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SUN­DAY Les Mis­er­ables 9PM, BBC1

In part two of this epic adap­ta­tion of the Vic­tor Hugo classic, an in­creas­ingly des­per­ate Fan­tine (Lily Collins) must leave Paris to find work, but not be­fore she is forced to make an un­bear­ably dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to give her daugh­ter, Cosette, a bet­ter life. Val­jean (Do­minic West), mean­while, comes face to face with old foe Javert (David Oyelowo).

Cities: Na­ture’s New Wild 9PM, BBC2

Part two looks at how an­i­mals – from African pen­guins nest­ing in Cape Town to hip­pos on the high street in St Lu­cia – ‘com­mute’ to and from cities to find food, seek shel­ter and even start fam­i­lies.

SAS: Who Dares Wins 9PM, CH4

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that women can take part in the SAS se­lec­tion process, Ant Middleton and his team of tough guys will be putting both male and fe­male re­cruits through their paces in the An­des, with no al­lowances or ex­cep­tions. How many – if any – of the women will pass the course?

MON­DAY Fa­ther Brown 2.15PM, BBC1

Mark Wil­liams is back as the sleuthing priest for a new se­ries of day­time dra­mas based on the nov­els of GK Chester­ton. In his first case of the week, Fa­ther Brown is sum­moned when a train rob­bery goes awry, and Lady Feli­cia and Mrs McCarthy are taken hostage.

How To Lose Weight Well 8PM, CH4

Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr He­len Lawal ask or­di­nary peo­ple to road test some of the most pop­u­lar and talked-about di­ets to see if they re­ally work. In this first episode of the new se­ries, Caro­line tries out the dreaded cab­bage soup diet, while Char­maine sees if she can lose weight on the po­tato diet.

Brexit: The Un­civil War 9PM, CH4

No sub­ject has been as di­vi­sive or as hard to ig­nore as Brexit in re­cent times, so it says a lot that this drama set be­hind the scenes of both ri­val cam­paigns is so watch­able. A big part of that is cast­ing Benedict Cumberbatch as Do­minic Cum­mings, the direc­tor of Vote Leave, pre­sented as a mav­er­ick but se­ri­ous and sin­gle-minded fig­ure (a ‘geeky an­ar­chist’). As to the drama, as an in­sight into the place where pol­i­tics, data and so­cial me­dia meet, this a rivet­ing piece of work in the vein of The Big Short or Mar­gin Call.

One Day: Keep­ing Ire­land Beau­ti­ful 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE

This new se­ries of doc­u­men­taries goes be­hind the scenes of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries, start­ing with the beauty and fit­ness busi­ness. It meets some of the 300,000 peo­ple who make their liv­ing keep­ing Ire­land look­ing good. The Babes In The Wood Mur­ders: The Pros­e­cu­tors 9PM, BBC2 This ex­clu­sive doc­u­men­tary fol­lows the cul­mi­na­tion of a 32-year fight for jus­tice in the no­to­ri­ous dou­ble mur­der of nine-yearold friends Karen Had­away and Ni­cola Fel­lows in 1986. Cam­eras fol­low the po­lice and sci­en­tists as they use cut­ting-edge meth­ods to un­cover new ev­i­dence, which they hope will fi­nally lead to a con­vic­tion.

Two Doors Down 10PM, BBC2

Back for a new se­ries comes this gem of a com­edy, which re­ally de­serves a prime­time BBC1 slot. It’s Beth and Eric’s 30th wed­ding an­niver­sary, and son Ian has or­gan­ised a sur­prise party. And you’ll be pleased to know that all the neigh­bours are in­vited…

TUES­DAY My Mil­lion Pound Menu 8PM, BBC2

Fred Sirieix re­turns with a new se­ries of the show in which bud­ding restau­ra­teurs try to se­cure big in­vest­ment so they can re­alise their dreams of open­ing on the high street.

