What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY
The Amazing Spider-Man
RTÉ2, 7.35pm
Andrew Garfield starred in this decent reboot of the Marvel character in 2012.

 

Après Match Of The Day

RTÉ2, 10pm

We’ll see the Après Match lads doing their bit throughout the tournament, and there’s also a welcome repeat of this series where they offered hilarious commentary and analysis of days gone by. First up is Ireland v Romania at Italia 90.

SUNDAY

The Hunt

RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Tonight’s instalment in the look at the relationship between predators and prey has some excellent footage from the Arctic as polar bears and wolves try to find enough to eat in an extremely harsh environment.

Top Gear

BBC Two, 8pm

Despite the big launch, you won’t be seeing the motoring series on RTÉ for the duration of Euro 16. Those who fancy watching Chris Evans and co over the next few weeks will have to do it on the Beeb. For this episode, Matt LeBlanc goes on a tour of London in a custom-built rally car, while the two Stars in a Rally Cross Car are British boxer Anthony Joshua and American comedian Kevin Hart. There’s aslo a test drive of the new Audi A8.

Interview With A Murderer

Channel 4, 9pm

Bert Spencer served 15 years in jail for shooting a 74 year-old in the UK in 1979. Now free, he was also a suspect in the infamous killing of 13-year-old paperboy Carl Bridgewater in 1978 — a crime he has always denied. In this documentary, Spencer, now in his 70s. talks to criminologist Professor David Wilson.

The Green Linnet

TG4, 10pm

Restored footage from 1975 in which the late Barney McKenna from The Dubliners and accordion player Tony McMahon talk about their music and adventures.

MONDAY

Jamie Johnson

CBBC, 5pm

Three-part drama from the popular books by Dan Freedman. Jamie is the 11-year-old gifted footballer who wants to become a star. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of turmoil in his home life when his parents split up.

Gaybo Laughs Back

RTÉ One, 8pm

A repeat of the enjoyable archive series in which Gay Byrne selected some of the lighter moments from his time on the Late Late Show. Billy Connolly, Spike Milligan and Niall Toibin feature in this episode.

Food Unwrapped: Lost Weight For Summer

Channel 4, 8pm

Worried about fitting into that new bikini or speedos? The trio of reporters look at the science behind some popular diets.

Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The Hound was the latest resurrection of this season, and presumably he’s going to end up fighting his hated brother, the Mountain (Cersei’s bodyguard). In the meantime, Cersei puts the Mountain up for another trial by combat in King’s Landing. We’ll also get more revelations from Bran.

TUESDAY

Born On The Same Day

Channel 4, 9pm

First of a new three-part series looking at the lives of three people born on the same day into different backgrounds.

Britain & Europe: The Immigration Question

BBC Two, 9pm

Immigration is only an issue that Ireland experienced since the Celtic Tiger era. The UK, however, has had a much longer experience of bringing in new people, and in recent years the arrival of people from its former colonies has been overtaken by an influx from other EU countries. 

This has ensured emigration has been a major point of debate for the Brexit referendum. In this hour-long show, Mishal Husain — the newsreading daughter of Pakistani immigrants — looks at the impact of immigration from other EU countries in the context of employment, housing, national identity etc. There might even be lessons for Ireland.

WEDNESDAY

How To Cook Well With Rory O’Connell

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

The final episode of the series has the Ballymaloe chef preparing a slow roast shoulder of lamb with aoilli and salsa verde; followed by a dessert of rhubarb and strawberry trifle.

Rescue Dog To Super Dog

Channel 4, 8pm

Episode two of the show following the transformation of dogs into companions for people with disabilities.

Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks To People

BBC One, 8.30pm

Gorillas have been in the news a bit recently, but this show looks at one of the first of those magnificent creatures to enter popular consciousness. Koko has been taught sign language and other forms of communication since the early 1970s by Penny Patterson in California. 

Now aged 44, Koko has also had a number of pet cats. Though some of her feats have been disputed by other researchers, the tale of the ‘friendship’ between Koko and Penny makes for fascinating viewing, and thankfully many of their significant moments together through the decades have been captured on film.

THURSDAY

This World: The New Gypsy Kings

BBC Two, 9pm

Manele is a new music genre that mixes traditional Gypsy music with modern pop, and while it’s becoming increasingly popular in Romania, the genre’s evolution doesn’t sit well with some musicians. This documentary looks at the tensions it has created.

FRIDAY

Tracks And Trails

RTÉ One, 7.30pm

Repeat of the show in which Pól O Conghaile walks two routes in the Comeragh mountains in Co Waterford.

The Millionaires’ Holiday Club

BBC Two, 9pm

If you’re scrimping and saving for your summer holidays, you might like to see how the other half lives, as this concluding episode at some of the more high-end trips.

Walk The Line

RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Very watchable 2005 biopic of Johnny Cash, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

The Graham Norton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

The guestlist is dominated by the female stars of the new Ghostbusters film — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Charlie Sheen is the token male on the couch.


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