The best of what you can enjoy while you're on the couch.
Chelsea Handler may sound like she should be a steward at Stamford Bridge but the American talk-show host goes to even stranger places for this new series available on the streaming channel from today. Over the four one-hour episodes, Chelsea does drugs, marriage, racism and Silicon Valley. For example, in the drugs episode, she hangs out with Willie Nelson smoking his beloved weed, and also travels to Peru to try some of the hallucinogenic ayahuasca plant in the presence of a shaman.
BBC Two, 7.20pm
Steven Spielberg won widespread acclaim for his adaptation of Michael Morpugo’s drama about a boy who forms a close bond with a horse before they both go off to fight in the trenches.
The Girl Who Forgave the Nazis
Channel 4, 8pm
Documentary on 81-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who hit the headlines last year when she embraced 94-year-old ex-Auschwitz accountant Oskar Groening during his trial.
Body Of Lies
Despite the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe among the cast, and Ridely Scott as director, this spy thriller never quite adds up to the sum of the parts. It does make for watchable fare, however, with its tale of a CIA agent juggling the intentions of his bosses and Jordanian security services while trying to stop terrorist attacks on England.
At Your Service
Nuala’s bar and restaurant in Scariff, Co Clare, is definitely in need of an overhaul, but revamping the premises while staying open proves to be a tough task for Francis Brennan and the owners he’s helping.
Louis Theroux: Ultra Zionists
The presenter spends time with some of the Jewish fundamentalists who believe they have what is literally a God-given right to take land in the West Bank and other areas.
BBC Four, 10pm
An episode entitled ‘The Great Gangster Film Fraud’ proves that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. It follows the story of Irish actress Aoife Madden and a Jordanian businessman who were involved in a scam to get millions of pounds in tax relief on a film that didn’t exist. When out on bail, they tried to prove their innocence by making a film.
The Meaning Of Life With Gay Byrne
RTÉ One, 10.35pm
As well as her music, Dolores Keane chats about her battles with alcoholism, breast cancer and depression.
BBC One, 8.30pm
This show interviews ‘insiders’ in Russia who claim Vladimir Putin has used his power to amass a fortune.
Nature’s Wonderlands: Islands Of Evolution
BBC Four, 9pm
The second episode of the series on the unique evolution that occurs on some islands looks at Madagascar and its wondrous fossas, lemurs and toxic frogs.
Ear To The Ground
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
A number of government policies have contributed to the fact that it’s no longer viable for doctors to run practices in many rural areas. The result is that the GP is going the way of the post office, garda station, petrol stations, banks, etc. This segment of the show visits Co Mayo where an estimated 15 villages are in danger of losing their GP in the coming years. There’s also a feature on a livestock farmer who’s also passionate about protecting wildlife.
BBC Two, 8pm
A new four-part series from Chris Packham and co as they check out how animals are coping the warmest and wettest winter on record.
Adoption Stories: What Happened Next
A few years ago, actor Alan Stanford discovered he had been adopted and his participation in this series led to the discovery of six half siblings in England. Unfortunately, their mother had passed away. Now based in the US, we follow the actor, best known for his portrayal of George in Glenroe, as he meets his family members again and also undergoes DNA testing to try to find out who his father might have been.
The Mad World of Donald Trump
Channel 4, 9pm
The next leader of the free world? This documentary looks at transition of the controversial billionaire from golf club owner and figure of fun to a leading candidate for the Republican ticket in the next US presidential election.
The Real Marigold Hotel
BBC Two, 9pm
This new travel documentary creates its own version of the hit film by observing eight older celebrities as they travel to India. Singer Patti Boulaye, actress Miriam Margolyes and dancer Wayne Sleep are among the group who begin their jaunt in Rajasthan.
Jim Driscoll, Dornálaí
A documentary on a Cardiff-born boxer of Irish parents who became a household name in Britain in the early part of the last century before he died of TB in 1925.
The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne
As election fever begins to take hold, this show comes from Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown to discuss issues of interest for the Cork East constituency.
RTÉ One, 8.30pm
It’s the half-way mark in this year’s series so, over last night’s and tonight’s episodes, the participants face up to a weigh-in and a realistic appraisal of how they’re doing.
The Last Legs Goes Down Under
Channel 4, 10pm
First of a two-part series in which Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker travel to Australia to undertake a 3,000 mile journey in two weeks.
BBC Four, 10pm
Essential viewing for anybody with an interest in the music or PR industry. We see how the public relations people have become so important and powerful behind the scenes, both in the promotion of music and also putting a spin on stories about artists’ personal lives.
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