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Christmas is only two weeks away, and it’s panic all round as shoppers scramble to find last- minute gifts. You’ve scoured the planet for the perfect(...)

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

Gerry Adams: War, Peace and Politics (Monday, TV3, 10pm) Gerry Adams is a complex and controversial figure in Irish life, in the thick of the politic(...)

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

Donald Trump Christmas is a time to believe, and I truly believe that I will win the Republican presidential nomination next March, and by Christma(...)

A Very Murray Christmas From Friday, Netflix If you feel like getting into the seasonal spirit nice and early, the good news is that Bil(...)

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

Punk-poet and rock icon Patti Smith doesn’t think like the rest of us. Though she seems to spend much of her time alone, her headspace is peop(...)

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

Ireland with Simon Reeve (Sunday, BBC Two, 8pm) Sometimes you can be so busy exploring the world, you forget what’s been happening right next d(...)

Adele at the BBC, Friday, BBC One

The Mario Rosenstock Show Sunday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm Joan Burton, Miriam O’Callaghan, Vincent Browne, Donald Trump and . . . hang on – is that th(...)

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

1. 10 Things to Know About Monday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm This is a new series that sets out to answer those niggling little questions you ne(...)

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

Autumn is a great time of the year for fashionistas, as the autumn-winter collections hit the shelves, but it’s not such a great time for arachnoph(...)

After Hours Monday, Sky 1, 9.30pm In a classic episode of Father Ted, Fr Dougal had to drive a booby-trapped milkfloat set to explode if it went belo(...)