John Byrne's essential telly for the coming week includes Orange is the New Black, Euro 2016, First Dates Abroad and Gogglesprogs.

Saturday June 11


The Big Bang Theory, 5.00pm, E4

Want to avoid the football? Here are twelve back-to-back episodes of the hugely popular US comedy, charting the romance between Penny and Leonard make up this special Saturday stack on E4. Good idea, actually.

In the first ever episode, arch-nerd Leonard falls for his new neighbour Penny, leaving his roommate Sheldon convinced that his friend is chasing a highly improbable dream.

Sunday June 12


Interview with a Murderer, 9.00pm, Channel 4

In this one-off documentary, criminologist Professor David Wilson conducts a series of revealing interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, the man never charged with, yet widely suspected of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater in 1978.

Spencer has always protested his innocence, insisting that this is a crime he did not commit. This could make for fascinating as well as chilling TV.

Monday June 13


Euro 2016: Ireland v Sweden, RTÉ2 and BBC Two

Here we go! The Republic of Ireland swing into Euro 2016 action just a day after Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland played Poland, with their opening game of the tournament.

Darragh Maloney is joined by Eamon Dunphy, John Giles and Liam Brady for live coverage of the Group E game against Sweden at the Stade de France in Paris. Kick-off is at 5.00pm, while commentary is provided by George Hamilton and Ronnie Whelan.


First Dates Abroad, 10.00pm, E4

After the huge success of the Irish version on RTÉ2, the dating show in which strangers are paired up for a visit to the First Dates restaurant - and hidden cameras capture every detail of their first encounter over dinner - arrives in Australia.

In the first episode, the couples include international model Aiden, who is paired with romantic-at-heart Emily. Both are ridiculously good looking, but will there be enough sparks for romance to ignite?

Tuesday June 14


Born on the Same Day, 9.00pm, Channel 4

This is a new popular history series that looks at key moments in the parallel lives of three people, who were born on exactly the same day in the same year.

First up are intrepid explorer Ranulph Fiennes, first-generation immigrant Ewart Rennalls, and foster mother to 97 placements, Frances Chorlton.

Wednesday June 15


Sensitive Skin, Sky Arts

The multi-award-winning Canadian black comedy, based on the British show of the same name, returns for a second season.

In the first episode, Davina (former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall) struggles to cope with solitude as she leaves the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto behind to start afresh in the picturesque Toronto Islands.


How to Cook Well with Rory O'Connell, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

On a night littered with last episodes – My Money and Me, Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, The Mario Rosenstock Show - Fun Size and The Road to Rio all end tonight – it's also farewell to this foodie show.

Rory prepares Carrot, Coconut and Lemon grass Soup followed by Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Aoili and Salsa Verde and Rhubarb and Strawberry Trifle with Almonds and Pistachios to finish.

Friday June 17


Orange is the New Black, Netflix

It's season four of the prison-based comedy-drama and this run's focus will be on the overpopulation problem in Litchfield Penitentiary and, that means, new blood is coming to face off with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

Three new recruits will join the series: Kelly Karbacz, Mike Houston and Brad William Henke and, by all accounts, the standards set by the show remain intact.


Gogglesprogs, 8.00pm, Channel 4

It's just a statement of fact to describe Gogglebox as one of best shows on TV. It's certainly the best show on TV that's about TV. No wonder it's sprouted sprogs.

Following on from the successful Christmas special, the Gogglesprogs return in this six part series for Channel 4. They'll be watching a range of TV from the past months, from entertainment shows to documentaries to some all-time classic films, as well as news stories.


Eurotrash, 9.00pm, Channel 4

As the UK prepares to vote in the EU referendum, post-pub cult hit Eurotrash returns after a nine-year absence with an édition spéciale to remind viewers of the many, varied and occasionally alarming cultural delights enjoyed by some continentals.

Antoine and Jean-Paul Gaultier are back to host, and will be joined by assorted European guests. Expect suave silliness from the start.