What to watch on TV this week

Brendan O’Carroll delves into the killing of his grandfather by British forces in Who Do You Think You Are?, tomorrow on RTÉ One.


Wall-E BBC One, 5.10pm

Pixar’s 2008 tale of a loved-up robot will appeal to a whole new generation of young fans.

Tropic Thunder

RTÉ2, 9pm

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this spoof war film about a bunch of actors whose life on the film set becomes disturbingly real. It’s followed by Senna (10.55pm) in what makes for a decent evening’s viewing.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

TV3, 9pm

Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto are among the stars of this 2011 offering from the franchise. We see the scientific experiments that gave the apes added intelligence and paved the way for them to usurp humans.

Gafa sa Túr

TG4, 9.30pm

The latest episode on Irish people in the Tower of London looks at the case of Gaelic lord Brian Ó Ruairc who spent time there before being executed for helping survivors of the Spanish Armada who were wrecked on the Irish coast in 1588.


Snooker: World Championships: Final

BBC Two, 2pm

There are a maximum of 10 frames to decide who will win the 2015 World Championship and take home a prize of £300,000.

Handmade: Glass

BBC Four, 9pm

The first of three documentaries in the series on traditional crafts looks at the creation of a simple glass jug. It’s followed by Handmade: Metal

(9.30pm), in which bladesmith Owen Bush uses a combination of ancient and modern techniques to create a metal knife; while Handmade: Wood

(Wednesday: 8pm) follows the five-day process in the making of a classic Windsor chair. The chair is made with a combination of ash, elm and yew, using just two screws and no glue.

Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

An episode entitled ‘The Sons of the Harpy’ gets its name from the insurgents causing havoc for Daenerys. Help may be at hand, however, as our favourite character, Tyrion Lannister, seems to be heading in her direction. He’s drunk and despondent, but presumably has a part to play in future proceedings.


Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made

BBC Two, 8pm

One of those shows where we see how mass-produced food is created. First up is a look inside at a huge bread-making factory. Along the way we also hear how bread in previous eras was often adulterated with ingredients such as chalk and ash by unscrupulous bakers. Episode two tomorrow takes us inside a chocolate factory producing thousands of bars and Easter eggs.

Super Garden

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Suzie Cahn tries to create a permaculture garden, where her clients – a young Dublin family – can both entertain and grow vegetables.


RTÉ2, 9.55pm

We’re up to the fourth-last episode in the current series, so fasten your seatbelts for an even greater avalanche of twists, turns and revelations over the weeks ahead. Tonight, we see Victoria being attacked, and also resorting to a rather dramatic act.

Penny Dreadful

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Series two of a series that was largely filmed in Ireland. As well as the likes of Timothy Dalton and Billie Piper, it also stars Cork actress Sarah Greene.

Later with Jools

BBC Two, 10pm

Among the performers on tonight’s show are FFS, a new collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and new wave veterans Sparks. We’ll also see Alabama Shakes, Lone Bellow and Tobias Jesso Jr.


How To Cook Well, With Rory O’Connell

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The final show of the Ballymaloe chef’s series includes Moroccan harira soup, a haddock dish and a sinful-sounding dessert of chocolate, prune and armagnac pudding.

Red Rock

TV3, 8.30pm

The Reid family prepare to go on television to appeal for help in finding Rachel. The missing schoolgirl sees her family pleading with her to return – will she be convinced? Meanwhile, Garda Sharon finds a dead rat in her locker. In tomorrow’s episode, Brian is confronted by his daughter over rumours of his involvement with Rachel.

The Consumer Show

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The final episode in what has been a decent series hears complaints about telecoms company Yourtel and, in a big week for bread on the telly, looks at how our loaves are made.

The Island With Bear Grylls

Channel 4, 9pm

This series will confirm and confound all your prejudices about both genders. Tonight’s visit to the women’s island sees some of the group getting themselves into a very serious situation, with an emergency team needed to come to their aid.

Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe

BBC Two, 9pm

If you find British politics even more boring than our own, at least Brooker’s humorously cynical slant on proceedings should provide some entertainment.

Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Debate With Vincent Browne

TV3, 11pm

The presenter has to maintain an impression of impartiality as he hears from the various sides on the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.


Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Jackie is at the centre of much of this week’s viewing from Carrigstown, as her anxiety spirals into full-blown depression.

Home of the Year

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The format isn’t to everyone’s liking, but this show really has provided some great ogling for those with an interest in property and design. Tonight we see a a self-build log cabin, as well as a renovated mews, and a Victorian house where the period features have been married to a contemporary makeover.


The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.40pm

We’ve definitely seen more interesting line-ups, but perhaps Miranda Hart and Rupert Everett will charm with some enjoyable anecdotes.


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