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The Zoo 6.30PM, RTÉ ONE Ciaran and the an­i­mal care team are wor­ried that a lion cub has a bro­ken leg, but will an X-ray con­firm their fears? Mean­while, a fe­male scim­i­tar-horned oryx joins the herd, lead­ing to hope of a new calf, and Der­mot vis­its the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum.

Mex­ico: Earth’s Fes­ti­val Of Life 8PM, BBC2 The sec­ond part of this vi­brant nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries takes us deep into the forests of the Yu­catan penin­sula, once dom­i­nated by the mighty Maya civil­i­sa­tion, and now home to jaguars, mon­keys and trop­i­cal birds.

The Dur­rells 8PM, UTV Mrs Had­dock (Una Stubbs) tells Louisa that she can sense her late hus­band is suf­fer­ing ter­ri­bly now that Louisa has so many male ad­mir­ers. And so, she an­nounces she’ll hold a seance so Louisa can speak to her hus­band one last time – but will he give his seal of ap­proval to his wife’s re­la­tion­ship?

Grantchester 9PM, UTV Sid­ney and Ge­ordie in­ves­ti­gate the death of a young fac­tory em­ployee, whose death has been staged to look like an ac­ci­dent. Sid­ney, mean­while, is still find­ing it hard to re­sist the temp­ta­tions of the flesh, and soon finds him­self in an em­brace with Amanda, which proves too much for one irate parish­ioner.

1945: The Sav­age Peace 9.30PM, RTÉ2 The end of the Sec­ond World War didn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean an end to vi­o­lence. This eye-open­ing doc­u­men­tary looks at how Ger­man-born civil­ians in pre­vi­ously Nazioc­cu­pied coun­tries could find them­selves sub­jected to ‘re­venge’ at­tacks.


The Fake News Show 8.30PM, CH4 Af­ter a suc­cess­ful pi­lot, this myth-bust­ing com­edy panel show gets a full se­ries. Stephen Man­gan is at the helm with teams led by Kather­ine Ryan and Richard Os­man.

Doc­tor In The House 9PM, BBC1 It’s hard enough to get a GP’s ap­point­ment these days – wouldn’t it be sim­pler if you had your very own doc­tor on hand, 24/7? That’s the idea be­hind this re­turn­ing se­ries as Dr Chat­ter­jee goes to stay with fam­i­lies to get to the bot­tom of their health prob­lems.

The Day The Di­nosaurs Died 9PM, BBC2 Dr Alice Roberts goes in search of a pre­his­toric mys­tery as she tries to un­cover

why the mighty crea­tures that roamed the Earth for mil­lions of years sud­denly dis­ap­peared.

Lit­tle Boy Blue 9PM, UTV In the con­clud­ing part of Jeff Pope’s heart­break­ing drama, Mercer and his as­so­ci­ates stand trial for their roles in Rhys’s mur­der, while De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Dave Kelly is faced with a tough de­ci­sion.

Ivanka Trump: Amer­ica’s Real First Lady? 9PM, CH4 So, who re­ally wears the trousers in the White House? Re­porter Matt Frei is in Wash­ing­ton to ex­am­ine the in­flu­ence ex­erted on Pres­i­dent Trump by his glam­orous daugh­ter, Ivanka.

Drag­ons’ Den 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE It’s the fi­nal episode of the se­ries, but have the pitchers saved the best for last? Fes­ti­val- go­ing friends Na­dine O’Re­gan and Alex Skye cer­tainly think so as they show the Drag­ons their idea for a new wet suit that they be­lieves makes per­fect fash­ion and fi­nan­cial sense. We also meet a pro­fes­sional cel­list who has an idea for a new food line, and a self-con­fessed se­rial en­tre­pre­neur who is pitch­ing a way for chil­dren to in­ter­act with books.

