Wednesday 22 November 2017

TV highlights of the week

SUNDAY

Sherlock

BBC1, 8.30pm

THE finale of the current run is loosely based on the Arthur Conan Doyle collection of short stories, His Last Bow. Written by Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, starring the enigmatic Benedict Cumberbatch as the sleuth and Martin Freeman (better known as Bilbo Baggins now) as sidekick Watson.

Keith Barry: Brain Hacker

TV3, 9pm

Ireland's Derren Brown, Keith Barry, starts a new series where he tries to hack his way into people's brains. No, not with an axe, with his formidable mental powers of mind control and hypnosis. This episode examines the notion of intuition.

All New It'll be Alright on the Night

UTV, 9pm

First time round we had Denis Norden laughing as he introduced out-takes of newsreaders fluffing their lines. Now, in a kind of post-modern homage, grumpy old man Griff Rhys Jones presents a compilation of old clips from the original series.

MONDAY

71st Golden Globe Awards

RTE2, 9pm

This year's glitzy awards show is presented by former Saturday Night Live stalwarts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave are two obvious front-runners in the film section, where Michael Fassbender will be hoping to pip Christian Bale to the gong.

Dave: Loan Ranger

Channel4, 10pm

After taking on the bankers by opening his own "Bank of Dave", this time Dave Fishwick looks at the incredible bust-driven growth of pay-day loan companies who lend money at shark-style interest rates.

Mandela: The Myth and Me

BBC4, 10pm

Documentary in the BBC's excellent Storyville strand. This is made by young South African film-maker, Khalo Matabane, who spent two years interviewing Mandela's friends and family.

TUESDAY

One Wild Winter: Surviving Avalanches

BBC4, 9pm

One to watch beside the fire, and possibly of limited appeal to those in the eye of this year's wild winter. A look back at Winter 2012, one of the coldest and snowiest on record in Scotland's highest mountains. Stunning scenery and top survival tips.

Death In Paradise

BBC1, 9pm

Murder series set on the Caribbean island of Saint Marie. This episode has Detective Inspector Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller, investigating the murder of an old college friend who was visiting the island.

House of Fools

BBC2, 11.50pm

Flatshare sitcom from double act Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Fans of their previous work, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, and Shooting Stars, will know to expect a mix of old-fashioned humour with the surreal.

WEDNESDAY

The Kumars

Sky1, 9pm

Yet another comedy show making the move from BBC to Sky; this week the chat show, hosted by Anglo-Indian family the Kumars, has Chevy Chase, Daniel 'I'm not Harry Potter!' Radcliffe and Olivia Colman spilling their secrets on the couch.

Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses

BBC4, 9pm

First in a three-part series that looks at family businesses that have weathered not one, not two, but 50 recessions. The business this week is a butchers in Dorset that has been selling meat since the time of Henry the Eighth.

Live at the Apollo

BBC1, 9.30pm

Comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti is joined by her famously rude monkey -- Monkey -- to present the live stand-up show from the Apollo theatre. This week, Jimeoin and Jim Beckett are the special guests.

THURSDAY

Hidden Kingdoms

BBC1, 8pm

Nature programme looking at the grasshopper mouse, a tiny rodent that lives in the American Sonara Desert and has to survive extreme temperatures and battles with scorpions and hawks.

Ear to the Ground

RTE1, 8.30pm

This episode looks at the David-and-Goliath battle between a Meath school and the fast food giant planning to open an outlet at the school gates. There's also a feature about Dr Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who revolutionised methods of livestock handling.

Pat McCabe: Play Next Door

RTE1, 10.15pm

This week, it's the turn of Butcher Boy writer Pat McCabe to create a play inspired by the local community. Pat is embedded in the Monaghan town of Castleblaney, and his play -- If Those Lips -- "brings the past and present of lives on the border colliding together in one night".

FRIDAY

Fleadh Cheoil

RTE1, 7.30pm

The annual music festival comes from the 2013 UK City of Culture, Derry, for the very first time. A packed programme, with highlights from the festival, presented by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and John Creedon.

Italy Unpacked

BBC2, 9pm

Our middle-aged heart-throbs continue their journey through Italy's culture and food. This week, they journey south along the west coast to Lazio, the hinterland of the eternal city, and visit the site of the first papal conclave, Viterbo.

Born To Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock

BBC4, 9pm

This episode looks at the great rock stories of the Seventies, a decade where rock stars become millionaires, even as the sound they produced began to lack the anger and protest of the Sixties. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the Doobie Brothers are among featured acts.

SATURDAY

Catchphrase

TV3, 7.15pm

Yet another Eighties revival, as Catchphrase returns, with something of a contemporary twist. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern, this relies on the new set, 3D graphics and a new end game for novelty; however, the actual excitement, as ever, is the simplicity of the concept.

Ireland's Fittest Family

RTE1, 7.30pm

The action hots up as the country's most competitive dynasties go head-to-head across track and field. Mentors Kenneth Egan, Eddie O'Sullivan, Nikki Symmons and Davy Fitz stand by to advise and cheer.

The Saturday Night Show

RTE1, 10.05pm

Brendan talks to Davy Fitzgerald, gregarious manager of the Clare football team, and Chris Gardner, American entrepreneur played by Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness, who spent several years homeless before building up his own highly successful stockbroking firm.

Irish Independent

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