NIGEL ANDREW’S guide to the week’s TV
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.
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.
10PM, SKY LIVING
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.