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Friday 30 September 2016

Staying in tonight? Here's the pick of what's on the box

Pictured: Christine Bleakley at Rossnowlagh on the Atlantic Coast
Pictured: Christine Bleakley at Rossnowlagh on the Atlantic Coast

How islanders live and a trek down the Wild Atlantic Way are amongst tonight's highlights. Might even give up a taste of adventure

Wild Ireland

UTV Ireland, 8pm

Christine Bleakley explores the Wild Atlantic Way, driving, climbing, cycling, walking and swimming along the 1,500-mile tourism trail on the west coast of Ireland. The route stretches from Co Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale in Co Cork. In the first programme, the former Dancing On Ice co-host visits the Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head, tackles some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs, learns how to prepare salmon for smoking and joins a group of daredevils with an exciting hobby.

 

Islanders

TV3, 9pm

Documentary following the lives of native islanders in 2014 - from Arranmore in Co Donegal, via Inishturk in Co Mayo to Whiddy in Co Cork - capturing a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. The first episode features single mum Brid, who dreads her youngest son Nathan’s pending move to mainland school, and fisherman Neilie, who campaigns for a salmon ban to be reversed.

 

Kill the Christians

BBC2, 9pm

Jane Corbin travels across the Middle East to examine why Christianity is facing the greatest threat to its existence in the very place where it was born. She visits some of the holiest places in Christendom and finds that hundreds of thousands of Christians are fleeing Islamic extremists, conflict and persecution. She reveals how the religion that shaped western culture and history is in danger of disappearing in large parts of its ancient heartland, from the Nineveh plains in Iraq to the ancient city of Maaloula in Syria.

 

The Delivery Man

UTV, 9.30pm

New series. Comedy starring Darren Boyd as a disillusioned policeman who leaves his job to train as a midwife on a busy maternity ward. Finding himself in a predominantly female world, Matthew is soon joined by best pal and ex-cop Ian (Paddy McGuinness), who is hired as the hospital’s security guard. In the first episode, a teenage dad tries to visit his pregnant girlfriend without her parents finding out his identity.

 

Pavlopetri – City Beneath the Waves

BBC4, 10pm

Archaeologists use submersible robots and computer simulations to investigate the submerged city of Pavlopetri, which lies off the southern coast of the Greek mainland.

Originally rediscovered in 1967, it is believed to be the oldest underwater city in the world. Philip Glenister narrates this documentary following Jon Henderson of the University of Nottingham as he leads a team of experts hoping to discover what life was like for the citizens of Pavlopetri 3,500 years ago - when it was above the waves.

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