Seven days of top TV
Timeless, RTÉ 2
The time travelling agents find themselves in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, right in the middle of the witch trials. The twisty part is that among the accused is one Abiah Franklin, mother of the future statesman, Benjamin. What could happen if he was never born?
My Favourite Sketch, GOLD
Sally Phillips is joined by Johnny Vegas to look at the sketches that have inspired his career. Among his favourites are Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan, Simon Pegg and Matt Berry, and the show ends with Johnny’s reenactment of his favourite sketch.
Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the 13 remaining couples aiming to be crowned 2018 champions. Tonight, they perform a selection of ballroom and Latin routines, hoping to impress Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. Results on Sunday.
Junior Eurovision, TG4
Eoghan McDermott presents the search for the act (aged 9-14) to represent Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk. After nationwide auditions, the top 32 singers are whittled down to just one, off to Minsk for the November 25 contest.
Doctor Who, BBC One
Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough in a hostile alien environment to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo? With Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.
Vanity Fair, VM Three
As the Battle of Waterloo begins, Amelia is sick with the fear about George’s safety, while Jos is far more worried about himself, and Becky sees him as an opportunity to make some money. She sells him the horses Rawdon left behind for a ridiculously high price.
Jack Stein: Born to Cook, Good Food
Jack Stein, son of Rick, travels around Australia looking for new food ideas. This time, he is in the Kimberley Region, where his first stop is Kununurra, famous for growing melons, rice, cotton and most recently, sandalwood.
Black Earth Rising, BBC Two
Patrice Ganimana’s warnings about Kate’s safety are borne out when Kate and Alice are attacked. Nevertheless, Kate continues her search for the case file her mother had prepared against Ganimana years before. But are establishment forces closing ranks to impede them?
Blood, VM One
Cat struggles to have her suspicions taken seriously in the wake of her mother’s mysterious death. She seeks out an old friend connected to her past who could help her shed light on the present, but she unearths a great deal more than she bargained for.
The Good Doctor, Sky Witness
As Shaun pushes back against Dr Melendez in order to treat a gravely ill hospital janitor, Dr Lim risks her career to help a teenage girl repair the damage caused by an archaic custom. Meanwhile, Dr Glassman demands oversight in choosing a doctor for his brain surgery.
Opry le Daniel, TG4
Tonight at the Millennium Forum in Derry, Daniel O’Donnell presents a tribute show to the legendary Jim Reeves. Special guests are Al Grant, Tony Kerr, Patrick Feeney and Matt Leavy, who share their Jim Reeves stories and perform renditions of his songs.
Celebrity Hunted, Channel 4
No celebrity should ever have to go on the run and be pursued by expert hunters, unless, of course, it’s for charity. Raising money for Stand Up To Cancer are comic Dom Joly, news presenter Kay Burley, Vicky Pattison ( Geordie Shore) and Strictly Come Dancing pro AJ Pritchard.
Donal’s Meals in Minutes, RTÉ One
Our recent cover star Donal Skehan presents impressive recipes that don’t take hours to prepare. Dishes include Vietnamese salmon and balsamic pork. Also includes his five-minute meal challenge, done on the spot with no editing or other telly trickery.
This Crowded House, RTÉ 2
Among the people Brendan Courtney and his team of experts meet this time is Barbara Ryan in Sligo. She lives with her parents and is the last to fly the nest. Her new job has given her the push to move out, but it’s tough to find a place to live, especially as she wants to live alone.
A third series of the fantasy comedy starring James Buckley ( The Inbetweeners) as Brian, transported to a parallel world. Fortunately, there’s a pub, with some odd regulars: owner, Herman and patrons Barbara, a soothsayer; Steg, an armchair revolutionary; and Howell, a deranged wizard. Steve Coogan guest stars.
Don’t Look Back In Anger, VM One
Events of 2002 revisited: Roy Keane’s famous spat with Mick McCarthy in Saipan; Bertie Ahern led Fianna Fáil in a general election but the party fell just short of a majority, resulting in a second coalition with the PDs. And a levy of 15c was introduced on plastic bags.
Instinct, Sky Witness
Dylan and Lizzie work to uncover who would want to murder a troupe of costumed actors when two members are killed using poison. Also, Andy encourages Dylan to accept an invitation to a barbecue at Detective Fucci’s when he becomes concerned Dylan isn’t fitting in with his new colleagues.
The Rotunda, RTÉ 2
In the last episode of the fly-on-thedelivery-room-wall series, mother-ofnine Rosemary checks into the hospital hoping for the safe delivery of her tenth child, while a Mater Hospital nurse Aoife gets used to being a patient while awaiting the arrival of her first child.
Cosáin Cheoil, RTÉ One
The show looking at how traditional music has moved with the times focuses this time on the traditional music of the 1990s, with innovations that was kick-started with the emergence of Riverdance and a whole new global audience.
A Discover of Witches, Sky One
Satu tortures Diana to discover her powers. Matthew needs to find her fast if he’s to stop her falling into the hands of Gerbert. But even with Baldwin on board, the pair fail to find her before Satu invokes dark magic. An injured Diana fears she could be a monster.
The Graham Norton Show, BBC One
Joining Graham tonight are Michael Caine, talking about his memoir Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life; Hollywood star Chris Pine, in movie Outlaw King; and Sally Field, talking about her autobiography In Pieces.