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The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - NEWS - MIKE MULVIHILL’S guide to the week’s TV


Danc­ing With The Stars 6.30PM, RTÉ ONE Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram host the third episode, and this week the dancers have an ex­tra rea­son to feel ner­vous be­cause some­one is go­ing to be voted out.

Coun­try­file 6.30PM, BBC1 The team are on the an­cient Juras­sic Coast in Dorset, where Matt Baker tries his hand at a pop­u­lar lo­cal pas­time: fos­sil-hunting.

Still Open All Hours 7.30PM, BBC1 In the fun­ni­est episode of the se­ries, Granville is thrown into a panic by the news that there are forged ban­knotes in cir­cu­la­tion.

Endeavour 8PM, UTV While pro­tect­ing an in­for­mant as he un­der­goes treat­ment in Cow­ley Hos­pi­tal, Endeavour is drawn into the mys­tery of the ward. Ru­mours are cir­cu­lat­ing among the pa­tients about the curse of bed ten.

Walk­ing The Amer­i­cas 8PM, CH4 The lat­est leg of Le­vi­son Wood’s epic trip takes him from the stun­ning land­scapes and beau­ti­ful colo­nial cities of Nicaragua into the nat­u­ral par­adise of Costa Rica — tak­ing in an ac­tive vol­cano along the way.

Ap­ple Tree Yard 9PM, BBC1 Get ready for a TV show rar­ity – a fe­male over 30 lead char­ac­ter as a fully func­tion­ing hu­man who can still fall in love, make mis­takes and have (whis­per it) in­ti­mate relations. Based on the book by Louise Doughty and star­ring Emily Wat­son.

Home­land 9PM, CH4; EPISODE TWO ON TUES­DAY, 9.30PM, RTÉ2 The spy thriller feels more rel­e­vant than ever, par­tic­u­larly as this se­ries fol­lows a US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. On Tues­day, Carrie and Reda fight for their client while Quinn fights against his new life.

Strik­ing Out 9.30PM, RTÉ ONE It’s the last in the se­ries, but Tara isn’t wind­ing down – in­stead she’s tak­ing on two de­mand­ing cases. One of these is a fa­ther who faces los­ing his son to state care.


Great Amer­i­can Rail­road Jour­neys 6.30PM, BBC2 Michael Por­tillo ditches his Brad­shaw’s in favour of Ap­ple­ton’s Gen­eral Guide To The United States And Canada.

Silent Wit­ness 9PM, BBC1 In this week’s two-part in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fa­ther and son Bill and Frankie McA­teer are killed in a hor­rific car crash on their way home from work. But when Nikki and Jack ar­rive at the scene, they dis­cover this was no ac­ci­dent, and a grip­ping tale of bloody re­venge un­folds…

Hori­zon: Hair Care Se­crets 9PM, BBC2 This fas­ci­nat­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion tells you all you ever wanted to know about hair but were too afraid to ask – in­clud­ing whether it’s worth buy­ing ex­pen­sive sham­poos.

The Hal­cyon 9PM, UTV While work­ing at the War Of­fice, Toby hears that his brother Fred­die’s squadron has gone down. Emma is dev­as­tated – the man she loves may be dead be­fore she’s even had the chance to tell him how she feels.

Then Comes Mar­riage? 9.30PM, RTÉ2 Three more cou­ples put their re­la­tion­ships to the test, in­clud­ing Tom and Jess, who have al­ready set a date for their wed­ding. How­ever, it seems they may have to learn how to put the past be­hind them.

First Dates Ho­tel 10PM, CH4 Re­tired restau­ra­teur Stephen and ma­ture model Belinda quickly get stuck into the wine list dur­ing their date in France.

John Connors’s Amer­ica 10.30PM, RTÉ2 Ac­tor and ac­tivist John Connors is fas­ci­nated by the par­al­lels between Trav­ellers in Ireland and Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties in the US. Tonight he’s in South Dakota to learn about the Lakota lan­guage.


