TV guide: 20 of the best shows to watch this week, beginning tonight


Call the Midwife
Sunday, BBC One, 8pm
The current series comes to a dramatic conclusion as a tragic incident strikes at the heart of Poplar, sending shockwaves through the community. The team at Nonnatus House try to rally together to help the injured, but that means putting their own anguish to one side as Sr Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Dr Turner’s (Stephen McGann) fates remain unknown. However, Timothy is feeling guilty following his argument with his father and decides to search for him. Meanwhile, Sr Hilda is unaware of the emergency as she guides a patient through the birth of her second child, but the joy of a successful delivery is set to be short-lived. and Sr Frances supports a teenage mother.

Room to Improve
Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Dermot Bannon with Lisa Daly in Room to Improve
Dermot Bannon with Lisa Daly in Room to Improve

We’ve had to put our favourite home improvement guru on the shelf along with the dancing shoes, but with Covid restrictions ended it’s okay to let Dermot Bannon back into Irish homes to take a lump hammer to our design delusions. The Irish starchitect returns with a new series after a two-year hiatus; he hits the ground running and gets his teeth into a whole new bunch of home improvement projects. He will also have to deal with a whole new set of challenges, such as the spiralling costs of construction and materials, not to mention those stubborn homeowners who are reluctant to bow to his superior judgment. Bannon’s first port of call is Stillorgan in south Dublin, where he builds a brand new home for Marc and Lisa Daly and their three young boys – and is immediately taken outside his comfort zone, as part of the brief is to build a sensory room for the couple’s son Liam, who has autism.

Vincent Hanley: Sex, Lies and Videotapes
Monday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Vincent Hanley (1979)
Vincent Hanley in 1979

In the 1980s, Fab Vinnie brought a ray of pop sunshine to an otherwise drab broadcasting landscape with his weekly glimpses into the wonderful world of pop videos via MT USA. But his untimely death in 1987 also brought home the stark reality of the Aids crisis. This deeply personal documentary by his close friend Bill Hughes tells the story of Hanley’s life. It reveals the persecution and violence endured by gay people in Ireland, and the added stigma and suffering brought by Aids. Hanley’s housemate Charles Self was one of three gay people murdered in Dublin in 1982, and gay activist Cathal Kerrigan and journalist Una Mullally discuss the state of fear that prevailed in Ireland at the time, forcing many people – Hanley included – to remain in the closet. This is Ireland’s own It’s a Sin, complete with fab 1980s soundtrack.

Moors Murders: The Witness
Monday, Channel 4, 9pm
Almost 60 years after they carried out a string of murders that shocked Britain, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady remain for many people the embodiment of evil. This new three-part documentary series draws on never-before-seen letters from the killers to ’60s pop singer Janie Jones, who befriended Hindley in prison, to cast new light on their relationship and background, as well as the motivation behind their horrifying crimes. The first episode also draws on an eye-witness account of their last murder by Hindley’s then teenage brother-in-law David Smith, who alerted the police. Journalist Clive Entwistle picks up the story to discusses the subsequent investigation, including the shocking discovery of a tape recording revealing that the police were dealing with serial child killers.

Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek
Tuesday, ITV, 9pm

Kate Garraway and her husband, Derek Draper, in 2019. Photograph: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Kate Garraway and her husband, Derek Draper, in 2019. Photograph: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

In March 2020, broadcaster Kate Garraway’s life changed irrevocably when her husband, Derek Draper, a former political aide to Peter Mandelson, contracted Covid-19, and spent the next year in hospital. In this documentary, a follow-up to the award-winning Finding Derek, Garraway takes viewers on the next stage of her family’s journey, as Derek comes home from hospital in April 2021 but is still completely debilitated by long Covid and in need of constant care. Garraway gave a recent update on Draper’s condition, saying he was still “phenomenally fatigued”, but able to go to the Christmas panto with the family. Small victories indeed, and a reminder how lucky many people are to escape with just minor symptoms.

Glór Tíre
Tuesday, TG4, 9.30pm

Glór Tíre
Glór Tíre

The live final of Glór Tíre 2022. Eight contestants began this year’s competition and are now down to three finalists. Tonight voting continues, there will be some guest performances and performances from each of the remaining contestants before the winner is crowned. Presented by Aoife Ní Thuairisg & Séamus Ó Scanláin.

Wednesday, Sky Max/Now TV, 10pm

Maggie Ireland-Jones, Sarah Kendall and Frazer Hadfield in Frayed
Maggie Ireland-Jones, Sarah Kendall and Frazer Hadfield in Frayed

Sarah Kendall returns as desperate former housewife Sammy in this cringe comedy that jets between the UK and Australia and back again. This riches-to-rag order story begins in London in the 1980s, when minted mum Sammy suddenly finds herself penniless following her husband’s death. She’s forced to move back to her home town of Newcastle in Australia with her kids, and forced to confront past events that prompted her to leave home in the first place. Life back in Oz, though, is far from an episode of Home and Away, and in series two, Sammy and the kids are back in London, living in a tiny flat, while Sammy juggles secretarial work with setting out to get her former high life back, and get her house back from her lawyer Rufus (Robert Webb), who she’s convinced has stolen it.

Wednesday, TG4, 9.30pm

Seán Binder
Seán Binder

Kerryman Seán Binder was working as a volunteer rescuer on land and in the sea in Greece in 2018 when he was arrested for his humanitarian work and spent 106 days in pre-trial detention. The charges against him include money laundering, espionage and illegal smuggling. The case remains ongoing and Binder could face 25 years imprisonment.

We Are Black and British
Wednesday/Thursday, BBC Two, 9pm
What does it mean to be black in Britain today? In this two-part film, six black Britons from very different backgrounds and with varying viewpoints come together to grapple with tough, unsettling and emotional questions and search for a way forward. In the first episode, Dominique (22), a political commentator from Manchester who was excluded from school, prompts a heated discussion on whether the school is to blame when black children fail. Security guard Michelle, whose teenage son was searched after he was knocked off his scooter by a car, raises the issue of stop and search. And drill rapper Misla Strange (22), who faced online abuse himself, asks why it’s particularly hard to come out as a gay black man.

Mission: Joy – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama
Wednesday, BBC Four, 10pm

The late Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama in Mission: Joy
The late Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama in Mission: Joy

Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos teams up with co-director Peggy Callahan for this documentary exploring the remarkable friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, two men whose resistance against adversity marked modern history. Filmed over five days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, the film invites viewers to join these luminaries as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife, while stressing the importance of finding joy in a troubled world.

Today at the Caravan Show
Wednesday/Thursday, Channel 5, 8pm
All this week lovers of the great outdoors are gathering at the NEC Birmingham to see the latest in mobile accommodation. Over the next two nights, Rufus Hound and Gemma Hunt will be admiring the biggest, the smallest, the coolest, the cutest, the most expensive and the quirkiest caravans, campervans, motorhomes and tents. Tonight they look at the latest products that save space or add a touch of luxury to the caravan interior as well as items that add space to the outside. The team road tests one of the smallest and coolest caravans on the market to see if its teardrop design lives up to the hype. Plus, four lads head to Scotland in search of gold as they road test a variety of tents. And influencer Andrew Ditton takes to the road with Dougal the dog in his iconic Airstream caravan.

Yorkshire Ripper: The Secret Murders
Wednesday/Thursday, ITV, 9pm
Peter Sutcliffe, the man…

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