MIKE MULVIHILL’S guide to the week’s TV
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.