Seven Days

MIKE MULVIHILL’S guide to the week’s TV

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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.

Miss­ing You

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, 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.

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