTÉ2, ko 7.45pm 

With a 3-0 deficit to make up in this Champions League semi-final second leg, it looks as if the last ever Madrid derby to be played at the Vicente Calderón Stadium will a miserable affair for the home side. But then again, an early goal for Atletico could make for an interesting tie.

Taobh thiar den Gheansaí

TG4, 8.30pm

Suicide has been a huge issue in Ireland in recent years, and this documentary takes a look at how it has affected GAA clubs around the country. A number of well-known GAA personalities also talk about their own mental health issues.

Assassins: Ireland’s Contract Killers

TV3, 9pm

A look at Limerick woman Rose Lynch, described by the show as a ‘specialist markswoman’ currently serving a life sentence for shooting innocent father of two David Darcy in Dublin in 2011.

The Place Beyond The Pines

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star in this decent drama from 2013 about a bank-robbing stunt rider who goes up against an ambitious policeman.

THURSDAY

Adoption Stories: What Happened Next

TV3, 8.30pm

A return to West Cork-based Cliona Moore, an adoptee who we previously saw search for her parents. She hit a dead end in that exercise, and has now done a DNA test in the search for further leads.

From Morocco To Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure

BBC Two, 9pm

It’s a night of travel shows across the networks, but this new three part series takes a different approach than the ‘funny men on tour’ fare by using a real life explorer as presenter. 

The English resident of Marrakech follows the old trading routes along the Salt Roads to Timbuktu, dipping into some fascinating history and anthropology along the way.

The Trip to Spain

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon finish their entertaining tour of Spain with a trip to the south and such places as the Alhambra in Granada, and the Costa Del Sol hotspot of Marbella.

Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

The Irish duo continue their Asian travels with a trip to Thailand, first stopping off at the popular tourist island of Phuket. They hear how the booming resorts are a disaster for local wildlife, and pitch in to help a little at a turtle conservation centre. 

The also check out the more positive side of the influx of foreign visitors as the Hmong hill tribe bring in some much needed cash. Near the captial Bangkok, Ed Byrne takes up kickboxing for a day.

FRIDAY

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8pm

Monty Don is on herbs and ornamental grasses, while Nick Bailey shows a simple way of making a pond.

Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road

Sky Arts, 9pm

The AC/DC vocalist gets a tour of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s classic car collection. Among them is the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, worth an estimated £40m, and used as collateral to finance the Momentary Lapse Of Reason tour in 1985. They also discuss the Floyd’s huge live shows of the 1980s.


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