TV preview: Henry Shefflin, Divorce, The Missing and more
Sharon Horgan’s new series; Kilkenny hurler Shefflin investigates the science of winning; BBC crime drama The Missing returns
Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker in Divorce, Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm
Keeley Hawes in series two of The Missing, Wednesday, BBC One, 9pm
Henry Shefflin – Winning
Monday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm
What makes a winner? Is there a science behind success? Can you train your brain to have a winning attitude? This documentary explores the science behind high achievement in sports, business and politics, focusing on what drives Irish sportspeople. Kilkenny hurling legend Shefflin knows all about winning – he is considered one of the greatest hurlers of all time. Shefflin meets some of Ireland’s greatest sportspeople, including Shane Lowry, Paul O’Connell and Sonia O’Sullivan. He also explores what happens inside our brains when we’re winning.
Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm
Written by Sharon Horgan, who created the excellent Catastrophe, this new comedy series stars Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) as Frances, a woman looking to get out of her marriage to Robert (Thomas Haden Church) and start afresh. But Frances finds that extricating herself from marital ties is not as easy as she thought. Sort of like trying to get out from under the shadow of her most iconic role.
Wednesday, BBC One, 9pm
The first series of The Missing starred James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor as Tony and Emily Hughes, whose five-year-old son Oliver disappeared on a family holiday in France in 2006. Eight years on, with Oliver still missing, Tony recruited retired French detective Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) to help find the truth. Series two has a new storyline and cast of characters, but Karyo returns as Det Baptiste. This time he’s investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Sophie Giroux, back in 2003. When a young British woman, Alice Webster, reappears in a small German town, 11 years after going missing, Baptiste goes on the hunt for her abductor – and Alice may have some clues as to Sophie’s whereabouts. Keeley Hawes and David Morrissey also starr.
No Such Thing As The News
Wednesday, BBC2, 11.45pm
Hosts Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski, Andrew Hunter Murray and James Harkin, all researchers for the BBC quiz show QI, return for a second series of the podcast-to-TV spin-off, which features the four “QI Elves”, delving into the most interesting things they’ve discovered in the news this week. The series is a TV version of their popular QI spin-off podcast No Such Thing As A Fish.