What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY

Hotel Transylvania

RTÉ One, 6.35pm

With the sequel currently in cinemas, this is a timely broadcast of the original animation from 2012.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 10.25pm

Presumably, Priscilla Presley will be talking as much about her life with her late husband as her upcoming role as a genie in a Milton Keynes pantomime. There’s another Elvis theme on the show tonight as Mr Costello talks about his memoir.

SUNDAY

Joe Duffy‘s Spirit Level

RTÉ One, 1.15pm

The final episode in the series discusses the traditional beliefs of Samhain.

Ireland’s Fittest Family

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Former Munster rugby star Alan Quinlan and ex Cork camogie captain Anna Geary mentor teams alongside last year’s coach’s Davy Fitz and Jason Sherlock.

The Hunt

BBC One, 9pm

This new seven-part nature series looks at the relationship between predators and prey. It brings the big-budget and high-tech filming we’ve come to expect from these BBC series, and even has the familiar tones of David Attenborough on narration. Orcas, crocodiles and leopards feature in this first episode.

Dole Life

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

New observational documentary series following various twenty-somethings as they trudge through life on social welfare, signing on, doing courses they’ve little interest in and getting involved in the much-maligned JobBridge scheme.

Better Off Abroad

RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The final episode of George Lee’s two-part series is set in Silicon Valley in California as he meets some of the Irish movers and shakers in the tech world. About 20,000 Irish live in the area, including Dave Burke, a vice president of engineering at Google; and estate agent Mike Murphy who sells houses around San Jose.

The Meaning Of Life, With Gay Byrne

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

Mindfulness is a concept that’s leapt out of the new age realm and into mainstream society, even being used by some corporates to promote the wellbeing and efficiency of their employees. Eckhart Tolle is the multi-million selling author who has helped popularise the techniques of achieving inner calm. He talks to Gay Byrne about his life and beliefs, including how his unhappy childhood and dark days of depression eventually led a revelation of how to keep himself well.

MONDAY

Panorama

BBC One, 8.30pm

Though this show focuses on the situation in Britain, the issue of misuse of painkillers is also a big issue in this country. We hear how these perfectly legal drugs, that are manufactured, prescribed and sold by reputable organisations and individuals are causing major addiction issues.

Autumnwatch

BBC Two, 9pm

The annual look at how our critter cousins are preparing for winter. Every night to Thursday.

TUESDAY

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds

Channel 4, 8pm

The pilot episode for this show left us with a taste for more, so this six-part series is most welcome. Over the next six weeks, we’ll see three groups of children, aged four to six, showing what a crucial age it is as they take steps towards independence and learn about social interaction.

Angela Scanlon’s Close Encounters

What to watch on TV this week

RTÉ2, 10pm

The presenter is in New York hanging out with Dawn O’Porter, the multi-talented woman who also happens to be married to Irish funnyman Chris O’Dowd. Despite her roles as a novelist, designer, mother, businesswoman, etc, O’Porter finds the time to take Scanlon for some vintage clothes shopping and to visit an Irish bar in Manhattan.

Catastrophe

Channel 4, 10pm

This is possibly the only show that could tackle the issue of postnatal depression in a way that provides both honest insight and several laugh-out-loud moments.

Later Live - with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

Cee Lo Green’s career probably suffered after he sent some well-dodgy tweets on rape and consent last year, but he’s now attempting to put the controversy behind him with a new album and a performance on tonight’s show. We’ll also see the Black Keys, and Congolese act Mbongwana Star.

WEDNESDAY

The Apprentice

BBC One, 9pm

The ruthless go-getters have to explore their creative sides this evening as they are given the task of writing a children’s book, and recording an accompanying CD that they must then sell to London bookshops.

Joanna Lumley - Elvis and Me

ITV, 9pm

The veteran actress travels to various Elvis sites in the US and also meets Priscilla Presley.

THURSDAY

The Mobo Awards 2015

ITV2 8pm

The Music of Black Origin Awards have extra interest this year as David Lyttle is the first Irish musician to ever be nominated. He’s facing tough competition in the jazz category from the likes of Courtney Pine and Polar Bear. The event at the Leeds Arena will have a lot of soul and hip-hop, and features performances by the likes of Naughty Boy.

The Shelbourne

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

A second series taking us on an edited behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. It picks up the action on Ladies Day at the RDS Dublin Horse show when the hotel is full of people sipping champagne and showing off their style.

Kevin McGahern’s Fast And Furious:

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

This documentary in the Reality Bites strand from the Republic of Telly presenter looks at the modified car scene in Ireland. Those involved hate the ‘boy racer’ label, and we see the passion that many of these young people have for their cars. However, we also see the drifting sessions and hear about some very questionable driving practices

FRIDAY

Pat Shortt’s Music From D’Telly RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The comedian dips into the RTÉ archives for a new series comprised of performances by national and international artists.

Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm

A focus on the work of a journalist in Sicily who is risking his life to expose the workings of the local Mafia.


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