Craic & Codology

TONIGHT’S TV HIGHLIGHTS

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• Darklands (Virgin Media) New, gritty drama focusing on a brutal gang war in a small Irish town. Violent and disquieting portrayal of a troubled teenage boy who dreams of becoming a ruthlessly aggressive MMA fighter. Trouble starts when his handlers pull off an audacious raid to capture the entertainment pages of every newspaper in the country. Could this be the next Love/Hate?

• Dublin Murders (RTÉ1) Gritty new drama focusing on the brutal murder of a young girl on the outskirts of a crime-ridden city. Violent and unsettling. Trouble starts when the investigating team come up against two ruthless gangs of Dublin-based broadcasters who are intent on taking viewers for a ride before leaving them all half-dead with boredom. Could this be the new Love/Hate? (That’s enough gritty drama – Ed.)