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RTÉ TEN'S TV picks for today July 24

1 of 1 The Shelbourne gets ready for a distinguished German guest
The Shelbourne gets ready for a distinguished German guest

The Shelbourne continues, 8.30pm RTÉ One, as the staff feverishly prepare for Angela Merkel; The Good Wife clashes over a family secret, and Dáithí Ó Sé goes in search of Merle Haggard. Born in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, in 1937 by the age of 20 Haggard had spent half his life behind bars. He ended up in San Quentin prison where as a prisoner he attended a Johnny Cash concert which changed his life. 

The Shelbourne

8.30pm RTÉ One

Second programme in a six-part series follows the charmed life at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. The 190-year-old Dublin institution has allowed cameras access to the front and back of house, recording what it is required to deliver five star service. This week, the hotel security team prepare for the arrival of European Head of State, Angela Merkel and The Irish Rugby Team check in to prepare for match day. Everyone wants a win and staff get emotional knowing it is Brian O’Driscoll’s last home match.

The Good Wife

11.20pm RTÉ One

Alicia tries to hold a website accountable when its users accuse her client, a college professor, of being linked to domestic terrorism. Meanwhile, Will goes against Diane’s wishes when he hires Damian Boyle, an unpredictable attorney with ties to organized crime, who immediately interjects himself into Alicia’s website case. Also, Eli and Jackie clash over a Florrick family secret.

Dáithí ar Thóir Merle Haggard    

10.15pm TG4                     

Worth showing again, and if you missed it, the story is fascinating, from humble beginnings allied to raw ambition and global success as a music artist. Dáithí Ó Sé tells the unique story of one of country and western's greatest ever song-writers, Merle Haggard. Born in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, by the age of 20, Haggard had spent half his life behind bars. He ended up in San Quentin prison where as a prisoner he attended a Johnny Cash concert which changed his life. The Kerryman goes in search of the Country music legend who was born on April 6, 1937, pictured below.

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