The idea of a dead person investigating their own murder has been used several times, including in the 1960s cult series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), the 1980s box office hit Ghost, the novel by Alice Siebold (and later the film by Peter Jackson) The Lovely Bones and the Belgian anthology series Hotel Beau Sejour, which counts Stephen King among its fans.
New eight-part supernatural drama The rise (Sky Max, 9pm) is actually a British remake of this series. Young motocross fan Neve Kelly (Clara Rugaard) wakes up in a lake the morning after a party and heads home, only to find that she is invisible to everyone but the family dog. She begins to realize that she is dead – and then her body is discovered in the woods.
Even if, like me, your basketball know-how doesn’t extend further than watching the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon on TV in the early 1970’s, they call me magic (Apple TV+), a four-part documentary about Earvin “Magic” Johnson, should still be captivating.
Johnson, whose talent on the pitch and charisma off it made him the sport’s biggest star in the 1980s, contracted HIV in 1991 and used his fame to change perceptions of the virus.
Another week, another YA streaming series – this time a UK one based on a webcomic. heart stopper (Netflix) tells the story of two 15-year-old boys who fall in love. Without wanting to sound like a grumpy old man (retirement is a long way off), could Netflix’s declining fortunes be attributed to its obsession with pleasing teenage audiences, rather than those of us who play the ever-rising subscription?
What can I tell you The The: The Comeback Special Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Sky Arts, 9 p.m.) that the title doesn’t? It’s from 2018.
There’s a busy lineup The Late Late Show (RTÉ1, 9:35 p.m.): Annie Mac, Alison Spittle, ventriloquist Nina Conti, podcasters Timmy Long and James Leonard aka The Two Norries, and music by Maisie Peters performing at Croke Park for E*S**** ** opened , and the cast of Conor McPherson’s Bob Dylan musical Northland girl.
Notwithstanding the excellent panel jungle, Quiz shows have never been something Irish television is particularly good at.
It says something that was the most popular of them where in the world?, which, amazingly, ran for nine years despite the fact that contestants were sadistically made difficult to win the grand prize.
home advantage (RTÉ1, 8:20 p.m.) didn’t exactly raise the bar but is still back for a second run. The format and presenter (Jennifer Zamparelli) remain the same, but the top prize has doubled to €10,000, which is now probably worth around the same as €5,000 last year. The expression “television on the radio” is mostly pejorative. However, not in the case of RTÉ RnaG @ 50 (RTÉ1, 10:35 p.m.), a loving review of half a century of Raidió na Gaeltachta.
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Originally broadcast only in the west of Ireland, it was broadcast nationally decades ago and has long been accompanied on the air by a number of local Irish language stations.
There’s more nostalgia in there Top of the Pops: The 1996 Story (BBC2, 8pm), the year BSE and hostage situations hit the headlines, Take That said goodbye – sadly it didn’t last long – and the Spice Girls stormed onto the stage.
It’s the final installment in the dark Welsh thriller Hidden (BBC4, 9pm) and Cardi (Sian Reese-Williams) race against time to prevent tragedy.
Will she also leave gloomy Snowdonia to take on this enticing new job?
OUR planet in transition (BBC1, 7pm) is the kind of project only the BBC (again threatened by the Tories) would undertake: a seven-year project with a team of facilitators charting the effects of climate change on diverse habitats around the world. In this first program, Chris Packham goes inside a glacier in Iceland to see how quickly ice water melts, while Steve Backshall accompanies a marine biologist collecting data on the breeding patterns of sea creatures in the Maldives.
Some things never change. Sunday night on UK terrestrial channels is once again a ratings battle between fashionable dramas – mr jack (BBC1, 9pm), with his fleasack-like fourth wall-breaking – and ho-hum crime drama: Gracefulness (UTV/ITV, 8 p.m.).
In the latter, John Simm, the popular TV actor for Everyman roles, plays Brighton detective Roy Grace, who suspects a teacher’s deadly drug overdose could be a murder.
In the second part of Combat School of Idris Elba (BBC2, 9pm) The actor recognizes he has a lot of work ahead of him to motivate some of his boxers, young people who society has given little reason to hope for much out of life. A fine, heartwarming series.
Falklands: Island of Secrets (UTV/ITV, 10:15 p.m.) is a documentary that, for a change, is not about the 1982 war. Marcel Theroux (brother of Louis) investigates the 1980 disappearance of a young soldier, the death of a potential witness to his fate, and disturbing allegations of historic child abuse.
normal people (BBC3, from 10pm) is freely available on RTÉ Player, but this is the first time it has aired on a linear channel since it originally aired in 2020 – meaning you won’t have to watch through any adverts.
First four episodes tonight, four more on consecutive Sundays.
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