What to watch on TV tonight Thursday May 7
Pat Stacey has the lowdown on what to watch on the tellybox tonight...
RTE 2, 9pm
Jennifer Maguire and Darren Kennedy help a 22-year-old who has competed a range of college courses but has had no luck in securing a job. They also assist Issa, who has struggled to find work in his field of expertise since arriving in Ireland from Kenya five years ago, and they both feel the weight of their families’ hopes.
Lusitania, 18 Minutes That Changed the World
RTE 1, 10.15pm
Docu-drama about the sinking of British ocean liner RMS Lusitania 11 miles off the southern coast of Ireland by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915, which resulted in the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew and was a key factor in the US’s entry into the First World War in 1917. The events of that day are brought to life using archive footage, photographs, documents, dramatic reconstructions and expert opinion by marine historians, as well as first-hand testimonies by survivors and the submarine captain.
Secrets from the Sky
The presenting duo visit Stonehenge, hoping to shed light on the purpose behind its construction. Ben Robinson’s images from the air reveal that the landscape is the product of thousands of years of worship, celebration and remembrance of the dead, while on the ground, Bettany Hughes builds a picture of how superstition and belief inspired people to redesign the world around them, and how modern perceptions of the role of the ancient monument are still changing.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Sky Atlantic, 9pm
The documentary examines the events of 2003 when Durst (inset) was on trial for the murder of his neighbour Morris Black. His legal team decided to make an unusual plea after Durst admitted to having dismembered the corpse, but pleaded not guilty by reason of self-defence and accident.
BBC 1, 8.55pm
New series. Wildlife documentary venturing below the waves to examine the ocean predators’ behaviour. The first film reveals their varied hunting methods, from blacktip sharks gathering in huge packs and herding fish into baitballs, to tasselled wobbegongs, which ambush their prey. Other highlights include Greenland sharks, which live under the arctic ice, whitetip reef sharks – arguably the masters of night-time hunting – and the great white, shown stalking fur seals off the coast of South Africa.