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SUN­DAY Coun­try­file Sum­mer Spe­cial 6.05PM, BBC1

The whole team head for the Blen­heim es­tate in Ox­ford­shire to meet the pub­lic at Coun­try­file Live, a cel­e­bra­tion of the best of ru­ral Bri­tain. While El­lie Har­ri­son chats to an ac­tress turned cow artist, Matt Baker gets busy tuck­ing into the food and drink on of­fer.

Dragons’ Den 8PM, BBC2

As se­ries 15 gets un­der­way, two new mul­ti­mil­lion­aires join the Dragons’ ranks – Tej Lal­vani, head of the UK’s top vi­ta­min busi­ness, and Jenny Camp­bell, who made her for­tune in ATMs. How keen will they be to risk cash on fledg­ling busi­nesses?

From Rus­sia To Iran: Cross­ing The Wild Fron­tier 8PM, CH4

Explorer Le­vi­son Wood, who has pre­vi­ously walked the length of the Nile and the Hi­malayas, em­barks on an­other epic trek – 2,600 miles over the Cau­ca­sus moun­tains and through five coun­tries. He be­gins by trav­el­ling 700 miles along Rus­sia’s south­ern bor­der, cross­ing into Chech­nya and Dages­tan.

The State 9PM, CH4

Draw­ing on first-hand ac­counts and show­ing nightly, this bleak new four-part drama from Wolf Hall di­rec­tor Peter Kos­min­sky fol­lows four Bri­tish men and women as they travel to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS, only to find life is even harsher than they ex­pected.

Un­der­ground 11PM, RTÉ2

As the slick American pe­riod drama con­tin­ues, Noah makes plans for the slave es­cape. Mean­while, John and Elizabeth Hawkes are drawn fur­ther into the un­der­ground rail­road, and Ernes­tine pres­sures Tom to keep her kids safe. Marc Blu­cas stars.

MON­DAY Land Of The Gi­ants 7.30PM, BBC1

This de­li­ciously quirky Our Lives doc­u­men­tary meets some of the grow­ers of gi­ant veg­eta­bles, who com­pete in Glam­or­gan’s an­nual Vale Show. From colos­sal cab­bages to tremen­dous turnips, in the world of whop­ping pro­duce, the mam­moth mar­row cat­e­gory is par­tic­u­larly hard-fought.

The Rose of Tralee In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val 2017 8PM, RTÉ ONE

Dáithí Ó Sé is back for the lat­est round of pho­to­genic con­tes­tants whose lives are about to be trans­formed. He presents live cov­er­age of night one of the 59th an­nual event (which con­tin­ues to­mor­row). As ever, it’s con­tested by women of Ir­ish de­scent from around the world, and the Fes­ti­val Dome in Co. Kerry is the set­ting for all the laugh­ter and tears that are sure to un­fold in this unique event.

Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food 8PM, CH4

In an era of so-so cook­ery shows, it’s good to see celebrity chef Jamie Oliver re­turn­ing to our screens with a new se­ries in which he cooks up sim­ple dishes that use just five in­gre­di­ents. Fea­tured on the menu tonight are steak, seafood and an easy-peasy pas­try.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy 8.30PM, BBC1

Pow­er­ful drama about the shock­ing mur­der in Lon­don in 2000 of 10-year-old Damilola Tay­lor and his par­ents’ long fight for jus­tice for the killing of their son.

TUES­DAY Nashville 10.40PM, TG4

The fifth se­ries comes to an end this week (a sixth se­ries has al­ready been com­mis­sioned), and as the American Mu­sic Awards loom, Zach sends a threat­en­ing mes­sage to ev­ery­one work­ing at High­way 65, while Mad­die and Juliette’s con­flict comes to a head — will there be smiles all round as the cred­its roll?

The Big Fam­ily Cook­ing Show­down 8PM, BBC2

The Karims from Lon­don take on the Dawes fam­ily from Hamp­shire as they cook up house­hold favourites. While the Karims favour sim­ple cur­ries, the Dawe­ses take a bolder ap­proach to in­gre­di­ents; all are hop­ing for a place in the semi-fi­nals.

Food Un­wrapped Spe­cial 8PM, CH4

Jimmy Do­herty, Kate Quil­ton, Matt Teb­butt and guest pre­sen­ter Ki­ran Jethwa travel the world in search of meat that is bet­ter for us, and bet­ter for the planet. In Canada, Matt learns of an old sea­far­ing tra­di­tion that could coun­ter­act the mil­lions of tonnes of meth­ane that is pro­duced by cat­tle ev­ery year – a whole new mean­ing to the term ‘wind farm’.

In­dia’s Par­ti­tion: The For­got­ten Story

Bri­tish film di­rec­tor Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beck­ham) trav­els to Delhi to meet peo­ple whose lives were torn apart in the sum­mer of 1947, when Bri­tish rule in In­dia ended. She also talks to his­to­ri­ans, who ex­plain the mo­ti­va­tions be­hind the split.

WED­NES­DAY This Time Next Year 8PM, TV3

Dav­ina McCall meets a 16-year-old who has not been able to speak for six years. Plus, a man who hopes to shed seven stones, and a cou­ple turning to sur­ro­gacy af­ter hav­ing prob­lems con­ceiv­ing their sec­ond child. There’s more true-life DMC drama at 9pm.

Sav­ing Lives At Sea

8PM, BBC2 The brave vol­un­teers of the RNLI come to the res­cue of more sailors in peril this week – and must swim for their own lives when a fish­ing trawler goes down off the Shet­land Is­lands.

