Saturday 21 October 2017

TV highlights

SUNDAY

The Musketeers

BBC1, 9pm

New version inspired by Alexandre Dumas' classic story. They've dropped the 'three' from the title and have cast a bunch of pretty boys as the King's soldiers. Looks more style over substance, but does have the excellent Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu.

Don't Look Down

Channel4, 9pm

Documentary about the phenomenon of urban free climbers. These young men and women illegally climb tall buildings, cranes and other structures without any safety equipment. It's also called "Buildering" and dates back to 19th Century Oxbridge, as do so many other absurd rituals.

Amber

RTE1, 9.30pm

Heavily-advertised, new four-part Irish drama shown on consecutive nights this week. This concerns the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl and the devastating effect it has on her family. Stars Eva Birthistle and David Murray.

MONDAY

Are You Addicted To Sugar? Dispatches

Channel4, 8pm

The answer to that question for most of us is, unfortunately, yes. So now we need to know just how the addiction affects the rest of our lives. This documentary looks at the way hidden sugar in processed food can have an influence on the human brain.

Food Unwrapped

Channel4, 8.30pm

More fodder for these food-obsessed times. New series of the show that goes behind the scenes of food production. This week, the team take a look at traditionally matured cheese and why re-heated rice can make you ill.

Russia On Four Wheels

BBC2, 9.30pm

New travel programme presented by Justin Rowlett and Anita Rani, who travel across the huge expanse of the world's biggest country, Mother Russia, in 4x4s. They begin in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

TUESDAY

Eco Eye

RTE1, 7pm

This week Duncan and the team take a look at the recent extreme storms and examine whether global warming is really a factor in changing weather patterns. He consults experts from Met Eireann and scientists from around the world.

A Gypsy Life For Me

TV3, 9pm

Taking a lead from the huge success of Channel 4's series about Travellers, this reality show follows gypsies from all over England competing in Travellers Got Talent, a contest where people from the travelling community showcase their performance skills.

Rococo: Travel, Pleasure, Madness

BBC4, 9pm

Is Rococo the new rock 'n' roll? Probably not, but this series argues that the movement, far from being frivolous, marked the beginnings of the modern world. Presented by art critic Waldemar Januszczak.

WEDNESDAY

Neven Maguire: Home Chef

RTE1, 7.30pm

This show is all about comfort food, and no better man than softly-spoken Neven Maguire to tell us about it. This episode has him visiting Ashford Castle for a masterclass from chef Stefan Matz. Also features trips to Mount Juliet and The Shelbourne.

Winterwatch Unsprung

BBC2, 9pm

Special episode of the nature programme has the team taking and answering queries from the audience. The presenters, Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham, also take a look at videos and photos sent in by viewers over the winter months.

Children On The Frontline

Channel4, 10pm

This documentary by acclaimed photojournalist Marcel Mettelsiefen tells the story of five children whose lives have been affected by the conflict in Syria. With 11,000 killed and one million child refugees, this programme puts a timely focus on the appalling problems caused by the civil war.

THURSDAY

Fuaimrian Mo Shaoil

TG4, 8pm

Sports broadcaster Ger Canning tells Daithi O Se about the soundtrack to his life, which includes music that reminds him of his father, of how he met and fell in love with his wife, and the tunes of his favourite country, Australia.

Deirdre Purcell: Play Next Door

RTE1, 10.15pm

Dublin-born writer of 20 novels, Deirdre Purcell writes her first play as part of this series. She was sent to the old-time grandeur of the Bray Head Hotel for one month and wrote Shine -- which is broadcast immediately afterwards.

Elementary

RTE2, 10.30pm

How do you cash in on the current raging popularity of all things Sherlockian? Elementary my dear TV producer, do your own version of Conan Doyle's sleuth. This US version has Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson.

FRIDAY

Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast

Channel 4, 8pm

The jolly cafe at the end of the pier plays host this week to actress Amanda Holden who shows off her culinary skills by rustling up a moussaka, while Jimmy tries out a homemade kebab -- can it match the post-pub classic? Jamie rustles up two-way chicken.

Room 101

BBC1, 8.30pm

As Frank Skinner gets older he gets more cuddly -- still very funny though. The show has celebrities whinging about things they'd like to get rid of and condemn to Room 101, and this episode features Joan Bakewell, Richard Osman and comedian Roisin Conaty.

Born to be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock

BBC4 9pm

Including the era of MTV, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp in a golden age seems a bit of a stretch. This episode looks at the birth of pop-metal and stadium rock and has decent tunes from the hilarious Poison and Van Halen.

SATURDAY

The Cube

TV3, 8pm

The nail-biting continues as two more contestants pit themselves against The Cube, in tasks that can look pretty simple, until attempted, when their full complexity is revealed.

Hostages

Channel4, 9pm

"The new Homeland" as it is persistently dubbed, continues, with Ellen continuing to thwart Duncan's intentions, while he hides his good-guy reality behind a convincing bad-guy persona.

The Saturday Night Show

RTE1, 10.05pm

Brendan O'Connor chats to Ross O'Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard, actor Laurence Kinlan, best-known as Elmo in Love/Hate, and the Wallace brothers, Richard, Paul and David. Music from trad supergroup The Gloaming.

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