Monday 22 January 2018

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

Christine Bleakley continues her trek around Ireland, while the secrets of Sports Direct are uncovered

Wild Ireland

UTV, 8pm

Christine Bleakley follows the pilgrims’ trail to Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, which many people traditionally climb barefoot.

She also enjoys a surfing lesson, visits the fjord of Killary Harbour on the border between Co Galway and Co Mayo, and helps out on a mussel farm for the day.


The Mafia with Trevor McDonald

UTV Ireland, 9pm 

The title might suggest that one of TV’s favourite newsreader’s has become ‘Don’ McDonald, but in actual fact the broadcaster embarks on a journey inside the American Mafia.

In the first of two programmes, Trevor arrives in New York, where he meets John Alite, a former multimillionaire drug dealer who was also one of the most ruthless Mob killers in modern times. He also talks to Michael ‘Mikey Scars’ DiLeonardo, who became an FBI informant.


Live Snooker: The World Championship

BBC2, 6.30pm

Hazel Irvine introduces the concluding session on day 10 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, which sees the second round come to a close with the concluding two matches – Ali Carter v Neil Robertson and Matthew Stevens v Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The line-up for the quarter-finals will be decided following these fixtures, which require the players to reach 13 frames to progress. The commentary team includes Willie Thorne, Terry Griffiths and Ken Doherty.


The Secrets of Sports Direct

CH4, 8pm

Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the secrets of the sports retailer’s success. Reporter Harry Wallop explores the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes and discount gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the trend on the high street, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley, one of Britain’s richest men.


Himmler: The Decent One - Storyville

BBC4, 9pm

An insight into the life and mindset of SS commander Heinrich Himmler, told through letters, photographs and diaries that were found at his family home in 1945.

The documents, in addition to accounts from Nazi descendants and working class people, reveal how his merciless identity was the opposite of the virtuous individual he believed himself to be.

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