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SUN­DAY

The Zoo 6.30PM, RTÉ ONE It’s the last of the cur­rent se­ries, and there is plenty of ex­cite­ment in the go­rilla en­clo­sure as a preg­nant fe­male draws closer to giv­ing birth. Mean­while, the orang­utans ex­plore their new habi­tat, which they have to share with the sia­mang gib­bons. Mex­ico: Earth’s Fes­ti­val Of Life 8PM, BBC2 In the fi­nal part of this stun­ning wildlife se­ries, we head to Mex­ico’s north­ern deserts and meet the im­pos­si­bly cute prairie dogs, be­fore ven­tur­ing into cow­boy coun­try to find out what life is like for the local cat­tle ranch­ers. The Dur­rells 8PM, UTV What bet­ter way to bring ev­ery­one to­gether, thinks Hugh, than a cricket match be­tween the Greeks and the English? And who bet­ter to um­pire than Count­ess Mavro­daki (Les­lie Caron) her­self? But you can be sure there’s go­ing to be noth­ing friendly about this match. Cab­ins In The Wild With Dick Straw­bridge 8PM, CH4 In this new se­ries, the mus­ta­chioed en­gi­neer from North­ern Ire­land meets the de­sign­ers of eight unique cab­ins, in­clud­ing one that is shaped like a hat, and another that is de­signed to look like a cave. Grantch­ester 9PM, UTV Sid­ney leaves Grantch­ester be­hind and heads to­wards a Ro­many trav­ellers’ camp to do some much-needed soul-search­ing – but mur­der al­ways stalks our poor vicar, and when one of the com­mu­nity is killed, Sid­ney is the num­ber one sus­pect. The Trial: A Mur­der In The Fam­ily 9PM, CH4 Di­rected by Nick Holt and air­ing on con­sec­u­tive nights, this five-part drama doc­u­men­tary fol­lows a fic­tional mur­der trial, at­tended by a gen­uine judge, real de­fence and pros­e­cu­tion bar­ris­ters, and 12 mem­bers of the pub­lic on the jury. Red­wa­ter 9.30PM, RTÉ ONE EastEn­ders’ much-loved cou­ple have gone and landed their own spin-off show, and as you may have gath­ered al­ready, there are plenty of prob­lems fol­low­ing them wher­ever they go. In the sec­ond episode, the vil­lagers come to terms with their loss, and Róisín’s es­tranged sis­ter Eileen re­turns from the US after two decades away, so Al­fie tries to per­suade Kath­leen not to go to the wake. Maria Doyle Kennedy and An­ge­line Ball (The Com­mit­ments) star along­side Shane Richie and Jessie Wal­lace, who are as good as ever as the epony­mous duo.

MON­DAY

Great Bri­tish Menu 7.30PM, BBC2 All this week, chefs from the North East will be com­pet­ing against each other, with re­turn­ing cham­pion Tommy Banks up against new­com­ers Danny Parker and Josh Over­ing­ton. GAA USA 8PM, TG4 Early 20th-cen­tury Ir­ish Amer­i­cans were driven by the idea of Ir­ish in­de­pen­dence while at the same time striv­ing to carve out a new iden­tity. In this sec­ond of­fer­ing, Dara Ó Cin­néide ex­plores how the GAA re­flected this pro­found dilemma. Food Un­wrapped 8PM, CH4 In Thai­land, Jimmy Do­herty dis­cov­ers the sur­pris­ing se­cret in­gre­di­ent that makes a prawn cracker unique, while Kate Quil­ton finds out if salt re­ally is that bad for our health. Doc­tor In The House 9PM, BBC1 Dr Ran­gan Chat­ter­jee moves in with Emma Gleeson, 34, whose life is blighted by se­vere anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and panic at­tacks. But you don’t need to be a doc­tor to know that her heavy drink­ing (up to 70 units a week) might just have some­thing to do with it. Or­di­nary Lies 12.25AM, RTÉ2 Matt Di Angelo, Elen Rhys, and Griff Rhys Jones are on fine form in this penul­ti­mate of­fer­ing. It cen­tres on Caz and Fletch, a happy cou­ple who are com­fort­able with their daily rou­tine at work and at home. How­ever, when his mother falls ill and ends up in hospi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, their lives are sud­denly changed. Caz, in a mo­ment of des­per­a­tion, de­cides to contact Fletch’s es­tranged dad, Pa­trick, un­aware that he has a new life and fam­ily. Mean­while, Ally and Kim lend Ash a shoul­der to cry on at hospi­tal. Good sup­port comes from Luke Bai­ley.

