This compelling Irish crime show returns this week, a third series having recently completed filming around Galway, and with the wonderfully abrasive Scottish actor Iain Glen ( Game of Thrones) back in the starring role. It’s adapted from the novels of acclaimed Irish crime writer Ken Bruen, whose overriding preoccupation is the dark side of Ireland’s recent economic prosperity and its legacy. The series is a suitably bleak study of rage, retribution and redemption, aptly tagged as “Hibernian noir”. Jack Taylor, the hard-bitten Galway Garda turned PI, is played by Glen, husky-voiced and red-eyed from drink. He’s one of the most enjoyably irresponsible characters on the mean streets. There are many ways to follow this fractious contest but the BBC has it well covered with a classy rolling US election news special throughout the day. At 9am, World News America with Katty Kay will be in New York with a show featuring special guests as well as hearing from voters across the country. From 10.30am, Kay and Andrew Neil present live coverage from an election studio overlooking Times Square, joined by Democratic and Republican election analysts. There will be giant touchscreens, analysis of exit polls, and a plethora of virtual reality graphics, with correspondents in the key swing states and reports from within the Democratic and Republican party headquarters. Blue Serengeti Thursday, 8.30pm, Animal Planet (615) Most documentaries on the subject portray sharks as objects of fear, a sensationalist tabloid streak that plays to the bleachers, usually with Jaws music thrumming beneath the commentary. Gone With Yet most of us know they pose little danger to humans — you are more likely to commit suicide than be attacked by a shark. So it’s agreeable to welcome a film that scientifically explores why predators and prey alike migrate thousands of miles every year to three hot spots off the coast of California. Created by famed marine biologist Barbara Block, this doco compares the wildlife aggregations off Monterey to Africa’s savanna ecosystems, hence the title, and features cuttingedge camera and tracking technologies. Clint Eastwood’s controversial American Sniper (Saturday, 11.35am, Action), starring Bradley Cooper, is based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Cooper stars as Kyle, who is credited with a staggering 160 sniper kills, though the film focuses as much on his difficulties in readjusting to life at home as on his actions during combat in Iraq. (It won the Oscar for best sound editing.) TCM celebrates Vivien Leigh’s birthday with the immortal Gone with the Wind (Saturday, 8.30pm), centred on Leigh’s petulant southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. Still Hollywood’s most popular movie, the star-studded tale of the old south during wartime is a timeless tale of a lovehate romance. To slightly rephrase the writer Italo Calvino, a classic is a movie that has never finished saying what it has to say, and this movie bears many viewings. As does Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (Tuesday, 8.30pm, TCM), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. A masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman’s attention in a love triangle set against a background of political and romantic espionage during World War II, it just never dates. Pithy lines of dialogue are etched on the memory of almost everyone who has seen it.
Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the Wind