Tonight's top telly includes the return of Goodbye House, long-running music show Other Voices, Ashford Castle, some more First Dates Ireland and the final of dog-grooming show Pooch Perfect . . .

Pick of the Day

Goodbye House, 8.30pm, RTÉ One

This pretty daft but ultimately enjoyable show returns for a new run.

In case you missed it last time around, it’s about people planning to move house who - rather than do their own ground work - let friends and family find them a new home.

First up, we’ve got a businesswoman from county Cork who is looking for a fresh start as well as a new gaff after her divorce.

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Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, 9.00pm, BBC Two

This week's show comes to Ireland as Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work in Ashford Castle in county Mayo.

Set in 350 acres, it was founded 800 years ago by the Anglo-Norman De Burgo family, and much later became the family home of the Guinness family.

With the help of hotel historian, Fintan, Giles discovers the castle’s rollercoaster journey through the centuries, sporadically reaching moments of real jeopardy, as well as new owners.

Giles and Monica soon learn that the secret of the castle's success is the people who work there and the hotel's strong, long-running community ties.

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First Dates Ireland, 9.30pm, RTÉ2

The lockdown restrictions haven’t diminished this show’s ability to be both entertaining and empathic. In many ways, it’s a real Thursday night tonic.

Among the hopefuls this week are Mary and Johnny from Tipperary, who are looking for a second chance at love, and there’s a student nurse looking - and we kid you not - for a tall, dark, handsome stranger.

The Directors, 8.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

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One of Britain’s most celebrated modern directors, the first great achievement of Stephen Frears was breaking out alongside Daniel Day Louis with the seminal My Beautiful Laundrette.

Known for directing films that explore social and class issues through sharply-drawn characters, Frears would also direct the critically acclaimed films Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters.

Moving into the 2000s there was The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins, the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, and more recently the highly-regarded TV series A Very English Scandal and the recent hit Quiz.

New or Returning Shows

Other Voices, 11.05pm, RTÉ2

The long-running music show set in Dingle returns for another season, this time presented by May Kay and Huw Stephens.

The opening programme features the likes of Hozier, Fontaines DC, Elbow, Pillow Queens, Rhiannon Giddens as well as other acts.

Here's Hozier telling May Kay what makes Other Voices special:

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Semi-Detached, 9.00pm, RTÉ2

If you missed this when it was recently broadcast on the Beeb, I’d recommend it - though fans of Not Going Out might be baffled, not least by the disconcerting sight of Lee Mack with a moustache.

It’s a quirky, real-time sitcom, starring Mack as a man suffering the worst 20 minutes of his life - including a girlfriend in labour and an accident with a circular saw.

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Can We Cool the Planet? 8.40pm, PBS America

We’ve said it before: if it’s on PBS, it’s generally worth watching.

This is a documentary revealing how scientists are looking at new and sometimes controversial solutions to the threat of climate change that go beyond reducing emissions.

Luxury Holidays: How to Get Away this Year, 8.00pm, Channel 4

Okay, this is for a British audience, but it should be informative if not definitive for an Irish viewer.

Sabrina Grant (above) investigates whether a proper break in 2021 is possible, and where keen holiday-makers can visit once restrictions are lifted.

She meets families who are desperate for an escape and explores the options for taking a luxury trip both at home and abroad - from high-end British destinations that are off the beaten track, to cruises and foreign countries that may be open to tourists later in the year.

Ending Tonight

Pooch Perfect, 8.00pm, BBC One

Sheridan Smith presents the final of the contest, which sees the three remaining participants aiming to become top dog-groomer - and win themselves the Golden Stanley trophy to prove it.

All they have to do is execute one of the toughest challenges in the industry - a continental clip on an elegant standard poodle.

As if that’s not enough, they have to guess a breed of dog while blindfolded, before one last dog walk parade.

Who will impress judges Verity Hardcastle and Colin Taylor the most?

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Stand Up and Deliver, 9.00pm, Channel 4

With just 24 hours to go until their comedy debut, the celebrities get some last-minute tips from their mentors.

Judi Love coaches Curtis Pritchard in improvisation, Nick Helm teaches Sayeeda Warsi how to make a strong first impression, and Jason Manford is still struggling to get Shaun Ryder to remember his act.

Meanwhile, Katie McGlynn tries to harness her nerves and Richard Coles remains reverent when mentor David Baddiel pushes on him a joke with two swear words in the same sentence.

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