Six of the best shows to watch this week, starting tonight – The Irish Times


Saturday July 9, BBC Four, 9 p.m.

Summer, and life is easy. . . you need something to counter that sugar rush of all the ice cream and Love Island episodes. Well, the BBC has the perfect antidote for those sunny summer vibes, with this slice of Nordic noir set in the remote Faroe Islands, way north of the Atlantic, somewhere between Iceland and Norway. The series is written and created by Torfinnur Jákupsson and based on the crime novels by Jógvan Isaksen, and tells the story of Faroese journalist Hannis Martinsson, who is called home by his daughter, a local activist who claims her life is in danger. . When his body ends up in the waters of a whaling hunt, Hannis suddenly finds himself in very unfamiliar territory.

The summer show

Sunday 10 July, RTÉ One, 6.30 p.m.

It’s summer vacation, but there’s no rest for RTÉ’s busy presenters as their payers put them to work creating travel programs to entertain viewers. Poor Derek Mooney and Nuala Carey are forced to take a four-part road trip around Ireland – each week following one of Ireland’s famous pilgrimage routes. Fortunately, Mooney and Carey will be joined by a few celebrities to help lighten the load, including Nathan Carter, Mary McEvoy and David Brophy. In the first episode, Derek and Nuala are in Co Wicklow for a hike along St Kevin’s Way, between Hollywood and Glendalough, and Nuala heads to Co Sligo to visit the megalithic sites of Carrowmore and Carrowkeel, which are candidates for Unesco world heritage site. .

Ackley Bridge

Monday July 11, Channel 4, 10 p.m.

Ackley Bridge is back for a fifth series – taking the next step in its bid to oust Grange Hill at the top of the class for school dramas. The series is set in an industrial town in Yorkshire, where white and Asian communities live separate lives – that is, until two separate schools are merged into a single academy, uniting children from both communities and forcing families on both sides to engage. the lives and cultures of others like never before. Needless to say, sparks are flying between the teenagers of Ackley Bridge, and Channel 4 promises “more schemes, scams and crazy adventures”, plus new teachers and students joining the show just to really mix it up a bit things. It’s the second half of the school year, and if it’s anything as hectic as the first half (love triangles, catfishing, and a failed gypsy wedding), then we’re in for a good semester.


Wednesday, July 13, Sky Comedy, 9 p.m. and now

This is the third installment in the dark comedy series about the challenges of modern parenthood, and let’s face it, things aren’t getting any easier for the Worsley family. Dad Paul (Martin Freeman) is still reeling from being punched by his teenage son Luke (Alex Eastwood), while mom Ally (Daisy Haggard) struggles with early menopause and a rocky relationship with her teenage daughter Ava (Eve Prenelle). Luke refuses to live under the same roof as his father, so Paul has to move into his stepmother’s house, leaving Ally to try to keep the house, her job, and her sanity together.

Super telescope: mission to the edge of the universe

Thursday July 14, BBC Two, 8 p.m.

So what happened about 200 million years after the Big Bang? We’ll take a look. Nasa releases the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and the BBC Horizon team will walk us through the development and construction of the most powerful and technically advanced telescope in the world, 100 times more powerful than Hubble. We’re getting into Doctor Who territory here because the Webb Telescope can look so far back in time, even the Tardis would struggle to get there. And just to blow your mind, the telescope is so sensitive it could even detect signs of life on a distant planet. At a cost of around eight billion pounds, you better find a really cool alien civilization.

James May: Our Man in Italy

From Friday July 15, Prime Video

When he’s not roaming foreign countries in elite cars with fellow middle-aged motorheads Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in The Grand Tour, James May likes to slow down and cruise the world at a more leisurely pace. For the latest episode of her “Our Man In…” series for Prime Video, May explores the delights and delights of Italy – and learns about its food, culture, landscapes, sports and hobbies. He is in search of “la dolce vita” and he has plenty of fertile ground to cover, from the Dolomites in the north to Palermo in Sicily at the southern tip. Along the way, he’ll learn to make pizza, fight like a Roman gladiator, and play the zampogna, a kind of traditional Italian bagpipe – with mixed results. And just to reassure you, May will take the wheel of a few Italian cars at regular intervals, destroying race tracks and traversing cities (although I can’t determine which is more dangerous).