Saturday 16 December 2017

Monday's TV picks

The Paul O'Grady Show is on UTV at 5pm
The Paul O'Grady Show is on UTV at 5pm

Tonight's must-watch tele:

Pick of the day:

The Paul O'Grady Show/Liberty Of London

UTV, 5pm/Channel 4, 9pm

Today sees the start of another week of daily instalments of this diverting teatime chat show hosted by Paul O'Grady (with singer and actor Michael Ball standing in for him recently due to O'Grady's health scare).

The first roster of guests tonight include Jo Brand, 'Mrs Brown's Boys' creator and star Brendan O'Carroll and 'popera' group Il Divo, who perform 'Tonight' from 'West Side Story'.

For the record, tomorrow's guests are Cilla Black and the cast of the West End musical 'Once'.

On Wednesday, guests are Kimberley Walsh, and there's music from teen group The Vamps, while on Thursday, the main guest is 'X Factor' winner James Arthur, who has been in a lot of trouble recently for perceived homophobic remarks he made on Twitter.

'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Len Goodman, and singer (and the other daughter of Judy Garland) Lorna Luft are also booked.

Lastly, Friday's guests are Jennifer Saunders, 'Britain's Got Talent' winners Spellbound and Olly Murs.

Elsewhere tonight, 'Liberty Of London' is a new documentary series -- clearly inspired by the BBC's well-received Claridge's hotel doc last year -- that goes behind the scenes at the Liberty department store in Oxford Circus as it gears up for the Christmas shopping season.

Housed in a famous half-timber building made from old battleships, Liberty has been drawing in shoppers for over 130 years.

With exclusive access to the store, its staff and its customers, the series attempts to capture the everyday stories of life within one of London's oldest department stores, following the race to get the Christmas shop open on time, via fashion weeks in London and Paris, VIP customer and celebrity visits, and the daily rituals at the heart of the store.

In this first episode, the Christmas stock arrives and the programme meets some of the store's most interesting customers, including a wealthy VIP who sees Liberty as his local corner shop.


Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

BBC4, 10pm

This three-part drama series from Sweden focuses on people living and loving in the shadow of the Aids calamity in Stockholm in the 1980s. When Rasmus and Benjamin meet at a party they fall instantly and deeply in love. For a short time their happiness continues until suddenly young men start to get sick, waste away and die. A mystery disease has come to Stockholm and nothing will ever be the same.


Family Tree

RTE2, 10.30pm

This Chris O'Dowd-starring US comedy, which first aired on BBC earlier this year, has been quietly plugging away on Monday nights on RTE. It's up to episode six now, and while it took a few episodes to firmly establish its tone, it is still well worth your time. Here, Tom (O'Dowd) investigates his great-great-grandfather's activities in the American Civil War.

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