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NEW YEAR’S DAY Frank Pat­ter­son: Guth Órga na hÉire­ann

Doc­u­men­tary on the Tip­per­ary tenor who re­leased over 40 al­bums in six lan­guages. This marks the 75th an­niver­sary of his birth.

Planet Earth II: A World of Won­der

If you missed this stun­ning nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries or just want to be re­minded of its bril­liance, here are the best bits all cap­tured in ul­tra-high-def­i­ni­tion de­tail.

Still Open All Hours

This gen­tle com­edy fill­ing the Last Of The Sum­mer Wine-shaped hole in the BBC sched­ules con­tin­ues with Granville sur­rounded by his band of elderly ec­centrics.

Ti­tanic: The New Ev­i­dence

Ir­ish Daily Mail jour­nal­ist Se­nan Molony re­veals the real rea­son Ti­tanic sank. His find­ings are based on a clue he found in an old pho­to­graph, lead­ing him to be­lieve that it was fire that sank the ‘un­sink­able’ ship.

More­cambe And Wise’s Fun­ni­est Mo­ments

Mi­randa Hart has long been a fan of Eric and Ernie, so this is her dream gig as she counts down their top 20 great­est TV mo­ments, as voted for by com­edy ac­tors.

At Your Ser­vice

In this one-off episode, the Bren­nan broth­ers are called in by hus­band and wife Maeve Caf­fer­key and Dar­ren Mol­loy, who run Ted’s Bar on Achill Is­land.

Thai­land: Earth’s Trop­i­cal Par­adise

Yet an­other mag­nif­i­cent wildlife se­ries, this time fo­cus­ing on the won­der­ful flora and fauna that can be found in this lush south­east Asian coun­try. Time to book a hol­i­day?


Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch re­turns as Sher­lock Holmes in a high­light of the fes­tive sea­son. Martin Free­man and Amanda Ab­bing­ton are back as Mr and Mrs Wat­son, with a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily, in a fiendishly en­ter­tain­ing case en­ti­tled The Six Thatch­ers.

Poitín Mhi­cil

A new doc­u­men­tary on Pádraic Ó Gri­al­lais’s fam­ily in Gal­way who have been renowned poitín distillers for six gen­er­a­tions. Pádraic has taken a ca­reer break from his teach­ing post to set up a poitín busi­ness. Will it work?

Mrs Brown’s Boys New Year Spe­cial

Agnes Brown’s grand­son, Bono, is be­ing bul­lied by a boy at school, so she de­cides to in­ter­vene, while Gran­dad is back from hospi­tal with a pre­scrip­tion for med­i­cal mar­i­juana. What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

MON­DAY Food Un­wrapped Diet Spe­cial

The tur­key is barely cold and al­ready, Jimmy Do­herty, Kate Quil­ton and Matt Teb­butt are scour­ing the globe for the lat­est trends and sci­en­tific ad­vances in weight loss.

Si­lent Wit­ness

Emilia Fox is back as Dr Nikki Alexan­der in a 20th – yes, 20th! – se­ries of the crime drama. In the open­ing two-part case (it con­cludes to­mor­row), a sev­ered fin­ger her­alds the dark world of peo­ple smug­gling.

The Hal­cyon

New se­ries. Drama set in 1940 at a five-star Lon­don ho­tel, show­ing the impact of the Sec­ond World War on fam­i­lies, pol­i­tics, re­la­tion­ships and work. (AD) (HD).

The Un­date­ables

The lovely se­ries fea­tur­ing dis­abled peo­ple look­ing for love re­turns. Post­man Sam has Asperger’s syn­drome; Ian has a de­gen­er­a­tive eye con­di­tion. You’ll be root­ing for them to find a part­ner.

Al­tan Ag Ceol

They’re of­ten called a trad group, but the key to Al­tan’s suc­cess re­ally is their abil­ity to tran­scend gen­res: tra­di­tional, rock, pop, folk, world mu­sic. To cel­e­brate their 30th, the Done­gal group, fronted by Mairéad Ní Mhaon­aigh, per­form in O’Con­nor’s, Salthill.


Our en­vi­ron­ment has a huge ef­fect on us – as Dr Lara Dun­gan dis­cov­ers in this new se­ries, it has a ma­jor impact on our health and life ex­pectancy.

Great In­te­rior De­sign Chal­lenge

The Great Bri­tish Bake Off for in­te­rior de­sign­ers re­turns for a new, fourth se­ries, and this time, the renowned de­signer Kelly Hop­pen will be among the judges.

Yel­low­stone: The Wildest Win­ter

This park is home to North Amer­ica’s most iconic wildlife. In this won­der­ful three-part doc­u­men­tary, show­ing over con­sec­u­tive nights, we meet some of the res­i­dents.

Rob­son Cru­soe: A Sur­pris­ing Ad­ven­ture

Rob­son sounds a lot like Robin­son, so it’s no won­der that ever since he was an 11-year- old boy in rainy Northumberland, Rob­son Green has al­ways wanted to live on a desert is­land, like Robin­son Cru­soe. And now, 40 years later, he gets his chance. But will it be an is­land par­adise, or a liv­ing hell?

Celebrity Big Brother Live Launch

Those of a ner­vous dis­po­si­tion might want to look away now as Emma Wil­lis sends into the no­to­ri­ous house a new batch of celebri­ties, some of whom you might even recog­nise. This year’s theme is All Stars v New Stars, and fea­tures some ‘clas­sic house­mates’.