Or­di­nary Lies 9.35PM, RTÉ2 Fork­lift truck driver Wendy (Re­bekah Sta­ton) takes cen­tre stage as her vi­o­lent ex Nina re­turns to make a very dis­turb­ing threat. Mean­while, Ally thinks things are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion – un­til de­pressed Ash sud­denly goes miss­ing.

De­tec­torists 11.15PM, BBC2 If you missed this lit­tle gem of a com­edy when it was first shown on BBC4, make sure you catch it as it be­gins a re­peat run on BBC2. Macken­zie Crook and Toby Jones are the metal-de­tect­ing en­thu­si­asts Lance and Andy, whose hobby masks deep per­sonal prob­lems.


Hori­zon: Strange Sig­nals From Outer Space! 9PM, BBC2 This fas­ci­nat­ing film fol­lows the sci­en­tists from across the globe who are scour­ing the uni­verse for sig­nals from ex­trater­res­tri­als. It seems we may not be alone af­ter all.

Long Lost Fam­ily: What Hap­pened Next 9PM, UTV Dav­ina McCall catches up with Vanda James, who last year was stunned to find that her long-lost brother, Kenneth, had not only been found, but had un­der­gone gen­der tran­si­tion and was now her sis­ter.

Grey’s Anatomy 9.40PM, RTÉ2 In the first of a dou­ble bill, Mered­ith, is look­ing for­ward to a bit of ‘me time’ as she boards a plane. How­ever, it looks like the flight might not be so re­lax­ing af­ter all when she swaps seats to let a fam­ily fly to­gether – and finds her­self sit­ting next to Nathan, who is head­ing to the same con­fer­ence. Will this be a chance for them to con­front their feel­ings, or will they be

called on to use their med­i­cal ex­per­tise in midair? In the sec­ond edi­tion, Bai­ley and April are hard at work try­ing to fix things be­tween Richard and Cather­ine, while El­iza con­tin­ues her pur­suit of Ari­zona.

First Dates 10PM, CH4 Re­cently divorced re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer Alis­tair is hop­ing to hit the right notes with vi­o­lin­ist Mag­gie, while IT con­sul­tant Pa­trick hasn’t been on a date for seven years, and hopes Ang­harad is the one.


Trust Me, I’m A Vet 8PM, BBC2 Steve Leonard and his ded­i­cated team of vets in­ves­ti­gate the best way to de­stress your cat, wit­ness a ground­break­ing op­er­a­tion to save the life of a poor horse suf­fer­ing ex­treme nerve pain, and re­veal why your re­cy­cling bin is a dan­ger to your dog.

Tonight At The Lon­don Pal­la­dium 8PM, UTV En­ter­tain­ing the 2,200-strong au­di­ence in­side the Pal­la­dium this week will be the for­mer X Fac­tor win­ner James Arthur and Ir­ish dance troupe Prodi­jig.

ISIS: The Ori­gins Of Vi­o­lence 9PM, CH4 In this fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the his­to­rian Tom Hol­land trav­els across

Europe and the Mid­dle East to trace the ori­gins of ISIS’s ex­treme vi­o­lence, and dis­cov­ers whether the group’s ac­tions are re­ally jus­ti­fied by the tenets and scrip­tures of Is­lam.

Peaky Blin­ders 11.45PM, RTÉ2 The sec­ond se­ries of the ac­claimed pe­riod gang­ster draws to a close as Ep­som Derby day dawns. Tommy is there, but he has more than horses on his mind as he pre­pares to carry out the mission given to him by Ma­jor Camp­bell, while also plot­ting to turn the sit­u­a­tion to his ad­van­tage strik­ing a blow against Sabini. How­ever, it turns out that he’s not the only per­son with an agenda...


The Su­per­vet 8PM, CH4 An eight-year-old pug with a dodgy el­bow, a long-suf­fer­ing bor­der col­lie and an Egyp­tian Mau cat with a frac­tured knee are among the an­i­mal pa­tients seek­ing Pro­fes­sor Noel’s help.

