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?

Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm in Penny Dreadful. Photograph: Jonathan Hession/Showtime

Patrick Pearse has his day in court, today’s children face ‘The 1916 Challenge’ , Veep becomes president and Penny Dreadful return(...)

 Judges Roisin Lafferty, Gary Graham and Leonie Cornelius, with mentor Monica Alvarez. Super Garden, Tuesday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Three hapless Dubliners time-travel to the Easter Rising, three judges pick Ireland’s best garden designer, and three dragons ligh(...)

Barry O’Sullivan, Alison Cowzer, Eleanor McEvoy, Gavin Duffy and Eamonn Quinn put entrepreneurs through their paces in Dragons’ Den (Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm). Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Dragons’ Den returns with two new recruits, Jools Holland also returns and Pixie opens her Sex Clinic

Christy Moore: Journey, Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm

Christy Moore takes a personal journey through the history of modern Ireland; the stars turn out fot the IFTAs; and Cloch Le Carn (...)

 Boxer Andy Lee features inthe  documentary I Am Irish, Thursday, RTÉ Two, 9.30pm. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Lambing season kicks off on RTÉ, UTV Ireland launches its rival to Top Gear and a new generation explores what it means to be Iris(...)

Aoife Scott, left, whose debut album appeared on Fund It, with her cousins Danny O’Reilly and Róisín O in Kilmainham Gaol as part of RTÉ’s 1916 commemorations.

The Irish crowdfunding website has a 71% success rate for projects in creative areas

Children of the Revolution (Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm) brings the forgotten stories of children who died during the Rising to the screen. Photograph: RTÉ

Letters of the Rising; the forgotten children of the Rising; and Trump’s chance of winning

Alarmed: many of us will wake up on Sunday wondering what time it is. Illustration: Wavebreak/Getty

Time-adjustment errors have affected electoral turnout and even started riots

Matt Damon in The Martian

Nasa’s latest call for astronaut class saw a record-breaking 18,300 applications, which might be down to the agency’s designs on M(...)

‘Since turning chronic, I’ve not had one totally pain-free day in about four years, not a single 24-hour period.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Suicide’ headaches cause people to bang the walls, try to pull their teeth out and generally self-harm

Bob Geldolf and Van Morrison in A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on YeatsThursday, RTÉ One, 10.15pm

The women of the Easter Rising; the Rising told through the eyes of British politicians and soldiers; Bob Geldof on William Butler(...)

Three of Brendan O’Carroll’s uncles  took part in the 1916 Rising

Brendan O’Carroll’s family goes to war while there is Insurrection in the streets again

Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis , Monday, BBC One, 9pm

TV gets serious this week, with harrowing docs on the murder of three Irish people in Australia, on the migrant crisis and on the(...)

 Saoirse Ronan  onstage during  last month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in   Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)

The Irish are out in force for this year’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles; closer to home, the race is on for the much-coveted Home(...)

Stuck: Kesha cries in court after hearing that she must stay under contract with Dr Luke, whom she accused of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. Photograph: Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty

Women in pop have to be constantly on guard with everyone they meet, says one Irish musician. ‘Don’t ever do anything you don’t fe(...)

Great BT Charity Shops Challenge: BT volunteers Garreth Fennell, John O’Driscoll and Mike Cormac at the Irish Cancer Society store in Rathmines

As well as donating to local charities, some businesses roll up their sleeves and get directly involved

Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ Simpson, with John Travolta and David Schwimmer as defence attorneys Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian

OJ is back on our screens and Stephen Fry revisits the topic of manic depression

Saoirse Ronan (pictured above with Hozier): “I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence.”

Cherry Wine promo depicting abusive relationship is to be released on Valentine’s Day

Roger Casement (left) with John Devoy

1916 gets the heavyweight documentary treatment, and happy valley makes a welcome, gritty return

Bridget & Eamon strike out on their own, a British family goes back in time and a group of Irish teens stage their own musical rev(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

From the return of Other Voices and The X-Files to the continuing adventures of Neven Maguire and Donald Trump, it's a busy week b(...)

From the stories of the unsung heroes of 1916 to the new wave of extremists radicalising young British Muslims, here are seven pro(...)

