MIKE MULVIHILL’S guide to the week’s TV
SUNDAY Planet Earth II 6.30PM, RTÉ ONE
Welcome to the jungles, some of the richest habitats on the planet. In this episode, cameras examine flooded forests, home to caiman-hunting jaguars, strange dolphins that swim among the treetops, and creatures never filmed before.
The Life Swap Adventure 8PM, BBC2
Nurse Lilian swaps with Leslie, who runs a B&B in Alaska. Both are at a crossroads in life, and hope trading places for two weeks will help them to make their next move. Will they find what they’re looking for, or decide there’s no place like home?
Poldark 9PM, BBC1
There’s a promising addition to the cast this week as Ross is reintroduced to Tholly Tregirls (Sean Gilder), an old friend of his father’s, who has returned to the area and is determined to lead our tousle-haired hero astray.
The Loch 9PM, UTV
In the second part of this intriguing Loch Ness murder mystery, college principal Craig Petrie (Monarch Of The Glen’s Alastair Mackenzie) throws the phone he took from Niall Swift’s dead body into the water, while police detective Annie (The Missing’s Laura Fraser) makes another grim discovery. Horizon 8PM, BBC2 Will we ever see flying cars, or arrive at work to find that a robot has taken our job? The mathematician Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to construct an evidence-based vision of tomorrow to provide answers to these and many other questions. Her conclusion: Expect the unexpected.
How To Stay Well 8.30PM, CH4
A team of GPs investigate why the gym is a breeding ground for germs, whether catching chicken pox from a sibling makes it worse – and whether eating your favourite bacon sandwich could give you cancer.
Ripper Street 9PM, BBC2
We head to the mean streets of Victorian London for the last time as this dark drama begins its fifth and final series. We pick up exactly where we left off, with Drake dead and his former partner, Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), out for revenge.
Fearless 9PM, UTV
In part two of this intriguing drama, chainsmoking lawyer Emma Banville (Helen McCrory) is determined to prove that Kevin Russell is innocent of the murder of schoolgirl Linda Simms – but she’s forced to reach for the cigarettes again when she is presented with incriminating evidence linking her client to the dead girl he claims he never knew.
Too Old For The Road? 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE
For many seasoned drivers, getting behind the wheel is essential to avoid feeling isolated. Alas, problems with eyesight and reaction times can cause a danger to themselves and other motorists. This touching documentary features assorted aged people and the problems they face on the road. Among them is Joan, 86, who lives in rural Co. Galway. She has to appear in court having accidentally ignored a fixed charge penalty notice for speeding. There is also footage of John, who lives in Co. Tipperary and, at the age of 101, is one of the country’s oldest motorists.
TUESDAY Supercharged Otters: Natural World 8PM, BBC2
This delightful documentary meets Charlie Hamilton James, a cameraman who has been filming otters for the past 25 years. With the help of three adorable orphan cubs, he sets out to show us their secrets and reveal why they’re so special.
Donal’s Meals In Minutes 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE
When you are faced with the dilemma of what to cook for dinner, this episode is here to help you out. By using pre-prepped ingredients, Donal shows how the main meal of the day becomes far less hassle and takes the pressure out of feeding the family.
Broken 9PM, BBC1
There’s no denying the quality of Jimmy McGovern’s drama, but boy, is it bleak. In episode four, the country’s most overworked priest, Father Michael (Sean Bean), has a moment of clarity, and makes a decision that goes against his vows – but might save a life.
First Dates 10PM, CH4
Archaeologist Sophie, who’s 26, is looking for a man to settle down with, and who shares her passion for the past. Surely, Second World War enthusiast and selfconfessed nerd Mark fits the bill? But will this be a night that goes down in history, or turn out to be one to forget?
The Walking Dead 11.15PM, RTÉ2
Rick and his band of survivors have been driven to breaking point. This is one of those slow-burning episodes, largely centring on a locked-up Darryl. Be warned: the track Easy Street will be rattling around your head for days to come. WEDNESDAY
Ackley Bridge 8PM, CH4
Tensions are running high in the multicultural hotbed that is Ackley Bridge College, as Nas learns her dad’s plans for her future, and she turns to Lila for help – only to find that her old pal has drawn a line under their friendship.
