Sunday 23 April 2017

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

Captain Turner
Captain Turner
Robert Durst, who admitted killing his neighbor, chopping up the body and throwing it into Galveston Bay, was found not guilty of murder by a Texas jury November 11, 2003

The sinking of the Lusitania, the strange case of Robert Durst and the no-so-humble Shark are all among tonight's highlights

Lusitania: 18 Minutes That Changed the World
RTE1, 10.15pm

Docu-drama about the sinking of British ocean liner RMS Lusitania 11 miles off the southern coast of Ireland by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915, which resulted in the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew and was a key factor in the US’s entry into the First World War in 1917. The events of that day are brought to life using archive footage, photographs, documents, dramatic reconstructions and expert opinion by marine historians, as well as first-hand testimonies by survivors and the submarine captain.


The Jinx: the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Sky Atlantic, 9pm

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Robert Durst

The documentary examines the events of 2003 when Durst was on trial for the murder of his neighbour Morris Black. His legal team decided to make an unusual plea after Durst admitted to having dismembered the corpse, but pleaded not guilty by reason of self-defence and accident.


Secrets from the Sky
UTV, 8.30pm

The presenting duo visit Stonehenge, hoping to shed light on the purpose behind its construction. Ben Robinson’s images from the air reveal that the landscape is the product of thousands of years of worship, celebration and remembrance of the dead, while on the ground, Bettany Hughes builds a picture of how superstition and belief inspired people to redesign the world around them, and how modern perceptions of the role of the ancient monument are still changing.


BBC1, 8.55pm

New series. Wildlife documentary venturing below the waves to examine the ocean predators’ behaviour. The first film reveals their varied hunting methods, from blacktip sharks gathering in huge packs and herding fish into baitballs, to tasselled wobbegongs, which ambush their prey. Other highlights include Greenland sharks, which live under the arctic ice, whitetip reef sharks – arguably the masters of night-time hunting – and the great white, shown stalking fur seals off the coast of South Africa.


The Unemployables
RTE2, 9pm

Jennifer Maguire and Darren Kennedy help a 22-year-old who has competed a range of college courses but has had no luck in securing a job. They also assist Issa, who has struggled to find work in his field of expertise since arriving in Ireland from Kenya five years ago, and they both feel the weight of their families’ hopes.

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