The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

If you want some­thing silly – but funny... VEXED Wed­nes­day, 9pm, BBC2

The first se­ries of Vexed di­vided opin­ion sharply, but some of us loved its unashamedly daft send­ing-up of the de­tec­tive drama. Toby Stephens re­turns for a new run as the in­cor­ri­gi­ble DI Jack Arm­strong, now paired with a new part­ner, Georgina Dixon (Mi­randa Rai­son, right).

If you want a diet for food lovers... HAIRY DI­ETERS Thurs­day, 8pm, BBC2

Some­thing of a de­par­ture for Hairy Bik­ers Si King and David My­ers, who in this new se­ries set out to lose two-and-a-half stone in three months – while con­tin­u­ing to en­joy good food. Time to road test low-calo­rie, but equally tasty, ver­sions of some of their favourite recipes.

If you want an evening with Sinéad O’Con­nor… FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY Fri­day, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

The pop­u­lar se­ries pre­sented by Gay Byrne fea­tur­ing chat and mu­sic from some of Ire­land’s favourite singers is back. The first episode fea­tures Sinéad O’Con­nor, who talks openly about her mu­sic ca­reer and some of the strug­gles she has faced in re­cent years.

The Lottery Liar

10PM, TV3 The bizarre story of how the British pain­ter and dec­o­ra­tor Howard Walm­s­ley de­ceived his wife, fam­ily, friends – and bank man­ager – into be­liev­ing he had won an £8.9 mil­lion lottery jack­pot, in or­der to save his mar­riage.

Lost Chil­dren


10PM, CH4 The first of two films about very dis­turbed chil­dren who have been ex­cluded from school fo­cuses on 12-year-old Court­ney. Can any­thing save her from her­self, and her fam­ily his­tory?

10.30PM, RTÉ TWO In the lat­est episode of the glossy US drama, Emily sets her sights on a new tar­get when an au­thor who has ties with the Graysons and the Clarkes re­turns to town. Mean­while Con­rad proves how dirty he’s will­ing to get when Daniel is dragged into the di­vorce, and Jack fi­nally lets his guard down with Amanda.

Restora­tion Home

8PM, BBC2 The Elms is an im­pos­ing Ge­or­gian house in Der­byshire, but it has lain empty for eight years, has nei­ther floors nor stairs, and looks as if it will soon be be­yond re­pair. Its new own­ers want to save it, but money is so tight that they’ve had to lay off their builders... Caro­line Quentin in­ves­ti­gates. The staff of Dublin’s SPCA have an­other busy week when a cat gets some in­ten­sive care af­ter a run-in with a car, Lisa is called in to res­cue a swan from a ware­house wa­ter pond, and Liam and Gillian try to save a horse.

The Churchills

Amish: A Se­cret Life

The Briefs

8PM, CH4 In part two (of three), David Starkey looks at how Win­ston’s bi­og­ra­phy of his an­ces­tor John helped to change the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion of its au­thor from a has-been war­mon­ger to a leader ca­pa­ble of quash­ing the Nazi threat.

9PM, UTV First of a new, two-part doc­u­men­tary that goes be­hind the scenes of the Manch­ester branch of Bri­tain’s busiest le­gal aid-funded law firm. Filmed over the course of a year, it pro­vides real in­sight into the jus­tice sys­tem.

9PM, BBC2 Per­haps not as se­cret as it once was, the Amish way of life still has the power to fas­ci­nate. This doc­u­men­tary opens up the world of an Old Or­der Amish fam­ily who have taken a big risk in al­low­ing them­selves to be filmed – in con­tra­ven­tion of their church’s rules.

BBC Proms: Han­del’s Wa­ter Mu­sic

8PM, BBC2 A spe­cial per­for­mance of Han­del’s Wa­ter Mu­sic and the Mu­sic for the Royal Fire­works. Both of these works were orig­i­nally per­formed out­side and, tonight, con­duc­tor Hervé Ni­quet recre­ates the at­mos­phere of those oc­ca­sions in Lon­don with the 80-strong Le Concert Spir­ituel play­ing spe­cially made in­stru­ments.

One Tree Hill

8.15PM, TG4 Brooke and Ju­lian take mea­sures to pro­tect their fam­ily, while Chase faces the con­se­quences for de­fend­ing Chuck, and Clay reaches an un­der­stand­ing with Lo­gan.

Mad Mad World

10.15PM, UTV Stacey Solomon, Eamonn Holmes and Stephen K Amos are tonight’s guests.


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