Seven Days

NIGEL ANDREW’S guide to the week’s TV

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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

7.30PM, BBC1

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.

Coast Aus­tralia

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.

4 Bhan­ríon

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.


Su­per Gar­den

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.


11.35PM , RTÉ TWO It’s prob­a­bly the last ex­pect episode fire­works. of the se­ries When so the we firm can re­ceives group, Har­vey a tempt­ing vows to of­fer stop from the a merger Bri­tish go­ing po­si­tion through. when Rachel’s Mean­while, re­jected Mike’s in a tricky from Har­vard.


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.

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