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.
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.
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.
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 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.
TUESDAY Eco Eye
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will.i.am, 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.
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.