Seven Days

MIKE MULVIHILL’S guide to the week’s TV

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Ro­bot Wars

Forty teams of robo­teers have fought it out over the past five episodes for a place in tonight’s grand fi­nal, and now, just six re­main. Dara Ó Bri­ain and An­gela Scan­lon present as the new cham­pion is crowned.

Rome’s Sunken Se­crets

With ex­clu­sive ac­cess to the work of a team of un­der­wa­ter ar­chae­ol­o­gists, this ab­sorb­ing doc­u­men­tary un­cov­ers the hid­den se­crets of Ba­iae, an ex­clu­sive hol­i­day re­sort for the Ro­man Em­per­ors, which now lies be­neath the wa­ters in the Bay of Naples.

At Your Ser­vice

Francis and John Bren­nan help a yoga in­struc­tor to turn her fam­ily home into a B&B, but find she needs a crash course in run­ning a busi­ness.

Line Of Duty

Af­ter the shock­ing events of last week, the ten­sion just keeps on ris­ing as the po­lice cor­rup­tion team, AC-12, dis­cover new foren­sic anom­alies that ap­pear to pro­vide them with a ma­jor break­through in the case.

Colom­bia With Si­mon Reeve

Our in­trepid host sets off on a colour­ful jour­ney across a coun­try that has long been associated with co­caine and con­flict. But, with an end in sight to the decades-long civil war, Si­mon looks at how this beau­ti­ful coun­try is try­ing to put that im­age be­hind it.

The Ir­ish Grand Na­tional – Chas­ing A Dream

This doc­u­men­tary looks back at the his­tory of the event, which has been one of our great­est sport­ing tra­di­tions since 1870. It hears from mem­bers of rac­ing fam­i­lies, and also pro­files some of the biggest four­legged stars.

De­sign­ing Ire­land

The fas­ci­nat­ing se­ries ends with a look at how de­sign af­fects our ev­ery­day lives, even if we are not al­ways aware of it. There’s also a cel­e­bra­tion of the fact that Ir­ish ar­chi­tects and de­signs are play­ing an in­creas­ingly vis­i­ble role in the in­dus­try world­wide.

In­side The Freema­sons

Roll up your trouser leg and step in­side the United Grand Lodge of Eng­land as cam­eras are given unique ac­cess to this se­cret so­ci­ety on its 300th an­niver­sary to re­veal what it means to be a Freema­son to­day.

Amaz­ing Ho­tels: Life Be­yond The Lobby

Giles Coren and Mon­ica Galetti are off to Mar­rakech to stay at Morocco’s show­case ho­tel, the Royal Man­sour, a peace­ful haven where staff out­num­ber guests by ten to one, with ev­ery guest hav­ing their own per­sonal but­ler. But that’s the least you would ex­pect when you can pay up to £35,000 a night!


All is re­vealed tonight as DS Miller and DI Hardy reach the cli­max of their trou­bling in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the se­ries fi­nale, and last ever episode. It will be missed – as will Olivia Col­man and David Ten­nant, surely one of the most watch­able de­tect­ing duos to ever have kept us glued to our screens.

Hunt­ing The KGB Killers

This ex­tra­or­di­nary doc­u­men­tary tells the in­side story of the hunt for the mur­der­ers of Alexander Litvi­nenko, who was killed in Lon­don with ra­dioac­tive poi­son in 2006. It was an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that was to lead right to the heart of the Krem­lin.

Kitchen Hero: Donal’s Ir­ish Feast

What does it take to turn a hum­ble crisp into some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial? Donal Ske­han finds out as he meets the pro­duc­ers of O’Don­nell Crisps, which are made us­ing lo­cally grown Tip­per­ary pota­toes.

Bake Off: Creme De La Creme

In the fi­nal heat of the first half of this year’s pro­fes­sional bake off, three teams bat­tle it out for two places in the semi-fi­nals.

Daniel and Ma­jella’s B&B Road Trip

The cou­ple visit B&Bs in Co. Down and Co. Done­gal as they hit the road for the last time in this se­ries.


Rayna has been in­volved in car ac­ci­dents be­fore, but never one quite as dra­matic as her re­cent crash. She re­quires four hours of surgery but will a visit by Daphne and her choir in­spire the ail­ing singer to fight for her life, or is hope be­gin­ning to fade?

Billy Con­nolly & Me

This un­miss­able one-hour spe­cial marks the Scot­tish co­me­dian’s five decades in com­edy, fea­tur­ing clas­sic clips along­side new per­for­mance footage and a lovely new ma­jor in­ter­view with the man him­self.

First Dates

While the cur­rent se­ries of the Ir­ish show con­cludes on Thurs­day with a round-up of the sea­son’s best bits, it’s back to the res­tau­rant of ro­mance in Lon­don as a new batch of hun­gry daters ar­rive look­ing for love un­der the watch­ful eyes of maitre d’ Fred. Among the lonely hearts be­ing wel­comed tonight are dap­per 24-year-old Will, who has never had a girl­friend, and isn’t a nat­u­ral when it comes to chat­ting up a lady.

Ken And Me

Ac­tor Wil­liam Roache, who ap­peared in the soap’s first episode in 1960, looks back on his al­ter ego’s time on the fa­mous cob­bles, and re­flects on how the role has changed his own life. There are also con­tri­bu­tions from some of his real-life fam­ily mem­bers, as well as co-stars past and present.

