Countryfile 7PM, BBC1 In an episode dedicated to working animals, Sean Fletcher is in Carmarthenshire in west Wales to meet Dr Nick Fox, one of the world’s leading experts on birds of prey. Dr Fox also breeds his own falcons, and has an innovative way of training them – using robots!
Dúshlán 1881 – Living The Eviction 8PM, TG4 On December 28, 1881, 13 families were evicted from their homes in the village of Carrowmenagh, Co. Donegal. This series has been bringing this incident to life by giving those families’ descendants a chance to experience their way of life. It may not sound like a lot of fun, but this penultimate episode reminds us that 19th-century life did have its lighter moments as an evening of music is arranged.
Antiques Roadshow 8PM, BBC1 The show travels to the UK’s Lake District, where Fiona Bruce and the experts value objects ranging from a writing desk from the Tsar’s palace, bought after the Russian Revolution, plus a collection of 100 vintage fire helmets, and Edwardian weightlifting equipment that is still in use today by its 75-year-old owner.
Great Canal Journeys: India 8PM, CH4 In the concluding episode of their Indian odyssey, Timothy West and wife Prunella Scales experience the intoxicating scenery, rich culture and remarkable history of the rarely travelled Brahmaputra river. They even get to hitch a ride on an elephant – not bad for a couple of eightysomethings.
The Loch 9PM, UTV This murder mystery is even murkier than the waters of Loch Ness, and as the hunt for Niall Swift’s killer continues, the police find a match for the handwriting on the newspaper found at the scene of the crime, and take a suspect into custody. Bet you’ll never guess who it is…
The Handmaid’s Tale 9PM, CH4 As we reach episode five, Serena Joy makes Handmaid Offred (the superb Elisabeth Moss) a surprising proposition.
Five Star Babies: Inside The Portland Hospital 7.50PM, RTÉ2 In the concluding part of the documentary going behind the scenes at the UK’s only private maternity hospital, the arrival of a footballer’s wife and an influential family puts the VIP liaison team under pressure.
How To Stay Well 8.30PM, CH4 Can eating food off the floor be good for us? Are we being invaded by super-nits? And can reading in the dark make you go blind? Intrepid doctors Javid Abdelmoneim, Helen Lawal and Phil Kieran have all the answers.
Ripper Street 9PM, BBC2 In episode two, Reid and Jackson have a plan to smoke serial killer Nathaniel out of hiding, but their task is complicated by the fact that old foe Shine is on their trail, and will stop at nothing to track them down.
Fearless 9PM, UTV With both of her clients in prison and the police putting pressure on her, poor lawyer Emma (Helen McCrory) is beginning to feel the heat as the plot begins to thicken in episode three of this dark murder mystery.
Tried And Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping List 8PM, CH4 Michel Roux Jr and his team of experts choose between four different brands of smoked salmon, gin and that ready meal favourite, lasagne. Plus, they reveal the best bar of milk chocolate you should be putting in your trolley.
Donal’s Meals In Minutes 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE Donal Skehan demonstrates recipes that takes just minutes to prepare – and then the oven does all the rest of the hard for you work. The dishes include a caramelised pasta sauce, a one-tray chicken dinner with feta and an incredible rice bake.
Broken 9PM, BBC1 In the penultimate episode of Jimmy McGovern’s bleak but compelling drama, the arrival of Helen’s brother, Daniel, ruffles feathers when he gets into an argument with her neighbour, Carl. Once again, it’s up to Father Michael to make everybody see sense. Does our poor priest ever get a day off?
Hospital 9PM, BBC2 At the centre of this second compelling episode is the question: How do you value a life? New treatments are available that could prolong lives, but they are expensive, and tough choices must be made between what’s possible and what’s affordable.
First Dates 10PM, CH4 Amateur magician Barbara has a few tricks up her sleeve on her date with old romantic Anthony. Meanwhile, everybody will be rooting for dad-of-two Graeme, who’s 33 and on his first date since he sadly lost his wife.
The Walking Dead 11.15PM, RTÉ2 The group learns more about what life under Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) means. The residents of Alexandria are in mourning, but they shouldn’t expect much in the way of sympathy from Negan, who shows up to their gates for their first offering ahead of schedule. When he discovers how wellarmed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and co are, he asks for their guns – and if they don’t hand them over, he will kill Olivia (Ann Mahoney). Will the group be left defenceless, or are there signs that the Saviours’ grip over the town is not as firm as it seems?
