John Byrne's essential telly for the coming week includes new cop show Chicago PD, a star-studded retelling of The People Vs OJ Simpson, and the last-ever episode of The Good Wife.

Dates covered: Saturday June 04-Friday June 10


Farmer in Charge, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

This one-off Trading Places-like show could be entertaining as it takes a farmer away from his rural setting and provides him with a trying task in suburban Dublin.

The man in question is successful Mitchellstown dairy farmer Maurice Walsh and his challenge is to take over the reins of Angel Hair and Beauty, a struggling hairdressing business in the southside suburb of Tallaght.

Owners Nick and Claire Reddin have been working hard to make their salon a success but are making no headway. Can Maurice turn its fortunes around?


Agatha Raisin, 9.00pm, Sky 1

Ashley Jensen, Matthew Horne and Katy Wix return for eight more soufflé-light murder mysteries based on the series of books about the eponymous PR-guru-turned-sleuth who swapped London for the Cotswolds.

In the first episode, a walker is found dead on a local baronet’s land soon after he declares war on her rambling group for trespassing on his land, and Agatha Raisin's immediately on the case.

Big Brother: Live Launch, 9.00pm, TV3

This is the 17th season of the show that started a flood of reality shows on TV. Unforgiveable, really.

Emma Willis has been presenting since 2013 and returns to introduce the latest bunch of desperate nobodies who want to earn a vicarious living by making appearances as a 'celebrity' guest at night clubs in the middle of nowhere.


Chicago PD, 9.00pm, RTÉ2

A sister show to the engaging Chicago Fire, which coincidentally returns tomorrow (Thursday) to Sky Living, there's also Chicago Medical in the franchise mix. But let's concentrate on the cops here.

A double bill launches the show as Sergeant Hank Voight (the gravel-voiced Jason Beghe) of the elite Intelligence Unit at Police District 21 and his team of detectives investigate the brutal slayings by an assassin who is linked to a group of Colombian drug dealers.

Wayward Pines, 9.00pm, FOX

The first season of this quirky sci-fi mystery was a right mixed bag - but apparently so much has changed for the second run that it's almost like a new show, a la True Detective and Fargo. This time around, Jason Patric stars as Dr Theo Yedlin, a confident, driven surgeon who lands in the weirdest neighbourhood on TV since Eerie, Indiana.

Last year was all about the strange people and surroundings, and the reason why Wayward Pines was a closed community. This time around, the dystopian story's all about the fanatical First Generation's introduction of martial law.

If you like to be surprised by your telly, give this show a go.


American Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson, 10.15pm, RTÉ One

This anthology series from the makers of the superb American Horror Story begins by charting the infamous OJ Simpson trial from two decades ago, with the focus on the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the American football legend of double homicide.

While the story holds more fascination for an American rather than a European audience, this is well worth a look. The attention to detail is razor-sharp, it's a cracking drama, and the impressive cast is in tremendous form.

John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Paulson and David Schwimmer are just some of the talent on display here.

New Blood, 9.00pm, BBC One

Anthony Horowitz’s seven-part investigative drama originally premiered on the BBC iPlayer ahead of its transmission on BBC television, making it the first prime time drama series to do so.

Six years after a drug trial in India goes horribly wrong, one of the guinea pigs, Mark Henson, is found dead. Young PC Arrash ‘Rash’ Sayyad is sure it’s a case of murder.

The Good Wife, 11.25pm, RTÉ One

After seven fantastic seasons, the greatest US prime time TV show of the last decade comes to an end with the verdict from Peter (Chris Noth) Florrick's trial.

It's a pity to say goodbye to such a fine, nuanced drama and its outstanding cast of regulars and guest stars - Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Michal J Fox, to name but a few - but it's the right decision to bow out on a high.

If only The Simpsons had done something similar a decade or so ago.


Euro 2016: France v Romania, 7.00pm, RTÉ2

Don't normally include sport in the week's telly guide, but as this is only the third time the Republic of Ireland has qualified for the Euros, sure it can't be ignored.

On top of that, former Shamrock Rovers' boss Michael O'Neill performed a remarkable job in guiding Northern Ireland to top their group and make the finals for the first time - and it's also the first time both parts of the island qualified for a major tournament. Come on You Boys in Green x 2!

Tonight's opener has hosts France playing Romania (KO 8.00pm).

The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

The award-winning live weekly satirical comedy show returns for an eighth season, hosted by the trio of Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe.

The first guest of the new run is British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who joins the team to examine the biggest and most entertaining news stories of the previous seven days.

John Byrne