What to watch on TV this week

Après Match of the Day has the comedy crew delving into Ireland’s glorious soccer history on Monday.

SATURDAY

Up For The Match

RTÉ One, 9.15pm

Gráinne Seoige and Des Cahill host the traditional pre-All Ireland show of music and chat from representatives of Kilkenny and Galway.

Electric Picnic 2015

RTÉ2, 9pm

Even allowing for the difficulties in covering a live festival, last year’s Stradbally offering was rather patchy.

You’d imagine we’ll get an improved package tonight of performances, celebrity interviews, and onsite reports from Eoghan McDermott, Jenny Greene, Al Porter and Blathnaid Treacy (remember her as one of Biddy and Miley’s daughters in Glenroe?).

SUNDAY

Cork Mega Port 2

TV3, 5pm

Tonight’s episode follows the team of dredger ships that keep the channels clear enough for the huge ships that visit the harbour. The smaller Polarcus Amani may not have such a huge draught but we’ll see how its specialised oil surveying equipment means it carries a value of $180m.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8pm

Dermot and Jo are at the centre of several episodes again this week as they try to put their differences aside to fight Deirdre. They’ll certainly need a united front over the next few days as they realise Deirdre may have grounds to challenge Ben’s adoption.

MONDAY

Jamie’s Super Food

Channel 4, 8pm

Jamie Oliver is on his travels for this new series, looking at the link between food and long, healthy lives in various parts of the world.

Costa Rica, Okinawa, and the Greek islands have large populations of centenarians, so Oliver wants to recreate some of the meals from their daily diets.

Of course, on another show he’s also begun a campaign against over-use of sugar. Mid-life crisis, new business angle or genuine concern for people’s health? Probably a bit of each.

The Catch

Channel 4, 9pm

The second episode of the documentary series on fishermen in the UK follows two boats at different ends of the earning scale. One modern trawler catches a £1m worth of fish per year, while the owner of an ageing scallop boat is on the verge of calling it a day unless his fortunes turn around soon.

Show Me a Hero

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Mayor Wasicsko is feeling the heat over plans to put public housing in his area, and he’s lagging in the polls as he faces an election.

Après Match of the Day

RTÉ2, 10.15pm

After the Euro2016 qualifier of Gibraltar v Ireland, the Après Match crew try a new series in which they travel back in time to discuss some of the great games from Irish soccer history. As well as the traditional panel members, they’ll be taking off the likes of Jack Charlton, Jimmy Hill, and Don Givens.

TUESDAY

Taste Of Success

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

This second series of the show for small food businesses has Dáithí Ó Sé on presentation duties, while mentors Martin Shanahan, Domini Kemp, and Catherine Fulvio help the contestants vieing for €100,000 and the chance to have their product stocked in Lidl.

Pairc Life: Reality Bites

RTÉ2, 9pm

Stephen Hunt caused a bit of a stir last year when he made disparaging remarks about GAA players’ fitness in comparison with professional soccer players. For this show, Jacqui Hurley visited the Waterford man during his last season with Ipswich, and compares his fitness regime to that of top GAA players, also delving into the increased sports science being used in the national games.

India: Nature’s Wonderland

BBC Two, 9pm

The concluding episode of this two-part series has Irish presenter Liz Bonnin looking at how locals in southern India are helping endangered lion-tailed macaques (an animal that can be seen in Fota, Cork; while actress Freida Pinto talks to man who has spent 30 years planning his own rainforest to help preserve his island home.

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy

Sky 1, 9pm

Another day, another country with new terrifying challenges for Baz and his poor mother Nancy. They’re in Scandinavia for this episode, driving a tank and a dog sled, and going for a spin in a gyrocopter.

WEDNESDAY

Red Rock

TV3, 8.30pm

Katie goes for a scan and finds out she’s expecting a boy. There are complications, however. Meanwhile, a meeting between Garda Paudge and criminal Beady probably isn’t for the benefit of law and order. In tomorrow’s episode, the plot thickens between the two as The Ridge is raided.

Garda Down Under

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The former gardaí who joined the police in Western Area probably knew they’d be facing hotter temperatures, but here we see how having to work in 35C and beyond can really take its toll. Homesickness is also a factor for Martin Mitchell, so he and girlfriend Niamh visit the Irish store for some home comforts.

Horizon

BBC Two, 8pm

Ernie Dingo relates the tale of how scientists now have the tools to explore how the first stars appeared in the universe after the dark world created by the Big Bang.

THURSDAY

A Week To My Wedding

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

With fulltime jobs and four children between them — three from previous relationships — Sinéad and Keith have a lot to juggle in the run-up to their wedding. They’ve opted for a humanist ceremony and the children are fully involved on the day.

Hunted

Channel 4, 9pm

This promising new format takes elements of a reality show and combines them with a thriller. Fourteen real people go on the run and a team of 30 experts — including former intelligence officers and policemen — are given the task of tracking them down.

FRIDAY

Gardeners’ World

BBC Two, 8.30pm

A north-facing wall can be a difficult item to grow plants on, but tonight’s episode has a segment offering different ideas on how the area can be brightened up.

Celebrity Big Brother

TV3, 9pm

Friday night is eviction night as another one of the celebrities faces the wrath of viewers.


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