Tuesday 21 January 2020

Missing You, RTÉ One, Wednesday 8.30pm

4 May 2017; Republic of Ireland players celebrate after scoring their second goal of the game during the international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Snapper, RTÉ One, Wednesday 9.35pm

Stephen Frear's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy - published in 1990 between The Commitments and The Van - centres on the pregnancy of the oldest daughter in the Curley family. When she refuses to reveal the identity of the father, her Dad played by Colm Meaney, is riled at the gossip-generated, but stands by her. Doyle's pitch-perfect script ensures the film's wit softens its underlying pathos.

The Kennedys: After Camelot, RTÉ One, Friday 9.35pm

It is over 50 years since President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas and were he still alive he would have celebrated his 100th birthday last month. Yet we are still captivated by the story and the family.

Just how many dramatisations of the Kennedy clan have there been over the years?

This bells-and-whistles two-part US mini-series stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and opens in the summer of 1968. Jackie is still dealing with flashbacks of her husband's killing when news comes in from California that Bobby has been assassinated in LA. Bobby's death places younger brother Teddy in the spotlight.

World Cup 2018, RTE Two, Sunday 4.30pm

If you don't like sport but are a loyal RTÉ viewer then perhaps taking the dog for a walk on Sunday afternoon would be the best solution to the schedule. On RTE One, there is a double header of live football in the championship as neighbours Monaghan and Cavan meet in Ulster followed by Mayo and Galway in the west.

Meanwhile over on RTE Two, the Republic of Ireland host Austria in the Group D of their qualifying campaign in the Aviva Stadium, as Martin O'Neill's men look to continue their strong start to the campaign. Darragh Maloney presents, with analysis from Dietmar Hamann, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady, commentary by George Hamilton and Jim Beglin, and reports from Tony O'Donoghue.

Missing You, RTÉ One, Wednesday 8.30pm

Skype and video calling have provided a precious lifeline for the latest wave of Irish emigrants, and this six-part series charts the moving and sometimes hilarious ways in which families keep in touch despite being separated by oceans and times zones.

Gemma has been living in Sydney for ten years and communications fly between Australia and Pearse Street as she prepares to give birth. And in Boston, Holly receives care packages of Tayto from Cork.

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