The World Cup kicks off today as Qatar host Ecuador, there's the final of Ireland's Fittest Family, Sky Arts presents a special screening of classic movie Double Indemnity, and there’s Vicky Phelan: In Her Own Words . . .

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FIFA World Cup Live, 2.30pm, RTÉ2

Well, here we go. Like it or not - many people will be in a mixed state of mind - the Qatar World Cup is here, beginning with the host nation playing Ecuador (KO 4pm).

It’s the opening fixture in the 22nd staging of the tournament, which takes place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.

This is the first of 64 matches to be played in a condensed schedule, with the competition for the first time in its history being played outside of its traditional summer slot – and in an Arab country.

The intense heat of the Gulf state dictated as such, and the Qataris will be hoping to justify the controversial awarding of the staging rights by excelling both on and off the pitch.

They have the chance to do so in Group A, which looks on paper to be one of the easiest of groups from which to qualify, with the Netherlands and Senegal the other teams, with two progressing to the last 16.

Plus, there’s the opening ceremony, which is an ideal time to prepare tomorrow night’s dinner or do some ironing.

Peter Collins presents, with analysis from Richie Sadlier and Liam Brady, and commentary by George Hamilton and Ronnie Whelan.

If that’s not enough football for you, then at 6.30pm there’s coverage of Ireland’s friendly away to Malta (KO 7pm).

Don’t Miss

Ireland's Fittest Family, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

The remaining four families compete for the title, taking on Mountain Madness and Back Against the Wall for points, before the bottom two face an eliminator and the loser exits the competition.

The three teams left face the grueling Wall of Pain, before another is ejected and the last two families battle it out to be crowned the winners and take home €15,000.

Double Indemnity, 9.00pm, Sky Arts

Streaming on NOW

Sky Arts presents a special screening of the Billy Wilder film noir classic, with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck both terrific in the central roles.

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Insurance salesman Walter Neff (MacMurray) gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), who is intent on killing her husband (Tom Powers) and living off the fraudulent accidental death claim.

Prompted by the late Mr Dietrichson's daughter, Lola, insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G Robinson) looks into the case, and gradually begins to uncover the sinister truth.

New or Returning Shows

Vicky Phelan: In Her Own Words, 10.30pm, Virgin Media One

An extended interview with the late medical campaigner, who talks about the 221+ support group, her fight for life-saving treatment, and finding happiness in the toughest of times.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, 9.30pm, TG4

This brand-new series, filmed at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in July 2022, features high-end musical performances and fascinating conversation with performers from around the world.

This first episode looks at a full day at the summer school in Miltown, we meet the O'Gealbháin family from An Rinn, who are preparing for a week of music and learning at the workshops.

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There’s also Jack Talty who is teaching concertina classes daily, and previous TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana Sorcha Costello who joins her friends Daithí Gormley, Catherine McHugh and Elaine Reilly for a few tunes.

How to Win the World Cup, 10.30pm, BBC One

The inside story of how to lift the most famous trophy in the world, featuring tales from dressing rooms of the last three World Cup-winning teams - France, Germany and Spain.

Behind the scenes footage helps to delve into the key moments which have led to success and there are interviews with a variety of players.

The include Germany's Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Per Mertesacker and Jurgen Klinsmann, Spain's Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas and France's Olivier Giroud (above) and Marcel Desailly.

Ending Today

Kingdom of Dreams, 10.00pm, Sky Documentaries

Streaming on NOW

Not even the global crisis precipitated by the 9/11 terrorist attacks can impede the Kingdom of Dreams’ phenomenal growth.

Arnault, Pinault and Anna Wintour (below) have transformed the once exclusive world of high fashion into a global industry.

While they have won fame and fortune, in reality the designers wield little power as they have each sold their names, and bound their fates, to the tycoons.

No longer indispensable, they each suffer a dramatic fall. Tom Ford is deposed, exiled from the Kingdom. McQueen and Galliano are broken on the wheel of the industry’s relentless pressure.

And finally, Marc Jacobs retreats with a farewell show wreathed in funereal black that draws the curtain on this golden age.

Sunday Cinema

Yesterday, 9.30pm, RTÉ2

Danny Boyle's comedy, starring Himesh Patel and Lily James, is an ideal Sunday night cheerier-upper.

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Jack, a struggling musician, gets hit by a bus during a mysterious event.

When he regains consciousness, he finds that he is the only person who can remember the Beatles, and sets out to exploit the opportunity by passing their hits off as his own compositions.

Surge, 10.30pm, BBC Two

This claustrophobic thriller, starring an intense Ben Whishaw, is well worth a look.

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Airport security worker Joseph lives a mundane existence with a daily commute and a repetitive job.

After a frustrating reunion with his unresponsive parents, he cracks under the pressure and embarks on a reckless journey through London after an impulsive act of rebellion.

War of the Worlds, 10.55pm, Channel 4

Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller, based on HG Wells' novel, with Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto and Tim Robbins.

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A divorced father's rare weekend with his two estranged children descends into horror when alien war machines rise from beneath Earth and begin to systematically destroy every human being in their path - leaving the man with the dangerous task of getting his kids to safety.

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