NIGEL ANDREW’S guide to the week’s TV
Feis Ceoil: By Numbers
5.30PM , RTÉ ONE A behind-the-scenes look at the music festival, offering a portrait of the next generation of young Irish classical talent, taking in the Choir of the Year competition, the adjudication process and a rare audience backstage with Young Conductor hosts, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Vera 8PM, ITV In this third of four stand-alone episodes, a man’s body is found on the moors, dead from a single gunshot wound, and Joe thinks it’s the result of a poaching war, but Vera is sure that the roots of this crime lie a lot deeper.
For The Love Of Cars 8PM, CH4 This week, Philip Glenister celebrates the Mini Cooper Mark 1, tracking one down and restoring it from a rusting wreck to showroom condition. Meanwhile, Philip tells the story of the Mini and chats to the great Stirling Moss. The Comedy Vaults: BBC2’s Hidden Treasure 9PM, BBC2 Part of BBC2’s 50th birthday festivities, this celebration of the channel’s comedy archive includes rare gems from the likes of Spike Milligan, Pete and Dud, Rik Mayall – and even, in a sitcom pilot, the band Madness.
Fargo 9PM, CH4 In this week’s fourth episode, Gus tries to right a wrong, Malvo embraces his alter ago, Lester finds himself in a surprising situation, and the wonderful Molly has a promising lead.
Perspectives 10PM, ITV In this week’s edition, Emeli Sandé travels to Mexico to explore the life and work of the painter Frida Kahlo – an artist Emeli admires so much that she sports a large tattoo of Kahlo’s face on her forearm. The Meaning Of Life With Gay Byrne
10.35PM, RTE ONE In the second programme of the new series Gay Byrne talks to Rory O’Neill, better known as Panti Bliss. Mayo’s famous drag artist, whose parents are devout Catholics, is full of surprises, including his willingness to go the barricades to defend his Christian critics’ freedom of speech.
The Storms That Shook The South West
In this documentary, originally shown in the South West region, Sam Smith meets some of those whose lives and livelihoods were affected by last winter’s storms and floods.
8PM , TG4 Pól Ó Ceannabháin joins Síle Denvir in the opening programme of the second series. Born and raised in An Aird Thoir in Carna, Pól tells Síle about his musical background and career, which culminated in his winning the Corn Uí Riada at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2012.
The Island With Bear Grylls
9PM, CH4 The second episode of the series finds the 13 castaway men getting increasingly desperate. It’s been 48 hours since their last meal, and they must bring food back to the camp before they become too weak to hunt. But the island’s wildlife proves very elusive…
Man Vs Weird
10PM, CH4 In this three-part series, comedian Simon Farnaby travels the world to meet people who claim to have extraordinary powers, beginning with several who seem to be highly magnetic, and one who claims to be electric shock-proof.
The Big Allotment Challenge
8PM, BBC2 This series hasn’t had the impact of The Great British Bake Off, but it’s made for very watchable, relaxing television. Tonight, it’s the semi-final, with chrysanthemums and onions, set jellies and fruit butters being judged. The final is on Thursday (8pm).
The Consumer Show
8.30PM, RTE ONE The Consumer Show is back, presented by Keelin Shanley. Programme one investigates a fire in a top-selling family car, discovers how savvy shoppers can slash the cost of prescription medicine, and looks at which pet hair vacuum cleaner is the best for a fur-free home.
Jackie’s Story: My Life, My Legacy
9PM , TV3 In August 2013, Jackie Crowe was diagnosed with cancer and given around a year to live – but it wasn’t just the illness that she had to battle. As this moving documentary discovers, she’s also determined to secure her daughter’s future, but to do so shehas to take on the banking system. The programme also documents Jackie’s sevenweek fight to begin chemotherapy, and looks at the impact of HSE cuts. An inspiring portrait of one woman’s seemingly indefatigable courage, grace and humour. Happy Valley 9PM, BBC1 This week’s episode of Sally Wainwright’s riveting thriller begins with a gut-wrenching shock. As the kidnapping continues to spiral out of control, all concerned are getting increasingly twitchy – and dangerous.