Gog­gle­box Ire­land

Our trusty Gog­gle­box­ers of­fer words of en­cour­age­ment to the sin­gle­tons on First Dates Ire­land, and con­sider their own send-offs af­ter watch­ing Flashy Fu­ner­als. But which shows will get them shout­ing at the TV tonight?

Road Riders

As the Ir­ish road rac­ing sea­son kicks off this week­end with the Tan­dragee 100, this timely doc­u­men­tary meets some of the men, women and fam­i­lies who are pas­sion­ate about the sport. It asks what draws them into this dan­ger­ous world.

Tonight At The Lon­don Pal­la­dium

Bradley Walsh in­tro­duces per­for­mances by singer Emeli Sandé, ma­gi­cian Pete Fir­man and – back af­ter a long ab­sence to per­form their new sin­gle – pop group Steps.

Sec­ond Chance Sum­mer: Tus­cany

It’s week three, and the group open a res­tau­rant at La Ban­di­tac­cia, wel­com­ing their first pay­ing cus­tomers. Can they win over the lo­cals with their cui­sine? Er, not re­ally…

Con­fes­sions Of A Ju­nior Doc­tor

This eye-open­ing and often alarm­ing new se­ries was filmed in one gen­eral hospi­tal at the height of the UK’s 2016 ju­nior doc­tor cri­sis. This first episode meets the grad­u­ates as they work on the wards, and the re­al­ity of life as a doc­tor dawns on them.

The World Ac­cord­ing To Kids

This week, the 70 chil­dren re­veal what they think about fear and dan­ger, with in­sight­ful, funny and mov­ing re­sults.

Home Of The Year

It’s the fi­nal next week, but first the judges have to as­sess two more con­tenders, in­clud­ing a cot­tage in West Clare and a 19th-cen­tury school­house in Co. Leitrim, which was bought on­line by a pair of New York­ers who had never seen it in per­son.

The Su­per­vet

Pro­fes­sor Noel Fitz­patrick and his team are back to per­form more mi­nor mir­a­cles on their an­i­mal pa­tients, be­gin­ning with labradoo­dle Mitzi, who is rushed in af­ter be­ing hit by a car.

The Last King­dom

Winch­ester cel­e­brates Aethelred and Aethelflaed’s wed­ding, but the fes­tiv­i­ties are short-lived as a fa­tal mis­take al­lows Vik­ing broth­ers Erik and Sige­frid to out­wit the Sax­ons, and ter­ror reigns once again.

Born To Kill

This dark new four-part drama fol­lows young Sam (im­pres­sive new­comer Jack Rowan), who on the sur­face ap­pears to be a model teenager – but un­der­neath, there lies a mur­der­ous de­sire that rages to be un­leashed. Ro­mola Garai is his dot­ing mother, Daniel Mays the po­lice de­tec­tive in a dis­turb­ing tale.

Gar­den­ers’ World

In an episode burst­ing with ideas, Monty Don gives ad­vice on plants that thrive on shady walls, while Joe Swift pays a visit to a small town gar­den to find out how an in­te­rior de­signer has trans­formed her out­door space.


Glenda Gil­son, Ruth O’Neill, Cassie Stokes and Karen Koster in­ject a lit­tle glam­our into our week­ends as they round up the lat­est show­biz news. There will be gos­sip from all the lat­est big events, as well as up­dates on some very fa­mous faces.

Tracks and Trails

This week’s jour­ney takes place in Let­ter­frack, Co. Gal­way, as Ir­ish 400m run­ner David Gil­lick is joined by Ger O’Don­nell, the con­ser­va­tion man­ager of Con­nemara Na­tional Park, on a walk that takes in the Di­a­mond Hill, a beau­ti­ful moun­tain with spec­tac­u­lar views. David vis­its the lo­cal In­dus­trial School grave­yard, which is a sad re­minder of harsher times, while Ger talks to farmer Paddy Walsh to hear more about the kind of farm­ing they do in this part of the world. The walk con­cludes with a visit to Kyle­more Abbey and Walled Gar­dens, which are in them­selves a treat.

Have I Got News For You

It’s the start of an in­cred­i­ble 53rd se­ries of the satir­i­cal news quiz, and Pa­trick Ste­wart is boldly tak­ing his place in the host’s chair.


Yes, it’s back! The fab­u­lously deca­dent drama set in the court of Louis XIV re­turns for a new, sec­ond se­ries. As ever, it’s crammed full of sex, vi­o­lence and in­trigue.

Celebrity Squares

War­wick Davis finds out if co­me­di­ans Tim Vine and Joe Wilkin­son and spe­cial guests Louis Smith, Anna Crilly and Katy Wix, Paddy McGuin­ness, Alison Ham­mond, Rob Beck­ett, Michelle Kee­gan and Gino D’Acampo can win cash for a con­tes­tant.

Take Me Out

Men try to im­press 30 sin­gle women and win a date – but must get the fe­male par­tic­i­pants to keep their lights on as a sign of ap­proval. Paddy McGuin­ness presents.

Life in the Air

The fi­nal episode fea­tures footage shot from within a gi­ant flock of birds, re­veal­ing how half a mil­lion can fly in a group with­out col­lid­ing with each other.

All Round to Mrs Browns

Bren­dan O’Car­roll dons Agnes’s fa­mous cardi­gan and curlers once again to host a Satur­day night chat show, fea­tur­ing mis­chievous stunts and ap­pear­ances by celebrity vis­i­tors.

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