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Sunday 22 October 2017

An all-island tale of rock successes

THE IRISH ROCK STORY : A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Given the week that's in it BBC4 devotes an entire evening to rock from this island of ours. The chief documentary focuses on the output of Dublin and Belfast while Irish Rock at the BBC (10pm) features performances from Thin Lizzy, U2 and Divine Comedy.

An unassuming and unfunny comedy

MOONE BOY

(Monday. Sky 1, 9pm)

The gentle, unassuming comedy (read: not funny in any real sense) meanders along with Padraic tiring of his parents' bickering and hiding in a wardrobe while a frantic search takes place. Watch out for a guest appearance by Johnny Vegas.

A spot of brooding on the clifftops

POLDARK

(Sunday. BBC1, 9pm)

The Beeb have promised there'll be none of the mumbling that ruined Jamaica Inn for many viewers in this remake of one of their most beloved series from the '70s. Irish actor Aidan Turner plays Ross Poldark, who returns to Cornwall in the 1780s to right old wrongs and do a fair bit of brooding on clifftops.

The Reds hope to take on Arsenal

MATCH OF THE DAY LIVE

(Monday. BBC1, 7.30pm)

The last of this weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals is easily the pick of the bunch as Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford. Somehow or other, despite being arguably the worst United side in three decades, the Reds are still in the Champions League spots, but Arsenal will certainly fancy their chances tonight.

Violent cartels in Mexico's drugs war

THIS WORLD

(Wednesday. BBC2, 9pm)Mexico's Secret Drugs War examines the devastation caused by the violent cartels fighting for the power to control the extremely lucrative export of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. Be prepared for scenes of scarcely believable brutality.

New Orleans, home to vital music

REGINALD D HUNTER'S SONGS OF THE SOUTH

(Tonight. BBC2, 9.30pm)

The London-based comedian's series looking at the music of his native Southern states comes to a close tonight in New Orleans, home to some of the most original music the world has ever heard. Among those interviewed are Dr. John and the guitarist, songwriter and true Southern gent Steve Cropper. Thanks Reginald, it's been a great trip.

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