Get­aways 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE

In this new se­ries of the travel re­view show, pre­sen­ters Tommy Bowe, Vogue Wil­liams, Mairéad Ro­nan and Joe Lind­say re­turn to re­view des­ti­na­tions that can be flown to di­rectly from Ire­land. The new se­ries kicks off in the US city of Seat­tle, where Tommy gets his bear­ings from the top of the iconic Space Nee­dle be­fore tak­ing to the skies on a sea­plane for the very best view of the city. The Chi­huly Gar­den with its glass sculp­tures cap­tures Vogue’s imag­i­na­tion, as does MoPOP, the very cool Museum of Pop­u­lar Cul­ture. Back at home, Joe Lind­say also vis­its Dun­gar­van’s farmer’s mar­ket.

Silent Witness 9PM, BBC1

They may have been on our screens since 1996, but our favourite team of foren­sic pathol­o­gists are still go­ing strong as they re­turn for an in­cred­i­ble 22nd se­ries.

Icons 9PM, BBC2

Who was the great­est icon of the 20th Cen­tury? That’s the ques­tion posed by this ma­jor new se­ries, which asks you to vote for the pub­lic fig­ure who has made the most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing 100 years when ev­ery­thing changed. The win­ner will be re­vealed in the live fi­nal in a few weeks’ time.

24 Hours In A&E 9PM, CH4

The award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary se­ries re­turns for a 17th run, fol­low­ing pa­tients who are treated in the same 24-hour pe­riod at St Ge­orge’s in south­west London.

Glór Tíre 9.30PM, TG4

Aoife Ní Thuairisg and Seamús Ó Scan­láin re­turn to host the search for Ire­land’s best coun­try mu­sic tal­ents. Judges John Cree­don, Jó Ní Chéide and Caitríona Ní Shúil­leab­háin are also on hand to of­fer feed­back and help guide the con­tes­tants.

Catas­tro­phe 10PM, CH4

Sharon Hor­gan and Rob De­laney are back as TV’s most dis­as­trous cou­ple for a fourth and fi­nal se­ries of their hit com­edy. As we re­join the pair, Rob is do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice – and Sharon has turned to petty crime.

WED­NES­DAY Bradley Walsh & Son: Break­ing Dad 8PM, UTV

Fa­ther and son leave Los An­ge­les on the sec­ond leg of their jour­ney to New Or­leans, and head out on that his­toric high­way Route 66. As they make their way to Ari­zona – where they’ll train to be cow­boys! – they stop off at a on­ce­fa­mil­iar land­mark: London Bridge.

Neven’s Ir­ish Seafood Trails 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE

Neven Maguire is back and this time he’s con­cen­trat­ing on seafood. He be­gins his trail in Mayo, where he learns about mus­sel farm­ing, vis­its Ire­land’s only fjord and rus­tles up some sal­mon burg­ers.

Gog­gle­box Ire­land Does 80s & 90s 9PM, VIR­GIN ONE

The telly ad­dicts take a trip down mem­ory lane as they view ‘classic’ clips from the 1980s and 1990s. The high­lights in­clude a com­pe­ti­tion to find Ire­land’s best house­wife and Gay Byrne of­fer­ing ad­vice on con­doms.

The Un­date­ables 9PM, CH4

The award-win­ning dis­abil­ity dat­ing show re­turns for a new se­ries. Po­etry-lover Michael, who has Asperger’s, dance teacher Tobi, who has brit­tle bones, and ten­nis player Emily, who has a learn­ing dis­abil­ity, are the first sin­gle­tons look­ing for love.

Shut-Ins: Bri­tain’s Fat­test Peo­ple 10PM, CH4

This new, three-part se­ries fol­lows three su­per-mor­bidly obese peo­ple as they try to re­gain con­trol of their weight – and lives – be­fore it’s too late. First, we meet Claire; at 40 stone, she’s been bed-bound for six years. Her daugh­ters care for her, but they too have prob­lems – can they get the help they need?

