Saturday 21 October 2017

TV LIVES

Sunday The Voice Of Ireland 6.30pm, RTE1 With any talent show, the bit really worth watching is when things get down to the wire. That's where The Voice is at tonight, and the judges have been spared the really hard call on the identity of the winner, which will instead be decided by a public vote. And if that's not entertaining enough, there's always the Rachel Stevens-Una Foden tensions to keep you amused. Monday Inside Harley Street 9pm BBC2 So far this has been one of the most entertaining reality shows of recent times, with producers focussing each week on a different angle in the world-famous London medical street. Tonight, they look at those who put their faith in the little-known alternative health facilities - sometimes because the patients don't believe in conventional medicine and sometimes they use it as a last resort. Tuesday The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 9pm, TV3 Miriam O'Callaghan may have ditched this for the Leinster game, but Peter Mark's extravaganza of sequin, silk and glitter still promises to be worth watching. Former winners include some of the country's style elite, including Rosanna Davison, Sharon Corr and Kathryn Thomas, who have all claimed the main prize 'Best Dressed Woman'. Wednesday Inside Number 9 11.20pm, BBC2 Each episode of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's excellent comedy drama is a stand-alone story so there's no need to have seen the previous ones. Shearsmith and Pemberton's skill with premise, dialogue and characterisation ensure that they consistently attract fine casts and the series has been compared to Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Tales From The Crypt. Thursday The Game 9pm, BBC2 Spy thrillers seemed to go out of fashion there for a while, but the BBC is bringing back a little Cold War intrigue with this espionage-based series. It stars Brian Cox, and the chiselled Tom Hughes. Hughes takes the lead role as an MI5 agent who is given a chance to redeem himself after losing the confidence of his superiors. Friday Iceland: Land Of Fire And Ice 9pm, BBC2 It seemed only yesterday that Iceland was even broker than Ireland, but as the country staggers back to its feet, it's one of the best value places to go for a holiday. This documentary looks at the great contrasts that characterise Iceland's landscape and focuses on the country's natural wonders, from thermal baths to gorgeous Arctic fox cubs. Saturday The Saturday Night Show 9.35pm, RTE1 It's been another must-see season for The Saturday Night Show and tonight Brendan dishes up the usual eclectic mix of great live chat, excellent musical interludes and witty banter.

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