The judges decide on the Home onf the Year, the Silicon Valley gang return, and Roger Da;ltrey spills the beans on a life in rock (...)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm. Photograph: HBO

Plus: the sixth series of Veep, and cooking well with Rory O’Connell

Tired out: This unfortunate hedgehog can be a source of valuable scientific information.

Why did the hedgehog cross the road? To help with scientific research, of course

 Risteard Cooper, Gary Cooke and Barry Murphy in the new series of Apres Match of the Day, Monday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Apres Match's Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper and Gary Cooke return for a new series

U2 in Berlin. For many ‘Achtung Baby’ is the band’s finest moment, so an accusation of plagiarism could threaten to undermine the album’s – and the band’s – credentials

A British musician claims U2 copied his demo tape, but copyright infringement is ‘a terribly inexact science’

Buckingham bombed: SS-GB, BBC1, Sunday, 9pm

A round-up of the best of what’s on TV this week

Getting on: Lena Dunham in Girls, Monday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Irish nurse Berna Breen heads to Honduras, Lena Dunham says goodbye to the Girls, F1 driver Tommy Byrne gets in gear

Fans waiting for AC/DC to come on stage at the Aviva Stadium in July 2015. New research claims that for every euro spent on live entertainment tickets in the State, an additional €6.06 is generated in the rest of the economy.

Report highlight benefits of live entertainment to Irish economy

Children at Nazarene Community Church in Greystones, Co Wicklow, taking a class with Angelica from the Dublin Circus Project. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How schools are turning to circus skills to help get pupils active

‘Of course, Turnback Tuesday is just a makey-uppy date on the calendar – next year it might be Waddleback Wednesday, and the year after Throw-in-the-towel Thursday’

Today is the day ‘researchers’ predict our resolve to change is most likely to break

Homeland, Tuesday, RTÉ2, 9.30pm

Irish celebs including Sonia O’Sullivan, Samantha Mumba and Niamh Kavanagh don their aprons for the second series of the high-pre(...)

Dancing with the Stars contestants Des Cahill, Teresa Mannion, Hughie Maughan and Aoibhin Garrihy. Photographs: RTE

The Irish Strictly is finally ready to take to the dancefloor, and fingers are crossed for a few Irish gongs at the Golden Globe A(...)

“I’ve seen the error of my ways,” said Endanezer. “Release me from this nightmare so I can set about becoming a benevolent leader”

He was visited by a terrifying apparition: the ghost of Joan Burton, wailing like a banshee

Soloist Celine Byrne, Christmas Carols from Cork, Christmas Eve, RTÉ One, 8.10pm. Photograph: Miki Barlok/RTE

A round-up of the best things on TV over the festive season

‘Suddenly everyone is seeking a hygge life, putting a hygge spin on every activity, and dreaming of a hygge Christmas’

You also disliked ‘gift’ as a verb and ‘keep the recovery going’ as a slogan

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Christmas Day, 9.25pm, RTE Two

A round-up of the best films on TV between now and the New Year

Where will Santa’s workshop be if the Arctic ice cap melts? Getty Images/Vetta

Place of magic and mystery melting away as new record low for Arctic ice recorded

Christy Dignam and his band Aslan are back on the road, and planning a two-night show at Vicar Street next month

Singer Christy Dignam was told he had six months to live. Four years later, he’s getting ready to make the most of another festive(...)

Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon, Wednesday, More4, 9pm

Including a doc on the LE Samuel Beckett, and a trip around Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon

This Is Ireland with Des Bishop, Monday, RTÉ Two, 10pm

Comedian Des Bishop take aim at Irish politics in a new weekly satirical series

Deadly digs: Ethel Christie (Samantha Morton), John Christie (Tim Roth) in Rillington Place

Irish expats in Hong Kong might be ‘Better Off Abroad’ and ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ proves grooms never learn

 Ryan Tubridy and  cast members of the 2015 Late Late Toy Show which pulled in an audience of 1.56 million. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Jungle Book-themed programme will showcase 100 toys while 320 children get involved - and ad slots are €32,000 for 30 seconds

Samantha Morton and Tim Roth in Rillington Place.  Photograph: BBC/Des Willie

Tim Roth is serial killer John Christie and Samantha Morton is his wife Ethel, but their dank, creepy terraced house where Christi(...)

 George Lee meets some of the 5,000 Irish expats living in in Hong Kong, in Better Off Abroad

There are many Irish living lavish lifestyles in Hong Kong – but don’t get too jealous, the clock is ticking down to a return to f(...)

