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Thursday 17 August 2017

flowing through wicklow

rte1, 9.35pm

Garry Mac Donncha follows the River Avoca, one of the country's most picturesque and historic waterways, which begins as the Avonmore river, before joining with the Avonbeg river, and finally flowing into the Irish Sea at Arklow. Among the activities the presenter throws himself into on his journey is putting some scouts going through their paces in Lough Dan.

what's cookin'?

the kitchen

bbc2, 9pm

New series. Documentary following eight very different households in their kitchens, as they cook, eat and share their lives. It's late August in this first instalment, and cameras observe the Barry-Powers blended family in Cardiff, as mum Louise struggles to meet the culinary demands of five children, while the Harrars in Staffordshire get passionate about their Punjabi recipes, and single mother Sue Evans and her grown-up daughter Ginny try to keep 10-year-old Gabriel amused in Birmingham.

divine mysteries

grantchester

utv, 9pm

New series. Detective drama set in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village, where local vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) develops a sideline in sleuthing - with the initially reluctant help of grumpy DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The cleric's first case finds him presiding over the funeral of a solicitor, who is believed to have taken his own life. However, the dead man's mistress has a different theory and turns to Sidney for help. But while he's busy delving into the personal life of the victim, will the vicar miss his own big chance with Amanda Kendall (Morven Christie), the woman he secretly loves?

living on the edge

darndale: the edge of town

tv3, 9pm

Cameras capture the lives of residents of Darndale housing estate, north Dublin, as Bulleye worries about the future of the community's temporary stables, and Angelique attends a reading club with her youngest son Brody at the local primary school. Elsewhere, Clinchy takes on MCing duties at a boxing event. Last in the series.

The first of a two-part documentary examining the day-to-day work of probation officers across the country as they monitor and rehabilitate a range of offenders - from minor criminals, to high-risk convicts. With unprecedented access to the frontline, the programme paints a grim picture: offenders come from all walks, ages and classes of life. Everyone from sexual offenders to domestic abusers to white collar criminals fall under the remit of the Probation Service.

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