What’s on? 10 top TV and streaming tips for Thursday – RTE.ie

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There’s the revival of 1990s’ show Fantasy Football League, Greg Davies is back with a new run of Taskmaster, while Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan take off on a DNA Journey . . .

Pick of the Day

Fantasy Football League, 10.00pm, Sky Max

Streaming on NOW

Yet another dead show gets resurrected. No sign of Baddiel and Skinner though.

In their place, Matt Lucas and Elis James take to the sofa for an all new series of the iconic football and comedy chat show that was massive back in the 1990s.

Across the 16-episode series, comedian and football fanatic Andrew Mensah will be joining Matt and Elis, overseeing the celebrity league and sharing weekly comedy highlights from the world of football.

Each week, a pair of celebrity guest managers will join to chat about the week in football and share their fantasy teams from the digital dugout.

Well-known faces lined up to appear on the new series include Succession’s Brian Cox (above), Jennifer Saunders, Tom Grennan, Roman Kemp, Trevor MacDonald, AJ Tracey, Sam Quek, Mo Farah and many more.

As well as combing over the week’s news for hilarious clips and anecdotes, there’s the return of the much-loved Phoenix from The Flames segment – where a famous moment from footballing history gets recreated.

Don’t Miss

The Hurt Locker, 9.00pm, BBC Four

Two American bomb disposal experts operating in Iraq are assigned a new leader after their previous one dies in action.

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However, the sergeant’s reckless attitude and love of battle consistently puts them at risk.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning drama, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes.

My Grandparents’ War, 8.00pm, Channel 4

The singer Emeli Sandé explores her grandparents’ war stories, which span the Second World War, the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya, and the fight for independence in Zambia.

Emeli reveals how the politics of empire divided countries and communities, and how the racism it generated still exists today.

She also uncovers that her maternal grandparents fought for the British Empire, wwhile her paternal grandfather was caught up in the struggle to overthrow it.

With family split across the fault lines, Emeli’s film delivers an emotional insight into the human cost of the end of empire.

New or Returning Shows

Taskmaster, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Greg Davies (above) sets more tasks to Dara Ó Briain, Fern Brady, John Kearns, Munya Chawawa and Sarah Millican, the intrepid players hoping to become the 14th Taskmaster champion.

In this episode, John gets nostalgic about fonts, Sarah searches for a door and Munya falls in a bath. Greg’s assistant Alex Horne helps maintain order amid the chaos.

Stewart Lee: Tornado, 11.15pm, BBC Two

Stand-up performance filmed at York Theatre Royal, in which Lee tells a tangled shaggy dog story about backstage hospitality and flying sharks.

Along the way he tries to become friends with other stand-ups, receives a puzzlingly positive review from Alan Bennett, and gets up close and personal with US superstar comedian Dave Chappelle’s security detail.

DNA Journey, 9.00pm, ITV/UTV

Comedians and best friends Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan embark on a road trip to find out about their family histories using a mix of DNA and genealogy.

The documentary promises plenty of belly laughs along the way, while also showing another side of the funnymen as they meet relatives that they never knew existed.

New to Stream

The Disconnect, RTÉ Player

A generation of Irish young people has grown up in a world where a phone is as important as food or water. This coming-of-age documentary explores the relationship we have with our screens.

The Empress, Netflix

In 1800s Austria, passionate and rebellious Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph face love under duress, intrigues and power struggles at the Viennese court.

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Ending Today

Eat Well for Less? 8.00pm, BBC One

Jordan Banjo and Chris Bavin are in south-west England, just outside the city of Bath.

They meet a family with different diets and tastes – not least the fact that dad Richard is a meat-eater, while mum Helen is a vegan.

The duo try to help them come together to plan and eat the same meals, thus saving some of their hard-earned cash.

All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Katherine Ryan (below) hosts as the remaining three jewellers compete in the grand final.

They are challenged to design and create a sapphire engagement ring, before making a specially commissioned occasion necklace for Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas.

Master jewellers and judges Dinny Hall and Shaun Leane reveal the design prowess and skilled craftsmanship on display throughout the competition.

But which jeweller will fulfil their jewellery-making dream and be crowned the champion?

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