What to watch on TV this week

Wayne Rooney opens up his life to the TV cameras for a major documentary, Rooney — The Man Behind The Goals, on BBC One on Monday.


Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

The third instalment of the popular animated franchise pops up fairly regularly, but it’ll probably get an audience every time.

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

BBC One, 11.55pm

Will Ferrell stars in the cult comedy favourite from 2004.


Hollywood in Éirinn

TG4, 8pm

Denis Conway looks at Stanley Kubrick’s sojourn in Ireland as he worked on his Barry Lyndon film. Wicklow, Waterford and Youghal were among several locations for the film, while it also provided a breakthrough moment for The Chieftains, thanks to their performance of Seán Ó Riada’s song ‘Mná na hÉireann’ on the soundtrack.

This is England 90

Channel 4, 9pm

It’s the last episode of the Shane Meadows drama, and if there was anyone else behind it, you’d expect a final scene featuring the group of pals blissed out, arm-in-arm as they watch the sun rise at the end of a great night’s raving. Instead, we’ll probably get traumatic violence and lashings of mental anguish. Meadows asks a lot of his actors, and despite some brilliant characters and convincing scenarios, not everything has worked in a drama that’ll probably be remembered for its bravery and its bleakness.

Cogar; Tithe na Tomatoes

TG4, 9.30pm

Documentary on the scheme in Ireland from 1947 onwards in which landholders in Connemara and the Donegal Gaeltachtaí were helped by the state to install glasshouses for tomato-growing. All seemed to be going well until Hurricane Debbie struck in 1961 and undid much of the good work.

Clean Break

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Last week’s opener whetted the appetite for this four-part kidnapping drama, and you’d imagine most viewers will be back for more. Tonight, we’ll see Danny injured and on the run as the others involved begin to feel the pressure.

Cú Chulainn: Laoch Uladh

BBC Two NI, 10pm

Antaine Ó Donnaile looks at the legend of Cú Chulainn, tracing his journeys and haunts throughout Ireland.

The Meaning of Life, with Gay Byrne

RTÉ One, 10.35pm

You’d always be wary that politicians appearing on this show are doing it with one eye on the opinion polls, but at least Joan Burton should have an interesting outlook on aspects of her life. She discusses her adoption into a loving family in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin, including the way many of neighbours rallied around to help persuade the social workers to approve the adoption. She also talks about the untimely death of her adoptive mother, Bridie, and her early involvement in the Labour Party, through which she met her husband Pat.



BBC One, 8.30pm

A rare interview with Edward Snowden, the American fugitive whose concerns about lack of privacy from state surveillence led him to leak masses of information from the National Security Agency. Now living in Russia, he talks to Peter Taylor about his actions, and his outlook for the future.

The Celts: Blood, Iron And Sacrifice

BBC Two, 9pm

The dream team of Alice Roberts And Neil Oliver begin a major new series on a group that many people consider to be our ancestors. As ever, the story isn’t that simple, but we do get some fascinating history. Episode one deals with the tribal culture’s emergence in the mountains of central Europe, and early encounters with the Romans that led to all-out warfare.

Rooney — The Man Behind The Goals

BBC One, 9pm

Despite the ongoing debate about whether he’s ever reached his potential, Wayne Rooney will still be remembered as the greatest English player of his generation. He turns 30 later this month, and this documentary finds him in reflective mood as he journeys back to the tough housing estates in Liverpool where he grew up. Elsewhere, his wife Colleen and both their sets of parents talk about Rooney. The show, presented by Gary Lineker, also features tributes from various figures in world soccer.

Sex Diaries: Gigolos

Channel 4, 10pm

The latest instalment of the sex-themed documentary series talks to male prostitutes who provide services for women. Are they really the equivalent of female sex workers and how do the requests they get differ? And what happens when these ‘straight’ guys get offered business by gay men.


Lesser Spotted Journeys

UTV Ireland, 8pm

Joe Mahon makes a rare trip south on his long-running series for a visit to Lough Ine, near Skibbereen, Co Cork. He talks about the lake’s unique features that have ensured it’s been a place of study for marine biologists since the 19th century, and also looks at how the area was devastated by the Famine.


E4, 9pm

Series two of the hip hop industry drama that has become a huge deal in the US. Lucious is still in prison as his ex-wife and three sons scheme and battle in their attempts to take over his company. Trashy but fun.

Bás nó Saoirse

TG4, 9.30pm

New documentary series from Tony Moore’s book Death or Liberty that explores the stories of Irish rebels in the 19th century who were exiled to Australia.

Maia Dunphy’s The Truth About … Pregnancy RTÉ2, 10pm

Three years after her first documentary about pregnancy in Ireland, the presenter is now with child herself, so looks at the issue from a different perspective. She hears about homebirth, waterbirth, Scientology silent birth and the tale of a woman who gave birth all alone in the toilets of a garage forecourt.


Grand Designs

Channel 4, 9pm

Kevin McCloud is in Ireland to witness the plan to transform a 100-year-old blacksmith‘s into a modern wonderhome. We see inexperienced owner Michael Howe taking the brave step of doing as much as he can himself. Why? Why? Why?


These Walls Can Talk

RTÉ One, 10.15pm

Amanda Coogan, the daughter of two deaf parents, tells the tale of St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys in Cabra. She explores both sides of the school’s legacy, from providing a community and specialist education for those who attended to also being the setting for horrific abuse for some of them.


Music For Misfits: The Story Of Indie

BBC Four, 10pm

The second episode looks at the 1980s when the fledgling labels began to grow into ‘proper’ businesses. It’s followed by Indie Classics at the BBC (11pm), featuring archive footage of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, the Smiths.


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