There's more photographic fun and games on Dead Still, Ray and the gang are back with more Den madness, John Boyega stars in this week’s Small Axe story, and slow-burn drama Waiting for the Barbarians lands on Sky Cinema . . .

Pick of the Day

Dead Still, 9.30pm,  RTÉ One

Already, we’re at the penultimate stage of this deadly dramedy starring Michael Smiley, Eileen O'Higgins and Kerr Logan, set in the Victorian era heyday of 'postmortem photography’.

This week, Blennerhasset, Molloy and Nancy struggle to keep the business going due to the unwanted attention of Detective Regan and the killer he is hunting down.

Given the strength of the characters and the quality of the cast, this show simply must get a second season.

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The Den, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

Just watch it. You know why.

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

As this history of the legendary LA nightspot continues, the 1979 comedy strike saw Mitzi and The Store’s comics enter one of the darkest moments in comedy history.

But the club soon recovered, featuring incredible talents such as the one and only Richard Pryor, who used The Store as a joke gym to work out all-new material.

Then, as we enter the 1990s, enter the wild bunch: Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, Pauly Shore, Sandra Bernhard, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, and many more.

These were the party years, but when Mitzi Shore fell sick in the late 90s, the Store floundered without her leadership as hot comics retreated to other clubs.

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Small Axe: Red, White and Blue, 9.00pm, BBC One

This has been an impressive anthology drama series, which is what you’d expect from a director as skilful as Steve McQueen.

This week, John Boyega - yep, yer man from Star Wars - plays a black forensic scientist decides to join the Metropolitan Police in the hope of changing racist attitudes from within its ranks.

After seeing his father assaulted by police officers, he has hopes of changing racist attitudes from within. But he soon finds himself facing both his father's disapproval and racism in the ranks.

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A Place in the Sun, 7.00pm, Channel 4

Pre-lockdown I rarely watched these kind of shows. Now I just want to experience somewhere overseas, even if it’s by proxy.

In this edition, postal workers Linda and Andy from Leicestershire are hanging up their mailbags to relocate to the sun-kissed coast of western Cyprus. Nice.

They're mad about motorbikes and would love a property with plenty of parking as well as space for their four grandchildren to come and stay.

Jonnie Irwin has five great options lined up for their budget (which isn't huge, to be honest), but will any of them have the couple prepared to put in an offer?

New or Returning Shows

Escape to Barbados, 6.00pm, Channel 4

The pandemic has caused a lot of economic hardship, but Covid-19 has dealt a particularly devastating blow to the economy of Barbados, a Caribbean island that relies heavily on its bustling tourist trade.

This documentary follows some intrepid Brits who decided to grab the opportunity to escape lockdown Britain and take advantage of what's called the 'Barbados Welcome Stamp' - a special visa allowing people the chance to 'work from home' from the beautiful island.

I wonder if Irish people can. apply . . .

Monkey Life, 7.00pm, Sky Nature & NOW TV

It’s time to head back to the Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset to check in on the work of Dr Alison Cronin and her team and, of course, her primate family.

In the returning episodes, Alison’s on a mission to rescue female chimp Kalu, it means an intense trip to South Africa with animal director Jeremy and wildlife vet John Lewis.

But a dramatic turn of events threatens Alison’s mission and then things go from bad to worse. Meanwhile back at the park, baby guenon Biff thinks autumn leaves are a whole pile of fun.

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Waiting for the Barbarians, Sky Cinema & NOW TV

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Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson provide A-List talent to this slow-burning drama based on the celebrated JM Coetzee novel of the same name.

The Magistrate (Rylance) of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, (Depp).

The latter’s task is to report on the activities of the 'barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border.

Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire.

Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday!, Netflix

Here's something for the kids. It's winter in the city and despite the lack of snow, a power outage and an ill-fated party, the Wonderoos learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Ending Today

The Trials of Oscar Pistorius, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Six weeks into the trial of the South African athlete, the defendant takes the stand, but his unconvincing testimony leads to the charge being increased.

In the witness stand, Pistorius stumbles in his response to tough questioning. When the verdict for manslaughter comes, the judge calls Pistorius a 'very poor witness’.

The verdict of culpable homicide (the equivalent of manslaughter) is overturned on appeal and upgraded to murder. His sentence is increased from five to six years - and then on a further appeal increased to 15 years.

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