Sunday 22 October 2017

TV highlights

Live International Football

5.30pm, Sky Sports 1

Anybody can support them when they're flying high, but Ireland's real fans will get behind them tonight for this friendly, in the Aviva, against Turkey. This will give the country's favourite double act – Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane – a chance to make decisions on the side for the Euro 2016 qualifiers in September.

The Genealogy Roadshow

7.30pm, RTE1

Genealogy has been big business in TV land for a few years now – following on from the success of the Who Do You Think You Are? franchise. Here, housewives' choice and all-round good egg Derek Mooney presents an exploration of unlikely connections between ordinary people and famous figures from history, including a Derry link to US vice president Joe Biden and one man's claims of sharing a revolutionary gene with Che Guevara.

Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth on Sammy Davis Jr

10.20pm, UTV

This show has become something of a hit despite (or perhaps because of) its rather cosy format of getting celebrities to talk about the people who inspired them. Will Young has already talked about his love of painter Rene Magritte, and this week we have Bruce Forsyth explaining his admiration for icon Sammy Davis Jr.

MONDAY

Britain's Got Talent

7.30pm, TV3 and UTV

This show's many addicts won't need to be told when it's on but for those with a more passing interest they're now down to the semi-final stage and things are getting exciting. Hosts Ant and Dec welcome the nine competing acts to the stage, while Simon looks stern, the two ladies look emotional and David Walliams makes camp quips.

Goodness Gracious Me: Reunion Special

11.05pm, BBC2

OK so there has been a bit of a glut of comedy reunions recently but this is one of the better ones. Meera Syal and the gang behind Going For An English revisit the vein of comedy gold that comes when British culture meets Asian mores.

The Family Project

8pm, RTE1

Six well-known Irish mentors try to help members of the public realise their career and personal dreams by teaching them new skills. Yvonne Keating, author Alice Taylor and hurling legend Davy Fitzgerald all donate slices of life wisdom to good causes.

TUESDAY

Welcome To Rio

9pm, BBC2

The World Cup, like the First World War, has been the jumping-off point for any number of programmes recently. Last week the Beeb had a documentary about the famous Copacabana hotel in Rio; this week it begins a series which takes a broader view of the city – from its glamorous stars to its grimy favelas. In this episode, we meet Rocky, a deliveryman who makes his living carrying fridges, ovens and TVs up the city's seemingly endless steps.

Elementary

9pm, Sky Living

Modern Sherlock fans are expected to be either Benedict Cumberbatch devotees or Jonny Lee Miller adherents. The latter category will have feasted on this version of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous creation, which concludes tonight as tensions between Sherlock and Watson come to a head.

Later Live ... With Jools Holland

11.50pm, BBC2

Imelda May once said she was "mortified" by appearing in an ad for fish fingers but she's since gone on to appear in an even less rock 'n' roll ad for the Credit Union. None of this seems to have stalled her progress toward national treasure status, and her album Tribal went to the top of the charts here. Tonight, she shares billing on Jools with Arcade Fire.

WEDNESDAY

The Supervet

8pm, Channel 4

The appeal of this show is simple: cute animals being treated by even cuter vets. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick implants bone marrow into a gorgeous Great Dane's shoulder to prevent pressure on her spine and relieve her of pain, and gives a cat a bionic implant, which enables her to walk again.

Derek

10pm, Channel 4

Nobody can be quite sure if Derek – a comedy about a man with an apparent learning difficulty – is actually funny or an example of Ricky Gervais going off the deep end tasteless-joke-wise. So far, critics hate it and viewers love it. Tonight is one last chance to decide for yourself as the series ends.

Mad Men

10pm, Sky Atlantic

Fix yourself a cocktail as the cult show reaches its mid-season break. We shift between eras and Don Draper's suits get a leaner cut as Peggy considers a new future based on an exciting but dangerous venture.

THURSDAY

Super Garden

8.30pm, RTE1

Cast ne'er a clout 'til May be out – especially if you're planning some gardening in Irish weather. This week's Super Garden travels to Wicklow – appropriately the Garden Of Ireland – where all five gardens will have their final assessments to see who bags the big prize.

My Granny The Escort

10pm, Channel 4

You have to hand it to Channel 4 and its irresistibly lurid documentary titles. Award-winning filmmaker Charlie Russell looks at how three older ladies provide a very interesting supplement to their pensions.

The Good Wife

11.20pm, RTE 1

It's the new series of this hit show, which has won a legion of fans. Our heroine has to concentrate on the firm's efforts to prevent a convicted murderer getting the electric chair, while she covertly plans her own exit. There is also going to be a cameo by lawyer Barry Scheck, who is famous for defending OJ Simpson.

FRIDAY

Unreported World

7.35pm, Channel 4

Many people presume that Aids is the biggest threat to public health in Africa, but in fact cancer kills more people on the continent than that virus, malaria and TB all put together. This documentary explores the problems with treating the disease and the populations that are deprived of morphine – the most important drug for relieving the pain of cancer.

The Story Of Woman And Art

9pm, BBC2

This series, which has drawn high praise from Caitlin Moran amongst others, draws to a conclusion tonight as Amanda Vickery explores the ways in which female artists in the 19th and 20th Centuries managed to blossom despite endemic sexism.

SATURDAY

The Saturday Night Show

9.50pm, RTE1

More lively chat and great live music from Brendan O'Connor and his guests who include movie star Carrie Fisher.

The Graham Norton Show

10pm, TV3

It's a star-studded sofa tonight as our Graham welcomes Tom Cruise, Charlize Theron, Seth McFarlane and Emily Blunt. If Cruise jumps on the couch there will be someone on hand to make a joke about it.

For One Night Only

11.10pm, RTE1

Gay Byrne interviews music legend Sinead O'Connor, who explains the background to a few of her biggest hits – including the evergreen Nothing Compares 2 U – and sings her last single, The Wolf Is Getting Married.

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