12 of the best shows to watch this week, starting Sunday – The Irish Times

Young, black and right-wing

Sunday, Channel 4, 10 p.m.

We’ve seen a high-profile black superstar bend the knee to Trump, but in this documentary, Zeze Millz examines the reality of being a young black conservative in Britain. We assume that all black people vote right to left, but in this film Millz, who has been outspoken about his own conservative views, uncovers the range of political views in the black community and finds that not all of them are liberals. , left-handed or “awakened”. She encounters right-wing black groups of all shades, from those seeking to uphold traditional moral values ​​to those who want to see more opportunities to increase personal wealth. She also asks, has the left lost touch with black voters?

Children of Ukraine

Sunday, UTV, 10:30 p.m.

Putin’s cruel and unnecessary war has changed the lives of millions of children in Ukraine – and killed more than 400 children so far – and this hard-hitting documentary lays bare the horror children endure when Russian forces bombed their homes. Filmmaker Shahida Tulaganova interviews 10 children about their experience of the Russian invasion, including six-year-old Kira from Kharkiv, who had to take shelter in a basement due to relentless shelling, and Boris, 11, from Kyiv , who vividly remembers the day Russia began its brutal attacks on the city.

10 things to know about

Monday, RTÉ One, 8:30 p.m.

It’s the eighth season of the popular show looking at science from an Irish perspective, and the opening episode looks very mouth-watering, as Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea explore how edible insects could be the solution to the global problem of food shortage. Crispy crickets on your cornflakes? Slurpy slugs on your salad? We may not be very far from that, so maybe start adapting your recipes to include lots of delicious, high-protein critters. Fergus McAuliffe also examines how wartime doctors used maggots as a miracle cure.

1966: Who Stole the World Cup?

Monday, Channel 4, 10 p.m.

We remember 1966 as the year England won the World Cup, but before the competition began the world was gripped by the mysterious theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy, as British and international authorities attempted frantically to find the trophy in time for kick-off. of the competition. The trophy was eventually found in time by a dog named Pickles, but who nicked it? This new documentary promises dazzling reveals, as well as plenty of entertainment value.

The island of the future

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, RTÉ One, 7 p.m.

With Science Week in full swing, Anna Daly presents three back-to-back programs peering into the crystal ball to see what scientific breakthroughs are brewing for future generations of Ireland. We’ll all be dead by then, but our children’s children will benefit from a range of innovations in the areas of health, sustainability and energy consumption. They will likely all have their own personal teleporter. Anna will be joined by a panel of experts, including physicist Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, who is also a stand-up comedian.

Louis Theroux Interviews…Bear Grylls

Tuesday, BBC Two, 9 p.m.

Louis Theroux has a tough task ahead of him: breaking through Bear Grylls’ tough-guy exterior to discover the sweet hug inside. Theroux meets the adventurer, TV presenter and author – who can survive in the wild on nothing but a toothpick – on his private island (no, it’s not a remote desert island). Theroux learns about Grylls’ childhood at boarding school and how he came to see self-help gurus. He also joins Grylls at a Boy Scout camp and a Marine Reserve boot camp – but which is more grueling?

No Limits with Chris Hemsworth

From Wednesday, Disney+

Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth is best known for playing an immortal god in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in this new series from National Geographic, the Hollywood heartthrob is on a quest for the secret to eternal youth – or at least spurns it. ‘ancient. age as long as possible. He travels the world to explore the science of extending our lifespans and complete mind-blowing challenges designed to improve his strength, resilience and memory, and maybe even unlock the body’s hidden regenerative powers and find the key. to reverse the aging process.

Location, location, location

Wednesday, Channel 4, 8 p.m.

The long-running house-hunting series returns for its 38th season, with Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer once again pulling out all the stops to help people find their perfect home in the hottest areas. Following the pandemic, the housing market is moving again, but priorities have changed and price has become a huge factor, so Kirstie and Phil will have their work cut out to help their house hunters land in the right place.

The Horne Section TV Show

Thursday, Channel 4, 10 p.m.

Alex Horne is the creator of Taskmaster, but he’s had enough of playing second fiddle to presenter Greg Davies, and now it’s time for him to step out of the big man’s shadow and host his own show. He opts for a musical chatshow format, with the help of his band The Horne Section, but no one at Channel 4 bites. Luckily, Alex’s wife’s girlfriend, Thora, has a bit of a crush on the station, and she takes on production duties on this shambolic and hilarious half hour of music, mayhem and merriment.


Thursday, BBC Two, 9 p.m.

Emily Blunt stars as English toff Lady Cornelia Locke – not at all worried about being typecast – in this frontier adventure set in the late 19th century Wild West. Lady Cornelia is not a tourist, however: she seeks revenge on the man she holds responsible for the death of her son. Along the way, she meets Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), a member of the Pawnee nation, and discovers that they have a lot in common. In episode two, they meet an orphaned child and baby. The star-studded cast includes Stephen Rea, Ciarán Hinds, Rafe Spall and Toby Jones.

Children in need 2022

Friday, BBC One, 7 p.m.

If you’re going to sit down and watch TV on Friday night, you might as well do it for the kids. The BBC’s Children in Need telethon (now there’s an old-fashioned word) will feature sketches, live performances, music and dancing, plus fun versions of old game shows like Blankety Blank and The Weakest Link. This is to help local charities and projects in communities across the UK, helping disadvantaged children and young people. Among the presenters will be Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc and Jason Manford, and of course Pudsey Bear will make an appearance in his spotted bandana.

The big game

Friday, Sky Atlantic, 9 p.m.

Just in time for the World Cup, here’s a drama series about high-profile shenanigans in the Italian football transfer market, starring Russian oligarchs, gangsters, greedy agents and crooked CEOs. If The Great Game is to be believed, Italian football beats the Mafia in terms of double-dealing and deadly rivalry. Football agent Corso tries to get back into the game after a scandal, and he enlists the help of young and sexy agent Marco to recruit champion footballer Quintana. But Corso comes up against a formidable rival: his ex-wife Elena. All together now: show me the money!

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