This week: Women’s Euro 2025 Qualifiers – France v Ireland

TV WEEK (Wednesday 3rd to Tuesday 9th)

TOP SPECIALS

Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life (BBC 2, Wednesday 3rd, 9pm)

At University Hospital Southampton, surgeons perform lifesaving surgery – removing a patient’s eye to cut out cancer that is growing deep behind it and then reconstructing his face. Meanwhile, urology consultant Vicky Dawson operates on an 83-year-old patient with cancer in both his bladder and prostate.

A Life In Ten Pictures. Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images Photo by Ron Galella

A Life In Ten Pictures (BBC 2, Thursday 4th, 9pm)

Robin Williams’ image is famous around the world, as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time and one of Hollywood’s most recognisable actors. But could just a handful of photos uncover new truths about someone we think we know? Ten defining pictures, revealed by those who knew him best.

Tracks and Trails (RTÉ 1, Friday 5th, 7.30pm)

Season 11 opens with crime journalist Nicola Tallant hiking the challenging Boolas Loop in the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford. This magnificent 10km loop is wild and rural, rocky and steep, revealing rolling landscapes and hidden mountain lakes. Her second walk follows a cliff top 7.5km trail at Dunmore East.

The Assembly (BBC 1, Friday 5th, 10.40pm)

In The Assembly a cast of 35 interviewers who are autistic, neuro-divergent or learning disabled, question an A-list celebrity for one extraordinary TV interview. Actor and director Michael Sheen faces the grilling of a lifetime from the unique collective.

WATCH OF THE WEEK

The Regime (Sky Atlantic, Monday 8th, 9pm)

A darkly comedic, six-episode series starring Kate Winslet tells the story of life within the walls of a modern authoritarian regime as it unravels. Chancellor Elena Vernham becomes increasingly paranoid and unstable as a dubious confident causes the kingdom and the country to fracture around her.

BEST FILMS

The Blair Witch Project (BBC 1, Thursday 4th, 12.15am)

A classic ‘mock doc’ based on a video telling the tale of three film students who travelled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.

Don’t Go (RTÉ 2, Saturday 6th, 10.30pm)

Devastated by his daughter’s death in a terrible accident, a man becomes convinced that he can bring her back through a secret that is hidden within a recurring dream. Stephen Dorff, Melissa George and Ireland’s Simon Delaney star.

A Midnight Clear (RTÉ 1, Saturday 5th, 12.05am)

In the winter of 1944, a platoon of exhausted American soldiers capture a small squad of German infantry in the Ardennes forest. Agreeing to a peaceful surrender in order to avoid any more unnecessary bloodshed, both sides are unified in a humane solution – but then tragedy strikes.

CLASSIC MOVIE

Ransom (RTÉ 1, Friday 6th, 11.15pm)

A group of criminals kidnap the son of a wealthy entrepreneur, demanding a $2 million for his safe return. But when the deal goes wrong, the father decides to turn the tables on the kidnappers with his own brand of ransom. Mel Gibson, Rene Russo and Delroy Lindo star in this cracking thriller from 1996.

KIDS STUFF

Ten Lives (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

Beckett is a pampered and selfish cat who totally takes for granted the lucky hand he has been dealt. But all that changes when he carelessly loses his ninth life. With no lives left, Beckett pleads for things to be back to how they were.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (RTÉ 1, Saturday 6th, 8.05pm)

The monster family takes a luxury cruise so Dracula can indulge in monster volleyball and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation soon turns into a nightmare when Drac falls for mysterious ship’s captain Ericka.

ON DEMAND

A Gentleman In Moscow (Paramount+)

Based on the 2016 novel by Amor Towles, the series is set against the backdrop of post-Revolutionary Russia, where Count Alexander Rostov is stripped of his title and material wealth, and placed under house arrest for life in a grand Moscow hotel. But unlikely friendships and a fleeting romance open the aristocrat’s eyes to the hidden joys of service. Ewan McGregor stars.

Scoop (Netflix)

The intricate story of how journalist Emily Mathis negotiated with Buckingham Palace to secure the ‘scoop of the decade’ for a televised interview with Prince Andrew in order to discuss his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell star.

Renegade Nell (Disney+)

When Nell Jackson is unjustly framed for murder, she transforms herself into unexpectedly becoming the most notorious outlaw in 18th-century England. And when a magical spirit called Billy Blind appears, Nell realises her destiny is bigger than she ever imagined.

American Rust: Broken Justice (Amazon Prime)

Based on Philip Meyer’s novel, this explores the tattered American dream through the eyes of a police chief in a Pennsylvania ‘rust belt’ town who becomes professionally compromised when the son of the woman he loves is accused of murder. Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney star.

The Wages Of Fear (Netflix)

Based on the 1953 French thriller of the same name, this modern update adds a ton of action in a high-octane romp. To prevent a deadly explosion, a crack team have just 24 hours to drive two truckloads of nitroglycerin across a desert laden with danger at every turn of the wheel.

SPORTS CENTRE

Women’s Euro 2025 Qualifiers (RTÉ 2, Friday 5th, 7.35pm)

Marie Crowe is joined by Lisa Fallon and Rianna Jarrett for live coverage of France v Republic of Ireland from Metz. Commentary from George Hamilton and Méabh De Búrca. KO 8.10pm.

Premier League (Sky Sports, all weekend)

Arsenal head to Brighton in a challenging match on Saturday 5pm, while their rivals Liverpool have an away fixture against old rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday at 2.30pm. Monday Night Football sees Tottenham Hotspur taking on Nottingham Forest at 6.30pm.