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Saturday 10 December 2016

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

The Night's King
The Night's King
Kit Harington and Kristofer Hivju as Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones

It's the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones tonight so all hell is guaranteed to break loose

Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Bad things happen in the second last episode of Game of Thrones every season. Murder, mayhem and a side order of madness all figure in the penultimate episode and this season promises to be no different.

In truth, this outing of GOT had taken its time heating up until last week's extraordinary episode when the White Walkers showed just how difficult they will be to beat when the Night's King raised half the world's dead for an assault on the Wall. And you thought you had problems.

Tune in - if only to see how many times a main character  says 'Winter is coming'.

 

In a House that Ceased to Be

RTE1, 9.35pm

Christina Noble and her siblings suffered horrific abuse when placed in orphanages by the Church and State, and she has since helped over a million vulnerable children. This documentary follows her as she struggles to reunite her family more than 50 years after they were separated.

 

Fraud Squad

UTV Ireland, 11pm

Documentary following detectives from the Economic Crime Department of the City of London Police as they target money launderers. Two men who stole millions of pounds from hundreds of victims are caught at Heathrow Airport, while officers also track the mastermind of a gang that took £7.8m from Britain’s banks.

 

GM Cultivating Fear: Panorama

BBC1, 8.30pm

A new generation of genetically-modified foods is winning over governments and former critics of the technology, while scientists say the crops could help feed people in the developing world. Tom Heap investigates whether those who

oppose GM foods are doing more harm than good, and examines if their opposition is based on genuine safety concerns or just feeding fear.

 

Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Islands

BBC Two, 9pm

New series. Michelle Dockery narrates a documentary examining the wildlife of the east Asian country, beginning on the central island of Honshu. It is home to more than 100 million people, but most of it is mountainous and this wilderness is home to an astonishing range of wildlife, and people and nature are drawn together in the most unexpected ways.

 

Silicon Valley

Sky Atlantic, 10.35pm

Comedy/drama partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge’s experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s. Richard grows paranoid when Pied Piper competes for a client, while Erlich and Jian-Yang work on a pitch and Jared exaggerates to get results.

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