Thursday 17 October 2019



The Sunday Game Live

2.45pm, RTE2

Mayo's football fans must be almost scared to get their hopes up again and there was definitely a sense that last year might have been their best chance in recent years to take Sam back West. However they are in the semis again and they will be looking to put the disappointment of the last two years behind them as they take on Kerry at Croke Park. Kerry haven't won the title since 2009 which in the Kingdom almost counts as a drought comparable with Mayo's 63- year wait.

The Simpsons

7.30pm, Sky1

There's nothing to make a 30-something feel old like the revelation that this is the end of the 25th season of the Simpsons. It's an iconic show, with endlessly quotable lines, that has nothing left to prove, even if we do have to admit that the last 10 years or so can't compare to its heyday (and the less said about the film the better). Tonight Millhouse and Bart reach yet another precarious crossroads in their long friendship.


Off Their Rockers

8pm, TV3

Charming old people are our theme for the evening (see below) and they don't come much more charming, or beloved, than former Golden Girl Betty White. The Emmy-winning actress can essentially get away with anything and still seem adorable, so she's the perfect anchor for this series which sees pensioners play tricks on some leading lights from the younger generation of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian

50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy

9pm, Sky 1

Baz Ashwamy's mammy has her own agent now, that's how much buzz there has been about this new series. It's a simple yet brilliant reality concept: he takes her on the road trip of a lifetime. It sees them travel all over the world and take part in daredevil activities including wrestling crocodiles, snake-charming, flying a plane and swimming with sharks. She even puts her pension on the roulette table at one point and he pushes her out of a plane on her birthday.


The 66th Annual Primetime Emmys

9pm, Sky Living

Television used to be the poor relation of the movies but for the last 15 years or so, as Kevin Spacey recently pointed out, the most 
creative people in show business have flocked to television instead. That has meant that the Emmys have become bigger and bigger with each passing year. Expect a very special tribute to the late, great Robin Williams and some slight Irish interest in the fortunes of Game Of Thrones, which was mostly filmed here.

Super Senses: The Secret Power Of Animals

9pm, BBC2

If there's something even more squarely in the BBC's wheelhouse than big-budget costume dramas it is surely nature programmes. In this series, the world of sense that is open to animals but closed to human beings is examined. We see alligators who can cause the water to rumble with their guttural murmurs and bats who see in sound. Biologist Patrick Aryee and physicist Dr Helen Czerski share presenting duties, and remain in the mix to inherit the Attenborough mantle.wednesday

Raising Of The Costa

9pm, National Geographic

There is something haunting about shipwrecks and the Concordia was one of the worst disasters in maritime history - which makes it ideal material for a documentary. Until recently the ship, which was wrecked in January 2012 off the coast of Italy with more than 4,000 people on board (32 eventually lost their lives), lay submerged, sparking one of the most detailed and difficult salvage operations of all time. This piece looks at the herculean efforts to float and tug the enormous wreck, and examines the story behind the crash.

Ireland's Gypsy Blood

10pm, TV3

Leo Grant is a gifted photographer with a keen eye for telling details. Here, he turns his hand to documentary-film-making with a look at a subject that seems to make the news here with some frequency - Traveller fights and the legacy of violence that 
goes with a code of 
honour. He meets Hughie Doherty who becomes involved in a fight to defend his family's name and his son Francie, who spars at their campsite. Grant spent two years on this and the imagery is bound to be beautiful.


Who Do You Think You Are?

9pm, BBC1

You might think that Brendan O'Carroll's lineage would be as straightforward as his comedy - after all, he's always been very open in interviews - but, as this piece shows, there is a lot we don't know. His grandfather
was murdered in 1920 during the upheaval
of the War of Independence. 
The headstone contains
the inscription 'shot
during the curfew' and
here O'Carroll delves deeper into his ancestor's death and the effect it had on the family.

Top Of The Lake

11pm, TG4

OK so this was on the BBC last year but for those who missed it, it's still well worth a look. The Piano is undeniably one of the greatest movies of all time, and here its Oscar-winning director Jane Campion and its star, Holly Hunter reunite for a much-talked-about drama mystery, which centres around the disappearance of Tui Mitcham, a pregnant 12-year-old girl. Still not sold on it? The gorgeous and talented Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men fame also stars.


Big School

9.30pm, BBC1

In his own way David Walliams makes television a little bit more bearable: Camply sending up Simon Cowell, being a manic
chat-show guest and 
now doing what he does best - turning out
award-winning comedy. Big School kicks off its second series tonight and Walliams once again rocks his dodgy comb-over in the teachers' staffroom.


The X Factor

8pm, TV3

They may be losing Corrie, Emmerdale and Jeremy Kyle but TV3 still has this ratings winner to fall back on. Can Simon and Cheryl win the audience battle against the BBC and Doctor Who? Are there actually any untapped talents out there who haven't already been on reality shows? Tune in to find out.

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