Renée Zellweger rocks as Judy Garland, there's a documentary about legendary Garda boss Lugs Brannigan, Dennis Taylor’s the subject of This Sporting Life, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey looks back at music on TV in the 1980s . . .

Pick of the Day

Judy, Sky Movies & NOW TV

Renée Zellweger is fantastic here and deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the legendary Judy Garland in this biopic set in the days where her star began to wane.

It’s the winter of 1968 and Garland has arrived in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town.

It may have been 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

And the love of her fans remains a constant in her often chaotic life.

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Don't Miss

The Late Late Show, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

This week cyclist Sam Bennett will be joining host Ryan Tubridy to reflect on his green jersey triumph in the Tour de France. Also appearing on the show will be the US' Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci. 

Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese will join the show to talk about her new memoir while Boxing World Champion Kellie Harrington will be sharing her experience of working on the frontline during the Covid-19 emergency. 

Sam Bennett

Niamh Fitzpatrick, the sister of the late R116 helicopter pilot Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, will talk about losing her sister in the tragedy and Capt. Fitzpatrick's legacy. 

Plus Jedward will discuss their mother's passing, spreading positivity online and their 11 years in showbusiness since finding fame on The X Factor.

Music will be provided by Robert Grace, who will perform his current single, Fake Fine.

Guy Garvey: From the Vaults, 9.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

In this episode Guy Garvey focuses on the best of 1982 - a year that saw the beginning of one of British television’s greatest ever music series, The Tube, bringing us The Jam’s final TV appearance.

There’s also performances from bands including Simple Minds, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Blancmange, Heaven 17 and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, interviews with a youthful Depeche Mode and Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin, and previously unseen footage of Yazoo.

The Jam's Paul Weller

New or Returning Shows

Lugs Brannigan, 7.30pm, TG4

This documentary tells the story of former boxer and Dublin Garda, Jim "Lugs" Brannigan 9below).

A son of the Liberties himself, Jim Brannigan became a Garda and was posted to his native patch.

He took no nonsense from gangs, and dealt forthrightly with organised crime. But he also championed young boys who ended up in court and pleaded for clemency and understanding.

This portrait offers a timely reassessment and tries to separate the facts from the myth.

Ghosts, 9.00pm, BBC One

Here’s the second season of this quite charming comedy about a couple who inadvertently bought a haunted house.

Alison and Mike are trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House and are working towards a new money-making venture to fund their perpetual renovations.

But after a paranormal photo of the house goes viral, Alison and Mike spot their opportunity to bring money in more quickly by using the ghosts’ 'talents' to create an authentic haunted house experience.

Will they be able to convince the ghosts to help them?

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Australian Hits at the BBC, 9.00pm, BBC Four

A retrospective of performances for the BBC by Australian music acts, including The Easybeats, AC/DC, INXS, Yothu Yindi, John Farnham, Nick Cave, Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue.

This Sporting Life, 7.30pm, BBC One

As a child Dennis Taylor would practice playing snooker with a wooden spoon and marbles on his family’s kitchen table. Before long, however, the man from Coalisland was making a name for himself on the professional snooker circuit.

Yet while he often reached tournament finals, he always seemed to falter - leading the press to class him as an eternal runner-up.

In 1985 everything would change, with Taylor going on to make the ultimate sporting comeback in a classic final against Steve Davis (above) watched by a BBC audience of 18.5 million people.

Speaking to Stephen Watson, Dennis recounts his 1985 World Championship title win - and reveals the origin of those famous upside down glasses.

New to Download

The School Nurse Files, Netflix

Eun-young might seem like an ordinary school nurse, but behind her mundane appearance is her supernatural ability to see monsters (ectoplasm) as jelly figures.

When she's appointed to a new high school, she quickly discovers mysterious secrets that threaten the students and fights alongside her fellow teacher In-pyo, the handsome heir to the school.

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A Perfect Crime, Netflix

In April 1991, Detlev Rohwedder, the head of Treuhand, the East German Privatization and Restructuring Agency, was assassinated in Dusseldorf.

An inspection of the scene revealed three cartridge cases, a plastic chair, a towel and a letter claiming responsibility by the Red Army Faction (RAF), a radical left terrorist group that killed 33 people between 1971 and 1993.

To this day, the assassin has never been identified.

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Ending Today

Then Romantics and Us with Simon Schama, 9.00pm, BBC Two

In Scotland, English historian Simon Schama concludes his series with a look at the work of Robert Burns, who grew up in Ayrshire in the 1770s.

Speaking to singer-songwriter Eddi Reader, who performs A Red, Red Rose, he also explores how Burns created authentically Scottish poetry and music that could hold its own against the oncoming tide of English culture.

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