TV guide: 12 of the best new shows to watch this week, beginning tonight

Published date18 September 2022
Publication titleIrish Times: Web Edition Articles (Dublin, Ireland)
Sunday, TG4, 8.30pm

Ireland crashed out of this year's Eurovision without even making it to the final. We might have a better chance in the Junior Eurovision, as a bunch of talented kids aged nine to 14 compete for the chance to represent Ireland at this year's event, in Armenia. The judging panel is joined each week by a star guest, among them Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Paul Harrington and Brian Kennedy — but it's the viewers who'll choose who goes through to the big contest.


Sunday, BBC One, 9pm

James Nesbitt is back as hard-boiled detective Tom Brannick in the second series of this cop drama set in Northern Ireland. Viewers have probably had enough time to pick their jaws up from the livingroom floor after the stunning twist in the season-one finale, when the identity of Goliath, the assassin, was revealed. So what will Goliath's next move be? When the body of an accountant washes up on the shores of Strangford Lough, Brannick and his partner, Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna), are assigned to the case, but there's missing gold involved, and Brannick had better find it fast. Victoria Smurfit joins the cast as the dead accountant's wife, Olivia Foyle.


Monday BBC One, 9pm

Keeley Hawes is the star of the BBC's new three-part thriller. She excelled in Line of Duty and The Midwich Cuckoos; here she stars as an ordinary woman, on holiday with friends and family in the Canary Islands, who must fight for her and her family's survival when gunmen take over the resort where they are staying. Jo is sunbathing on her balcony when she hears shots ring out, and suddenly the sunny idyll is turned into a hellhole, as holidaymakers try to flee their heavily armed attackers. Parts two and three follow on Tuesday and Wednesday


Monday, BBC Two, 7.30pm

The classic quizshow is celebrating its 50th year grilling contestants in the hot seat; Clive Myrie is the relatively new guy in the quizmaster's seat previously occupied by Magnus Magnusson, Jon Snow, Clive Anderson and John Humphrys. Once again, contestants sit in the black chair under a very intimidating spotlight and answer questions on such specialist subjects as Goya, Peaky Blinders and Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels. My specialist subject? Prog rock 1970-74. Bring it on.

How Long Will You Live?

Tuesday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm

It's a question few of us want to think about, as it involves facing the reality that we're not going to live forever. Dr Phil Kieran would like to help us...

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