What to watch on TV this week

 

Tara Shine explores the wildlife of Leeside on Wild Cities: Cork tomorrow on RTÉ Two at 6.30pm. 

SATURDAY

Jutland: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle

Channel 4, 8pm

An aptly-named peninsula in Denmark gave its name to the one of the biggest naval battles of the 20th century. 

Almost 250 vessels were involved in the face-off between the British and German navies, and by the end of it, about 10,000 people had lost their lives. 

A hundred years on, this documentary looks back at the battle and attempts to settle some of the ongoing debates about which side emerged victorious.

The Hunger Games

Channel 4, 9pm

The opening installment of the excellent dystopian thriller series starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, a teenage girl whose appearance in a high-stakes entertainment show changes her world for ever.

Bruce Springsteen: The Ties that Bind

TG4, 9pm

The country is about to be consumed with Boss fever over the next week, and this documentary is a timely look-back on The River, his classic album from 1980 that will also form much of his set at Croke Park. 

What to watch on TV this week

It includes behind-the-scenes footage, contributions from those who helped make it — not least Springsteen himself — and live performances of tracks such as ‘Hungry Heart’ and the title track.

SUNDAY

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

BBC One, 5.30pm

As the gardening season hits top gear, this is the first episode of coverage from the world’s most famous flower show.

Wild Cities — Cork

RTÉ Two, 6.30pm

One of the after-effects of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films was the proliferation of red-eared terrapins as pets in Ireland. 

Unfortunately, they weren’t always as exciting as their screen counterparts and, as well as carrying salmonella, they often outgrew their small aquariums. 

Hence, many ended up being released into the wild. 

Their resilience ensured some survived and even bred, as Tara Shine shows when she finds them in waterways around Cork. 

She also encounters herons begging for food at the English market, hares living in a working factory, and hundreds of wagtails roosting in the city.

Fair City

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Oisín is at the heart of much of the action in this week’s show, as he ups the ante in his campaign against Jane. 

Later in the week, he’ll get some come-uppance. 

On a happier note, there’s also plenty romance in a few of the episodes, not least as Decco and Kerri-Ann take the next step.

MONDAY

Badoiri — Photographing The Last Of The Galway Hooker Men

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The famous boats of Galway Bay were almost gone by the 1960s, but this documentary has photographer Joe St Leger talking about their history and attempts to keep the tradition alive.

The Story of Yes

RTÉ2, 9pm

It’s one year on from the marriage equality referendum and this documentary looks back on that momentous day for Ireland. 

What to watch on TV this week

Among the interviewees are Safia O’Gorman, the adopted daughter of a gay couple, who explains what the vote meant for her family; and Aoife O’Driscoll and Anna McCarthy Adams, a couple who’ve since had a baby girl through IVF.

Snowden’s Great Escape

RTÉ One, 11.35pm

The tale of CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and how he evaded capture by the US authorities by slipping out of Hong Kong and making his way to Moscow.

TUESDAY

Crainn na hÉireann

TG4, 8pm

Manchán Magan turns his attention to the management of forests in Ireland, looking at how our ancestors used primitive axes to clear land, and how the British also embarked on a policy of cutting down woodlands. 

More recently, we hear about the Avondale project in Co Wicklow to see which trees could be grown commercially in this country.

Storyville

BBC Four, 9pm

Another chance to see ‘Last Days in Vietnam’, the excellent Oscar-nominated documentary of the closing weeks of the Vietnam War. 

It focuses on the period when the Vietcong were about to over-run Saigon, prompting panic among the Americans and the South Vietnamese who had opposed them.

The Guards

RTÉ2, 9.55pm

Thankfully, Irish soccer doesn’t have much of a problem with violent behaviour, but the Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers is a game where trouble can be a factor. 

What to watch on TV this week

This concluding episode of the two-part series on gardaí in Dublin follows the policing operation for the game. 

St Patrick’s Day is also featured, a huge event for the gardaí as the influx of tens of thousands of people into the capital coincides with big drinking sessions and the resultant spike in antisocial behaviour.

Later Live — with Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10pm

Includes music from the Last Shadow Puppets, Bonnie Raitt, Dinosaur Jr and Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko.

Fíorscéal

TG4, 10.30pm

Harrowing documentary from Cork filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn on sexual violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.

WEDNESDAY

Lose Weight For Love

BBC One, 8pm

Professor Tanya Byron and her fellow experts try to get to the root of why Celena has put on five stone since she fell in love with Pete. 

Some of it is down to his hatred of vegetables and the fact that he’s the one doing all the cooking of high-fat, high-sugar food.

THURSDAY

Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories

Sky Arts 1, 9pm

Neil Gaiman did the writing and Jarvis Cocker provided the music for this new series of strange tales.

The Catch

Sky Living, 10pm

Shonda Rhimes previously gave us Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Can she repeat the magic with this tale of a female private detective? 

The series has already run in the US, where most reviews seemed to hit the space between average and good.

FRIDAY

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Guests on tonight’s show include Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, and new Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc.


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