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TV WEEK

TOP SPECIALS (Wednesday 21st to Tuesday 27th)

Laura Whitmore Investigates: Women Haters? The Truth About Incels (ITV2, Wednesday 21st, 9pm)

Violence and murder, mainly directly at women, have been linked with incels around the world. Laura explores the evolution, mindset and real-life threat of incels and meets a security expert who infiltrated their world. Her journey starts in the USA where she meets an extreme incel, Darkcell, face to face.

Fíorscéal (TG4, Thursday 22nd, 10.30pm)

One hundred years ago, the scientist Félix d’Herelle discovered the existence of the bacterio-phage, a mysterious ‘bacteria killing’ virus. As antibiotics are becoming less efficient in fighting increasingly strong bacteria, the phage therapy could become the science of tomorrow.

Tradfest: The Fingal Sessions (RTÉ 1, Friday 23rd, 8.30pm)

An Irish musical celebration filmed in Malahide Castle during the Tradfest festival. Presenting a celebration of Irish identity, host Fiachna Ó Braonáin and guests Gemma Hayes, Sorcha Costello, Tim O’Brien, Jan Fabricius, Katie Theasby and Alan Wallace beam forth from this 1475 hub of Malahide’s medieval court.

Prince and the Revolution Live (BBC 4, Friday 23rd, 9pm)

James Brown had the Apollo. Jimi Hendrix had Monterey Pop, and Prince had Syracuse, New York. The epic Purple Rain Tour performance that was beamed to millions live via satellite and captured for posterity as one of the most iconic live recordings in pop and rock history.

Netanyahu, America and the Road to War in Gaza (RTÉ 2, Tuesday 27th, 9.30pm)

As the war in Gaza continues, this documentary offers a sweeping examination of the critical moments leading up to the crisis and the pivotal role of Benjamin Netanyahu in bringing Israel to the current dreadful conflict in the Middle East.

Home Of The Year (RTÉ 1, Tuesday 27th, 8.30pm)

Returning for its 10th series, the show will focus on showcasing homes full of clever design and inspiring interiors. Featuring re-imagined semi-detached homes, renovation projects, architectural homes, restored period homes and new builds, the team of Hugh Wallace, award-winning architect Amanda Bone and interior designer Sara Cosgrove will cast their eagle eyes on all designs.

BEST FILMS

Ocean’s Thirteen (RTÉ 2, Friday 23rd, 9.30pm)

Danny Ocean and his gang hatch an ambitious plot for revenge after ruthless casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses a close friend and mentor. Ocean’s gang plan to hit Bank in the paycheck by reversing the precept that the house always wins – and so deal a crushing blow to his ego and wallet. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Al Pacino make the perfect score.

Asteroid City (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention organised to bring together students and parents from across the USA for fellowship and scholarly competition is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events. A classic quirky comedy-drama directed and scripted by Wes Anderson, starring Scarlett Johansson, Jason Schwartzman and Tom Hanks.

Rose Plays Julie (RTÉ 1, Saturday 24th, 1.05am)

An all star Irish cast make it worth setting the recorder for this, as Ann Skelly plays an adopted child who yearns to meet her biological parents. When she turns up unannounced at the London door of her real mother, Orla Brady, the welcome is far from a happy one.

CLASSIC MOVIE

Thirteen Days (RTÉ 2, Saturday 24th, 11.25pm)

For 13 extraordinary days in October of 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe as people anxiously awaited the outcome of a harrowing political, diplomatic and military confrontation that threatened to end in an apocalyptic nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kevin Costner stars.

KIDS STUFF

Knights Of The Zodiac (Sky Cinema, from Saturday)

Based on the international anime creation, this brings the Saint Seiya saga to the big screen in live-action for the first time. Seiya, a headstrong street teen, searches for his abducted sister and one day unwittingly taps into mystical powers he never knew he had, as he is thrust into a world of ancient magic and a reincarnated goddess.

Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough (Sky Nature, Sunday 25th, 8pm)

Sound is the vocabulary of nature, playing a crucial role in the lives and everyday struggles of animals around the globe – from birth to surviving adulthood and finding a mate. David Attenborough explores the extraordinary ways that animals hear and produce sound, how it influences the decisions they make and how some birds have mastered the art of mimicry to remarkable effect.

ON DEMAND

My Son (Netflix)

James McAvoy and Claire Foy co-star in every parent’s nightmare. Driving in the heart of the Highlands, Edmond Murray receives a call from his distraught ex-wife, revealing that their seven-year-old son has gone missing from a campsite. Soon, it becomes clear that the child has been kidnapped, as hope gives way to despair.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

All good things must come to an end – and so the final series of this Clone Wars animated spinoff bows out with a bang. The misadventures of this bold band of genetically modified soldiers have been among the best and brightest spots in the Star Wars lineup – and this one begins with a daring rescue operation sure to rock the galaxy far, far away.

Formula One: Drive To Survive (Netflix)

The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane – on and off the track. This docu-series gives exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world’s greatest racing competitions – a battle for the soul of the multi-billion-dollar business. Starring Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas and Marcus Ericsson.

SPORTS CENTRE

U20 Six Nations (RTÉ 2, Friday 23rd, 7pm)

Some say these young rugby guns are even better to watch than the seniors – and certainly this Irish team full of future legends are worthy of our attention. Daire O’Brien is joined by Donal Lenihan and Niamh Briggs for live coverage of Ireland vs Wales from Musgrave Park, Cork. Commentary from Connor Morris and Fiona Coghlan.

Six Nations – Ireland V Wales (RTÉ 2, Saturday 24th, 2.15pm)

The green machine ploughs on relentlessly – we hope so anyway – as the men from the valleys invade Dublin for a match that brings great singing off the pitch and frequent epic encounters on the Aviva turf. Expect a cracker.

EFL Cup Final (Sky Sports, Sunday 25th, 2pm)

Liverpool look to plant their flag in what could be a banner year for the club as they head to Wembley to face Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup. Playing their final season under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds are going into the finals as hot favourites – it’s their cup to lose.