Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service in a Day airs on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on Monday.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
RTÉ One, 2pm
A decent 2010 adaptation of the hugely popular book by Jeff Kinney.
Is this animated feature from 2010 worth yet another look by you or your young charges? Definitely.
RTÉ One, 7.05pm
Princess Merida strikes a blow for girl-power and enjoyable animation in this 2012 favourite.
Prehistoric Megabeasts: Croc vs Snake
Channel 4, 8pm
While digging at a coalmine in Colombia, workers came across a treasure trove of fossils. The site in Cerrojon became famous for the remnants of a 43-foot snake called titanoba, but more recently an even bigger crocodilian has been discovered. This show looks at what has been learned about both these gigantic creatures.
The X Factor
We’ve long been hearing that this show is past its sell-by date, but it has managed to trundle on to a 13th series.
As ever, Simon Cowell towers over everybody else on the show, but he’s re-joined on the judging panel by old stalwarts Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, while Nicole Scherzinger also returns.
For the opening few episodes, we’ll see the judges’ experiences at the auditions in the summer in Dublin and other venues.
Cats v Dogs: Which Is Best?
BBC Two, 7pm
Concluding episode of the enjoyable two-part series on the various merits of the two animals.
Chris Packham is batting for the canines, while Liz Bonnin makes the case for felines as they meet a range of experts to award points under headings as which animal is easiest to train, and which makes better companions.
RTÉ One, 8pm
It’s all about deception this week as Decco struggles to keep Kerri-Ann in the dark about Denzo; Carol and Robbie hatch a plan to entrap Trigger. As we’ll learn, however, it’s not always easy to keep the truth from coming out.
UTV Ireland, 9pm
Jenna Coleman stars in the title role of this new eight-part series on the famed British monarch. It focuses on Queen Victoria’s early adult life, from her accession in 1837 to her wedding in 1840.
We see how she struggled with a domineering mother and was helped by her close relationship to the prime minister Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell). Episode two runs at the same time on Monday.
BBC Two, 10pm (not NI)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy draws on her own experiences of the mayhem of life.
Joe Wicks: The Body Coach
Channel 4, 7.10pm
Joe Wicks has built quite a brand as ‘The Body Coach’ with his mouth-watering promise of ‘Eat more, exercise less’. For this show, he combines recipe suggestions with demonstrations of his short, intense work-outs.
Keeping Ireland Alive — The Health Service In A Day
RTÉ One, 9.35pm
Major new five-part series that used 75 cameras to film different aspects of the Irish health service over the course of a day.
In the first episode, we see a neurosurgeon at Beaumont Hospital preparing to remove a tumor from the spine of bus driver; a midwife at University Hospital Kerry helping the deliver a baby; and the struggle to find beds in a crowded intensive care unit at the Mater.
We’ll also see the work of the dispatchers who take those fraught 999 telephone calls.
The HSE has obviously been involved in the making of the series, but RTÉ has promised a ‘warts-and-all’ account.
Thor: The Dark World
BBC One, 10.15pm
Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are among the stars of this decent take on the story of the god of thunder returning to Earth.
RTÉ One, 11.35pm
Irish film-maker Laura Fletcher’s documentary on the lesbian women in South Africa who are taking a stand against some of the horrific homophobic violence they experience in the townships.
Inside The Factory: Shoes
BBC Two, 8pm
So you thought your runners were made in some dodgy Asian sweatshop? Not necessarily.
The final episode of the enjoyable series has Gregg Wallace working on the production line at the New Balance’s sports shoe factory in Cumbria, which produces 3,500 pairs every 24 hours.
Cherry Healey goes to a tannery that processes the hides that eventually become leather shoes, and visits Cordwainers College in London to learn how creative designs are turned into commercial products.
The Walking Dead
Tonight’s double-bill has a series of encounters that will prove hugely significant by the end of the series.
Running Wild for Four Years
Pop singer Nick Jonas joins the survivalist for a trek in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Later in the series, we’ll see Courteney Cox’s journey to Kerry.
Older Than Ireland
RTÉ One, 9.35pm
Alex Fegan’s documentary interviews 30 Irish centenarians about their lives and how Ireland has changed. It manages to be informative, touching and amusing.
The South Bank Show Originals
Sky Arts, 10pm
Even if Sky is billing Seamus Heaney as a “UK-born” poet, this 1991 encounter between the late Derry man and Melvyn Bragg is worth looking back on. They discussed his ninth poetry collection, Seeing Things, as well as his life in the North that helped inspire it. That show is followed at 10pm by an episode based around Bragg’s 2009 interview with Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy.
Before director Lenny Abrahamson hit the big time with Room, he had already given plenty indication of his talents with such offerings as this comedy-drama from 2014. Domhnall Gleeson and a masked Michael Fassbender star in this tale of a group of eccentric band members.
BBC One, 8pm
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall seems to have left his River Cottage behind him as he presents a new series on ‘remarkable’ things that animals do.
Animal intelligence is on the agenda for the first episode, as he looks at the relationship between alligators and managees.
Class Of ‘92: Still Out Of Their League
BBC One, 9pm
Some of the best bits of this concluding episode of the revisit to the club bought by some of Man Utd’s former stars actually takes place in Spain, as the Neville brothers face all sorts of issues in Valencia.
Channel 4, 10pm
Ninety-minute drama about a 14-year-old with a chaotic home life. It brings together a group of emerging talents both on and off the screen.
Pat Shortt stars in this three-part drama about two Irish people trying to establish new lives by travelling to London.
The Hangover Part II
The follow-up to the original comedy smash has Bradley Cooper and the lads re-uniting in Thailand for the wedding.
Live At The Apollo
A decent lineup on the standup comedy show includes Micky Flanagan, Seann Walsh and Jason Byrne.
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