Monday 11 December 2017

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

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
Love and war: Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement

You've just about finished all the eggs. Oh hang on, there's one more to go. Do the decent thing and polish it off while watching one or two of these offerings


RTE1, 9.30pm

MISANTHROPIC Korean War veteran Walt leads an isolated existence, and has a tense relationship with his family and nothing but contempt for his neighbours. When a teenager attempts to steal his prized car, he ends up trying to reform the thief, making a connection with the boy’s relatives and defending them from a street gang. Drama, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Christopher Carley and Bee Vang.



CH4, 7.30pm

DOCUMENTARY exploring the world of 10 four-year-olds as they meet in a nursery rigged with cameras that capture every glance, whisper, tussle and emotion. With their parents watching on monitors, the children encounter one another for the first time in October and then again in May. Overseeing the action are two experts - educational neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones and developmental psychologist Sam Wass - as the youngsters make and break friendships, and find their place in this new social group.



TG4 9.35

(2007, Romance)

IN 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis discovers the burgeoning relationship between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, a servant’s son whom she has a crush on herself.

Love and war: Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement

The teenager becomes increasingly jealous of the pair and spitefully accuses him of a crime he did not commit, unaware her actions will have tragic repercussions.
Joe Wright’s romantic period drama, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan and Romola Garai.



UTV, 9pm

PART one of two. Drama telling the true story of how a brilliant scientist and pioneering detective joined forces to create the most significant advance in modern criminal investigation. In 1984, Dr Alec Jeffreys (John Simm) unlocks a remarkable technique to read every person’s unique DNA fingerprint, while a few miles away, DCS David Baker (David Threlfall) leads the search for the murderer of a local schoolgirl.
Two years later, a second youngster is killed and a teenager confesses - but denies the first crime.



BBC, 7.30pm

MARTHA Kearney concludes her journey retracing the steps of 19th-century geologist George Victor Du Noyer. Martha explores places of great spirituality, starting with the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry, then on to the Dingle Peninsula, where Du Noyer discovered stone beehive huts called clochans.
Finally, she heads north to the islands of the Fermanagh Lakelands – White Island, Boa Island and Station Island. Last in the series.

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