Some of the best new TV shows to watch this weekend
Winning Streak returns with Marty, Sinead, a new set and some ramped-up games
Sinead Kennedy, Marty Whelan return for Winning Streak
The Late Late Show
Friday RTÉ One, 9.35pm
Ryan Tubridy’s guests tonight are Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, authors behind the phenomenally successful Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling and its sequel, The Importance of Being Aisling; Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who will discuss his time as leader and rebuiling the party; Laois “Supervet” Noel Fitzpatrick on his new stage show; Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy, who recently annouced his retirement; sports broadcaster Des Cahill on his new book, Play It Again, Des; plus Sibéal, who will perform her stunning version of The Cranberries’ Linger as Gaeilge, and more music from Kodaline.
Can You Feel It: How Dance Music Conquered the World
Friday, BBC4, 10pm
You don’t have to head to the club to feel the influence of dance music – from the charts to TV advertising, we’re surrounded by 4/4 tunes made or remixed by superstar DJs. This documentary takes a look at how the genre took over, from dance music’s disco origins via house, techno and acid house all the way to today’s EDM explosion. The impressive list of contributors includes pioneers like Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Steve “Silk” Hurley and Kevin Sanderson as well as the all-conquering David Guetta.
Saturday, RTÉ One, 8.15pm
It’s Ireland’s most popular game show – and sure why wouldn’t it be? All you have to do is show up to win loads of cash, and you don’t need to tax your brain with tricky quiz questions. Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy are back for their sixth year running. The new series is getting a little revamp, with new set design, enhanced opening sequence, and tweaks to the games to make them more exciting for all us envious viewers back home.
The Ray D’Arcy Show
Saturday, RTÉ One, 9.45pm
Ray welcomes departing Fair City actor Jenny Dixon; the Dublin Ladies Football team and Cork Camogie team; ploughing dynasty Anna May McHugh and her daughter Anna Marie; former minister for justice Nora Owen, who opens up about losing her husband of 50 years to dementia; and Neven Magurie, who talks about his new book, Home Economies for Life.
Who Do You Think You Are?
Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm
Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, is the latest famous name to delve into family history. Along the way she discovers some intriguing facts about her grandfather, a secret military intelligence officer who quietly assisted the British and Americans during the second World War, and guarded German spies attempting to collaborate with the IRA. There was also a communist trade union leader on her mother’s side, who visited Moscow and became the scourge of Castlecomer mine owners and the Catholic hierarchy when he stood up for workers’ rights. Power also attempts to solve the mystery of why her great-grandfather, a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, was rumoured to have been given land by Michael Collins.
Sunday, TG4, 9.30pm
New series. Julie Fowlis and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh visit the Celtic heartlands of mainland Europe, accompanied by musical colleagues from Scotland and Ireland. Tonight they start in Brittany, joined by musicians Mischa Macpherson and Laoise Kelly. Among those playing with them are Annie Ebrel, Erik Marchand, Jean-Michel Veillon, Jacky Molard and Sylvain Barou. Julie and Muireann also meet local musicians Elouan Le Sauze & Louri Derrien for a rendition of local tune
999: On the Frontline
Sunday, More4, 9pm
A new series of the show filmed in real time as ambulance crews treat emergencies. In the first episode, West Midlands paramedics and the air ambulance rush to save an elderly man who has life-threatening injuries following a fall from a ladder. At the same time in Birmingham, a newly qualified paramedic struggles to treat a man who has suffered three major epileptic fits and is in a delirious and combative state. And, in Coventry, paramedics help a young girl who has passed out and needs urgent medical attention.
Additional reporting: PA