Sunday 24 September 2017

TV highlights of the week

SUNDAY

Donal Lynch

Bear's Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry

7pm, Channel 4

Stephen Fry's name has been described as a "guaranteed green light for any broadcasting project he happens to star in". Given his success in recent years, ex-public schoolboy and ultra-posh adventurer Bear Grylls can't be far off that status either. Tonight, the two take a trek into one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Europe.

Other Voices

10.30pm, RTE2

This is the final instalment in the music series which finds its spiritual home in the ghostly little Protestant church off Dingle's main street. Fittingly then, this episode will feature the town's rising stars – Walking On Cars – as well as Scottish rockers Mogwai and soul artist Lulu James.

The Meaning Of Life With Gay Byrne

10.35pm, RTE1

The veteran broadcaster returns to screens again tonight with this interview with Majella O'Donnell – wife of 'our Daniel' – who discusses her battle with breast cancer and how dealing with depression was in fact her toughest life struggle.

MONDAY

When Corden Met Barlow

9pm BBC1

They exchanged weight loss tips? No, don't be silly. They chatted about Gary Barlow's career as pop's answer to Lazarus and his years in the musical wilderness, while James presumably provided the funny.

The Savage Eye

10pm, RTE2

Last time out, David McSavage served up some of the few genuinely hilarious comedy moments seen on RTE over the last few years. His surreal take on everything from the Rose of Tralee to Irish politics was a ratings winner. The focus in this provocative new series is on childhood.

Love For Sale With Rupert Everett

10pm, Channel 4

The "queen of mean", as Rupert Everett has been called, caused a bit of a stir a few years back when he revealed that he'd once made ends meet by working as a rent boy. In this documentary, the second of a series, he asks why people really buy and sell sex.

TUESDAY

Ireland By Night

8pm, TV3

Nothing makes us more grateful to be tucked up than thinking of those who have to beaver away through the night. This series looks at the lives of workers – ranging from flower-sellers to journalists – who toil through the small hours.

Hannibal

10pm, Sky Living

It's hard to believe it's been 22 years since Silence Of The Lambs cleaned up at the Oscars. Naturally, author Thomas Harris' other books inspired spin-offs and Hannibal is one of the more famous ones. In this, the second series, FBI profiler Will Graham sits in prison having been framed for the mad doctor's crimes.

WEDNESDAY

The Supervet

8pm, Channel 4

What do you do if you have an embarrassing body ... but you're a cat? You get yourself down to the bionic vet Noel Fitzpatrick sharpish. The bionic vet, as he's known, and his pioneering team treat a huge range of animal problems, from tumours to stopped hearts.

Billy Connolly's Big Send Off

9pm, UTV

The veteran Scottish comedian's confrontations with hecklers have made headlines in recent years but lately he has more pressing difficulties – he had a brush with cancer and suffers from Parkinson's disease. In this programme he returns to his native Glasgow and muses on life and death.

24: Live Another Day

9pm, Sky 1

The original show was a sensation when it aired back in 2001. Since then there have been books, a TV film and documentaries exploring its success. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back, brought out of exile when a threat is made against the British prime minister (played by the ubiquitous Stephen Fry).

THURSDAY

Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final

8pm, RTE2

It's that time of year again when the nations of Europe send their daftest musical creations direct into your living room. Broadcast from Copenhagen this time round, we can only pray that some goodwill for Ireland not bringing down the Euro will be the wind at Can-Linn and Kasey Smith's backs as they attempt to bring home the glory.

Blurred Lines: The New Battle Of The Sexes

9.30pm, BBC2

No, not the rumoured Serena Williams-Andy Murray tennis exhibition but instead an exploration, by Newsnight stalwart Kirsty Wark, of the sexist nastiness faced by women in public life and elsewhere.

Jonah From Tonga

10pm, BBC3

Private schoolgirl Ja'mie made her triumphant return to screens late last year and here we have Australian comedy genius Chris Lilley's other great creation, rebellious schoolboy Jonah, once again causing mayhem. This is one of the genuine must-sees of the week.

FRIDAY

The Pygmy Hippo: A Very Secret Life - Natural World

9pm, BBC2

Brace yourself for more adorableness. The BBC has found something called a pygmy hippo and it's cuter than a bush baby's favourite aunt. Ecologist Wei-Yeen Yap also has some non-cuteness- related facts about it and what needs to happen to save it.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

10pm, Channel 4

Courtney Love recently thought she'd found the missing Malaysian Airlines plane and a world held its breath for further details. Alan Carr probes the controversial songstress in his own inimitable way tonight. Oh, and Lily Allen will be there too.

SATURDAY

Nadia Goes To Hollywood

4.25pm, TV3

This documentary follows the quest of Irish model Nadia Forde as she attempts to make a name for herself in Hollywood and faces down a room full of actresses.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014

8pm, RTE1

This is the final of this year's smorgasboard of kitsch. Who will win the right to earn a massive headache for their national broadcaster? Tune in.

Riverdance: Live From the Point Theatre, 1995

11.35pm, RTE1

The Eurovision half time act never seemed to go away in the intervening two decades. Even when we sometimes wished it would. This is the first sighting of chest oil and high kicks at the Point in 1995.

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