Lo­ca­tion, Lo­ca­tion, Lo­ca­tion 8PM, CH4

Phil Spencer and Kirstie All­sopp are back with a brand new se­ries, this week help­ing two fam­i­lies to find their dream homes in Kent.

Celebrity MasterChef 9PM, BBC1

DJ Dev Grif­fin, Olympian Becky Adling­ton, ac­tor Tyger Drew-Honey, pop star Rachel Stevens and per­former Deb­bie McGee are this week’s big names in the MasterChef kitchen.

No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? 9PM, BBC2

In the con­clu­sion of his fas­ci­nat­ing ex­per­i­ment to see how much we in­flu­ence chil­dren’s gender iden­tity, Dr Javid Ab­del­moneim looks at the toys they play with and the nick­names their par­ents give them – can these fac­tors af­fect how the young­sters see them­selves?

One Born Ev­ery Minute 11PM, RTÉ2

More ex­pec­tant mums and con­cerned dads steal the show in this edi­tion of the hit doc­u­men­tary. They in­clude a laid-back fa­ther who nearly misses his new daugh­ter’s ar­rival, and an ex-mid­wife is asked to be a birthing part­ner.

THURS­DAY The Pace­mak­ers 8PM, BBC2

This sweet one-off meets a group of men, all in their 90s, who are train­ing as top­class ath­letes. Among them is Charles, who took up run­ning two years ago – and had set two world records be­fore he died in April, aged 97.

James Martin’s French Ad­ven­ture 8.30PM, UTV

The lat­est leg of the chef’s culi­nary road trip finds him in glitzy St Tropez, where he pre­pares his first dish – lo­cal seafood en pa­pil­lote (in parch­ment) – on board a yacht. Then, he’s off to visit his old friend and men­tor, Michel Roux.

Am­bu­lance 9PM, BBC1

Last year’s three-part se­ries took us in­side the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice; this new, sec­ond run fol­lows crews in the West Mid­lands as, over the next eight weeks, they re­spond to emer­gency calls – more than 3,000 ev­ery day.

Wast­ing Away 10PM, CH4

Ear­lier this year, news­reader Mark Austin and his daugh­ter, Maddy, spoke of her strug­gle with anorexia as a teenager. Here, they in­ves­ti­gate the treat­ments avail­able, and how dif­fi­cult it can be for suf­fer­ers to ac­cess them.

FRI­DAY Natural World 7.30PM, RTÉ2

Could the Ko­modo dragon’s deadly saliva be used to cre­ate a life-sav­ing drug? That’s one of the is­sues ad­dressed in this doc­u­men­tary about the car­niv­o­rous In­done­sian lizard which can grow up to a whop­ping 10 feet in length.

Celebrity Big Brother Live Fi­nal 9PM, 3E/CHAN­NEL 5

Emma Wil­lis and nar­ra­tor Mar­cus Bent­ley guide us through the highs and lows of the lat­est con­tro­ver­sial se­ries and re­cent events as an­other fa­mous face emerges vic­to­ri­ous. Fol­lowed at 10.45 by the CBB Bit on the Side com­pan­ion show where guests an­a­lyse whether the right con­tes­tant won.

The Crys­tal Maze 8PM, CH4

It’s back, and this time the quirky game show goes back to its 1990s roots and ditches the celebri­ties – apart from the de­cid­edly un­starry host, Richard Ayoade. The Wat­son fam­ily from Perth are first to brave the four zones.

Ti­tanic: Drain­ing The Wreck 8PM, CH5

For more than 100 years, the wreck of the ocean liner has lain at the bot­tom of the At­lantic. Since its dis­cov­ery in 1985, it has been filmed of­ten, but never been mapped in 3D. This film fol­lows the process.

Gar­den­ers’ World 9PM, BBC2

Monty Don is prop­a­gat­ing suc­cu­lents, re­vis­it­ing his con­tainer veg­etable garden and of­fer­ing ad­vice on grow­ing pump­kins.

The Ron­nie Barker Com­edy Lec­ture With Ben El­ton 10.35PM, BBC1

In­tro­duced by David Ja­son, this in­au­gu­ral Ron­nie Barker Com­edy Lec­ture is de­liv­ered by Ben El­ton, on his love of the stu­dio-based sit­com. Hav­ing cre­ated clas­sics such as Black­ad­der, he knows what he’s talk­ing about.


Man With A Plan 1.25PM, RTÉ2 In the first of a dou­ble bill, Adam and Don are forced to take sides when their wives res­ur­rect an old high-school feud. But even that’s less awk­ward than the sec­ond in­stal­ment, where Adam and Andi at­tempt to ex­plain the facts of life to their off­spring.

Time­less 5.10PM, RTÉ2

As well as be­ing en­ter­tain­ing view­ing, this time-trav­el­ling se­ries may also be giv­ing some young­sters a crash-course in US his­tory. Af­ter pre­vi­ous episodes touch­ing on the Alamo, the Sec­ond World War and the presidency of JFK, this week the team find them­selves caught up in the Water­gate scandal. The Great Po­lar Bear Feast 6PM, RTÉ2 Ev­ery year in early Septem­ber, up to 80 po­lar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Is­land off the Alaskan coast. This doc­u­men­tary finds out what draws these usu­ally soli­tary crea­tures to the lo­ca­tion.

Len Good­man’s Part­ners In Rhyme 6.45PM, BBC1

It’s an­other Strictly Come Danc­ing re­union this week, as reign­ing cham­pion Ore Oduba joins fel­low celebri­ties Nina Wa­dia, Gareth Malone, and Vikki Stone to help the con­tes­tants with rhyming chal­lenges.

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