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What to watch on TV tonight: Thursday

The TV everyone will be talking about tomorrow. rounds up the TV shows that you’ll be tweeting about tonight and talking about tomorrow. 

Trump: An American Dream (Channel 4, 9pm)

The first of a new four-part documentary charting Donald Trump’s journey through five decades as businessman, developer, media star and politician before improbably reaching the White House last year. The series also considers how the president’s rise “reflects the story of modern America – one of capitalism, celebrity, reality TV and social media.”

Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment (RTÉ 2, 9.30pm)

A brand new series that’s only bound to get the (good) arguments flowing. Des Cahill and Evanne Ni Chuilinn host this weekly debate to decide the most memorable moment in Irish sport, between 1962 – the year of Irish TV’s first sport broadcast – and 2012, with the eventual winner chosen by viewers. In the first programme, Eamon Dunphy, Joe Brolly, Sonia O’Sullivan discuss five moments from the 1980s.

Sam Smith at the BBC (BBC One, 8pm)

Fearne Cotton presents this one-off special in which the singer performs tracks from his eagerly awaited new album The Thrill of It All, as well as a few of his hits. Sam is accompanied by his band and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and in between numbers he talks to Fearne about his life and career.


Everybody’s talking about: Caitlyn Jenner is going to be on The Late Late this Friday night

RTÉ announced yesterday that she will be in studio discussing everything from Trump to the new arrivals due in the Jenner and Kardashian families.

Might be worth staying in for.


Or flick over for…

  • Angry, White and American (Channel 4, 10pm) Following on from the Trump doc, journalist Gary Younge journeys across the United States to explore the issue of race.
  • The Tommy Tiernan Show (RTÉ One, 10.15pm) Another chance to see the first episode of the comedian’s well-received chat show.
  • David McWilliams’ Ireland (TV3, 10pm) The economist investiagates why the cost of living is so high and asks “Why Are We So Broke?”
  • X2 (Film4, 9pm) Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Halle Berry and Brian Cox.
  • First Dates Ireland (RTÉ 2, 10.35pm) The cringe is better the second time.

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