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Friday 18 January 2019

Game on

Live Euro 2012 Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Slovakia

RTE2, 7pm This is a crucial match for Trapattoni (below) and the boys tonight. At stake is a realistic chance of topping the group and thereby ensuring a place in next year's European Champion-ships.

The Italian manager most certainly has his share of critics, but getting a 'result' in difficult circumstances is surely what he's good at.



HAPPY FAMILIES

Outnumbered

BBC1, 9pm The hilarious semi-improvised sitcom sees mum and dad, Pete and Sue, mulling over some tough work decisions.

They also have to decide which of their troublesome children they should risk bringing to a funeral.



SPORTING COOKS

Come Dine With Me: Athletics Special

Channel 4, 8pm The race is on in this special cook-off as four medal-winning athletes slug it out in the culinary stakes. However, it's former world champion javelin thrower, Fatima Whitbread, who causes sore tummies by challenging everyone to a sports day in her back garden after a slap-up meal.



LAUGHING MATTERS

Comedy Showcase: Chickens

Channel 4, 10.30pm Simon Bird and Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners star in this comedy showcase tonight. Three men are branded as cowards in a sleepy English village as they are exempt from fighting in the First World War.

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