From cinema to home viewing, your entertainment wrap for the week
The X Factor Virgin One, 8.25pm The competition usually gets more interesting for the live shows as the remaining 16 contestants take to the stage. Results follow on Sunday’s show. SUNDAY Fair City RTÉ One, 8pm There’s a lot of kissing and canoodling on the show this week, with Jane at the centre of much of it, including an encounter with Paul that causes ripples over the next few days. Will and Cristiano are also at the centre of the action tonight. Mediterranean with Simon Reeve BBC Two, 9pm Earlier in the series, Reeve reported on the Ndràngheta crime gangs of southern Italy; in this episode he visits Sicily to see how their more famous but less powerful mafia counterparts are doing. He hears tales of how a weakened organisation may be gaining traction again in rural areas, despite the efforts of three brave sisters who are leading a campaign against them. The presenter also visits the Libyan city of Sirte, where local volunteers fought to keep the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna out of the hands of Islamic State. Sé Mo Laoch Matt Molloy TG4, 9.30pm A look at the life of Roscommon man who gave up a good job in Aer Lingus to contentrate on music full-time. In this show, the celebrated flute player talks about his time with such groups as the Bothy Band and Planxty, as well as The Chieftains. Philly McMahon: The Hardest Hit RTÉ One, 9.30pm As the debate gets louder about the decriminalisation of drugs, Dublin footballer Philly McMahon dips into his personal experiences to make the case that current policies just aren’t working. The Ballymun native lost his older brother John to heroin in 2012, and has since campaigned against the prohibition model, as well as mentoring young people away from drugs. As part of the show, McMahon talks to addicts and parents, as well as travelling to Portugal where that country’s decriminalisation of drugs for personal use has been hailed for cutting down on deaths.
My Dinner with Hervé Sky Atlantic, 9pm Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) plays fellow little person actor Hervé Villechaize, who became famous as Nick Nack in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. Much of the one-off drama is based on a true story of a wild night in LA with a journalist played here by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan. Reservoir Dogs TG4, 9.30pm Does Quentin Tarantino’s breakthrough film still make an impression 26 years after it was released? Probably. Worth it for the opening scene where the actor-director’s character explains the meaning of Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’, or the slow-mo walk of the credits, or the ear-slicing torture we don’t see on screen. The Podge & Rodge Show RTÉ2, 10.40pm Doireann Garrihy joins the bachelor brothers for a new series ten years on from the last time we got a look inside Ballydung Manor.
The Great British Bake Off Channel 4, 8pm The semi-final brings some tricky tasks, including a particularly difficult multi-layered technical challenge. Saving Lives at Sea BBC Two, 8pm While the rest of us huddled indoors looking out at Storm Ophelia earlier this year, the crew of the Rosslare lifeboat were summoned to help a yacht in trouble. We say their brave efforts to rescue the three people on the boat. In Devon, a crew try to get a man out of quicksand as the tide rushes in. Prime Time - The Presidential Debate RTÉ One, 9.35pm The lack of a serious challenger to Michael D Higgins has probably limited the interest in the campaign, but the current President’s opponents will be hoping to close to gap in this final televised debate before Friday’s election.
Revolting Ireland Virgin One, 10pm An eclectic mix of protest movements feature in tonight’s show, including the Reclaim the Streets group of the early part of this century whose ‘lefty fringe’ ideas about making cities appealing for residents rather than just motorists are now part of the mainstream. We also see the Shell to Sea group, and the soccer fans of Keep Rovers at Milltown. Imagine
BBC One, 10.45pm An episode entitled ‘Tracey Emin: Where Do You Draw The Line?’ follows the British artist as she moves back to her home town of Margate for the ‘last stage’ of her career.
This Crowded House RTÉ One, 8.30pm Brendan Courtney is in Carrigaline, Co Cork, to help Eimer Murphy, 31, and her 11-year old daughter to move out of the parents’ home she returned to five years ago. Even with the Housing Assistance Payment of €900 per month, it isn’t easy to find a place, and initially Eimer wants to move to a house rather than an apartment, which further limits her options. Finné TG4, 9.30pm Osgur Breatnach tells of his wrongful conviction, along with Nicky Kelly, for the Sallins mail train robbery in 1976. A member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, he was convicted on the basis of a confession he said was beaten out of him by gardaí. After a long and harrowing process which saw Breatnach imprisoned, the Court of Criminal Appeal finally quashed his conviction in May 1980.
100 Days To Victory BBC Two, 8pm Two-part history series on the closing days of the First World War. This first episode picks up the action at the Spring Offensive, the German attacks that threatened to break the deadlock in their favour. Ultimately, however, we see how it forced the Allies into drastic measures and a rethink of tactics. A new way of waging war was developed, combining the various strands of the army on a massive scale in what is claimed as the ‘the birth of modern warfare’. Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth? BBC Two, 9pm The vitamin pill industry is worth billions per year as people try to improve their health by supplementing their basic diet. Some of the science around the benefits of this has always been hazy, and here Dr Giles Yeo attempts to find out if these pills are really of benefit. Hector Ó Siberia go Saigon TG4, 9.30pm Hector Ó hEochagáin begins his new travel show in Siberia, and over the next eight weeks will travel through such countries as China, Nepal and Thailand before ending up in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam). Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards RTÉ One, 11.25pm Highlights of the business awards presented by Mark Little and Aoibhín Garrihy. FRIDAY Stand Up To Cancer Channel 4, 7pm A night of charity fundraising includes an episode of Celebrity Gogglebox, a visit to Carpool Karaoke by Michael Bublé, and all sorts of other celebrity showings from the likes of Liam Gallagher, Sharon Horgan and Chris O’Dowd. Queen: Rock the World BBC Four, 9pm The forthcoming Bohemian Rhapsody film will bring a resurgence in interest in Freddie Mercury and co, so it’s probably a good time to show this 1977 documentary on the band as they made their News of the World album. That’s followed by The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody (10pm).
Podge and Rodge return with Doireann Garrihy.
Dublin footballer Philly McMahon in Portugal as part of his RTÉ show on the legalisation of drugs.
Ear To The Ground returns on Thursday to RTÉ One. See p50. Helen Carroll, Ella McSweeney and Darragh McCullough. This Crowded House: Brendan Courtney is in Carrigaline with Eimer Murphy, right, and her family, on RTÉ One on Wednesday.