TUES­DAY

Hori­zon: Space Vol­ca­noes 9PM, BBC2 This awe-in­spir­ing in­stal­ment uses com­puter graph­ics and orig­i­nal Nasa ma­te­rial to re­veal the spec­tac­u­lar sights of vol­ca­noes erupt­ing on other plan­ets across the so­lar sys­tem. Long Lost Fam­ily: What Hap­pened Next 9PM, UTV In the con­clud­ing episode, Dav­ina McCall catches up with Jade Hart­ley as she trav­els to Bar­ba­dos to see her fa­ther for the first time since they were re­united – and wait­ing for her on the Caribbean is­land are a whole new fam­ily she’s never met be­fore. Grey’s Anatomy 9.40PM, RTÉ2 One of Amer­ica’s most suc­cess­ful med­i­cal dra­mas con­tin­ues to set pulses rac­ing as the lat­est of­fer­ing proves. While Ben and Stephanie make ca­reer-chang­ing de­ci­sions, El­iza and Alex come to blows over a young pa­tient’s treat­ment. Ellen Pom­peo stars. First Dates 10PM, CH4 Will amateur dra­mat­ics en­thu­si­ast Tim hit the right notes with clas­si­cal mu­sic singer Zoe? And will mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant Al­ice be the cream of the crop for dairy farmer Ben?

Blue Bloods 10.15PM, RTÉ ONE

Tom Sel­leck prob­a­bly never thought he’d land a se­ries as suc­cess­ful as Mag­num PI

when it ended in the 1980s. How­ever, this slick cops and rob­bers drama is do­ing a good job of match­ing that saga’s pop­u­lar­ity, though he does re­ceive ex­cel­lent sup­port from the likes of Don­nie Wahlberg, Brid­get Moy­na­han and Will Estes. In the lat­est of­fer­ing, Erin faces off in court against Jack, her ex-hus­band, when he rep­re­sents some­one she is at­tempt­ing to con­vict of mur­der.

WED­NES­DAY

Live Europe League Fi­nal 7.30PM, TV3 Ajax v Manch­ester United (Kick-off 7.45pm).Tommy Martin presents cov­er­age of the show­piece match from the Friends Arena in Stock­holm as a Manch­ester United vic­tory will mean a Cham­pi­ons' League place next year. With anal­y­sis from Graeme Souness, Neil Len­non and Bill Kerr Shop Well For Less? 8PM, BBC1 In the fi­nal episode, Alex Jones and Steph McGovern are in the UK’s mid­lands to help Ja­son and Kerry and their three girls. It’s tough get­ting kids off the com­puter, but here, it’s mum Kerry who is spend­ing all her time on­line, and her shop­ping bill is spin­ning out of con­trol. Tonight At The Lon­don Pal­la­dium 8PM, UTV Tak­ing to the stage tonight are the cast of the hotly an­tic­i­pated mu­si­cal re­vival An­nie; in­cred­i­ble mind-read­ing act The Clair­voy­ants; the Bri­tish blues singer Elkie Brooks; co­me­dian Brian Con­ley; and the Bri­tish na­tional Latin for­ma­tion cham­pi­ons, Fever For­ma­tion. Bake Off: Creme De La Creme 9PM, BBC2 It’s the sec­ond semi-fi­nal of Bri­tain’s most de­mand­ing bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Across two gru­elling chal­lenges, two teams of pro­fes­sional pas­try chefs lock horns for the last place in next week’s grand fi­nal. Scan­nal! 9.30PM, TG4 In 1994, more than 1,000 women were in­fected by con­tam­i­nated blood prod­ucts, lead­ing to 146 deaths. The lat­est doc­u­men­tary ex­am­ines why no­body has faced trial in the hepati­tis C scan­dal, one of the worst cases in the na­tion’s his­tory.

