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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Staying in tonight? Here's what to watch on the box

Sean hands Martin some advice
Sean hands Martin some advice
Actress Allison Williams

If you're on the couch tonight, there's plenty to watch - from Moone Boy Conor McGregor to Ireland's greatest robberies

Moone Boy

Sky 1, 9pm

Fact: We'd hate Chris O'Dowd if he wasn't quite so funny. And his quietly brilliant and nostalgic comedy series Moone Boy makes its welcome return this evening. In the opener, 'Where the Streets Do Have Names', Martin Moone (David Rawle) is now at secondary school and he decides that he doesn't need his imaginary friend Sean (Chris O'Dowd) anymore. Chaos, inevitably, ensues. Quirky, hilarious and filled with pop culture references to the 1990s, Moone Boy is probably the best comedy on TV at the moment. So you really should be watching it.

The Notorious

RTE2, 10pm

Conor McGregor learns who his next opponent will be and prepares for his upcoming UFC Fight Night in Boston, where he will compete against German MMA star Denis Siver. As everyone else prepares for Christmas,  McGregor is working hard in the gym, and as he flies off to Boston he knows a win will make him the number one contender.

Girls

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Hannah hangs out with her new co-worker Fran before attending an unusual art show, Shoshanna helps Ray with his community board election campaign, and Mimi-Rose’s friend Ace winds up Adam. Comedy drama, guest starring Zachary Quinto (Spock in the new Star Trek movies), with Lena Dunham and Allison Williams.

EastEnders

BBC One 8pm

The party at the Vic comes to an abrupt halt when the police deliver worrying news about Dean. Shirley refuses to believe what they are saying, while Nancy realises Linda has lied to her.

 

Ireland’s Greatest Robberies

TV3, 9pm

New series. Documentary featuring various Irish stories, beginning with a look at the rate of crime throughout the country, as presenter Jim McCabe looks at the most ambitious heists to occur in Ireland’s history. He focuses on one of the biggest thefts, when paintings were stolen from the Beit art collection that was stored at Russborough House.

 

Storyville: $1.7bn fraud

BBC Four, 10.15pm

Hyoe Yamamoto’s documentary about how, in 2011, Japanese optical company Olympus Corporation dismissed its president and CEO, British-born Michael Woodford, over cultural differences in management style. Despite there being minimum coverage, international media reported an alleged scandal where board members of the company voted to get rid of Woodford for blowing the whistle on a supposed $1.7bn fraud.

 

Britain’s Benefits Crackdown

Channel 4, 8pm

With government promises to end the “something for nothing culture”, life is getting tougher for benefit claimants. Reporter Liz MacKean investigates Britain’s new sanctions regime and asks what life is really like for those hit with penalties.

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