Grey’s Anatomy

The med­i­cal drama is back for a 13th se­ries. We find Mered­ith jug­gling some huge se­crets that could af­fect her re­la­tion­ships with Mag­gie and Alex. The fall­out con­tin­ues in the sec­ond episode of the open­ing dou­ble bill.

WED­NES­DAY The Sher­iffs Are Com­ing

The fly-on-the-wall cam­eras fol­low­ing the court en­force­ment agents, also known as sher­iffs, as they try to re­trieve fines.

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs New Year Spe­cial Ar an Aer

A new se­ries called Teacht Agus Imeacht, this RTÉ archives work looks at life in Ir­ish speak­ing com­mu­ni­ties since the 1960s, be­gin­ning in Huddersfield in York­shire.

Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion

If you made a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to get fit, but feel like your willpower is al­ready wan­ing, this may help. Hosted by Ray D’Arcy and Kathryn Thomas.

No Of­fence

Paul Ab­bott’s award-win­ning po­lice drama re­turns for a sec­ond se­ries. Joanna Scan­lan leads the im­pres­sive fe­male-led cast in a se­ries that doesn’t pull any punches.

Sec­ond Opin­ion

Dr Xand van Tulleken pre­sents a satir­i­cal round-up of the last year in health news, and in­ves­ti­gates some of the most baf­fling and ex­tra­or­di­nary med­i­cal sto­ries of 2016.

THURS­DAY Get­aways

Joe Lind­say and new pre­sen­ter Mairéad Ro­nan kick off the lat­est se­ries of the hol­i­day show by head­ing to Las Ve­gas.

The Money Sav­ing Diet Show

Sian Wil­liams and Ranj Singh in­ves­ti­gate six off-the-shelf di­ets for 28 days.

The Restora­tion Man

Ge­orge Clarke’s back for a new se­ries, first meet­ing a cou­ple who turned a water pump­ing sta­tion into their per­fect home.


The dis­cov­ery of a body in a suit­case unites de­tec­tives Cassie and Sunny in an­other his­toric mur­der case. Crime drama, star­ring Ni­cola Walker and San­jeev Bhaskar.


In this new se­ries from the mak­ers of SAS: Who Dares Wins, three for­mer spies put 15 peo­ple to the test to see if they have the skills and qual­i­ties re­quired to join Bri­tain’s Se­cret In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice.

Sword, Mus­ket & Ma­chine Gun

Dr Sam Wil­lis pre­sents this il­lu­mi­nat­ing new his­tory of weapons, and how they have shaped his­tory, start­ing with swords.

FRI­DAY Jamie and Jimmy’s Fri­day Night Feast

It’s not of­ten Hol­ly­wood roy­alty comes to Southend Pier, but that’s the case this week with the ar­rival at the café of none other than Salma Hayek.

Can’t Stop Danc­ing

If you’re suf­fer­ing with­drawal symp­toms fol­low­ing the end of Strictly Come Danc­ing, the good news is that Danc­ing With The Stars be­gins on Sun­day. Bláth­naid Treacy is host­ing tonight’s weekly pre­view show. Dancers in­clude Des Bishop and Kather­ine Lynch, Red Rock star Denise McCor­mack and sports com­men­ta­tor Des Cahill.

Rug­baí Beo & Ul­ster Rugby Live

Ac­tion from the 13th round of PRO12 fixtures as Le­in­ster take on Ze­bre at the RDS Arena on TG4, while BBC2 has cov­er­age of Scar­lets v Ul­ster at the Parc y Scar­lets.

The Big Soap Quiz: Corona­tion Street v Em­merdale

Stephen Mul­h­ern hosts as teams rep­re­sent­ing the ri­val soaps bat­tle it out in the an­nual grudge match, test­ing their knowl­edge of 2016’s best mo­ments from the Dales and on the cob­bles.

Gra­ham Nor­ton’s Big Red Chair

As view­ers of Gra­ham Nor­ton’s chat show will know, the red chair fea­ture never fails to end the even­ing on a high note. Here, Gra­ham pro­files the chair in which au­di­ence mem­bers tell their sto­ries.

SATUR­DAY Let It Shine

It may have lost its Voice, but the BBC has found a new talent search of its own. Mel Giedroyc and Gra­ham Nor­ton are on pre­sent­ing du­ties as Gary Bar­low be­gins his quest to find five per­form­ers to star in a mu­si­cal fea­tur­ing the songs of Take That.

Moya Bren­nan Ag Ceol

The Clan­nad singer and mu­si­cian joins fam­ily and friends to play for an in­vited au­di­ence in An Cultúr­lann in Dublin.

The Voice UK

It may feel like The X Fac­tor has only just fin­ished, but the search for an­other new singing star is al­ready un­der way as the lat­est se­ries of The Voice UK be­gins. It’s no longer on the BBC, but we still have the re­volv­ing chairs, the blind au­di­tions and coach, while Voice veteran Tom Jones is also mak­ing a comeback. But there are some new­com­ers too as singer and ac­tress Jen­nifer Hud­son and Bush front­man Gavin Ross­dale join the panel.

Rug­baí Bhuaicphointí

High­lights of Rac­ing 92 v Mun­ster and Ospreys v Con­nacht in the Guin­ness PRO12.


Tom Hardy takes the lead in this pe­riod drama, which he also co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced with Ri­d­ley Scott. Hardy is James De­laney, who turns up in Lon­don in 1814 ready to avenge the death of his fa­ther.

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