Seven Days

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - PIERS MORGAN -


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., 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.

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