Published 20/08/2016 | 00:00
The Martian, Sky Cinema, Friday 8pm
Sky are masters at marketing and self promotion from their sports coverage, to their Sky + and Sky Go devices and apps. They have reinvented their film coverage under the banner of Sky Cinema and have a number of big productions in their early listings. The Martian stars Matt Damon, as an astronaut left behind on Mars by his colleagues who think he is dead. He needs to use all his skills and brainpower to keep himself alive long enough to figure out a way to communicate with NASA and tell them that he is alive and would very much like a lift back home.
Ray Donovan, Sky Atlantic, Monday 9pm
Gripping US drama starring Lieve Schreiberas an Irish-American who works as a fixer for a top Los Angeles legal firm but is constantly hamstrung by his unruly family and violent father. Things have reached a new low in Ray and Abby's volatile marriage, and meanwhile Ray now needs to break Mickey out of jail. Also stars Jon Voight, Paula Malcolmson and Eddie Marsan
Live UEFA Champions League, RTE Two, 7.20pm
The circus that is fast becoming the Premier League, with mega money transfers and wages and the hype of Super Sundays is back, but this Wednesday is a huge day for domestic Irish soccer and Dundalk in particular.
Stephen Kenny's side have already guaranteed an autumn and winter of European football following their win over BATE Borisov in the previous round of the Champions League, but the prize of actual group stage Champions League football is on offer against Legia Warsaw in the Aviva Stadium.
No Irish club has reached this stage of European football and a crowd in excess of 20,000 is expected to cheer on the Lilywhites.
Rose of Tralee, RTE One, Monday and Tuesday 8pm
The school holidays are fast drawing to a close and there is no surer sign that the school grey will be back in vogue than the return to our screens of the annual Rose of Tralee festival, which will takes up Monday and Tuesday primetime viewing on RTE. Daithi O Se will be back to compere from the dome and we will find out late on Tuesday evening who will replace last year's winner, Meath Rose Elysha Brennan.