Our Danc­ing Town 7PM, BBC2 Chore­og­ra­pher Steve Elias has no prob­lems per­suad­ing the peo­ple of Hud­der­s­field to take part in his project – but the num­bers of dancers bring their own set of chal­lenges.

Eco Eye 7.30PM, RTÉ ONE Many of us take our wa­ter sys­tems for granted, but as the last high-qual­ity wa­ters be­gin to dis­ap­pear, that could soon change. Anja Mur­ray looks at our vi­tal wa­ter­ways.

Martin Clunes: Islands Of Aus­tralia 8PM, UTV Our ge­nial host con­cludes his epic odyssey by vis­it­ing Mun­doo Is­land and Phillip Is­land, be­fore fin­ish­ing off on Maria Is­land to see one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic crea­tures: the Tas­ma­nian devil.

How To Lose Weight Well 8PM, CH4 It’s the mono meal diet, the Dukan diet, the abs diet, the South Beach diet, the DNA diet and the ap­ple-pear regime. But still no one is on the eat-less-and-do-more-ex­er­cise diet.

Ear To The Ground 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE Co Roscom­mon’s Dan Mo­ran, who is ap­proach­ing his 98th birth­day, has trained sev­eral hun­dred sheep­dogs dur­ing his ca­reer. Ella McSweeney puts his meth­ods to the ul­ti­mate test as she pits his border col­lie against a drone in a herd­ing con­test.

Su­gar Free Farm 8PM, TV3; EPISODE THREE AT 9PM, UTV Seven celebri­ties are con­fronted with their un­healthy eat­ing habits, and sub­mit to a rad­i­cal diet. At 9pm, it’s the half­way mark on the farm, and af­ter eight days, the celebri­ties no longer have carv­ings.

24 Hours In A&E 9PM, CH4 Aaron is rushed to St Ge­orge’s Hos­pi­tal af­ter over­turn­ing his car onto metal rail­ings dur­ing a high-speed col­li­sion, leav­ing his twin brother, Alvin, to worry about his fu­ture.

Blue Bloods 10.15PM, RTÉ2 Be­ing a cop is a dan­ger­ous job, even when you’re not at work – this week, Lieu­tenant Gorm­ley is badly beaten out­side his home.

Grey’s Anatomy 10.30PM, RTÉ2 The medics re­ceive a blast from the past as a fa­mil­iar face re­turns to Grey Sloan. Cather­ine turns up the pres­sure, forc­ing Bai­ley to make a de­ci­sion about Alex, while Amelia’s day goes from bad to worse.


Léirmheas Le­ab­har 7.30PM, TG4 A new lit­er­ary panel se­ries pre­sented by Róisín Ní Ghairbhí on books in the Ir­ish lan­guage, in­clud­ing newly pub­lished works.

Neven’s Ir­ish Food Trails 7.30PM, RTÉ ONE Neven is on a seafood-in­spired trail as he takes to the waves with Cork’s Mur­phy fam­ily of sup­pli­ers Shell­fish De La Mer.

Italy’s In­vis­i­ble Cities 9PM, BBC1 Alexan­der Arm­strong and Dr Michael Scott con­clude their fas­ci­nat­ing se­ries by un­cov­er­ing the se­crets of Florence.

Hos­pi­tal 9PM, BBC2 This week’s episode fo­cuses on brain sur­geon Kevin O’Neill, who has to deal with chal­leng­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal cases.

No Of­fence 9PM, CH4 The Fri­day Street team launch an ur­gent search when a fa­ther re­ports his teenage daugh­ter as miss­ing.

Vik­ings 9.30PM, RTÉ2 Can any­one in this drama be trusted? It’s look­ing un­likely this week as Odo seems set to be be­trayed, and Ecbert of­fers his sup­port to Kwen­thrith in Mer­cia.


