This film won the 2023 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film

This week's viewing: the reunion of Turlough and Lorcan

TV WEEK (Wednesday 10th to Tuesday 16th)

TOP SPECIALS

After The Flood (ITV, Wednesday 10th, 9pm)

A mystery thriller series set in a town hit by a devastating flood, resulting in an unidentified man found dead in an underground car park. PC Joanna Marshall becomes obsessed with discovering what happened to him and why. The flood, caused by climate change, threatens to expose dark secrets, and desperate people with reputations at stake.

Fíorscéal (TG4, Thursday 11th, 10.30pm)

Throughout the Middle East and further afield, there are tens of thousands of ‘children of ISIS’, whose families had pledged allegiance to the caliphate in the chaotic years when they brought much of the world to a standstill. They are stigmatised adults today, and their existence is not legally recognised in ‘post-ISIS’ Iraq.

The Last Priests In Ireland (RTÉ 1, Monday 15th, 9.35pm)

Comedian Ardal O’Hanlon examines the role of Catholic priests in Irish life, from earliest times to the present day, and how they shaped Irish lives for better or for worse. Thirty years of secularisation and scandals have contributed to a drastic decline in religious vocations, resulting in a stark change for the traditional model of Irish Catholicism.

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards Highlights (Sky Max, Tuesday 15th, 8pm)

Honouring the best in television, the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards are led by Succession with 27 nods across all categories – including three for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Other series in the running for a statuette include The Last of Us, The White Lotus, Ted Lasso and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel.

The Last Nuns In Ireland (RTÉ 1, Tuesday 15th, 10.15pm)

Convent-educated journalist and broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald examines the quickly dwindling role of female religious sisters in Ireland, from earliest times to the present day, to see how they have shaped Irish lives, for better or for worse.

WATCH OF THE WEEK

True Detective: Night Country (Sky Atlantic, Tuesday 15th, 9pm)

When the long winter nights fall in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

BEST FILMS

King Of Thieves (RTÉ 1, Saturday 12th, 11.40pm)

The story of the biggest burglary in British legal history, committed by a group of elderly and experienced thieves in 2015. A great story told reasonably well – but saved at every weak turn by a stellar and veteran British cast, including greats like Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtnay and Ray Winstone.

Book Club: The Next Chapter (Sky Cinema, from Saturday)

A starry cast includes Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia and Don Johnson in the highly anticipated sequel following four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had – but things go off the rails over a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Pride (RTÉ 2, Saturday 13th, 10.50pm)

The great Bill Nighy leads a strong cast in this 1984 real life tale about a contingent of London gays and lesbians who travel to Wales in support of Welsh miners who are striking against the draconian policies of Maggie Thatcher’s government.

CLASSIC MOVIE

Speed (RTÉ 2, Friday 12th, 9.40pm)

Keanu Reeves in his best ever role as a Los Angeles police officer tangling with disenchanted former bomb squad member, Dennis Hopper, who arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if the speedometer drops below 50 miles per hour. Sandra Bullock plays the feisty passenger who helps steer the bus through hell and back. A cracker.

KIDS STUFF

Junior Bake Off (CH4, Wednesday 10th, 5pm)

Harry Hill hosts, as judges Liam Charles and Ravneet Gill take on the tough task of finding Britain’s best junior baker. In Junior Bake Off, youngsters aged between nine and 15 enter the famous tent to show off their baking skills. They are the new breed of baker, ready to impress with imaginative and extraordinary cakes.

An Irish Goodbye (RTÉ Player)

Winner of the 2023 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film, the central plot follows the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan after the untimely death of their mother. Under the watchful eye of Fr O’Shea, the brothers’ pained re-acquaintance is worsened by the fact Turlough now has to make new care arrangements for Lorcan, who has Down Syndrome.

ON DEMAND

Drops Of God (Apple TV)

Set in the world of gastronomy and fine wines, Drops Of God follows the death in Tokyo of Alexandre Léger, creator of the famous Léger Wine Guide and emblematic figure in world wines. His estranged daughter Camille inherits an extraordinary wine collection – ‘the greatest in the world’ – as well as a ruthless rival.

Deadloch (Amazon Prime)

A dark humoured murder mystery set in a small town in Tasmania, where two very different female detectives try to solve the riddle of a naked white male body washed ashore, which incites public panic. As the investigation deepens, so does the body count. A small and relatively under-the-wire series that has become hugely popular with a growing audience.

Jury Duty (Amazon Prime)

A documentary-style comedy series that shares the inner workings of an American jury trial through the eyes of one particular juror. Ronald Gladden, a solar contractor from San Diego, arrives for jury duty, unaware that his legal summons was not official, and that everyone in the courtroom aside from him is an actor. Everything that happens, inside and outside the courtroom, is planned.

SPORTS CENTRE

Snooker: The Masters (BBC 2, all week, 1pm)

After a hiatus for the festive period, the snooker season kicks off in some style at the start of 2024 with the cream of the crop facing off in the Masters. Alexandra Palace will host defending champion Judd Trump, world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan and 14 other stars of the sport up to the final on January 14.