  Samantha Morton and Tim Roth in Rillington Place, Tuesday, BBC One, 9pm. Photograph: BBC/Des Willie

Tim Roth stars as serial killer John Christie in a new BBC drama; Ryan Tubridy pulls on the festive jumper for the much-loved Lat(...)

Christmas decorations on Grafton Street in 1961

Indulge in a little nostalgia and raise funds to support vulnerable older people

Island Cars: a snip at $65,000 apiece

Fancy a gold-coated aeroplane or a part on Broadway? It’ll set you back a few shekels

Dominic West and Ruth Wilson return for a third series of The Affair, Monday, Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Trouble is brewing as Dominic West and Ruth Wilson return for a third series of the Sky Atlantic drama

Pressies for Enda, Kim and Taylor

What do you buy for that celebrity/pop star/movie legend/politician in your life that they haven’t already got? And how do you it (...)

 Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O’Shea, Mark Huberman and Aoibhinn McGinnity in Bridget and Eamon, Monday, RTÉ Two, 9.30pm

Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea return for a second series of the Ifta-winning comedy

Golden arches: no-fry zones might make it easier to avoid fast food. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

McDonald’s wanted to open near three Co Wicklow schools. The council’s decision to say no is part of a fight back against fast foo(...)

Shauna Keogh at the barbers with her mother Cathy. The Only Gay in the Village, Wednesday, RTÉ 2, 9.30pm

This week’s Reality Bites film from RTE looks at what it’s like for young LGBT people growing up in small-town Ireland

Could it be that we’ve been looking for ET in all the wrong places?

We’ve been listening for communications from deep space, and we’ve pinged out radio signals into the ether to try and contact othe(...)

The president’s daughter: Hayley Atwell in Conviction, Wednesday, Sky Living, 9pm

David Puttnam steps into his new role as Ireland’s Digital Champion; supercrooner Michael Bublé steps up to the mic

Holy roller: Jude Law as  Pope Pius XIII in The Young Pope, Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm and 10.10pm

Jude Law plonks into the Papal hotseat; RTE unveils a new comedy line-up for Mondays; The Taste of Success returns for a third ser(...)

Last chance saloon: Aisling (Seána Kerslake) in  Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. Photograph: Karl Hussey/RTÉ

After too many drinks, slips and betrayals, things have reached breaking point in the hit RTÉ drama. Can Aisling cope? Will she co(...)

Sex worker Kate McGrew features in the documentary Paying For Sex: Reality Bites, Monday, RTÉ Two, 10pm

New doc looks at the issue of sex work from both sides of the divide; Brendan O’Connor returns for a new series of Cutting Edge

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in Sharon Horgan’s dark new comedy-drama, “Divorce”.

Television Review: ‘Divorce’, ‘The Missing’, ‘Henry Shefflin – Winning’

Thomas Haden Church as Robert and  Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances in Divorce.

Sarah Jessica Parker has found a new groove in this dark comedy written by Sharon Horgan

Henry Shefflin and Shane Lowry in Henry Shefflin – Winning (RTÉ One, Monday)

The Kilkenny hurler digs into the psychology of winning – apparently, it’s all in our heads

 Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker  in Divorce, Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm

Sharon Horgan’s new series; Kilkenny hurler Shefflin investigates the science of winning; BBC crime drama The Missing returns

Watch your back: Alan Sugar with this year’s batch of Apprentices

Alan Sugar introduces us to a fresh batch of narcissistic go-getters, but it’s still too early to sort the twits from the winners (...)

Colette Fitzpatrick and Pat Kenny on the set of “Pat Kenny Tonight” on TV3. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

The presenter has found a new home on TV3, but he might need some time to settle in

Una Sealy, Gabhann Dunne, Pauline McLynn, Agnieszka Ryan, Sinead McCarthy, David Monaghan, Alan Ryan, Louise Treacy, Kevin McCann and Sinead Lawless in Painting The Nation on RTÉ One.

Pauline McLynn presents this gladiatorial battle for the title of best Irish amateur artist

Go west: Anthony Hopkins as Dr Robert Ford in Westworld. Photograph: HBO

JJ Abrams lets loose a new batch of killer robot cowboys; Pat Kenny is back on the current-affairs beat alongside Colette Fitzpatr(...)

Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) hovers between life and death in the third series of “The Fall”.

Review: ‘The Fall’, ‘50 Ways to Kill Your Mammies’, ‘John Connors: The Travellers’, ‘Damned’

Nancy Ashmawi and Baz Ashmawi in 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammies on Sky 1

Baz and Nancy are joined by four more mammies in this third series, and widening the circle of fear adds to the fun – and increase(...)