THURS­DAY The Se­cret Life Of 4 Year Olds 8PM, CH4

A new, four-part se­ries in­tro­duces a new class who, in this first episode, get to grips with the tech­nol­ogy that will be com­mon­place in the schools of the fu­ture. Will tablets, ro­bots and other gad­gets af­fect the way the young­sters in­ter­act with each other?

Death In Par­adise 9PM, BBC1

Ardal O’Halon re­turns as fish-out-of wa­ter de­tec­tive Jack Mooney, the face of the law on what must be the most dan­ger­ous is­land in the Caribbean. The first case is a classic locked-room mys­tery, this one set on a bus.

Hos­pi­tal 9PM, BBC2

The ob­ser­va­tional doc­u­men­tary re­turns for a fourth se­ries and here, for the first time, it charts the day-to-day life of six NHS Trusts across an en­tire city, Liver­pool, high­light­ing the chal­lenges fac­ing the health ser­vice in Bri­tain right now.

Hunted 9PM, CH4

This first episode in the fourth se­ries of the show, in which or­di­nary peo­ple try to out­smart and out­run trained pur­suers, in­tro­duces us to the 10 fugi­tives vy­ing for a share of £100,000. All they have to do is evade cap­ture…

First Dates Ire­land 9.30PM, RTÉ2

In a first for the show, mother and daugh­ter Amy and Delia go on a dou­ble date. Rap­per Dafe hopes that his way with words will im­press psy­chol­ogy grad­u­ate Siob­hán, while Ai­dan makes the most of his looks when he meets Siob­hán.

FRI­DAY Can’t Stop Danc­ing 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE

On Sun­day, the celebs took to the floor for the first episode of Danc­ing With The Stars and here Bláth­naid Treacy gets all the back­stage gos­sip from the con­tes­tants and judges. She’ll also be look­ing ahead to what’s in store for the next show.

The Vic­to­rian House Of Arts And Crafts 9PM, BBC2

Six mod­ern-day crafters recre­ate an Arts and Crafts move­ment com­mune in the Welsh hills, where they turn their hands to ren­o­vat­ing a Vic­to­rian house.

Would I Lie To You? 9.30PM, BBC1

Co­me­di­ans Rhod Gil­bert and El­lie Tay­lor – plus singer Ro­nan Keat­ing and reality TV star Ge­or­gia Tof­folo – join the reg­u­lars for an­other round of the hi­lar­i­ous panel game.

The Late Late Show 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE

Ryan Tubridy is back for a new year and a new run of The Late Late Show. It will be the usual mix of mu­sic, chat and na­tional talk­ing points.

SATUR­DAY The Great­est Dancer 8PM, BBC1

Hosts Ale­sha Dixon and Jor­dan Banjo both know what it’s like to trip the light fan­tas­tic on a reality show – she won Strictly Come Danc­ing in 2007, while he found fame when his dance troupe Di­ver­sity scooped the top prize on Bri­tain’s Got Ta­lent in 2009. The men­tors are also very well qual­i­fied – Oti Mabuse is a pro­fes­sional on Strictly, Glee’s Matthew Mor­ri­son has a Broad­way back­ground and Ch­eryl is an all-round pop sen­sa­tion. But it’s not their moves that will be un­der scru­tiny in this sec­ond episode, as more hope­ful hoofers com­pete.

Tales Of Ir­ish Cas­tles 7PM, VIR­GIN TWO

Si­mon De­laney turns his at­ten­tion to the 13th and 14th cen­turies, which saw an ex­pan­sion in cas­tle build­ing. He also finds out more about some of the knights who helped to change the Ir­ish land­scape, in­clud­ing Wil­liam Mar­shall.


Emma Willis presents an­other batch of blind au­di­tions. Will any of the hope­fuls have a voice that all four coaches – Olly Murs, Tom Jones, Jen­nifer Hud­son and – will turn their chairs for? And if so, who will re­cruit the lucky singer for their team?

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