The Cruise: Sail­ing The Mediter­ranean 8.30PM, UTV It’s a big mo­ment for new bridge of­fi­cer Lau­ren as she edges closer to tak­ing the helm. First, she has to moor the Royal Princess in an ex­tremely small port.

This Is Job­stown 9PM, TV3 Boxer Linda finds out she is not go­ing back to school – and also has other big news to share with her fam­ily. The Fire­brand Church holds an out­door baptism for its mem­bers.

Death In Par­adise 9PM, BBC1 Saint Marie’s cricket club’s win is over­shad­owed when club pres­i­dent Jerome Martin is later found shot dead. Will Humphrey be able to catch the killer out?

The Cult Next Door 9PM, BBC2 This ex­tra­or­di­nary doc­u­men­tary tells the story of a strange cult that came to light in 2013 when three women, in­clud­ing a then 57-year-old Belfast woman, emerged from a flat in Lon­don, af­ter decades in cap­tiv­ity. Here, two of them talk about their or­deal.

Un­for­got­ten 9PM, UTV Dark se­crets con­tinue to spill out as the grip­ping mys­tery con­tin­ues and Sara’s reve­la­tion about her past sends shock­waves through her mar­riage.

First Dates Ireland 9.30PM, RTÉ2 We get to eaves­drop on more (hope­fully) ro­man­tic en­coun­ters as stock­bro­ker Ciaran meets glo­be­trot­ting on­line ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive Bami. Mean­while, baker Áine pre­pares to break bread with dap­per Gary, but will they be a recipe for suc­cess?

Fíorscéal 10.30PM, TG4 While study­ing snakes, toads and dogs, sci­en­tists have no­ticed pe­cu­liar be­hav­iour just days be­fore an earth­quake strikes. Could this be a seis­mol­ogy break­through?

Gen­er­a­tion F’d 10.30PM, RTÉ2 Last week’s open­ing episode showed how tough life can be for Ireland’s 25 to 35 year old. This edition turns its at­ten­tion to those who are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble.


Euro­vi­sion: You De­cide 7.30PM, BBC2 Mu­sic fans in the UK vote for the act they want to hear in Ukraine in May. Hosted live from the Apollo by Mel Giedroyc.

Fleadh Cheoil 7.30PM, RTÉ ONE John Cree­don and Aoib­hinn Ní Shúil­leab­háin host a new se­ries on the fes­ti­val. Tonight we hear mu­sic from Project West and Out The Gap as well as this year’s ArdOl­lamh Micheál Ó hAlmhain.

Jamie And Jimmy’s Fri­day Night Feast 8PM, CH4 Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Do­herty wel­come the co­me­dian Michael McIn­tyre to their pier cafe, and to­gether they cook a tasty scal­lop dish and tra­di­tional meat loaf.

Tina & Bobby 9PM, UTV It’s 1973, and the cracks are start­ing to show in the mar­riage of Tina and Bobby. Poor per­for­mances on the pitch set the scene for a poignant fi­nale in this drama.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show 10.35PM, BBC1 Di­rec­tor Danny Boyle and the orig­i­nal stars of Trainspot­ting – Ewan McGre­gor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Car­lyle and Ewen Brem­ner – join Gra­ham to dis­cuss the lon­gawaited se­quel.


Nat­u­ral World – Echo: An Un­for­get­table Ele­phant 6.25PM, RTÉ2 Mar­tyn Col­beck and Cyn­thia Moss look back on the legacy of Nat­u­ral World’s Echo the ele­phant, who lived a long, re­mark­able life. They dis­cover that Echo’s loss came at a par­tic­u­larly bad time as the herd are tested by drought, hunger and poach­ers without their ma­tri­arch to guide them.

Taboo 9.15PM, BBC1 The doors of Lon­don’s elite are still slam­ming in James’s face, but it looks like he may have found a new ally in the slightly alarm­ing shape of chemist Chol­mondely.

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