Gillian Anderson as  DSI Stella Gibson in series three of The Fall. Photograph: Helen Sloan

The cat-and-mouse game between Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan takes some grisly twists as the third series of the hit drama beg(...)

Morgana Robinson as Mel and Sue in The Agency

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan return in The Fall; Morgana Robinson impersonates; John Connors documents Traveller history and (...)

Single Mum Eva Ryan and her two sons James and Alex from Monaleen, Limerick

TV3 brings the hit format to an Irish setting, and it’s hilarious

Belief system: Andrea Riseborough, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters in the Channel 4 drama National Treasure.

Coltrane is stunning as a faded comic accused of sex crimes in this dark, timely drama

Like? Nika McGuigan as Danielle and Seána Kerslake as Aisling in Can’t Cope Won’t Cope.

Seána Kerslake is great as a party-mad twentysomething, but the party gets a bit dull

Nika McGuigan  and Seána Kerslake in  Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Monday, RTÉ Two

RTÉ’s new comedy-drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope; a look at the inner workings of Trinity College; and the Irish version of Gogglebox(...)

Baby boom: Chinese couples can now apply to the government to have a second child. Photograph: VCG via Getty

Beijing’s lifting of the one-child rule will bring three million extra births a year in the next five years

Who killed Brian McGonigle?: Jane McGrath as Garda Sharon Cleere in Red Rock

Television review: ‘Red Rock’, ‘Hooten and the Lady’ and ‘Later . . . with Jools Holland’

Liam Reid (Anthony Brophy) and Brian McGonigle (Sean Mahon) in TV3’s Red Rock

TV3’s hit series returns, with episode one clearly signalling a move away from soapland and into crime-thriller territory

Red Rock, TV3, Monday

A “thundering disgrace” is remembered on Scannal! and there's a cliffhanger alert on as Red Rock returns

Hands-on approach: Peter McVerry in his inner-city Dublin office with Paddy Fay, centre, and Keith McAnaspie.

TV review: ‘A View from the Basement’ shows how the Newry priest left privilege to work among Dublin’s poor

 Fr Peter McVerry in May this year.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

A documentary about Peter McVerry asks harsh questions of the government, and wonders who will take up the baton for the homeless (...)

Pet surgeons: Vets Sophia Mackey and Shane Guerin examine Laila at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

A famous five aims to get in shape and, if that doesn’t make you breathless, dishy Ross Poldark is back

Sexting: Anthony Weiner and his now estranged wife, Huma Abedin, in 2013. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

The Democratic presidential candidate’s aide Huma Abedin has left her husband. It’s over an embarrassment that Trump and the Repu(...)

A day in the life of the Irish  health service

The health service in Ireland is put under the microscope this week

Sinéad Kennedy, your guide at the Rose Ball and the drama of the qualifying rounds in Road to the Dome, Monday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Patrick Kielty opens up the debate, Dáithí Ó Sé hosts the Roses, Ripper Street returns, and Sharon Horgan ramps up the cringe fact(...)

Gary and Paul O’Donovan celebrate winning silver. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The Irish siblings whose schuccess we can’t get enough of

Caged heat: Dublin lion-tamer Bill Stephens gets up close and personal with a lion in a scene from ‘Fortune’s Wheel’, on Monday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm

The famous Fairview lion escape, the Big Fat Quiz of Everything, the Quest for the Perfect Athlete and the return of Man Down

A Nile crocodile, which have been found in the Florida everglades. Photograph: iStock

Unlike Florida, we don’t have to worry about a huge Nile crocodile turning up in our waters, but we are facing a threat from a ran(...)

That would be an ecumenical matter: Gay Byrne looks at the turbulent history of the Catholic Church in Ireland in Last Orders with Gay Byrne (Tuesday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm)

Gay Byrne takes us to church, Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the 80s, and hip-hop takes off

A volunteer wears novelty spectacles outside the Olympic Park. The 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony takes place on FridayPhotograph: Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

Bossa Nova and the Beach, Rod Stweart: a life, a look-back to the 1980s, and the Olympics gets under way

Barbie and beyond: Glenda Taylor in The Collectors. Photograph: Suzy McCanny

Review: ‘Naked Attraction’, ‘The Collectors’, ‘Creedon’s Epic East’, ‘Robot Wars’, ‘Vice Principals’

Rock bottoms: Anna Richardson with a pair  of naked suitors on Naked Attraction. Photograph: Channel 4

Channel 4’s latest dating show reveals its contestants bit by naked bit

Cruunch time: Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon on Robot Wars. Photograph: BBC Pictures

After 12 years off the air, Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon reignite the nerdosphere’s appetite for destruction

Anna Richardson, host of Naked Attraction Monday, Channel 4

Saddam goes to Hollywood, potential dates get naked, collectors share their stories

The Secret Agent, Sunday, BBC One, 9pm

Irish tourists head off on a mystery holiday, Toby Jones is The Secret Agent, Adam and Jonny are back home for Friday Night Dinner(...)

