Imelda May, Dermot Bannon, and Una Healy visit The Den, there's a spooky seance in Dead Still, Gillian Anderson is the focus of The South Bank Show, and the new Dolly Parton movie lands on Netflix . . .

Pick of the Day

The Den, 6.390pm, RTÉ One

With Ray and the gang on a roll with this splendid revival, the stars are lining up to be guests on the show - this week sees Imelda May, Dermot Bannon, and Una Healy all entering The Den.

They’re going to have to compete with alien brothers Zig & Zag, their gobby turkey pal Dustin, and alien/turkey wrangler Ray D'Arcy, since they returned to TV screens earlier this month.

Viewers have also been closely watching the Birthday Roller for names they know, while 'roving' Corkonian Sinead Quinlan has been giving us all a laugh with her jokes.

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The Zoo, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

Earlier this week, Dublin Zoo announced that they needed financial support to survive. Meanwhile, this splendid series continues to entertain and educate.

This week, Lumara and Kitabu welcome a new okapi calf, the first of its kind to be born at Dublin Zoo, and Cahaya the siamang gibbon is in need of an emergency blood transfusion.

Dead Still, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

Michael Smiley and co have been great in this show, but for me the best thing about Dead Still is the cheeky facial expressions Eileen O’Higgins continues to pull. She’s such a joy to watch.

This week’s episode sees Blennerhasset's nephew Henry hiring Molloy to undertake a shoot during a spiritualist seance to prove, or disprove, the existence of ghosts.

Small Axe: Lovers Rock, 9.00pm, BBC One

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This week’s drama focuses on the romantic reggae genre and to the black youth who found freedom and love in its sound in London house parties.

Starring Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St Aubyn, Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a blues party in 1980.

The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre called lovers rock, and to the black youth who found freedom and love in its sound at London house parties, at a time when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.

New or Returning Shows

The South Bank Show, 10.45pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

The longest-running Arts show on British television returns for a new run, its tenth on Sky.

Gillian Anderson (below), one of the most highly-regarded actors working today, joins host Melvyn Bragg for the first episode.

On stage at the Young Vic in London, where Gillian starred as Blanche Dubois in the award-winning production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 2014, Melvyn and Gillian explore her diverse and prolific career across theatre, film and television, and discuss a range of work including The X-Files, Sex Education and The Fall, as well as her extraordinary current performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.

The Comedy Store, 9.00pm, Sky Documentaries & NOW TV

Bringing to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars.

As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Binder spotlights one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy.

In the opening episode of this five-part series, we see how The Comedy Store’s founding generation in the 1970s launched the careers of some of the most legendary comics of all time: Freddie Prinze, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno and more.

Kirstie's Christmas: Quick & Easy Craft, 8.00pm, Channel 4

Kirstie Allsopp (above) creates quick and easy crafts for the festive season. She is joined by guests including Phil Spencer and her florist sister Sofie.

Bury: Bringing Football Back, 11.50pm, BBC One

When Bury FC collapsed last August 2019, a group of locals made it their mission to bring football back to their town - against massive odds.

Bury was one of the oldest clubs in English football, at the heart of the local community for more than 130 years.

When it was expelled from the Football League, it hit the town hard. A group of fans decided to do something: they launched a new club - a team 'by the fans, for the fans’.

This documentary follows Chris Murray and his friends over the course of 12 months, getting amazing behind-the-scenes access to the birth of a new football club and seeing what it really takes to make dreams a reality.

New to Stream

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, Netflix

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Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams, this festive musical’s a story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm even the coldest of hearts.

A rich and nasty woman, Regina Fuller, who returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer - right before Christmas.

But after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart.

Ending Today

The Disappearance of Maura Murray, 11.00pm, Sky Crime & NOW TV

In the concluding parts of the true crime series, killers and kidnappers are Maggie’s focus as she works to find out if Maura Murray was the victim of foul play.

Then, the DNA results are revealed. Maggie seeks the advice of a psychic and a wild lead is pursued at the top of a mountain. Maggie sits down with Maura’s family and reveals evidence released by law enforcement for the first time in 13 years.

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