From Gaybo and the Golden Globes, to a new TV thriller from Jo Nesbo, here are seven programmes worth catching this week

Kevin Courtney

The ‘Irish Times’ writer on an accidental home movie of Thin Lizzy in concert

When your birthday falls on Christmas Day, you may be shortchanged in the presents (and cake) department. Photograph: Thinkstock

When your birthday falls on Christmas Day, you may be shortchanged on presents or denied a party, and you definitely won’t be th(...)

Keeping it simple: Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell, RTÉ One, Tuesday and Wednesday

The best of what’s on television from now till New Year's Day

Baz Ashmawy with Sheikh Umar al-Qadri in his two-part series Baz: The Lost Muslim (Tuesday, RTÉ Two, 10pm)

Luther returns, Baz goes in search of his Muslim heritage and there’s a whole lot of Christmas-dinner prepping going on

Photograph: Thinkstock

Do you know someone whose dream present is a meteorite fragment or a Russian space rover? You better start saving

Conor McGregor  in The Fighting Irish: Reality Bites (Thursday, RTÉ Two, 10pm). Photograph: RTE

Gerry Adams, Conor McGregor, Hozier, One Direction ... and some sad dads

Santa and his elves have been spending most of the year making toys (not very cost-effective I would have outsourced it to Mexico, and replaced the elves with robots) Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

It’s Christmas day, and the queen is not feeling very well. Alas, she will not be able to give here traditional Christmas speech o(...)

Bill Murray’s Christmas special, political hot spots under the spotlight and a German spy drama

M Train by Patti Smith is neither memoir nor autobiography, but an Orient Express ride through Smith’s thoughts, ideas, dreams and preoccupations, stopping off at some offbeat places along the way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Kevin Courtney reviews new rock and pop books by or about Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Grace Jones, Bernard Sumner, Allen Klein and Bob (...)

Ryan Tubridy, The Late Late Toy Show, Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm  Photograph: RTE/ Andres Poveda

It’s all about the toys on RTE this week, with a series of looks back at 30 years of the ‘Late Late Toy Show’ leading up to Friday(...)

Adele at the BBC, Friday, BBC One

It’s a feast for music fans, with the Mercury Prize this week and Adele taking over the Graham Norton Show, while TV3 is throwing (...)

Dr Phil Kieran and Dr Pixie McKenna in You Should Really See a Doctor, Wednesday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm

Peep Show’s creepy charm returns while Sky has crime thrills in store and RTÉ puts on its lab coat

Welcome home: a house spider (Tegenaria domestica). Photograph: Thinkstock

The arachnids invading your home at this time of year are fully grown males crawling towards the women of their dreams

Ardal O’Hanlon’s latest outing, country and Irish in full (crystal) swing, and nursing under the microscope

George Lee presents Better Off Abroad – The Irish in Dubai

Jeckyll and Hyde gets remastered, while Wee Daniel visits the B&Bs of Ireland

Family ties: Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrelll and Julie Bowen in Modern Family. Photograph: ABC Television

Modern Family is back for a seventh series, Republic of Telly makes a return and Ricky Wilson gets ready to Bring the Noise

Abi Morgan has a classy new drama on the BBC; Michael Dwyer’s killing gets the forensic treatment; and Brent Pope is shaking up th(...)

Homeland is back, a look at the physical toll rugby takes, and Maia Dunphy on childbirth are this week’s television highlights (...)

Clean Break: expectations are high for this four-part drama set in the mean streets of Wexford

RTÉ’s got a gritty new drama in Clean Break, while Hozier will be talking songs of praise with Gay Byrne

Dead Poets Society: John Keating (Robin Williams) is no ordinary English teacher

Music, poetry and magic are the main lessons to come out of these classics

New books by Steve Conway, on Radio Caroline, Stuart David, on Belle and Sebastian, Wyndham Wallace, on Lee Hazlewood, and Philip (...)

A woman in her garden, next to a coal-fired power plant in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China, recently. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Officially we are in the Holocene epoch, although one school of thought argues that human activity has brought about a new epoch, (...)

Yucatan are launching their new album on a mountain top. Here’s a few acts that could follow their lead

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