This week: crossing the Atlantic in a small rowing boat
TV WEEK (Wednesday 6th to Tuesday 13th)
Croíthe Radacacha (TG4, Wednesday 6th, 9.30pm)
A documentary about ‘the love that dares not speak its name’ – found at the very heart of the Irish Revolution. These are the hidden stories of eight female couples who were central in the fight that freed Ireland from the British Empire, not to mention their radical and gritty determination to pursue their feminist beliefs against all odds.
Neven's Christmas In Adare (RTÉ 1, Thursday 7th, 8pm)
Neven Maguire cooks easy and festive dishes in the world-renowned Adare Manor. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a beginner in the kitchen, Neven’s clear instructions and tips will help you recreate his delicious recipes. He also visits the Manor’s Michelin starred restaurant, The Oak Room, where he chats with head chef Mike Tweedie.
Smothered (Sky Comedy, Thursday 7th, 10pm)
Sammy is a fiercely independent young woman who is done with dating apps and sick of immature men. Tom is a settled man with a warm heart. So far so simple, right? Except that as sparks start to fly, what was supposed to be a few weeks of great sex, pasta in bed and first names only turns into something else.
The Real Full Monty: Jingle Balls (ITV, Monday 11th, 9pm)
There will be jingle bells and baubles galore as presenting duo Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan are back to take a new troupe of brave celebrities by the hand and put them through their paces, as they prepare to take to the stage for a festive dance extravaganza for which they’ll bare all to raise awareness of life-saving cancer checks.
Man vs Ocean (RTÉ 1, Wednesday 9.35pm)
An adventure documentary that follows Damian Browne and Fergus Farrell’s voyage as they attempt the impossible: traversing the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean in a small two-person rowboat. Their extraordinary journey will not only test their bodies, but also push the boundaries of their relationships with each other, their families, and themselves.
Ben Hur (Film4, Thursday 7th, 9pm)
Not the famous 1959 classic starring Charleton Heston, usually screened at Christmas, but the updated 2017 version starring Jack Huston in the title role of a young prince wrongly accused of treason and condemned to life as a slave. While not the equal to the original, it does have much to recommend it.
A Girl From Mogadishu (RTÉ 1, Friday 8th, 11.15pm)
This is based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, who made the extraordinary escape journey to Ireland from war-torn Somalia – and emerged as one of the world’s foremost international activists against female genital mutilation.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Sky Cinema, from Sunday)
Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton star in this story of a seemingly unremarkable man in his 60s named Harold who, against all advice, embarks on a walk of 724km to visit his friend Queenie in a hospice.
Kindling (BBC 2, Wednesday 6th, 11.15pm)
A ‘lump in the throat’ story concerning a group of young men who return to their hometown to make their friend Sid’s remaining summer into a celebration of life, love and friendship. Facing his imminent mortality, Sid wants to create a legacy and comes up with a plan to bring everyone together for a final blast of life.
JourneyCam: International (RTÉ 2, Wednesday 6th, 3.25pm)
An exciting documentary series which follows the adventures of Irish children from different backgrounds as they travel across borders and continents, from their homes in Ireland to faraway places. Ten-year old twins Ishaan and Vihaan travel on one of India’s famous overnight trains, visit a Hindu Temple, harvest a coconut and discover how Indians are crazy about cricket.
Kidz Bop: Never Stop Live Tour (Sky Kids, from Monday)
Sing and dance along with Sadie, Toby and Ziame as they perform the ultimate pop concert for kids, recorded live at the New Wimbledon Theatre on the London leg of their tour.
The Shepherd (Disney+)
Ben Radcliffe and John Travolta star in this wartime story set on Christmas Eve as a young RAF pilot flying home across the North Sea finds his radio and electrics blown away, and he is fast running out of fuel. Just as his luck is about to run out, a mysterious good Samaritan guides him to safety.
Candy Cane Lane (Amazon Prime)
Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy about a man on a mission to win his neighbourhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest, and makes a deal with a mischievous elf to better his chances of winning, Instead, the elf casts a magic spell that brings 12 days of Christmas havoc on the whole town.
Leave The World Behind (Netflix)
Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke star as a couple who rent a luxurious vacation home for the weekend – only to have two strangers arrive in the night bearing news of a mysterious cyberattack and seeking refuge in the house they claim is theirs. Is a world disaster looming, or is it all a cunning trick?
Your Christmas Or Mine 2 (Amazon Prime)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but will it be that for James at a luxury ski resort in the Austrian Alps as his family wait to meet his new American girlfriend, Hayley. Things go very wrong after her dad makes a hotel booking where something clearly got lost in translation.
Racing From Cork: Hillyway Chase Day (RTÉ 1, Saturday 9th, 1.10pm)
Hugh Cahill is joined by Davy Russell and Lisa O’Neill for live racing from Cork. Commentary from Richard Pugh. Brian Gleeson and Katie Walsh report.
Investec Champions Cup (RTÉ1, Saturday 9th, 4.45pm)
Jacqui Hurley presents live coverage of Munster v Aviron Bayonnais from Thomond Park. Commentary from Hugh Cahill and Donal Lenihan. KO5.30pm.