THURS­DAY

The Su­per­vet 8PM, CH4 A Ger­man Shep­herd needs treat­ment for a painful de­gen­er­a­tive spinal dis­ease, and a Chi­huahua re­quires a hip re­place­ment. All in a day’s work for Pro­fes­sor Fitz­patrick. Joanna Lum­ley’s Post­cards 8.30PM, UTV Our fab­u­lous travel guide re­mem­bers her trip to China and Mon­go­lia aboard the Trans-Siberian Ex­press. It’s a jour­ney that gets off to a very per­sonal start as she sets off from Hong Kong, one of her child­hood homes, where her fa­ther’s reg­i­ment was sta­tioned. The Truth About HIV 9PM, BBC1 Dr Chris van Tulleken ex­plores the lat­est sci­ence around HIV, and at the Mild­may Hospi­tal in Lon­don, meets Prince Harry, who is con­tin­u­ing his mother’s work in help­ing to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of test­ing. Fíorscéal 11.05PM, TG4 When the Pa­cific li­on­fish was ac­ci­den­tally in­tro­duced to the waters of the At­lantic, few thought it would cause such a prob­lem to the na­tive species. The lat­est edi­tion in this strand ex­am­ines as­sorted at­tempts to curb the prob­lem.

FRI­DAY

An Bear 8.30PM, TG4 Seán Ó hIarnáin, from Leitir Calaidh in Con­nemara is one of the coun­try’s best ul­tra-cy­clists. In 2014, hav­ing made the top 10 of the world rank­ings, he set him­self the ul­ti­mate goal. This show tells how he got on. Ver­sailles 9PM, BBC2 The court of Ver­sailles faces threats on two fronts this week: on the bat­tle­field, the cun­ning Wil­liam of Orange tempts the King – against ad­vice – to at­tack his Dutch army; and on the home front, Madame de Mon­tes­pan plots against Queen Marie-Therese. The Late Late Show 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE The bad news is this is the last in the cur­rent se­ries of one of the world’s long­est run­ning chat shows. But on the plus side, host Ryan Tubridy has pulled out all the stops to en­sure this se­ries goes out on a high note. The Graham Nor­ton Show 10.35PM, BBC1 Join­ing Graham on the sofa this week are the ac­claimed ac­tress Salma Hayek and the co­me­dian and author David Wal­liams.

SATUR­DAY

Earth’s Great­est Spec­ta­cles 7.20PM, RTÉ2 The fi­nal episode takes us to the Oka­vango Delta in Botswana. Each year, a flood trans­forms the land­scape and cam­eras show how it af­fects the lives of species in­clud­ing cat­fish, leop­ards and ele­phants. Bri­tain’s Got Ta­lent 8PM, TV3 & UTV It seems the judges be­came at­tached to their golden buzzers dur­ing the au­di­tion stages, as ru­mour has it that, in a change to pre­vi­ous years, they will get to keep them as the live semi-fi­nals get un­der way tonight. Those who don’t hear the golden buzzer will have to hope they can im­press the view­ers as they try to reach the next stage of the con­test and move closer to the big prize. Jane Austen: Be­hind Closed Doors 9PM, BBC2 Houses play an im­por­tant part in the works of Jane Austen, from Northanger Abbey to Mans­field Park. His­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley ex­plores how the author’s life and writ­ing was shaped by the prop­er­ties she lived in.

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