On another busy day on the box, Sally Rooney's Normal People lands on RTÉ One, Blue Bloods is back, Paul Hollywood has a new show, and it’s cheerio to Sky drama Strike Back . . .

Pick of the Day

Normal People, 10.10pm, RTÉ One

Here’s the RTÉ debut of the TV adaptation of Saly Rooney’s acclaimed second novel, Normal People.

In a school in a small town in the west of Ireland, Connell is a well-liked, good-looking and athletic student (he plays Gaelic football rather than association football in the TV version).

In contrast, Marianne is a pin-smart, proud, intimidating and unpopular loner who actively avoids her classmates and questions her teachers' authority.

An attraction sparks between the two when Connell comes to collect his mother Lorraine, who cleans at Marianne's house, and a connection grows between the two teenagers - one they cannot stop but that they are determined to conceal from their peers.

In episode two, the teenagers' relationship continues in secret and they sleep together for the first time.

At school, Connell makes excuses for why he didn't see his friends at the weekend and evades questions about his mother's job, while Marianne must find a way to explain her unplanned absences to her nosy brother Alan.

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Don't Miss

Scannal, 8.00pm, RTÉ One

This week’s episode is a documentary exploring one of Ireland’s longest-running disputes, the protests by North West Mayo residents against plans by Shell to build an onshore gas terminal and high pressure pipeline at Bellanaboy.

New or Returning Shows

Blue Bloods, 9.00pm, RTÉ 2

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Season 10 of the drama about a Staten Island family of cops and legal types opens ads Danny and Baez grapple with a year-old homicide investigation brought to their attention, while Jamie and Eddie go apartment-hunting.

Frank finds out the DA's office has a list of police officers they find unreliable. Meanwhile, Danny and Baez turn to a former mobster for help with an investigation.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer, 8.00pm, Channel 4

Comedian Harry Hill, Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp, actor and writer Roisin Conaty, and broadcaster Bill Turnbull take part in the charity contest.

Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding guide them through the assorted challenges, and Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith pass judgment on their baking skills.

Paul Hollywood Eats Japan, 9.00pm, Channel 4

More Hollywood as the Great British Bake Off judge takes a culinary tour of Japan, discovering the importance of food in Japanese culture.

He starts in Tokyo, where he gets a lesson in dining etiquette, visits themed restaurants, and discovers the growing fashion for dining out and even performing karaoke alone.

He meets an Australian wrestler and heavy metal singer named Lady Beard, who joins him on a madcap karting ride around the city's streets.

Mars: One Day on the Red Planet, 9.00pm, National Geographic

Documentary capturing a single day on the surface of Mars from dawn to dusk, exploring giant volcanoes, ancient lakes, landscapes of ice, and spacecraft crash sites.

Ending Today

Strike Back: Vendetta, 9.00pm, Sky One & NOW TV

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Season 8 comes to and end as Wyatt, Coltrane and Novin are all that remains of Section 20, and they are the last hope of stopping Arianna Demachi and the Russians plans of expansion across Europe.

The team members are split up across Europe, all with their own mission, but they must band together to face their most personal and dangerous mission yet, and this time, Section 20 are going on the attack.

The Time Tunnel, 8.00pm, Horror Channel

It’s the last-ever episode of this sci-fi show from the 1960s about two scientists constantly transported through time.

In their final adventure, the travellers land in a New England town taken over by evil aliens intent on draining Earth's atmosphere of its oxygen.

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Expedition Volcano, 9.00pm, BBC Four

Part two of two. The team takes a helicopter to the crater of an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has rarely been studied.

The mountain is surrounded by forests, which provide cover for armed militant groups, and the scientists will only have a few short hours to gather information.

Repeats of the Day

Bob Monkhouse: the Last Stand, 10.00pm, BBC Four

Cameras capture the singular quiz show host and comedian in the summer of 2003 - just months before his death - as he entertains a room full of fellow comics with stand-up, chat and a masterclass in his craft.