Watermen: A Dirty Business
9PM, BBC2 Among the challenges facing the watermen this week are a collapsed sewer under a holiday home, a stomach-churning waste water task, and 30,000 litres of concrete that’s been poured down a sewer.
Mr Drew’s School For Boys
9PM, CH4 In this third episode, Mr Drew decides on a high-risk strategy – getting the boys to play an away match against a local team, with an instant red card for any foul play or bad language. Can it work?
UEFA Europa League Final – Live!
TV3 7.30PM Sevilla v Benfica (Kick-off, 7.45pm). Coverage of the showpiece match at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, where the Spanish and Portuguese teams contest the trophy. With commentary by Trevor Welch and Kevin Kilbane. Subsequent
programmes are subject to change. The Supervet 8PM, CH4 Noel Fitzpatrick looks to sci-fi for inspiration to help a three-legged dog – adopted from Thailand by a young couple – whose remaining front paw has been hurt. He also treats a rabbit’s broken leg.
Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off
9PM, ITV To conclude his thoughtful and often rather jolly look at death, the comedian returns to his home town of Glasgow, where he considers how he’d like to be remembered, and reflects on the death of a friend when both were young.
9.10PM, BBC2 Having spent eight seasons exploring the British coastline – with occasional forays beyond our shores – Neil Oliver heads down under in this new series. He and a local team begin in Kimberley, Western Australia, walking the Dinosaur Coast, wrestling fierce tides and learning the art of indigenous raft-making.
11.10PM , TG4 Darkly comic short film about elderly sisters who join together for a poker game. Instead of chips, they’replaying with medication and pearls, but what’s really atstake is who’s going to have to care for their ancient and irritable mother.
8.30PM , RTÉ ONE Thomas wants to create an edible, medicinal garden, something which goes far and beyond simply looking pretty. He will break the garden up into four; a salad bed, a medicinal bed, a soft fruit bed and a bed with culinary shrubbery. GIG – An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire
9.30PM , TG4 It will have been one of the longest journeys of their lives for these three finalists, but as they arrive at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in Killarney, the end is in sight. It’s down to the audience of 300 and judges John and Tommy to decide on a winner…
Thalidomide – The 50 Year Fight
9PM, BBC2 Prescribed to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s to combat morning sickness, Thalidomide caused birth defects in thousands worldwide. This documentary charts the long battle by those affected to bring those responsible to justice.
Heston’s Great British Food
9PM, CH4 Part three (of four) finds Heston Blumenthal preparing a feast of chocolate, exploring its history and looking to the future with new delights such as a chilli and chocolate cocktail.
Community 10PM, SONY TV
A fine triple bill ends the current run of this inventive US sitcom set in a community college. First comes a two-part story in which a sandwich chain wants to buy out the college; then comes the season finale – an episode animated in the style of the 1980s cartoon GI Joe. Only in Community…
Unreported World 7.35PM, CH4 In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, Sunni and Alawite Muslim neighbours are engaged in a long-running war that mirrors the conflict in Syria. Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Adam Pletts meet the gunmen who seem to revel in fanning the flames of hatred on their own doorsteps.
The Minster 8PM, BBC2 The second of three programmes following the €25million restoration programme at York Minster finds the stone-carvers racing against time to replace a mysterious weathered statue above the east window. Meanwhile, the girl choristers prepare for a major performance.
Gardeners’ World 8.30PM, BBC2 At Longmeadow, Monty Don plants out sweet peas and pots up lilies, while Carol Klein helps her first-timers to create a cottage garden-style border.
The Story Of Women And Art
9PM, BBC2 Amanda Vickery presents this engaging, three-part history of the often overlooked work of women artists, from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Many of their works, Vickery finds, have been put away and forgotten in storerooms, convents and cellars.
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Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow
11.35PM , RTÉ TWO It’s Saturday night, which means we deserve a few laughs. Step forward comic Michael McIntyre – he’s at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal showcasing his unique sense of humour, joined by Kevin Bridges, Daniel Sloss, Milton Jones and Craig Campbell.