Ireland take on Italy at the Aviva Stadium in the second round of the 2024 Six Nations Championship.

This week: Ireland face Italy in the Six Nations

TV WEEK (Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th)

TOP SPECIALS

Marú inár Measc (TG4, Wednesday 7th, 9.30pm)

On September 20, 2009, 24-year-old Lisa Doyle was strangled to death with a shoelace by her fiancée Gerard O’Hara in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow. It was a murder that shocked her family and community, and as they tried to make sense of what had happened, they discovered later that Lisa had been living under coercive control.

Fleadh Cheoil (RTÉ 1, Friday 9th, 6.30pm)

Celebrating the diaspora, we jump right into a cracking gathering of musicians from New York, and Ireland north and south, led by the inimitable Dan Gurney. Daithí O Sé goes on a mission of his own – to find some Kerry music to remind him of home, and the great Iarla Ó Lionáird joins in for a song.

Ted (Sky Max, Friday 9th, 9pm)

This very adult teddy is taking over the small screen in a seven-episode series set in 1993, after Ted’s moment of fame has passed and he’s reluctantly living back home again in Massachusetts with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett. Ted may be a bad influence on John, but is always reliable as a loyal pal with a plan.

Pete Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin (Sky Documentaries, Saturday 10th, 9pm)

English punk singer-songwriter and the legendary frontman of the Libertines, Peter Doherty, plunged into the depths of addiction at the height of his popularity. Over a period of 10 years, Doherty was intimately filmed in a revealing 200 hours of exclusive footage.

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The Power Of Parker (RTÉ 2, Wednesday 7th, 9pm)

Sitcom set in 1990 centres on Martin Parker, a self-made impresario with ‘the ambition of Alan Sugar and the swagger of Robert Kilroy Silk’. Owner of a chain of electrical stores, he seems to have it all. But the truth is, he’s swimming in debt and his complicated private life is catching up with him.

BEST FILMS

Blazing Saddles (Film4, Thursday 8th, 10.10pm)

Director/writer Mel Brooks broke the mould with this satirical take on Westerns, where Cleavon Little becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Along with his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend Gene Wilder, the pair try to clean up a lawless town.

Maverick (RTÉ 2, Friday 9th, 9.55pm)

In this comedy action film cardshark Mel Gibson hopes to join a big winnings poker contest, so he scams hopeful contestants Jodie Foster and Alfred Molina to get the sizable entry fee by setting up a fixed card game. All is well until cunning marshal James Garner gets on his case.

Desperation Road (Sky Cinema, from Sunday)

In a small Mississippi town, justice and the law are two very different things. Mel Gibson, Garret Hedlund and Willa Fitzgerald star in a modern noir thriller based on the acclaimed novel about two lost souls tortured by the mistakes of their past and bound by a secret that keeps them running.

CLASSIC MOVIE

Shame (Film4, Wednesday 7th, 11.50pm)

Michael Fassbender stars in a career defining role playing a successful New Yorker who seems to live an ordinary life, but hides a secret life behind his mask of normalcy: he is a sex addict. His need for ever greater gratification remains invisible, until his sister Carey Mulligan sees behind the disguise.

KIDS STUFF

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

Lana Condor and Toni Collette voice this animated tale about awkward 16-year-old Ruby Gillman, who is desperate to fit in at Oceanside High, where she feels invisible. Math-tutoring her skater-boy crush, she is prevented from hanging out with the cool kids at the beach by her over-protective mother.

My Friend Misty (Sky Kids, from Monday)

The second series of the animated and live-action hybrid sees colourful and magical Misty, voiced by Daisy Haggard, help children navigate everyday situations by teaching them clever tips to stay calm and help them move forward.

ON DEMAND

One Day (Netflix)

Perfectly timed ahead of St Valentine’s Day, the series based on David Nicholls’s best-selling novel of the same name revolves around Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, who meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. But where will they be on this one ordinary day the next year, and the year after that, and every year that follows?

Black Cake (Disney+)

Eleanor Bennett loses her battle with cancer, leaving her children a flash drive that holds untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. The stories shock her children and challenge everything they know about their family’s origins.

A Bloody Lucky Day (Paramount+)

This South Korean thriller series centres on Oh Taek, a taxi driver who picks up a final fare on one fateful day. Happy to earn the $1000 to drive this stranger to the docks, not realising the passenger is a serial killer with the mother of one of his victims chasing him. A twisty thriller with surprises around every turn.

The Greatest Night In Pop (Netflix)

On January 25, 1985, dozens of the biggest names in music convened in Los Angeles and recorded a song to benefit African famine relief that would alter global pop culture history. That group of artists – led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie – included Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick and Huey Lewis for one of the most storied nights in music history.

SPORTS CENTRE

Six Nations Rugby: Ireland v Italy (Virgin Media 1, Sunday 11th, 3pm)

Ireland will take on Italy at the Aviva Stadium in the second round of the 2024 Six Nations Championship. Ireland were made to work hard for their 34-20 victory over Italy during the 2023 championship – a similar encounter seems likely this year.

Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Finals (Sky Sports, Sunday 11th, 7.30pm)

We’ve reached the finals of African footballs richest prize, taking place at Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan. Senegal, also known as ‘the Teranga Lions’. are the tournament’s current champions, having beaten Egypt on penalties in the 2021 final, and comfortably won their opening 2024 match against Gambia. Will the Lions of Teranga be returning to the finals this year?

Super Bowl LVIII (Sky Sports, Sunday 11th, 10pm)

The big one – Super Bowl LVIII – is coming to the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, where the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs are facing strong competition from the hotly tipped Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills, while the San Francisco 49ers are the favourites to head to Nevada as NFC champions.