Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Bianca and Heath get more than they bargained for when they head into the outback during an eventful week on Home and Away.

SUNDAY

Top Gear

BBC Two, 8pm

Convertible supercars are to the fore for the second episode of the new series as Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris travel across the US. Back in Blighty, Rory Reid pushes an Alfa Romeo Giulia to its limits.

The Jump

Channel 4, 8.30pm

Of all the celebrity-based shows on the schedules, this is the most dangerous, and offers a real test of physical ability. 

Irish contestant Vogue Williams had to pull out with a knee injury before the proper show even started. 

Tonight’s final features the remaining celebrities battling in out in the snow cross, ski cross and ski jump: Spencer Matthews, Louis Smith, Kadeena Cox, Emma Parker Bowles, Jason Robinson and Amy Willerton.

Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall

BBC Two, 9pm

Steve Backshall probably has the biggest biceps in the BBC, and he’ll probably need all his muscle power for this journey from source to sea along the Baliem River in New Guinea. 

Early in his trip, he has to canoe through fierce rapids, and also spends time in a village populated by the Dani, the ethnic group that still live very traditional lives in the highlands. 

Of course, given Backshall’s natural history background, he’s also eager to see some of the incredible wildlife that still exists in New Guinea, though he won’t want to get too close to the crocodiles that are plentiful in the river he’s navigating.

War Child

Channel 4, 10.30pm

As the debate continues across the continent on how to deal with issues around the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing poverty and war in their homelands, this documentary follows three children on their journey to the promised land of Europe. Emran, 11, is from Afghanistan and travelling without his parents. 

His aim is to make it to Germany where his older brother lives. Another Afghani boy, Hussein, was separated from his mother at the Iran/Turkey border when gunfire erupted. 

Rawan from Aleppo has made it with her family to a camp in Greece, but we see how they slip away from the main area just in time before a riot erupts.

MONDAY

My Life: New Boys In Town

CBBC, 5.30pm

This episode of the excellent children’s series is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Adel, a boy who came to Britain as a refugee from Syria a few years ago and is now well settled in his adopted country. 

He wants to help other children from his homeland who haven’t adjusted so well. 

Some are so traumatised by the memories of war in Syria they don’t want to venture outdoors, so it’s a lovely moment when one of the recent arrivals joins Adel for a bike ride.

An Misean sa tSín

TG4, 7.30pm

China packed a lot of history into the period from the 1920s to the 1950s, with major events including a civil war, invasion by the Japanese and establishment of communist rule. 

There to witness it all were groups of Irish missionaries, who sought to convert people to Catholicism, as well as getting involved in social projects in a country that was still rife with poverty and poor living conditions. 

Among them was Edward Galvin from West Cork, who went on to become the first Bishop of Hanyang, before he was eventually expelled in the mid 1950s.

Après Match of The Day

RTÉ2, 9.30pm

When the national teams from both sides of the border met in Belfast in 1993, it was a tense affair both on and off the pitch. 

Luckily, the Après Match crew find plenty angles for a humorous spin on a game that would eventually lead to the Republic qualifying for USA ’94.

Don’t Tell The Bride

RTÉ2, 10pm

The series returns in a new Monday slot, and the first couple we encounter are Celina and Ben who met online about nine years ago. They’ve been through a lot since, including the loss of two babies at birth. Celina is pregnant again, so they’ve decided to get married. 

Initially, it seems they have very different ideas about the wedding. She’s thinking intimate occasion in a historical building; he sets about planning for a ceremony at the huge IKEA store in Dublin. And Ben’s idea of a hen night for Celina rings alarm bells when the proceedings involve a cleaning lesson for the bride-to-be.

TUESDAY

Home And Away 

RTÉ2, 6.30pm 

The first of three major episodes on the soap tonight as Bianca and Heath head off for a romantic getaway to the Northern Territory. Not all goes to plan, however, and without spoiling anything, we can reveal it isn’t long before proceedings take a rather sinister turn.

Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip

RTÉ One, 8.30pm

The celebrity couple spend time at Bridge House in Skibbereen, and Daniel O’Donnell shows off his funny side at a gathering with some of the locals. From there, the duo are off to Glasha Farmhouse on the Tipperary-Waterford border.

The Replacement

BBC One, 9pm

Episode one intrigued us, episode two had us gripped, and now we reach the third and final episode of this excellent thriller, hoping the show’s makers can give us a worthy finale.

Catastrophe

Channel 4, 10pm

The funniest show on TV right now continues with Rob and Sharon resorting to typical black humour as financial difficulties take their toll.

WEDNESDAY

Laochra Gael

TG4, 9.30pm

Dónal Óg Cusack is a hero for his exploits both on and off the pitch. This first episode of the new series looks back on the career of the former Cork goalkeeper.

Midnight Sun

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The latest series to be filed under ‘Nordic noir’ follows a French police officer as she investigates a murder of one of her compatriots in a small mining town in northern Sweden.

THURSDAY

Random Acts As Gaeilge

RTÉ One, 7pm

A show for Seachtain na Gaeilge zips through various Irish language-related items, from the use of Snapchat to Hairy Baby t-shirts. Ronan O’Gara and Stephen Fry even pop up to give their opinions.

FRIDAY

Na Bailéid ó Chorcaigh

TG4, 8,15pm

A feast of music from the lovely Live at St Luke’s venue in Cork features the likes of John Spillane, Mick Flannery and Jimmy Crowley.

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World

BBC Two, 9pm

The BBC puts a nice twist on our national holiday by broadcasting the first of a two-part series by wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson. Instead of shillelaghs and shamrock, we get the Skelligs, red deer and humpback whales.


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