Today's top TV tips include a look at the spectacular rise of Penneys, Aisling O’Neill’s trip back in time to The Riordans, Elle Fanning in The Great, Jennifer Saunders, Michael Sheen and The Chieftains . . .

Pick of the Day

The Way We Were, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

The social history documentary looks at the way people used to shop, recalling the dawn of the mammoth Irish supermarket chains and the spectacular rise of Penneys.

The company's first Mary Street store in Dublin was opened by retailer Arthur Ryan on behalf of the Weston family, which had been in the retail business for years.

Ryan had previously worked for Dunnes Stores and he was hired by Garfield Weston to set up a discount clothing chain.

From that single shop in Dublin, the retailer now boasts over 370 stores around the world.

Don't Miss

The Great, 9.00pm, Channel 4

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Last week’s opener was good, but I was expecting better of this historical dramedy starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as Catherine and Peter the Great of Russia.

This week, Catherine takes her first steps toward a coup, attempting to seduce Orlo in hopes of recruiting him to her cause.

Meanwhile, Peter receives Count Rostov, who requests to keep his beard to hide his pustules, even though Peter has outlawed beards.

The Riordans: Tea, Taboos & Tractors, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

Here’s another chance to see this nostalgic, entertaining and informative look back at one of Ireland’s most-loved TV shows.

Aisling O'Neill (below), daughter of The Riordans star Chris O'Neill, investigates the impact of the long-running rural soap. Featuring interviews with the cast and crew.

Ireland's Fittest Family, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

The second heat of the physical fitness challenge sees families from Kildare, Tipperary, Meath and Kilkenny competing in tests of muscle endurance, speed and agility.

The Night Manager, 10.00pm, BBC Four

Welcome repeat of this stylish adaptation of John Le Carre's novel, starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie.

A former soldier working in a Cairo hotel discovers evidence against international arms dealer Richard Roper, but his attempt to help British intelligence to capture the criminal has disastrous consequences.

Five years later, he is based in Switzerland, working at a hotel that he discovers is regularly frequented by Roper.

Determined to make amends for his previous failure, he reunites with his contact at British intelligence and they form a plan to infiltrate the arms dealer's inner circle.

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New or Returning Shows

Jennifer Saunders' Memory Lane, 10.00pm, Virgin Media One

Former Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders slips behind the wheel of a Jaguar E-Type for this special show, joined in the passenger seat by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen whom she quizzes about his life and times.

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The Chieftains Live at Montreux, 9.30pm, TG4

Here’s a memorable 1997 concert from the Montreux Jazz Festival with The Chieftains, featuring songs such as Did You Ever Go A-Courtin' Uncle Joe.

Ending Tonight

Beat the Chasers, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

Bradley Walsh hosts this addictive quiz show as contestants from across the UK take on Jenny Ryan, Anne Hegerty, Shaun Wallace, Mark Labbett and Paul Sinha.

Here's how good you have to be to beat them . . .

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New to Stream

Miss Juneteenth, Sky Cinema & NOW TV

Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Lori Hayes star in this 2020 drama.

Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge.

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But underneath it all, Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen.

She was once crowned Miss Juneteenth – a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.

Prime Time Movie

The Light Between Oceans, 9.00pm, RTÉ2

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If you fancy having your heartstring pulled around, you should enjoy this period drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

They str as a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia, who raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

Fearing the infant would be taken away to an orphanage, they raise her as their own.

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