Domhnall Gleeson and Andrea Riseborough in Alice and Jack.

Alice and Jack - perfect for Valentine’s Day

TV WEEK (Wednesday 14th to Tuesday 20th)

TOP SPECIALS

Alice and Jack (CH4, Wednesday 14th, 9pm)

Perfect for this Valentine’s Day, Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson play a pair of young lovers bound by a connection so powerful it seems nothing can break it. But will their path lead them to a place of happiness and togetherness – or will life and their own emotional complexities get in the way?

Bring The Drama (BBC 2, Wednesday 14th, 9pm)

A new series opening up the world of screen drama to eight people who have always dreamt of becoming professional actors but have never had the opportunity. Hosted by comedian Bill Bailey, the aspiring actors are mentored over six weeks to fulfil their TV dreams.

The Unbelievable with Dan Akroyd (Sky History, Monday 19th 10pm)

Did you know that during World War II, Franklin D Roosevelt launched a top secret programme to attack Japan with an army of bats? Have you heard of the island off the coast of Mexico that’s populated by thousands of mutilated dolls? Host Dan Aykroyd opens up our cabinet of curiosities to reveal the strangest but true stories in human history.

My Uni Life (RTÉ 1, Friday 16th, 8pm)

The new season kicks off on Freshers Week at UCC, where we meet final year student Thérèse, who is already in rehearsals for the choral society’s Christmas concert. At Maynooth University, there is sports mad Mary Kate, an all-Ireland winning footballer with the Meath Ladies and stalwart of her university team. In TCD, we meet security staff Niall and Paul, who introduce us to life on the Quad, and we talk to freshers who are joining the Afro-Caribbean and the Cumann na Gaeilge societies.

BEST FILMS

Howard’s End (Film4, Thursday 15th, 3.55pm)

Adapted from EM Forster’s novel of human connections and family fractures Howard’s End features a stellar cast who include Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thimpson and Helena Bonham Carter. Deservedly won at the Oscars for its sublime storytelling and top-notch acting.

Mermaids (RTÉ 1, Friday 16th, 11.15pm)

Teenagers Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci hate their wacky single mam Cher for moving them to a small Massachusetts town and starting to date shopkeeper Bob Hoskins. Then, things get even worse when an old boyfriend enters the picture.

Dangerous Waters (Sky Cinema, from Saturday)

Odeya Rush, Saffron Burrows and Ray Liotta star in a drama adventure that spirals out of control when teen Rose and her single mother Alma are whisked away by mam’s new boyfriend to a yacht charter in Bermuda. But when their boat is attacked by a savage gang, it turns into a harrowing quest for survival.

CLASSIC MOVIE

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

Tom Cruise and his MI team of Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, embark on their most dangerous mission yet on a deadly race around the globe to track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity, before it falls into the wrong hands.

KIDS STUFF

Book Club (RTÉ 1, Wednesday 14th, 10.35pm)

A review series which dips into book clubs from across the country as they discuss literary classics, the latest releases and some old book club favourites. In the first episode groups discuss Sarah Breen and Emer Mclysaght’s Aisling Ever After, Claire Keegan’s So Late In The Day, Elaine Feeney’s How to Build a Boat, and Mark O’Connell’s A Thread of Violence.

Boss Baby: Family Business (RTÉ 1, Saturday 17th, 7pm)

The Templeton brothers, Tim and Ted, have become adults and drifted away from each other. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again – and inspire a new family business.

ON DEMAND

Constellation (Apple TV)

When a fatal accident occurs on board the International Space Station, a lone astronaut makes the heroic journey back to Earth, only to discover key pieces of her life – including her young daughter – have changed. Noomi Rapace and Jonathan Banks star in this sci-fi drama.

Players (Netflix)

New York sportswriter Gina Rodriguez has spent years devising successful hook-up ‘plays’ with best friend Damon Wayans Jnr – leading to countless one-night stands. Their playbook comes with a strict rule that forbids falling in love with a play. All works fine, until along comes a charming war correspondent and rules fly out the window.

Ready, Set, Love (Netflix)

This Thai series explores a world where women significantly outnumber men, who are considered ‘national treasures’. In this parallel universe, the government sponsors a game show where women compete for the men’s affection – leading to love with a twist for one ordinary woman who turns the tables.

The New Look (Apple TV)

A new 10-part historical drama series starring Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior and Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel. It chronicles their lives as trend setters in fashion design, set against the World War II Nazi occupation of Paris. As Dior rises to prominence, Chanel’s long established reign falters.

This Is Me Now – A Love Story (Amazon Prime)

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez as she’s never been seen before, showcasing her journey to love through her own eyes. With fantastical costumes, breathtaking choreography, and star-studded cameos, this panorama is an candid retrospective of Jennifer’s resilient heart.

SPORTS CENTRE

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League Of Ireland Live (RTÉ 2, Friday 16th, 7.30pm)

It all begins this evening, as Shamrock Rovers take their first steps to keep their coveted trophy in the club silverware cabinet. Dundalk, who finished fifth last year, will have other ideas. Peter Collins presents live coverage from Tallaght Stadium. KO 7.45pm.