What to watch on TV this week

‘Big Week on the Farm’ will have live lambing and other farm features across five nights on RTÉ One this week.

SATURDAY

The Ranch

Netflix

Ashton Kutcher is among the stars of this new comedy series set on a modern ranch in Colorado.

The Wolverine

RTÉ2, 9pm

This sixth installment in the X-Men series from 2013 has Wolverine battling an old foe in Japan.

Beatrix Potter With Patricia Routledge

Channel 4, 8pm

A documentary on the great children’s book author shows how her love of small animals developed as a child when she kept a range of creatures – rabbits, hedgehogs, bats — as pets. 

As well as her stories, her legacy also involved being a major force in the preservation of the land that would become the Lake District National Park.

Flann O’Brien - An Béal Saibhir

TG4, 9pm

A new documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Brian O’Nolan’s death, on April 1, 1956, looks at his work in Irish. An Béal Bocht still ranks as one of the best Irish language novels of the 20th century, and he also wrote numerous other works as Gaeilge.

The Jonathan Ross Show

UTV Ireland, 9.35pm

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington wasn’t the most affable presence on the Graham Norton Show last year. Hopefully he comes across a bit better on tonight’s show. 

With his role in the fantasy epic, seemingly at an end, he’ll be talking about some of the other projects he has in the pipeline. Anna Friel, Frankie Boyle and Tinie Tempah complete the guest list for the final episode of the season.

Giant

TG4, 10.55pm

Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean star in the 1956 tale of a ranch in Texas.

SUNDAY

Laochra Gael

TG4, 6.15pm

A look at the career of Cork hurling and football player John Allen, a St Finbarr’s player who also went on to manage his native county and Limerick in hurling.

Undercover

BBC One, 9pm

New six-part political thriller from Peter Moffat (Silk, The Village) starring Sophie Okonedo as lawyer about to become the first director of public prosecutions in Britain. Her life gets really complicated however, when she discovers her beloved husband has been hiding a dark secret.

Scéalta na nÓstán 

TG4, 9.30pm

A new six-part documentary series using Irish hotels as a springboard to some great stories. 

It begins in Cork where we hear about such famous visitors to the Imperial Hotel as Michael Collins, Franz Liszt and Charles Dickens; as well as Cork Film Festival’s nights at the Metropole; and the former shebeen that turned into a hotel at Gougane Barra.

Atonement: A Would You Believe? Special

RTÉ One, 10.30pm

Like many teenagers in nationalist Derry in the early 1970s, Shane Paul O’Doherty ended up in the IRA. 

He was eventually got 30 life sentences as part of a letter-bomb campaign he was involved in, and says encountering his victims in court made him see the error of his ways. 

During his time in prison, he also turned to religion. Here, O’Doherty talks about trying to atone for his actions ever since.

MONDAY

The Vikings Uncovered

BBC One, 8.30pm

Move over Saint Brendan and Christopher Columbus – in this show, Dan Snow and archaeologist Sarah Parcak look for evidence that the Vikings made it to north America.

The Walking Dead Fox UK, 9pm

The finale of season six has the beleagured Rick and co being confronted by Negan, one of the baddest characters from the original comicbooks who will presumably be a major presence in next year’s run. Again, this series has offered some of the best drama on TV.

Sex Box

Channel 4, 10pm

The wonderfully-named sexologist Goedele Liekens returns with more advice on how people can improve their sex lives. 

This first episode features a student looking for her first same-sex experience, and Liekens also coaches a young couple in erotic massage.

TUESDAY

Pet Island

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The final episode in the series includes a visit to the Nuthouse Hen Sanctuary run by a woman named Mama Hen. 

Martin Bailey and Jennifer Duggan also talk about their modelling backgrounds as they go on a photo shoot with their dogs; and there is also a visit to a woman in Dublin with almost 100 snakes.

Ross Kemp’s Britain

Sky 1, 9pm

The final instalment in Kemp’s look at life in his home country has Kemp focusing on alcohol, and you’d have to presume that much of what he finds out could also be applied to this country. 

It’s a tale of cheap booze leading to more people binging, and all sorts of knock- on costs in terms of health resources. Bringing it down to the individual level, he also hears about addiction ruining so many lives.

WEDNESDAY

Doctor in the House

TV3, 9pm

One of the main concerns of the doctors who visit the Mason family in Co Kildare is the consumption of fizzy drinks by father Peter. With an intake of two litres per day, his teeth have started to go black. 

His partner Debbie also discovers nearly 50% of her body is comprised of fat, and her struggle with depression can make it difficult to change her ways.

Horizon

BBC Two, 8pm

An episode of Oceans of the Solar System looks at oceans that have been discovered on other planets.

THURSDAY

Line of Duty

BBC Two, 9pm

Episode three has the excellent police drama reaching the half-way point of the current series.

I Am Irish

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Clonakilty-born author Louise O’Neill, Jamaican-born broadcaster Trish Archer and YouTube sensation Bry are among the people offering a fresh take on what it means to be Irish.

FRIDAY

Have I Got News for You

BBC One, 9pm

This lighthearted look at the week’s news returns with Stephen Mangan in the presenter’s chair and team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton joined by celeb guests.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Meghan Trainor provides the music while Norton interviews Helen Mirren, Kevin Costner, Ewan McGregor and Ricky Gervais.


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