The night became the stuff of legend among comedians, but was never transmitted in full until recently.

Followed at 11.00pm by Bob Monkhouse: Talking Comedy, where Angela Thorne narrates a look back at clips of Monkhouse's appearances on some of the BBC's best-loved talk shows.

Not Going Out, 10.20pm, Gold

Here’s the first-ever episode of Lee Mack’s long-running sitcom. So no Sally Bretton.

Mack’s character Lee is a drifter whose friendship with his flatmate is complicated by the fact her ex-boyfriend is his best mate.

As we get acquainted with the crew, Lee dates an author in an effort to discover his serious side, Kate tries to lighten up at clown school and Tim finally apologises for his past behaviour.

Daytime Film Choices

All That Heaven Allows, 2.40pm, Film4

!950s’ romantic drama starring Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead and Conrad Nagel.

A wealthy New England widow breaks all the taboos of her conservative social circle by falling in love with her younger gardener.

Her friends and grown-up children are scandalised as she contemplates marrying him, leaving her with a dilemma - to either bow to convention or take a chance at being happy.

A Bug's Life, 2.30pm, Sky Cinema Disney

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Pixar animation, featuring the voices of Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Well-meaning ant Flik lands his colony in trouble when he accidentally disposes of an offering meant for a swarm of greedy grasshoppers - who promptly promise a horrible revenge.

Faced with the imminent destruction of the anthill, he sets out to save the situation by enlisting the help of a few would-be heroes - an out-of-work troupe of bugs from a low-rent flea circus.

The Family Stone, 4.10pm, Sky Cinema Comedy

Here’s a bit of Christmas cheer ahead of the May bank holiday.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as  New York career woman Meredith Morton, who struggles to make the right impression on her future in-laws when they meet her over the Festive season.

She decides to ask her younger sister to join her as moral support, but matters take a turn for the worse over dinner on Christmas Eve.

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Prime Time Movie Picks

Chaos, 9.00pm, Film4

Crime thriller, starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes.

A veteran cop and his inexperienced new partner are assigned to investigate a bank heist. At first sight, no money appears to have been stolen.

It eventually emerges that the criminal mastermind behind the robbery had a more complex and profitable scheme in mind - and a possible connection to the detective on his trail.

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The Game, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

David Fincher's absorbing thriller stars Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger and Peter Donat.

A selfish investment banker is given an unusual birthday present by his free-spirited younger brother.

He’s enrolled in a mysterious game, the nature of which is never revealed - and as he tries to fathom the rules, his life rapidly begins to unravel in explosive fashion.

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The Blind Side, 9.00pm, Sky Cinema Greats

Fact-based drama, starring an Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock alongside Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw.

A middle-class family take in a hulking homeless teenager, who has no minimal education or skills.

The indomitable wife encourages him to turn his life around, helping him to get the grades he needs for a college scholarship and hone his sporting skills to become an American football player.

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Late Late Flick Picks

Before I Go to Sleep, 11.10pm, Film4

Nicole Kidman stars in this psychological drama about a woman who cannot retain her memories following a traumatic accident.

She’s contacted by a mysterious neuropsychologist, who offers to help her recover the truth about her condition. As she tries to piece together her past, she fears neither her husband nor the doctor are who they seem to be.

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Eden, 1.00am, Film4

Felix de Givry and Pauline Etienne star in this French/English drama about a literature student who abandons his thesis as his DJing career takes off, achieving success in US clubs, but his spending and cocaine habit start catching up with him.

The Maltese Falcon, 1.00am, TCM

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John Huston’s excellent (and confusing) Film Noir crime drama, based on Dashiell Hammett's novel, stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet.

Bogie plays cynical private eye Sam Spade, drawn into a dangerous hunt for a mysterious statuette following his partner's murder. He comes cross three people as delightfully dubious and dodgy as each other.

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