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NIGEL ANDREW’S guide to the week’s TV

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Scór 8PM , Encore TG4 We’ve over the seen course some of im­pres­sive this se­ries, per­for­mances but now it’s time crowned to find the out win­ner. which Stiofán tra­di­tional Ó Fear­ail, act will be Gearóid Eochaidh Ó have Dub­háin the task and Siob­héal of choos­ing Nic who will get to ap­pear at Croke Park

Vera 8PM, UTV In the sec­ond of the se­ries, Vera and her team in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der of a man found dead on a beach. Vera is con­vinced the key to the case lies in the dead man’s trou­bled and di­vided fam­ily, ruled over by pa­tri­arch Alan Ken­wor­thy (John Wood­vine).

Fargo 9PM, CH4 At­mo­spheric, stylish and quirky, this TV se­ries spin-off from the Coen broth­ers’ film continues to im­press. In tonight’s third episode, Molly sets a trap, Gus thinks about com­ing clean, Lester re­turns to work – and Malvo has an­other sur­prise up his sleeve.

Other 10.30PM Voices , RTÉ TWO It’s the last in the se­ries, and Other Voices is go­ing out in style with per­for­mances from Mog­wai, Walk­ing on Cars, Lulu James, David Arnold, Wil­lis Earl Beal and Sive and Spies. But then what else would you ex­pect from the most eclec­tic mu­sic show on TV? The With Mean­ing Gay Byrne Of Life

10.35PM , RT É ONE Gay Byrne re­turns with a new se­ries of thought-pro­vok­ing in­ter­views. First up is Ma­jella O’Don­nell who raised €600,000 for cancer char­i­ties when she went pub­lic about her own ex­pe­ri­ence with breast cancer and had her head shaved live on the Late Late Show last Septem­ber. In this in­ter­view, Ma­jella opens up to Gay about her ill­ness.

In The Flesh 10PM, BBC3 Back with a sec­ond – and longer (six parts) – se­ries comes the cult zom­bie drama set in a English vil­lage af­ter ‘the Ris­ing’, in which thou­sands of people who died in 2009 were re­an­i­mated. Life is get­ting no eas­ier for those af­fected by PDS (par­tially de­ceased syn­drome). Singer Per­spec­tives Will Young, 10PM, who has UTV long been fas­ci­nated by the haunt­ingly strange paint­ings of René Magritte, takes a jour­ney through the Bel­gian artist’s outwardly con­ven­tional life and star­tlingly orig­i­nal work.


Bang Goes The The­ory

7.30PM, BBC1 In this week’s episode of the pop­u­lar sci­ence se­ries, Mag­gie Philbin re­ports from a Syr­ian refugee camp on ef­forts to tackle the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis there; Liz Bonnin finds out about cholera; and the team learn about a sim­ple, peanut-based paste that has saved tens of thou­sands of lives.


3.10PM, RTÉ ONE David At­ten­bor­ough takes a breath­tak­ing jour­ney through the vast and di­verse con­ti­nent of Africa as it has never been seen be­fore. In the Kala­hari scrub­lands, clever meerkats are out­smarted by a wily bird, soli­tary and bel­liger­ent black rhi­nos get to­gether to party and gi­ant in­sects stalk huge flocks of birds.

Prey 9PM, UTV In the sec­ond episode (of three) of this high-oc­tane thriller, Rein­hardt seems to be clos­ing in on Farrow – who now sus­pects that some­one very close to home knows some­thing about Abi and Max’s mur­der.

The Is­land With Bear Grylls

9PM, CH4 In this new, five-part se­ries, Bear Grylls drops 13 male vol­un­teers on a re­mote, un­in­hab­ited Pa­cific is­land, with only the clothes they are in and a few ba­sic tools. Can they sur­vive for a month with only them­selves to rely on?


9PM, BBC4 In the sec­ond of this moody Welsh de­tec­tive drama, a farmer is found blud­geoned to death at a re­mote farm­house, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his death un­cov­ers some bloody his­tory.


Ire­land By Night

8PM , TV3 This doc­u­men­tary meets em­ploy­ees who are start­ing their shifts as most of us are go­ing to bed. The first in­stal­ment fol­lows a milk­man as he gets on with his de­liv­er­ies, as well as the owner of Smith­field’s old­est flower stall as his day be­gins at 3am.

The Big Al­lot­ment Chal­lenge

8PM, BBC2 The con­test is at the half­way point and this week, the con­tes­tants must come up with a fault­less aubergine, a per­fectly-cut top­i­ary tree and prizewin­ning pick­les and pic­calil­lis.

Al­most Hu­man

9PM, WATCH This new, fu­tur­is­tic US cop show, star­ring Karl Ur­ban (Star Trek) as a de­tec­tive reluc­tantly part­nered with an an­droid, gets off to a con­fi­dent start.


9.55PM , TG4 As Colin Bateman’s drama con­cludes, it looks like Erin may be over the worst, and Diar­muid strug­gles to make amends for his ab­sence as her fa­ther. Mean­while, Rob faces dif­fi­cult times when a doc­tor stresses the im­por­tance of Re­becca re­main­ing on her med­i­ca­tion. Later Live…

10PM, BBC2 Jools Hol­land in­tro­duces a line-up in­clud­ing Aloe Blacc, who per­forms his hit The Man and other tracks from his lat­est al­bum; Southend’s own The Hor­rors; and, from Cincin­nati, Ohio, the re­cently re-formed Afghan Whigs.



