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What to watch, listen to and play this week: RTÉ takes a road trip along Irish pilgrim paths

Weather forecaster Nuala Carey and presenter Derek Mooney explore Ireland’s great outdoors in a four-part travel show

Derek Mooney and Nuala Carey trace the old Irish pilgrim paths on The Summer Show, Sunday, 6.30pm on RTÉ One

– compiled by Nadine O’Regan, Emmanuel Kehoe, and Jennifer Gannon

TV picks of the week - The Summer Show, Sunday, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

RTÉ is embracing the great outdoors with this four-part travel show, in which weather forecaster Nuala Carey is joined by Derek Mooney to embark on a summer road trip along along various Irish pilgrim paths. Carey will do things she’s never done before such as sea swimming off Mayo and visiting the Rock of Cashel. This being RTÉ, inevitably other celebs will materialise. EK

Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico, Sunday, 9pm, Channel 4

Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico, Sunday 9pm, Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood moves to centre stage for the second series of this culinary travel show, which sees Hollywood pick up culinary tips and tricks as he adventures around the globe. This time out, his journey starts in Mexico city, and he learns how to make pan dulce, Mexico's favourite bread. NO’R

Dáthí Ó Sé and Doireann Ní Ghlacáin in Fleadh 22, Sunday, 9.30pm, TG4

Fleadh 22, Sunday 9.30pm, TG4

It’s been a while since a full-on Fleadh experience brought ceol agus ól to some lucky town. This year’s is in Mullingar from July 31 to August 7, billed as ‘The Homecoming’ because the county town of Westmeath is where it all began in 1951. Leading up to the event, four programmes presented by Dáthí Ó Sé and Doireann Ní Ghlacáin will focus on the regional finals, starting with Sligo tonight followed by Laois, Limerick and Tyrone. EK

Ackley Bridge, Monday, 10pm, Channel 4

Ackley Bridge, Monday 10pm, Channel 4

The award-winning school drama set in a Yorkshire mill town returns, with Top Boy’s Ashley Walters making his directorial debut. In this fifth series, the teachers have a new staff member to welcome to the school, and the problems of social media rear their head. NO'R

Fear the Walking Dead, Tuesday, 10.50pm, Virgin Media More

Fear the Walking Dead, Tuesday 10.50pm, Virgin Media More

This prequel spin-off from hit dystopian drama The Walking Dead focuses on a family who must attempt to survive in the early days of the undead plague. With a cast including Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens. NO'R

Super Telescope: Mission to the Edge of the Universe, Thursday, 8pm, BBC Two

Super Telescope: Mission to the Edge of the Universe, Thursday 8pm, BBC Two

A documentary about how climatologists are looking deep into the universe via the James Webb Space Telescope, the first pictures from which are scheduled to be released next Tuesday. The largest such device ever launched into space, it is in solar orbit almost a million miles from Earth. While the images are likely to be awe-inspiring, the telescope’s spectographs will also reveal the composition of atmospheres in far distant worlds, which could include oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, suggesting habitability. EK

Streaming picks of the week

Taron Egerton in Black Bird, Apple TV+

Black Bird, Apple TV+

Starring Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser and Ray Liotta, in Black Bird, Jimmy Keene (Egerton) is sentenced to ten years in a minimum security prison. However, he is also offered a choice – to get a better eventual deal, he can enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane, and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Hauser). Adapted from the true crime memoir In With The Devil by James Keene and Hillel Levin, this six-episode psychological thriller promises twists aplenty. NO'R

Lydia Rose Bewley, Richard E Grant, Dakota Johnson and Yolanda Kettle in Persuasion, Netflix

Persuasion, From Friday, Netflix

The Jane Austen hit machine strikes again -- and this time Persuasion is the source material ripe for plundering. In the new take on the 1817 novel, Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson) is living with her family on the brink of bankruptcy. When Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), a dashing suitor arrives back into her life, Anne must make difficult choices. NO'R

Simon Pegg, Adrian Lester and Hannah Khalique-Brown in The Undeclared War, All 4

The Undeclared War, All 4

You could hardly hope for a better follow-up to Mick Herron’s sardonic Slow Horses (Apple TV+) than this sinister thriller created and directed by Peter Kosminsky, about a Russian cyber attack on Britain and the political retaliation, It’s 2024 and new Tory PM Alexander Makinde (Adrian Lester) is determined to flex his muscles. Excellent performances from Mark Rylance in a minor but important role, and Hannah Khalique-Brown as a young intern who shows up the old hands at Government Communications Headquarters. EK

Podcast of the week

Jo Fidgen, Mobeen Azhar and Emily Webb host Lives Less Ordinary, available on podcast networks

Lives Less Ordinary, Available on podcast networks

Lives Less Ordinary from the BBC gives the opportunity to normal people from around the world to tell extraordinarily intimate stories about their lives. Hosted by Emily Webb, Mobeen Azhar and Jo Fidgen, their subjects include a woman who discovers her ex-partner’s secret life, a girl accused of killing her father through witchcraft, and a friendship forever altered by extremism. The immediacy of these half-hour stories feels almost like overhearing a conversation between close friends. Intriguing, shocking and thought-provoking podcasting. JG

Reviews and previews by Emmanuel Kehoe, Nadine O’Regan and Jennifer Gannon