Morocco To Tim­buktu: An Ara­bian Ad­ven­ture 9PM, BBC2 The in­trepid ex­plorer Alice Mor­ri­son em­barks on an epic camel trek across the vast Sa­hara desert on the con­clud­ing leg of her jour­ney. Her fi­nal des­ti­na­tion is Tim­buktu in Mali, once known as the City of Gold, but now one of the most dan­ger­ous places on Earth.

Shut-Ins: Bri­tain’s Fat­test Woman 9PM, CH4 This deeply sad doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Sharon Hill, who, at 33, weighed 46 stone. De­spite surgery to help her to lose a mas­sive 14 stone, she is now pil­ing the pounds back on again, and must face her demons be­fore it’s too late to save her mar­riage – or even her life.

Dara And Ed’s Road To Man­dalay 10.15PM, RTÉ ONE The last leg of Dara Ó Bri­ain and Ed Byrne’s jour­ney is also the most fas­ci­nat­ing as they ar­rive in Myan­mar, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a time of great po­lit­i­cal change. Af­ter 50 years of bru­tal mil­i­tary rule, the coun­try re­cently held its first open elec­tions, and Ed and Dara dis­cover more about what this new era of democ­racy means to the young peo­ple of Myan­mar. When they reach their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion of Man­dalay, they meet com­edy troupe the Mous­tache Broth­ers, who were once im­pris­oned by the mil­i­tary regime – and whose re­lease Ed helped to cam­paign for.

This Is Us 10.40PM, RTÉ2 Kevin is feel­ing the pres­sure ahead of the pre­miere of his play, but he’s about to re­ceive sup­port from an un­ex­pected

source. Mean­while, Ran­dall is strug­gling to jug­gle the de­mands of his job and an ail­ing fa­ther, and Jack’s Valen­tine’s Day plans go awry.


Have I Got News For You 9PM, BBC1 This 53rd se­ries is prov­ing one of the fun­ni­est yet, thanks to the rich ma­te­rial on of­fer in the run-up to the Bri­tish gen­eral elec­tion and Brexit. Join­ing cap­tains Ian Hislop and Paul Mer­ton this week are Gyles Bran­dreth and Steph McGovern.

Ver­sailles The con­tin­ued in­som­nia of Louis XIV (Ge­orge Blag­den) is mak­ing the King in­creas­ingly volatile, which is bad news for loyal Mar­chal (Tygh Run­yan), who fails to prove the poi­son­ings were solely the work of his now-dead sus­pect. Is there a killer still on the loose?

The Late Late Show 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE Ryan Tubridy re­cently played host to Ir­ish Euro­vi­sion le­gend Johnny Lo­gan, but will there be any talk­ing points from the fi­nal in Kiev for the pre­sen­ter to get his teeth into? As al­ways, there will be celebrity guests, mu­sic and some lively con­ver­sa­tion.



Ban­ríon Na bhFál 9.30PM, TG4 This fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary ex­plores some of the con­flicts that have arisen be­tween a drag queen and his fa­ther, an old-style Belfast repub­li­can, and the com­pro­mises they've made. In the process they have come to a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of each other – and them­selves.

The Restora­tion Man 7PM, CH 4 Ge­orge Clarke meets up with Lee Head, who snapped up a Vic­to­rian rail­way sta­tion in Northum­ber­land. He’s hop­ing to turn it into a fam­ily home, but will the work in­volved – and the com­plex plan­ning reg­u­la­tions – de­rail his grand de­signs?

Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent 8PM, TV3 & UTV It’s the fi­nal week of au­di­tions, but have they saved the best un­til last? Some of the judges may be hop­ing not, as they’ve al­ready used their golden buzzers.

Clique 10.10PM, BBC1 Af­ter its on­line pre­miere, this dark drama comes to TV with a dou­ble bill. It fol­lows two best friends who head to univer­sity, and are drawn into a group of ‘al­pha girls’ that sur­rounds a charis­matic lec­turer.

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