Tuesday 20 August 2019

Thursday night TV - the best of what to watch on the box


Pat Stacey

Pat Stacey has trawled through the planner for the best of Thursday night's viewing, so you don't have to...


RTE1, 10.15pm

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Designing Ireland

New four-part series that could be a cut above the usual RTE offerings with the word “design” in the title. Award-winning architect Angela Brady and design writer Sandra O’Connell (above) celebrate the best of Irish design. The first programme recalls a time, long before words like “brand” had even been uttered, when traditional crafts and distinctive buildings told a uniquely Irish story.


UTV/ITV, 9pm


Big revelations and skeletons tumbling out of closets are promised in the penultimate episode. Interestingly, everyone in the cast is a such a major name that, for once, it makes guessing the identity of the killer a satisfyingly tough one, even for seasoned fans of this sort of drama.


Film 4, 11.15pm

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(2011) Writer-director Joe Cornish’s debut is, though a little overrated by some, great fun. (John Boyega above), soon to be seen in the new Star Wars, got his big break as the leader of a group of hoodies who turn unlikely heroes when alien invaders threaten their south London council flat complex. With Jodie Whitaker.


BBC1, 9pm

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Class of 92

Concluding part. It’s February at Salford FC and new managers Anthony ‘Jonno’ Johnson and Bernard Morley have arrived, bringing a fearsome reputation and much-needed discipline. It’s a tough regime and one the former Manchester United stars need to learn to accept. With rivals Darlington now sitting at the top of the league, everyone is expected to dedicate themselves to winning the last games to claim promotion.


BBC4, 10pm

Programme Name: Detectorists - TX: n/a - Episode: Detectorists - portraits (No. Portraits) - Picture Shows: All members of the DMDC club Russell (PEARCE QUIGLEY), Varde (ORION BEN), Louise (LAURA CHECKLEY), Lance (TOBY JONES), Andy (MACKENZIE CROOK), Terry (GERARD HORAN), Sophie (AIMEE-FFION EDWARDS), Hugh (DIVIAN LADWA) - (C) Channel X North and Lola Entertainment - Photographer: Chris Harris

Sophie seems to be making progress with her new friend at the library, while the club is visited by the mayor on a matter of some delicacy. Why is this lovely comedy hidden away on BBC4? It’s worthy of a much larger audience.

Also on tonight:

Kevin McGahern's Fast and Furious - 'Funny, bright and entertaining, if hardly entirely persuasive'

Blind date with bangers - the secret formula for TG4's hit dating show Pioc do Ride

5 good reasons to watch the new series of 'The Shelbourne' 


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