Tonight's TV includes Ardal O’Hanlon exploring colourful vocabulary in Holy F***, rompy period drama The Pursuit of Love, Kate Garraway, Alex Higgins and Snowfall . . .

Pick of the Day

Holy F***, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

Actor and comedian Ardal O'Hanlon explores the reasons behind Irish people's colourful vocabulary, asking if swearing is a sign of intelligence and whether the Irish are more profane than other nationalities.

The former Father Ted star also finds out what happens in the brains when people swear, and how the nation's history, religion and culture continues to shape language.

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Comedian Tommy Tiernan relays how swearing is used on the stage, while Bob 'the gob' Geldof re-lives the moment he dropped the f-bomb on UK television during Live Aid in 1985.

Also: Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu talks about her cross-cultural experience of swearing and when verbal abuse goes beyond the acceptable.

With humorous archive interspersing these unique perspectives, this promises to be the definitive take on our use of bad language.

Don’t Miss

Reeling in the Years, 8.30pm, RTÉ One

This week’s episode looks at the hits and headlines of 2014, when country star Garth Brooks (above) tried and failed to play five concerts at Croke Park, some bloke called Donald Trump bought the Doonbeg golf resort in Clare, and boxer Katie Taylor won a fifth world title in a row.

New or Returning Shows

The Pursuit of Love, 9.00pm, BBC One

Bridgerton fans should lap up this equally raunchy period drama.

An adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel of the same name, it stars Lily James, Emily Beecham, Dominic West, Freddie Fox and our own Andrew Scott.

Written and directed by Emily Mortimer, who co-stars as Fanny's absent mother, it’s about two cousins living in 1920s Oxfordshire.

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Linda (James) dreams of a life of adventure, while Fanny (Beecham) is more concerned with stability after being abandoned by her mother.

Linda sets out her stall early on, saying: "I want to have fun and wear high heels and have sex and be adored by a man."

When a glamorous local aristocrat invites a charming stranger to a ball, Linda is instantly smitten, but Fanny's disapproval threatens to tear the inseparable friends apart.

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, 10.30pm, RTÉ One

In this intimate and deeply personal film, cameras follow Kate Garraway (above, with Derek) and her family as they cope with her husband Derek's hospitalisation with Covid-19.

12 months after he was first admitted into hospital, Derek remains seriously ill, leaving Kate and her family to adjust to a very different way of life.

Throughout the programme, Kate meets other people who have been affected by coronavirus, from a community nurse still experiencing life-changing symptoms of Long-Covid, to a woman whose husband has not regained consciousness after contracting the disease.

Allianz League Sunday, 9.30pm, RTÉ2

Joanne Cantwell (above) and guests look back at action from the opening round of Allianz Hurling League fixtures, including Cork v Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Antrim v Clare at Corrigan Park, and Wexford v Laois at Chadwicks Wexford Park.

Gods of Snooker, 9.00pm, BBC Two

This three-part documentary series looks at the sport's rise to prominence, beginning by examining how Alex `Hurricane" Higgins (below) upset the snooker establishment to help transform a game played in the backrooms of working men's clubs into a TV ratings hit.

Interest in the sport had been growing thanks to the new possibilities of colour broadcasting, and in particular the weekly snooker show Pot Black, but it was the antics of the unpredictable Irish man that sent the game stratospheric.

Followed by Alex Higgins: The People's Champion (10.00pm), James Nesbitt narrates a look back at the often controversial life of the two-time world snooker champion.

SAS: Who Dares Wins, 9.00pm, Channel 4

The 21 new recruits for the sixth season face an intense start when the train they are travelling on is the subject of a fake hijack to test the passengers' reactions.

The trainees are then pitted them against each other in a race up a 4000ft mountain, followed by a 100ft abseil off an oil rig, as the team of instructors look for people who can handle anything that is thrown at them

Snowfall, 11.30pm, BBC Two

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It’s season four of this drama about the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1980s’ Los Angeles during the 1980s.

Franklin attempts to stop a gang war from exploding as the violence in South Central ramps up, while reporter Irene Abe tries to understand what's happening to her neighborhood.

Fargo, 10.00pm, Channel 4

If you missed season four on TG4, here’s another chance to see Jesse Buckley star alongside Chris Rock.

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The head of an African American crime syndicate goes to war with the Italian mafia in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1950s and an uneasy truce between two factions is threatened by an untimely death.

Irrepressible nurse Oraetta Mayflower (Buckley) attends to a dying patient, Loy Cannon trades safety for power, while the Smutny family's financial woes forces its members into making a dangerous deal.

Family Flick

Inside Out, 3.05pm, BBC One

Pixar animated fantasy, with the voices of Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith.

Inside 11-year-old Riley's head lives a team of five that controls her emotions.

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Led by the eternally upbeat Joy, they have always ensured she lived a happy life - but when Riley's parents move to a new city, she is plunged into depression and the emotions face a crisis that threatens their entire world.

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