Ackley Bridge 8PM, CH4 Emotions are running high as Missy makes a traumatic discovery regarding Nana Booth – and fears social services will take
Haley into care – while Nas is left heartbroken when her relationship with Lila hits rocky ground.
Missing You 9PM, RTÉ ONE Sydney, Australia, has a lot to offer Gemma , but now she’s a new mum, she needs her own mother’s support more than ever, even if Ann is on the other side of the world. Meanwhile, siblings Romy and Cole decide to make a video commemorating the life of their brother Fionn, who died just before his 19th birthday, and Vicky, who is based in Vancouver, worries she is missing out on the significant milestones in her granddaughter’s life.
Lethal Weapon 9.30PM, RTÉ 2 In the first of a double bill, Riggs and Murtaugh investigate the murder of one of LA’s fashion expeditors – presumably having first discovered what a fashion expeditor actually is. In the second instalment, Riggs befriends a young witness.
The Week The Landlords Moved In 9PM, BBC1 In this innovative new series, successful landlords spend an eye-opening week in one of their own rentals to see how the other half lives. First up, self-made millionaire Paul gets to live in one of his properties. The rats outside come for free...
24 Hours In A&E 9PM, CH4 This week’s tales of life, love and loss involve a young man who is involved in a high-speed car crash, and a teenager who has suffered a severely broken leg while playing football.
The Sheriffs Are Coming 8PM, BBC1 High Court enforcement agents Lawrence and Kev face a tricky problem as they deal with the repossession of a garage business.
The Supervet 8PM, CH4 Dr Noel Fitzpatrick treats Poppy the puppy, who has difficulties with walking; a lurcher called Dylan, who needs help with a collapsed joint; and an unlucky kitten who was hit by a car on a first venture outside the house.
Liveline: Call Back 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE Joe Duffy catches up with more memorable callers, including Wexford man Shane O’Neill who found himself stranded in Belgium after serving a prison sentence in the country. But he’s since managed to turn his life around thanks to the kindness of a Dublin man he met in the Irish embassy, who bought him breakfast – and a flight home. Joe also hears from Marianne Crowley, who discovered she’d been wearing the wrong wedding ring for years and wanted help in solving the mystery, and Anne Herlihy, who drew up a bucket list after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Horizon: Dawn Of The Driverless Car 9PM, BBC2 Self-driving cars sound like something from sci-fi films, but they could soon become a reality, according to this Horizon film, which reveals that the future may be closer than you think.
Killer Women With Piers Morgan 9.15PM, UTV In Florida, Piers meets Amber Wright, who, at the age of 15, conspired with a group of friends to brutally murder her ex-boyfriend. Despite her innocent-looking appearance, detectives described her as the most dangerous 15-year-old they had ever encountered.
Count Arthur Strong 8.30PM, BBC1 In another incredibly silly episode, Arthur invites Michael to a ‘soupover’, which is like a sleepover, just with soup – and every bit as dull as it sounds. Can Michael escape from what is surely the most boring day of his life?
Gardeners’ World 9PM, BBC2 Monty Don has a visitor at Longmeadow as Rachel de Thame pops by to add some medicinal planting to the herb garden, and to highlight the plight of honeybees.
The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special 9PM, CH4 Steve Jones, Scarlett Moffatt, David Coulthard, Joey Essex and team captain Jodie Kidd are the celebrities hoping to conquer the maze in aid of charity.
The Best Of The Late Late Show 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE Miriam Margolyes has become something of a chat show legend due to her outspokeness – she’s a favourite on The Graham Norton Show. And she proves again why she’s such good value as she joins Ryan Tubridy to tell it like it is. Other highlights from the past series include Brendan Grace, Eamonn Holmes with Ruth Langsford and Imelda May.
The Voice Kids 7.30PM, TV3 & UTV The blind auditions are now past the halfway point, so the pressure is on for Will. i.am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott to fill their teams before the battle rounds. But which of tonight’s young singers will make them want to turn their chairs around?
Saturday Night With Miriam 9.25PM, RTÉ ONE Forget the recent heatwave – we know that summer is officially here because Miriam O’Callaghan is back for a new run of her chat show. It’s the 13th series, so most viewers will have a good idea of what to expect as Miriam brings us her trademark mix of entertainment, current affairs, music and human interest stories. There will also be celebrity guests – and given that she’s previously been joined by stars such as Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Radcliffe, we should be seeing some more big names gracing the sofa.