“Peacekeepers: The Irish In South Lebanon”: Tuesday’s hour-long documentary features Capt Damien Kelleher, Pte Julie O’Brien, Sgt Michael Merrigan and Lieut Ruairí Millane

Irish peacekeepers in South Lebanon, Jennifer Lopez on the thin blue line, Ross Kemp in the line of Isis fire

Anyone who has walked down Grafton Street will have heard the torturous strains of My Heart Will Go On or El Condor Pasa with full musak soundtrack. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Business owners will welcome Dublin City Council’s ban on buskers using backing tracks

 A girl wearing ear protection attends the Primavera Sound Festival in Porto, Portugal.  Photograph:  Jose Coelho/ EPA

If you are experiencing ringing in your ears, here's what to do about to do about it

A new study at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, aims to  test a treatment designed to gradually reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. Photograph: iStockphoto

St James’s Hospital is looking for participants in a clinical study

Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, Monday, BBC One, 9pm

China’s Forgotten Emperor, Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature, Ireland’s bypassed towns, America’s most talented and Tubridy’s best bits(...)

Change of mind: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar says the Government is acting because more families are becoming homeless. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

A 25 per cent rise should be part of the solution, but rent increases, unfair landlords, and market forces could all jeopardise it(...)

Emily Acheson, a pupil at the Ursuline College in Sligo town, in My Adopted Soldier, Friday, RTÉ One, 7pm

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

Daniel O’Donnell presents the RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards, Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Game of Thrones moves towards its explosive finale; RTÉ hosts the first-ever Irish Country Music Awards

Eurotrash, Channel 4, Friday 9pm

An unlikely duo of Brexit programmes, a talking gorilla, the return of Melvyn Bragg and more

Tim Roth plays the title role in Reg,  Jimmy McGovern’s slow-burning drama on BBC One

Review: ‘Reg’, ‘Insight’, ‘Dublin’s Gangland War’, ‘Farmer in Charge’, ‘Big Brother’

 Dubliner Hughie Maughan, the sole Irish contestant on Big Brother 2016.

Once again, the producers have left no stone unturned in their search for housemates willing to strut their stuff on live TV

Blow-in: Mitchelstown dairy farmer Maurice Walsh. Photograph: RTÉ

Cork farmer Maurice Walsh knows nothing about hairdressing. His mission? To to help save a struggling hairdressing salon in Dubl(...)

Maurice Walsh (centre) with business owners Claire and Nick Reddin, whose hair salon features in Farmers in Charge

Farmers in the boardroom, Jack Dee on the Brexit referendum desk, memories of Euro 2012 and Big Brother 2016

Versailles: Elisa Lasowski as Marie-Thérèse, George Blagden as Louis XIV, Anna Brewster as Mme de Montespan, and Noémie Schmidt as Henriette

Review: ‘Versailles’, ‘Top Gear’, ‘Euro ’88: We Can Beat This Lot’

Car stars: Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans with their Reliant Rialtos in Top Gear

New presenters, new set, new cars, but the new Top Gear doesn’t reinvent the wheel

Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle Monday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm =

Top Gear gets back on the road, Alan Partridge explores the 'schasm' in the UK between 'the 'haves and the haven’ts', RTE looks ba(...)

Terry Wogan gets a send off, and the Galway Hooker boats are put under the lens

Pay gap: when women have children the pay difference goes up by almost a third. Photograph: iStock/Getty

When it comes to gender equality at work, mothers are getting a raw deal, according to Glassdoor

Four heads around a table chatting about the news stories of the day – now, why didn’t anyone think of that before?

Illustration: Thinkstock

Facial movements used to communicate negative moral judgment have been found to be instinctive and universal to all cultures

Veronica Guerin with her husband Graham Turley and son Cathal.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/Sunday Independent

Hillsborough and Veronica Guerin remembered; the Bafta Awards; a new comedy with David Mitchell and Harry Enfield; Damian Lewis a(...)

Cheap seats: passengers can feel they’re being treated like dirt. Photograph: Digital Vision

Air rage is more common on flights with first class. Will airlines desegregate their passengers? Don’t hold your breath

Crash course: the cost of Irish car insurance rose by 32 per cent in the year to March. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Photographer’s Choice/Getty

Is it down to more claims and bigger awards – or a race to get back to profitability?

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