What to watch
First They Killed My Father Netflix Angelina Jolie directs this adaptation of a memoir set in the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. Even Better Than The Real Thing BBC One, 7pm Paddy McGuinness has already shown his deft touch on Take Me Out, and for this new show gathers some of the top tribute artists to perform music by the likes of Whitney Houston, George Michael, and Amy Winehouse. WWII’s Great Escapes Channel 4, 8pm Monty Halls begins a new series relating some the incredible escapes by Allied POWs during the Second World War. First up is a mass escape in Slovenia that was followed by a tough journey through the forests and mountains to freedom. Among the contributors are members of the Slovenian resistance who helped the escapees. Super 8 Channel 4, 9pm JJ Abrams directed the enjoyable sci-fi thriller from 2011 about a group of teenagers who inadvertently discover some dark secrets after a train derails in their home town. The Jonathan Ross Show ITV, 9.15pm Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding talk about their unlikely double act on The Great British Bake Off, while the guest list also gets a Hollywood flavour from the likes of Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry. Lincoln
RTÉ One, 11.25pm Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in this wordy and worthy account of the American president during the bloody civil war.
Electric Dreams Channel 4, 9pm New series where each episode is based on a short story by Philip K Dick, the American scifi writer who previously gave us Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. First up is a tale set in a city where a meteor shower has destroyed communicatitons systems and led to the rise of the Teeps, a group of telepathic mutants. The King’s Speech RTÉ One, 9.30pm Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush star in the 2010 tale of the British king’s attempts to overcome his stutter. Lee Mack: Hit the Road Mack Channel 4, 10.10pm Lee Mack is one of the better British comedians, and this show was recorded in London during the stand-up’s 2014 tour.
The Babymakers TV3, 9pm In the second episode of the IVF documentary series, Denise and Mark speak about the difficult two-week wait between the transfer of the fertilised egg into the woman and the test to see if it has taken hold in her body. Another couple, Naoimh and Robbie, explain why her age (45) is one of the reasons why they’ve chosen to to go the route of an egg donor. Rellik
BBC One, 9pm We know that this isn’t top-class drama fare, but the disfigured detective’s attempts to solve the serial killer case may still provide some diversion.
Frock Finders RTÉ One, 8.30pm Among the people looking for dresses in this episode are Amy Lynch, a Tralee woman with Down syndrome. Kinsale-based designers Charlotte and Jane also provide a wedding dress, while plus-size boutique owner Danny Leane dresses country singer Noreen Ashe. Bridget and Eamonn RTÉ2, 9.30pm The ‘80s couple are back for a third series, and in the weeks ahead, the couple will inadvertantly end up in a porn video, try to get on the bus to Lourdes and raise eyebrows when Bridget’s mother shows up with a new young boyfriend.
Schizophrenia: The Voices In My Head RTÉ2, 10pm Given its part in horror films through the years, it probably isn’t surprising that schizophrenia is such a misunderstood condition. In this one-off show, three young Irish people talk about how they are trying to manage the delusional thoughts and internal voices that are associated with the condition Mr Mercedes RTÉ One, 10.15pm Brendan Gleeson stars as a retired detective Bill Hodges , who is being taunted by a man who got off after being prosecuted for killing 16 people after driving his Mercedes through a crowd. The five-part adaptation of the Stephen King novel got decent reviews in US, but be warned that it does have some nasty violence.
Celebrity Operation Transformation RTÉ One, 9.35pm Some of the participants are in danger of being sidetracked by the launches and other events that are part of life when you’re trying to climb the celebrity ladder. They need to focus, however, if they’re going to be ready for the modern pentathlon, and tonight we see them training for the show jumping and fencing disciplines.
Eire na Nuachtscannan TG4, 8pm New series about how cinema newsreels brought world events to Irish audiences in the early part of the last century. Grace Harte TG4, 10pm New drama series set in a run-down hotel in the west of Ireland. A love triangle ends in tragedy – who is responsible? The Supervet Channel 4, 8pm A new run of the Irish vet’s series has him trying to help a staffordshire bull terrier whose pelvis has been smashed by a car. Ireland’s Rich List RTÉ2, 9.30pm The concluding part of Joe O’Shea’s look at the Sunday Times’ list of big earners in Ireland. FRIDAY Gardeners’ World BBC Two, 9pm With flowers faded and most of harvesting done, it’s time to start planning for the months ahead. Monty Don is planting bulbs that will emerge around Christmas, and he’s also sewing garlic, a plant that grows well in Irish conditions. Cloch le Carn TG4, 9.35pm Documentary on the late rugby player Moss Keane. Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father Netflix Given the success of Baz Ashmawy’s series with his mother, it was only a matter of time before somebody else would turn the camera on a parent. Here, the British comedian travels with his grumpy dad through Asia.
Kinsale-based designers Charlotte Cargin and Jane Skovgaard in Frock Finders on RTÉ One.
Holliday Grainger in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Channel 4 on Sunday.
Brendan Gleeson stars in new thriller series Mr Mercedes on RTÉ One from Tuesday.
Celebrity Operation Transformation: Wednesday.