Go for it

Mark O'Regan

Ireland v New Zealand

RTE2, 4.45pm

This is a crucial game for Irish rugby, which seems at something of a dangerous crossroads. To put it bluntly, some of our big names have been underperforming.

We have, of course, never beaten the All Blacks, but whatever the final score, a thundering performance by the boys in green is desperately needed.


Strictly Come Dancing

BBC1, 6.30pm

It's time to get serious as Bruce and Tess host a Las Vegas-themed spectacular from the world-famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Eight couples remain, with Kara Tointon (left) and Scott Maslen labelled hot favourites.

The results of the viewers' vote will be revealed tomorrow night at 7.30pm.


American Dream

BBC2, 8.20pm

There are those who believe that almost anybody can 'make it' in the United States. But is all this an illusion in a country where millions still hover near the poverty line? The series starts with the tale of so-called post-war baby boomers from World War II to the Vietnam War.


Apocalypse: The Second World WAR Channel 4, 8pm

Mesmerising colourised archive footage brings to life the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, which brought the US into the conflict.