What to watch on TV this week

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Aoibhinn McGinnity feature in Trial of the Century, on TV3 at 9.15pm tonight.

SATURDAY

Special Correspondents 

Netflix

Ricky Gervais stars in his own film alongside Eric Bana, a project airing exlusively on the streaming service. The comedy follows a hapless technician (Gervais) who is sent to Ecuador to help report on a possible rebel coup.

Bloodline 

Netflix

Season two of the family drama set in the Florida Keys. The Rayburns are struggling to hide their crime from the last series, and paranoa reigns all round.

Trial of the Century 

TV3, 9.15pm 

In Love/Hate, we saw Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as the leader of a violent group wreaking havoc in Dublin. 

Here, he stars as Pádraig Pearse. Over the next three nights, a fictionalised account of the trial the Rebel chief never got is presented.

Metallica: Through the Never 

Film4, 11.10pm

A stadium gig by the celebrated metal band gets a twist of drama.

SUNDAY

The Silk Road 

BBC Four, 9pm

Travel writer and historian Sam Willis begins a new three-part series on the ancient trade route that stretched from China’s ancient capital Xian through Central Asia and Persia, and all the way to Venice. 

This opening episode starts out in Venice as Willis shows how the island city’s architecture and art was very much influenced by its links to the east.

Scéalta na nÓstán 

TG4, 9.30pm

The ongoing series on Irish hotels visits the Granville in Waterford, and Rosslare’s Kelly’s Resort Hotel.

Trapped 

RTÉ2, 10.55pm

This Icelandic drama has turned out to be quite a gripping tale for most people who stayed with it, but the ultimate test of such series is always how they wrap up the loose ends. Hopefully tonight’s finale will leave us satisfied.

MONDAY

The 1916 Challenges 

RTÉ2, noon and 5pm

If you want your kids to realise how they should be grateful for what they have, this show would be a good place to start. It takes six children and exposes them to aspects of how their equivalents in 1916 would have lived. 

After seeing the volunteers shovelling manure and collecting water, as well as sleeping on a horsehair mattress in a drafty room, perhaps they won’t take their modern comforts for granted. For five minutes anyway.

Artists in Love 

Sky Arts, 8pm

Salvador Dalí had an aura of celebrity that would fit very well with the modern world. In this episode, we hear of his long-term relationship with Gala Eluard, his Russian-born muse. 

As befitting the surrealist master, it wasn’t exactly a conventional relationship. They had quite an open marriage, but managed to stay together until Gala’s death in 1982.

Veep 

Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm

Series five begins with a double bill of episodes as Selina’s presidential campaign hits a few bumps.

TUESDAY

Crainn na hÉireann 

TG4, 8pm

The Pedunculate oak doesn’t have a name that trips off the tongue, but you can be sure you’ve seen plenty of them standing alone and majestic in lowlands around Ireland. 

We hear about the incredible process where wasps combine with the tree’s metabolism to create galls that were so important in the manufacture of ink in previous eras, and also visit the King Oak in Charleville Estate in Co Offaly.

Super Garden 

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Mature student Gerry McDonald attempts to work his gardening magic on the home of widower Sarah and her two young children. 

He creates three areas in the garden — an entertainment/patio area, relaxation space and a walled seated area — and opts for a low maintenance-planting scheme.

Penny Dreadful 

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Cork actress Sarah Greene is back with Brian Cox, Timothy Dalton and co for a third season of the supernatural horror-drama.

Later Live with Jools Holland 

BBC Two, 10pm

Dance veterans Underworld play some new music and will also dip into their back catalogue for Friday’s extended show. 

Other guests include folk pop trio The Lumineers, and British post-punk group Savages. US singer Ronnie Spector will be telling Holland about her time with The Ronettes in the 1960s.

Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction 

BBC One, 11.45pm

When it comes to the growing scourge of heroin addiction, many of us see it through the prism of concerned parents trying to protect their children. 

In this documentary, however, Phillip Wood, explores his fraught relationship with his father, a long-term addict.

WEDNESDAY

What Are You Eating? 

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The final episode of the series delves into the difficult question of how the people of the planet are going to be fed in future decades, given that food production has largely plateaued and populations continue to grow. 

Among the solutions Philip Boucher-Hayes investigates is getting protein from insects, or providing many of our meals in liquid or powdered form.

Réabhlóid Chorcaí 

TG4, 8pm

Another documentary on what Cork did (or didn’t) do during Rising. 

We hear about the mixed messages that caused chaos among the Volunteers, and the difficult decisions made by Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney not to engage in conflict, for now.

THURSDAY

Natural World 

BBC Two, 8pm

Australia seems to have no shortage of orphaned animals, and this show looks at the efforts of Chris `Brolga’ Barnes to look after some of them. 

We follow him as he expands his facility to take in three camels, a bunch of emu chicks and a hairy-nosed wombat.

Grayson Perry: All Man 

Channel 4, 10pm

The cross-dressing artist always has interesting things to say about masculinity, and in this new three-part series, he looks at some of the more extreme end of male pursuits. He begins with cage-fighting.

FRIDAY

The Food Detectives 

BBC Two, 7.30pm

Alice Roberts looks at diet drinks to see if they’re any better for our health than the sugar-laden alternatives. There’s also a look at the ingredients in various brands of baked beans.

The Graham Norton Show 

BBC One, 10.35pm (11.30pm, NI)

Even his confession that he loves golf can’t take from the coolness of Samuel L Jackson, and he’ll be joined on the couch tonight by fellow actor Tom Hiddleston.


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