The Shelbourne (8.30pm RTÉ One) focuses on history and tradition, as the iconic Dublin hotel celebrates its 190th anniversary. Guth: Dusty Springfield (10.15 pm TG4) looks at the Irish connections in Dusty's life - her real name was Mary O’Brien. Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children’s Ward (9.00pm UTV) features moving and sometimes funny stories from Newcastle in England.
8.30pm RTÉ One
This week focuses on history and tradition, as the iconic Dublin hotel celebrates its 190th anniversary. The hotel has a small museum in fact, and concierge and history buff Dennis O’Brien tells some visitors about the most important meeting ever held in the Shelbourne Hotel – the drafting of the Irish Constitution in 1922. Head Chef Gary Hughes plunders the hotel archives for inspiration to launch a menu from the early 1920s, and the staff await a visit from actor Omar Sharif.
Guth: Dusty Springfield
10.15 pm TG4
The second programme follows Dusty Springfield, who was born in 1939 and died aged 60, in 1999. She was christened Mary O’Brien and grew up in West Hempstead in London, to Irish and Scottish parents. She was enrolled in St. Anne’s, a strict fee-paying Catholic school run by the Sisters of Charity. This episode looks at her life in music and how she was aware of her Irishness and her connection with Ireland. At one point, she had six top 20 singles on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and 16 on the UK Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.
Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children’s Ward
Three-part series. Over 100 youngsters at Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle were asked to record their experiences of hospital. Children aged six to 16 talk to the cameras about their illnesses, they interview their parents and record themselves undergoing treatment, eating, playing, taking medication, interacting with medical staff. Whether they are in hospital for an everyday injury, major surgery or life-threatening illness. Aside from some moving sequences, there is inevitably hilarity too.