TV LIVES with Donal Lynch
Monday The Box 4pm, BBC1 Children of the 1990s will no doubt recall staring listlessly at a programme called Ready Steady Cook in the afternoons after school. This new programme takes much the same idea - forcing stars to cook quickly with limited ingredients - but it has James Martin chairing proceedings (much less irritating than Ready Steady's Mel and Sue) and Helen George from Call The Midwife, which we miss. Tuesday The Walking Dead 10.50pm, RTE2 Vanity Fair is already calling the spin-off that this show has spawned "sappy" so we may as well enjoy the real thing while it's still on. The apocalypse is big in the minds of TV writers right now, what with The Last Man On Earth and Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt, and here our human heroes live in a dystopian nightmare where zombies stalk them every second. It's as bleak as it sounds, but very well acted and cultish good fun. Wednesday Our World 8.30pm, BBC4 They had us at 'Kirsty Wark' - our favourite Newsnight interviewer of all time (yes, including Paxman) but this promises to be a pretty incredible interview: she meets the three women who were held captive by now-deceased nutjob Ariel Castro under his home in Ohio for ten years. This is the women's first TV interview with British television. Apparently one of the tidbits coming is that watching the royal wedding was one of the things that kept them going through their years of abuse. Hashtag unexpected uses for the monarchy. Thursday America's Next Top Model 8pm, Sky Living Time to practice your 'fierce eyes' as the 21st series of this iconic show gets underway again. And guess what guys? Miss J Alexander, the original queen of catwalk sashaying is back on the panel. Hurray! So who cares if you'll never hear of any of these models again? At least they'll know how to look the part and walk the walk. You can't have everything however: there will be no appearance in this series by Janice Dickinson, who recently blamed "substance abuse" for her "feud" with Tyra Banks. Friday The Graham Norton Show 11.15pm, BBC1 There are a few options tonight - When Pop Ruled My Life - The Fan's Story over on BBC 4 looks promising at 9pm - but do any of them really trump our Graham getting a rise out of tabloid quarry Jude Law and sharing the lolz with portly Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy? Probably not. The Corkman also talks to stand up comedian John Bishop about his new act and the music is supplied by the always incredible Florence + The Machine. Heaven. Saturday The Saturday Night Show 9.40pm, RTE1 A must-see piece of television as Brendan O'Connor presents the final edition of his popular chat show. After five successful series there have been some incredible moments and tonight's programme promises to live up to the drama and thrills of its predecessors.
TV LIVES with Donal Lynch