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MasterChef Ire­land

8.30PM , RTÉ ONE It’s al­most time to step out of the kitchen, but not be­fore the three fi­nal­ists, Diana Dodog, Ni­amh Man­nion and Edel Lynch, ex­ert them­selves one last time in a bid to be crowned the culi­nary queen of MasterChef 2014. Dy­lan McGrath and Nick Mu­nier present. Bingo Nights

9PM , TV3 Eyes down for the last of this two-parter about bingo lovers. We meet Teresa Singh and her daugh­ter Nikita, 17, as they pre­pare for a night out to­gether, and pub land­lord Neil Breen in Gorey, Co. Wex­ford, who hopes bingo will at­tract more cus­tomers.

The Su­per­vet

8PM, CH4 This new, four-part se­ries fol­lows ‘Bionic Vet’ Noel Fitz­patrick and his team as they use cut­ting-edge tech­niques and surgery to treat pets that most other vets would re­gard as be­ing be­yond help.

Ver­tigo Road Trip

9PM, BBC1 In this one-off spe­cial, Mel Giedroyc and psy­chol­o­gist Dr Jennifer Wild take five people with an ex­treme fear of heights, and sup­port them through a se­ries of chal­lenges in an at­tempt to cure their de­bil­i­tat­ing pho­bia. Will they be able to cope with moun­tain peaks – let alone the world’s tallest build­ing?

24: Live An­other Day

9PM, SKY1 Four years af­ter the events of the last se­ries, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Suther­land) is back to save the world – but this time, he’s on his own, and on the run in Lon­don. Plenty of fa­mil­iar faces re­turn, along­side new char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Stephen Fry as the prime min­is­ter.


Wanted: A Fam­ily Of My Own

9PM, UTV This third pro­gramme (of four) fo­cuses on a cou­ple who have de­cided to adopt rather than go through years of IVF, and an­other cou­ple keen to adopt a sib­ling group. As be­fore, the path to adop­tion proves far from smooth.

He­ston’s Great Bri­tish Food

9PM, CH4 This week, Blu­men­thal un­leashes his culi­nary mad­ness on that great Bri­tish sta­ple – curry, which he rein­vents with gi­ant pop­padoms, whole poussins in­jected with tikka mari­nade, su­per­sized Af­ter Eights and more.

The Good Wife 9PM, MORE4 This new episode of the US le­gal drama is es­pe­cially event­ful and grip­ping – and con­tains a big shock. A re­ally big shock. Blurred Lines: The New Bat­tle Of The Sexes 9.30PM, BBC2 In this dis­turb­ing re­port (with some shock­ing im­ages and words), Kirsty Wark asks why a form of bru­tally of­fen­sive misog­yny is tak­ing hold, from the school play­ground to so­cial me­dia – and what women should do about it.

Blood Ris­ing

10.45PM , RTÉ ONE This doc­u­men­tary charts the ef­forts of Ir­ish artist Brian Maguire to high­light the plight of some of the count­less women mur­dered in the Mex­i­can City of Juarez by pro­duc­ing por­traits of the vic­tims for their fam­i­lies.

FRI­DAY Young So­cial In­no­va­tors 2014

3E, 7PM 3e fol­lows two schools tasked with de­vis­ing a project to help their com­mu­ni­ties. They must present the projects in or­der to get fund­ing and men­tor­ing from YSI pan­elists. This fol­lows them from the ini­tial brain­storm­ing through to the an­nual Young So­cial In­no­va­tors Show­case.

Un­re­ported World

7.35PM, CH4 A re­port from the town of Manan­jary on Mada­gas­car’s iso­lated east coast, where people live by a set of ta­boos passed down from long-dead an­ces­tors – one of which is the be­lief that twins bring bad luck.

Gar­den­ers’ World

8.30PM, BBC2 This week, Monty Don treats us to a peek be­hind the scenes of the RHS Malvern Spring Fes­ti­val. Carol Klein shows us the pick of the dis­plays from the flo­ral mar­quee, while Joe Swift hears about the show gar­den de­signs.

Have I Got News For You

9PM, BBC1 Panel show specialist David Mitchell is back for a sev­enth stint in the guest host’s chair, while Andy Hamil­ton helps Paul Mer­ton and Ian His­lop to find the hu­mour be­hind the head­lines.


Pop Go The Women: The Other Story Of Pop Art 8.30PM, BBC2 In this Cul­ture Show spe­cial, Alistair Sooke tracks down the for­got­ten women of Pop Art, pi­o­neers who ex­hib­ited as equals with the likes of Peter Blake and Richard Hamil­ton, but have since been erased from the Pop nar­ra­tive.

The Amer­i­cans 10PM, UTV This sec­ond sea­son gets bet­ter and bet­ter as Philip and El­iz­a­beth strug­gle with the ter­ri­ble de­mands of their un­der­cover life – a sit­u­a­tion made all the worse af­ter the planned raid on a con­tra train­ing base re­sults in a blood­bath.

Gen­er­a­tion War: Fact And Fic­tion

11.05PM, BBC2 As the Ger­man drama comes to an end on BBC – it was screened re­cently on RTÉ – Martha Kear­ney hosts a panel dis­cus­sion of the his­tor­i­cal facts of the Nazi era, the con­toversy the se­ries caused in Ger­many, and how well that coun­try is fac­ing up to its past.

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