TV preview: Five things to watch on television this week

Wimbledon begins, women kill lions, and Irish schoolchildren adopt a dead Irish soldier

Wimbledon 2016
Monday, BBC One, 1.45pm; BBC Two, 11.30am & 8.30pm

This year's championships kick off with reigning champion Novak Djokovic beginning his defence of his title, and Andy Murray kicking off his own bid to regain the title he won in 2013.

Superfoods: The Real Story
Channel Four, Monday, 8.30pm
Kate Quilton returns for a new six-part series investigating the science behind the supposed health benefits and reveals which foods truly deserve the title - super. In the first episode, Quilton visits Naples to investigate the potential cancer-busting properties of tomatoes; travels to Japan to find out if the secret of youth is a fermented soybean; and discovers if a glass of red wine can really help the grey matter.

The Living and the Dead
Tuesday, BBC One, 9pm
A dashing young psychologist (Colin Morgan) returns to his family estate in Somerset with his young wife (Charlotte Spencer), bringing home all sorts of forward-thinking ideas about how the mind works. But soon the couple are faced with eerie events that defy the logic of psychoanalysis in BBC's new drama The Living and the Dead. It's not long before weird and unexplained things start happening: hauntings, possessions, strange visions of the future (warning: may contain iPads). Nathan believes everything has a rational explanation, but he can't explain some of the goings-on. As he delves further into the mystery, he finds himself plunging deeper into the realms of the supernatural. This ain't Downton Abbey, for sure.

The Women Who Kill Lions
Wednesday, Channel Four, 9pm
One-off documentary which follows American Rebecca Francis and Croatian-Canadian Jacine Jadresko - both at home and on the hunt - in an attempt to get to the heart of their personal stories and the motives that fuel their participation in big-game hunting. Francis has been openly vilified on social media by high-profile celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and Miley Cyrus, and both of the women attract extreme abuse, including death threats on an almost daily basis.


My Adopted Soldier
Friday, RTÉ One, 7pm
Gerry Moore, a teacher in Glenties, Co Donegal, has come up with a novel idea for a history project: he tasked 32 secondary students from 32 counties to "adopt" an Irish soldier from their own county who died in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. The students researched the lives of their chosen soldiers, gathering information from local archives, and in some cases even finding relatives. My Adopted Soldier follows some of the students as they carry out their research and learn some interesting things about these young men, many of whom were not much older than the students themselves when they marched off to war. The full results of their research can be seen on the website at

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney is an Irish Times journalist