Mystery of documentary filmed inside IRA in 1972

TV WEEK, Wednesday 27th to Tuesday 4th

TOP SPECIALS

The Secret Army (BBC 2, Wednesday 27th, 9pm)

The Secret Army follows journalist Darragh MacIntyre as he attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding the making of an extraordinary American documentary filmed inside the IRA in 1972 – the bloodiest year of the Troubles – but which vanished for almost 50 years.

The Life and Death of Lily Savage (ITV, Friday 29th, 9pm)

Paul O’Grady, who died a year ago, was an ardent animal-lover and professional chatterbox, who became a much-loved fixture of primetime television. But, for more than 20 years, he was also a razor-tongued drag queen. This is the story of Paul through the prism of his famous creation, Lily Savage, an underground cabaret star who took mainstream telly by storm, against all the odds.

Tik Tok: Murder Gone Viral (Virgin Media More, Friday 29th, 9pm)

The Mother and Daughter Killers, TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari and her mother Ansreen, who were responsible for the deaths of two 21-year-olds from Leicestershire, found dead in a burning car on the A46. The crime was committed to prevent one of them revealing he had been having a secret affair with 45-year-old Ansreen.

The Great House Revival (RTÉ 1, Sunday 31st, 9.30pm)

Adventurous homeowners battle to restore derelict or unloved properties to their former glory, but can they create their dream home in the ruined walls of our past? Architect Hugh Wallace follows couples across Ireland as they try to restore and transform their derelict properties into comfortable homes fit for today – while saving a piece of the country’s architectural heritage.

Grand Indian Hotel (CH4, Monday 1st, 8pm)

Behind the scenes at one of the most exclusive hotel groups in the world, as staff they strive to deliver luxury for their VIP guests. New recruits prepare for the most important event of the year, a lavish dinner for the Maharaja of Jaipur – as managers work out how to deal with incontinent elephants.

WATCH OF THE WEEK

Rising Tides: Ireland’s Future In A Warmer World (RTÉ 1, Wednesday 27th March, 9.35pm)

Philip Boucher-Hayes goes on an extraordinary journey to see how climate change is already affecting different parts of the world and to find out what it will really mean for in Ireland in the years ahead. Episode one takes him to Greenland to witness how fast the ice sheet is melting and what it will mean for our coastlines and weather patterns.

BEST FILMS

Brooklyn (RTÉ 1, Friday 29th, 9.35pm)

Well timed for the week that’s in it, this romantic drama adapted from the Colm Tobin novel charts a coming of age story between Ireland and New York in the 1960s. Saoirse Ronan joined the top ranks of actresses with the leading role.

The Castle (RTÉ 1, Saturday 30th, 12.25am)

Coming of age story following Monika, a 13-year-old Lithuanian immigrant to Dublin who dreams of becoming a famous musician. After playing at a funeral, she’s invited by a mysterious music impresario to play at ‘The Castle’, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – only to discover her mother has sold her precious instrument.

Carmen (Sky Cinema, from Sunday)

Melissa Barrera and Ireland’s ‘normal person’ Paul Mescal star in this drama thriller about a fiercely independent woman forced to flee her home in the Mexican desert following the brutal murder of her mother. After surviving a dangerous illegal border crossing into the US, she is helped by a kindly immigration agent.

Barbie (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

Even if it didn’t score big at the recent Oscars, the world loves this colourful romp with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken – the perfect pair having the time of their lives in the colourful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. That is, until the real world intrudes.

KIDS STUFF

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

When a magical meteor crash-lands in Adventure City, it gives the Paw Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The Mighty Pups. But things take a turn for the worse when Humdinger breaks out of jail and teams up with mad scientist Victoria Vance.

The Famous Five (CBBC, Friday 29th, 5.30pm)

Enid Blyton’s classics are brought back to life with a new and fresh re-imagining. The Famous Five follows five daring young explorers as they encounter treacherous, action-packed adventures, remarkable mysteries, unparalleled danger and astounding secrets.

ON DEMAND

Twisted Metal (Paramount+)

Based on the classic PlayStation game series, this action comedy concerns a renegade outsider offered a new life if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of an axe-wielding car thief, he faces savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and a deranged clown driving an ice cream truck.

Palm Royale (Apple TV)

Kristen Wiig stars in this series set in 1969 about a determined woman who aspires to cross the line between the haves and have-nots to secure her seat at America’s most exclusive, fashionable and treacherous table: Palm Beach high society. But it’s going to be much tougher than she thinks – and ruthless women are lined up against her.

Monk (Netflix)

The series follows Adrian Monk, played by Tony Shalhoub, a brilliant former San Francisco detective who now helps the police as a private consultant while battling with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. His personal problems number 113 things this cunning sleuth cannot abide – including milk and certain foods touching a plate.

The World Cook (Amazon Prime)

Hosted by Fred Sirieix and Emma Willis, the show welcomes 16 cooks from around the world coming together to compete in a game-changing culinary competition. The series is a knock-out format and three preliminary rounds are followed by a fourth and final round, each filmed at a different global location.

SPORTS CENTRE

Premier League (Sky Sports, all weekend)

We’re rapidly approaching crunch time this season, as the closest title race in years reaches an all-important weekend. Aston Villa host Wolves, followed by Brentford – still in the relegation conversation – hosting Manchester United. Then a Super Sunday for the ages kicks off as Liverpool welcome Brighton, and Manchester City and Arsenal clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Aston Villa v Wolves, Saturday 30th, 5pm; followed by Brentford v Manchester United, 7.45pm. On Sunday it’s Liverpool v Brighton at 1pm and Manchester City v Arsenal at 4pm.