8.30PM, RTÉ ONE In 2015, aged 57, Vicky Andrew left Ireland to live in Vancouver. During the recession, she was forced to close her shop in Cork and emigrated in search of a livelihood, leaving her baby granddaughter, Aria, behind. Vicky watches the youngster grow through
weekly video calls, and confesses that it’s not always easy talking to a four-year-old through a screen. Cameras also follow Joanna Golden, who has just arrived home to spend a summer in Dublin. Although closer to her children, she still is not with her husband of two years, Fazel, Eventually they are to be united.
The Met 9PM, BBC1
Homicide detectives investigate the murder of an elderly man in north London, while over in west London, the police are on the hunt for Ealing’s most wanted burglars.
Lethal Weapon 9.30PM, RTÉ2
The films may be over, but the TV series goes from strength to strength. In the first of a double bill, Murtaugh delves into the psyche of a Navy Seal wanted for criminal activity, while Riggs’s connection to the suspect threatens to scupper the case. Love Your Garden 10.40PM, UTV Mark Ormrod suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan, and needs a safe space in which to play with his children and enjoy time with family. Alan Titchmarsh and his team head for Plymouth to work on Mark’s large but inhospitable garden.
Gardeners’ World 8PM, BBC2 Moved to a Thursday to make way for Glastonbury, this week’s episode sees Monty Don adding a touch of the exotic to Longmeadow, and Flo Headlam visiting a peaceful church garden. DIY SOS: The Big Build 9PM, BBC1 There won’t be a dry eye in the house as Nick Knowles and the team enable 12-yearold Matthew to return home from hospital for the first time in three years, after suffering cancer. Killer Women With Piers Morgan 9PM, UTV Piers heads off to America for a second series of chilling interviews with five more of America’s most notorious female killers. First up is Rebecca Fenton, who is serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of her husband. Host The Week 9PM, CH4 This new entertainment show will be hosted by a different famous face each week – but there’s a twist. The host will have neither script nor rehearsal, nor any idea of what’s happening next. This week, Scarlett Moffatt takes the plunge.
Glastonbury 2017 8PM, BBC2 Highlights of day one of the festival at Worthy Farm. Plus, as live coverage gets under way, Radiohead headline on the Pyramid Stage for the third time – incredibly, the first was 20 years ago, coinciding with the release of OK Computer. Count Arthur Strong 8.30PM, BBC1 This week’s helping of pure silliness involves the whole gang heading to a local safari park to celebrate Michael’s birthday. With Arthur in charge, what could possibly go wrong... Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle 9PM, BBC1 Britain’s favourite funnyman has been making us laugh for over 20 years. This new series features clips from some of his most famous shows, including Phoenix Nights and Car Share. The Best Of The Late Late Show 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE In this second helping of best bits, there’s a chance to look back at the time President Michael D. Higgins reflected on life in Ireland. There’s also the moment Katherine Lynch paid a moving tribute to her grand uncle Patrick Kavanagh. There were no shortage of lighter moments either, such as the ever amiable Bridget and Eamon. Here they stop the lights and take us back to the 1980s. Plus, another chance to hear the excellent duet between Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam, and their moving rendition of Green Fields of France. The Graham Norton Show 10.35PM, BBC1 Joining our genial host on the sofa this week is acting royalty Judi Dench, who will be talking about playing Queen Victoria in her new film, Victoria & Abdul. SATURDAY
Doctor Who 6.45PM, BBC1
Trapped on board a spaceship in the event horizon of a black hole, the Doctor witnesses the death of someone he pledged to protect, and battles time itself to redeem his mistake. Fast And Not Furious 5.45PM, RTÉ ONE Another reason to celebrate the diversity of our nation comes tomorrow evening, as Muslims around the world – including those in Ireland – prepare to observe Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Here, we hear from a selection of the many and varied members of the Irish Islamic community, who share insights into their lives and explain what Ramadan – one of the Five Pillars of Islam – means to them.
The Voice Kids 7.30PM, TV3 & UTV
More talented youngsters aged between eight and 14 sing for coaches Will.i.am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott hoping to get through to the next stage – and one step closer to claiming the top prize of £30,000 and a family holiday to Disneyland Paris.
Pitch Battle 7.30PM, BBC1
It’s the battle of the singing contests as The Voice Kids take on this show, which pits choirs against each other. In the second edition, Mel Giedroyc gives more groups the chance to show off their vocal talents with a ‘showstopper’ performance.