What to watch on TV this week

Declan O’Donnell, Helen James and Hugh Wallace are the judges on Home Of The Year on RTÉ One on Thursday.


The Voice UK

BBC One, 9.15pm

We’re up to the third last show, and the one Irish contestant in the 12 remaining hopefuls is super soprano Lucy O’Byrne.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

Decent animated feature from 2009 about a scientist who wants to put his home town on the map by inventing a machine that can convert water into food.



Sissy Spacek is among the stars of this new big-budget family epic.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV, 9.25pm

Chic provide the music, while Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Hurley are among the interviewees.

ROG — The Ronan O’Gara Documentary

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

A repeat of the enjoyable documentary following the Cork man through the final days of his rugby career and onto his new life in France.


The Voice of Ireland

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

The first of the six live shows from the Helix in Dublin.

The 3 FAI International Awards

RTÉ2, 8pm

It’s been a mixed year for Irish soccer, with many teams in the domestic league still struggling to make ends meet, and the national side facing a difficult time in its attempt to make it to Euro 2016. Tonight’s event at the RTÉ studios is about the positives, however. Aiden McGeady’s glorious second strike against Georgia is favourite for international goal of the year, while the Glasgow man is also up against John O’Shea and Jon Walters for international player. The equivalent prize in the League of Ireland will go to either Christy Fagan, Colin Healy, or Pat Hoban.

Caribbean With Simon Reeve

BBC Two, 8pm

New three-part series has the affable presenter exploring the different sides of life in a region largely considered as an exotic holiday destination by people in this part of the world. He begins his journey by travelling between two contrasting nations that share the same island, Dominican Republic and Haiti, hearing about drug smuggling, voodoo and endemic poverty. Then it’s onto Puerto Rico where he explores the pros and cons of having such a close relationship to the US.

Louis Theroux: By Reason Of Insanity

BBC Two, 9pm

The first of two episodes filmed in Ohio’s State Psychiatric Hospitals, with Theroux meeting patients whose insanity has led them to being found not guilty of some awful crimes.

Trevor McDonald Meets the Mafia

ITV, 9pm

The veteran broadcaster ain’t no Ross Kemp, but this two-part series does promise some interesting encounters and anecdotes. Among the people he meets tonight are two former mob operators: drug dealer and killer John Alite; and Michael ‘Mikey Scars’ DiLeonardo, the former member of the Gambino crime family who is now a government informant.

Other Voices

RTÉ2, 10.50pm

After last week’s Hozier special, tonight’s episode is a greatest hits of sort, with Mick Flannery, Kodaline and Villagers among the performers from previous years.


Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney

BBC One, 7pm

The broadcaster continues her journey to places in Ireland visited by artist and geologist George Victor Du Noyer in the 19th century. Tonight she’s in Dunmoe in the Boyne valley, as well as visiting locations north of the border.

Kew On A Plate: Summer

BBC Two, 9pm

Kate Humble and Raymond Blanc continue their kitchen garden experiments at Kew, with carrots at the centre of tonight’s episode. The French chef tries to protect his crop from carrot fly, while Kate delves into the roots (!!) of our cultivated variety with a look at the original wild carrott. We’ll also see a recipe for a frozen strawberry tartlet and hear how strawberry perfume is used to train bees to pollinate commercial varieties.

The Big Lebowski

TG4, 9.30pm

The Coen brothers’ cult classic from 1999 has Jeff Bridges as ‘The Dude’, a ten-pin bowling slacker who gets caught up in a kidnap plot.



Channel 4, 10pm

New fly-on-the-wall documentary series following a group of friends over their 17th year. As we’ll see, one of the major developments for this generation is how mobile phones and social networks are a central part of their lives.


John Bishop’s Australia

RTÉ2, 8pm

If you didn’t catch this series on BBC last year, you may enjoy the Liverpool comedian’s cycle Down Under. In this first episode, he enjoys the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains near Sydney, and gets up close and personal with koalas.

The Wonderful World of Blood

BBC Four, 9pm

Dr Michael Mosley is an ideal host for these quasi-medical documentaries, especially when there’s a guinea-pig needed for some pricking. We watch him undergo six experiments, including having snake venom added to his blood, and also making black pudding from it.


TG4, 9.30pm

Dara Ó Cinnéide continues his look at the fascinating history of the GAA across the Atlantic, with the tale of how the visit by the Kerry football team in 1927 seems to have been tied into a plot to smuggle guns back to the IRA.

Second Captains Live

RTÉ2, 10pm

Eoin McDevitt and co return for another series of sports-related discussions. Topics covered will include the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming 2016 qualifier against Poland.


Tracks and Trails

RTÉ One, 7pm

Well-known singer Eleanor McEvoy tries two walks in North Cork: a 15 km stretch of the Avondhu-Blackwater Way, from Ballyhooly to Fermoy; and a stroll around Doneraile Park.



BBC Two, 9pm

The final of this year’s competition features such specialist subjects as ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the Falklands conflict.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Channel 4, 10pm

Morrissey will probably be the most interesting of tonight’s guests, as the former Smiths singer expounds on his unique outlook on life and also performs his new single.


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