From cinema to home viewing, your entertainment wrap for the week
SATURDAY My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Netflix
After kicking off his monthly show with Barack Obama, presenter David Letterman turns to the acting world for George Clooney, a star who will appeal to much of the same demographic as the former US president.
Toy Story 3 RTÉ One, 6.35pm
It’s been almost eight years since the last Toy Story was released, but fans can look forward to a fourth instalment in 2019, once the producers can get over various hiccups that have slowed the progress of the film. Meanwhile, this tale introduced to the franchise’s most unpleasant character yet in Lotso, the huggin’ bear with the fascist streak. The highpoint of the film comes near the end with the incredibly exciting conveyor belt scene where the characters look destined for the incinerator. Spoiler alert: they do get saved.
Ireland’s Got Talent TV3, 7.30pm
The first episode got a ‘yes’ from most viewers, and the second will hoping to maintain the momentum of a show that puts an enjoyably Irish twist on a well-worn international format. Tonight’s episode includes a 31-piece dance troupe from Midleton in Cork, and we also get a pair of rappers from Limerick.
SUNDAY Lost Cities of The Maya Channel 4, 8pm
You may have seen newspaper stories recently about the rediscovery of ‘lost’ Mayan cities in Central America. This documentary reveals more about the research project which has uncovered cities long hidden in the jungle that once provided homes for upto 10 million people. We also hear about the Lidar technology that found them, by bouncing pulsed laser light off the ground.
McMafia BBC One, 9pm
The final episode of the slick international crime series.
MONDAY Panorama BBC One, 8.30pm
Kicking yourself that you didn’t buy a few Bitcoins before they rose by 1,800% in a year, from about $1,000 per coin to more than $19,000? Spencer Kelly meets some of the people who’ve become millionaires on the back of the cryptocurrency, as well as others who’ve been conned out of their life savings.
Collateral BBC Two, 9pm
Stylish new four-part thriller about the aftermath of the shooting of a pizza delivery man in London. Carey Mulligan takes the lead role as posh DI Kip Glaspie juggling all sorts of racial and other social issues as she investigates the killing, while ex-TV copper John Simm (Life On Mars) pops up as an MP. Billie Piper is another familiar face in the cast of a show that seems to be trying to subvert some of our expectations of the characters in such series.
Don’t Tell the Bride RTÉ2, 9.30pm
The series returns with Kilkenny couple Jennifer and Robbie. She’s dreaming of a big traditional wedding in Callan, but he has this great idea for a Christmas-themed event in August. What could go wrong?
We Won The Lotto RTÉ One, 9.35pm
The concluding episode of the two-part series on winners of the Irish Lotto meets an asylum seeker who came to Ireland illegally and ended up as a millionaire. We also hear from the man who came up with a ‘surefire system’, that we’d probably all have scoffed at if we knew about it. But then we’d have stopped scoffing when he won €2.7 million.
TUESDAY Flatpack Empire BBC Two, 9pm
Episode two of the three-part series on Ikea follows innovative designer Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä as she travels to China to see if her ‘imperfect vase’ for the store is feasible. People in Cork holding out for a new Ikea store might be interested in the segment on the opening of a new branch in Sheffield, as the premises is constructed and workers are recruited and inducted into the culture of the company. WEDNESDAY
‘The Young Offenders’: Episode two on Thursday.
Operation Transformation RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Participants go head to head with the people who were on the show last year. Also, Karl Henry looks at issues with screen time for young ‘digital natives’.
Earth’s Natural Wonders BBC One, 9pm
New series looking at how people survive in some of the world’s wildest places. We see a yak herder bring his charges on a difficult journey through the Himalayas; an old Inuit woman and her granddaughter searching for mussels beneath the Arctic ice; and a project that aims to teach indigenous people in Brazil how to fight the fires that now proliferate.
Tomi Reichental: Condemned to Remember RTÉ One, 9.35pm
The third of the Irish-based Holocaust survivor’s documentaries on his experiences in the Second World War has him concluding his attempts to bring SS officer Hilde Michnia to account for her actions in two Nazi concentration camps. Reichental’s earlier instalment resulted in German police opening an investigation into the 93-year-old woman who was accused of war crimes.
THURSDAY Animals With Cameras BBC One, 8pm
The final part of the show presented by Gordon Buchanan has him joining scientists to fit cameras to some of the thousands of devil rays that gather in the Azores. Bears with cameras in turkey also capture exciting footage of fighting and mating.
Ear To The Ground RTÉ One, 8.30pm
Scheduled segments include a report on the unwieldy-titled event called the European Championships For Irish Red Setters On Snipe. The three main components of the event are the much-loved dogs, the snipe birds (which are unhurt) and a bog in Westmeath. We also meet a farmer whose Shannon-side land has become so prone to flooding that he can no longer live there, or even sell it.
The Young Offenders RTÉ2, 9.30pm
Episode two and the school principal’s worst nightmares begin to unfold as Conor and Jock make further moves on his daughters.
Homeland RTÉ2, 10.10pm
The opinions about this show passing its sellby date get trotted out every year, but it’s still evolving with annual changes of setting. Carrie is living in Washington DC, while Saul and 200 other federal employees are still languishing in prison after the attempted assassination of the vice president. A US government at war with its own intelligence organisations? Surely it could never happen. Ahem.
FRIDAY First Team: Juventus Netflix
Corruption scandals and lack of European success in recent years have seen some of the Vecchia Signora’s lustre fade, but this four-part documentary series is still essential viewing for soccer fans. Being an officially-sanctioned product, it won’t exactly be warts’n’all, but we will get behind the scenes footage of the Turin club in the early part of this season, getting up close to such players as Buffon and Higuain.
Nigel Slater’s Middle East BBC Two, 9pm
The chef concludes his tour with a visit to Iran, checking out the country’s most popular dish, dizi. On the Caspian Sea, he sees how fishermen who once harvested beluga caviar have to find new income sources because of the decline of sturgeon stocks. Get daily TV news, previews, and reviews on Twitter via @desodr1
Paddy Toibin and Pat Power, friends of Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara, feature on ‘We Won The Lotto’, on RTÉ One on Monday.
Jennifer and Robbie feature in ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’.
‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ returns tonight to TV3.