Paul Kimmage tells his passionate story about cycling and his disillusionment with the sport in Rough Rider (9.35pm RTÉ One); Children of Syria (9.00pm BBC Two) meets the traumatised children who are learning to hate others in their ill-fated country; Beginning a week of programmes, Nationwide celebrates the men of the Dublin Fusiliers, Connaught Rangers, Royal Munster Fusiliers and 36th Ulster Division.
Rough Rider, 9.35pm, RTÉ One
This film follows journalist and cycling whistleblower, Paul Kimmage, as he searches for answers to difficult questions about doping in the sport he loves. In the mid 1980s, Kimmage was part of Ireland’s golden age of cycling, riding alongside World Number One, Sean Kelly, and Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche. But, after his third Tour de France, in 1989, he walked away, disillusioned with the sport he loved. Seán is pictured below at breakfast, at the height of his cycling career.
Seán Kelly at the height of his cycling career.
Children of Syria, 9.00pm BBC Two
Syria's war - well into its fourth year and with no end in sight - is having a devastating impact on the lives of the country's children. Tens of thousands have been killed or wounded. Many are learning to hate. Many more are deeply traumatised. With unique access across the conflict's front-lines, tonight's thought-provoking film follows the lives of six children over six months. Filmed in Damascus, Homs and amongst the refugee community in Turkey, their stories offer an intimate and powerful insight into a country being torn apart. Syria's war is a war on childhood, and the lives of its children will shape the country's future for decades to come. Presenter Lyse Doucet is pictured with young Izzadine in Kilis Camp, Turkey.
Presenter Lyse Doucet is pictured with young Izzadine in Kilis Camp, Turkey
Nationwide, 7.00pm RTÉ One
A week of special hour-long programmes begins tonight. To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, Nationwide focuses on the Great War with stories of the Irish who fought in it and the origins of the Irish regiments and where they were based. Reporter Jennie O’Sullivan learns about The Royal Munster Fusiliers who were located in Tralee, Co. Kerry, and whose ranks were filled with career and volunteer soldiers drawn mainly from the counties of Kerry, Cork, Clare and Limerick. Three thousand of them would never see home again. Tommie Gorman reports on the 36th Ulster Division, while Eileen Magnier reports on The Connaught Rangers. Helen Donohue reports on the Dublin Fusiliers.