What’s on TV this weekend? Brian O’Driscoll, Amanda Knox and ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’
A new series of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ begins, and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ struts on
Former Ireland international Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA
Late Late Show
Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm
As Ireland prepare to battle it out in the Six Nations, Brian O’Driscoll joins host Ryan Tubridy to chat about the team’s chances and the highs and (occasional) lows of his career. He’ll be joined by superfan Michaela Morley (13). O’Driscoll first met the kidney patient from Mayo in 2011 when he visited her hospital ward after Leinster won the rugby European Cup and the pair recently helped launch Temple Street Children’s Hospital’s new €5.5m renal and neurology outpatients unit.
Irish Times journalist Jennifer O’Connell and neuroscientist professor Ian Robertson will talk about the launch of a new countrywide research project into wellbeing, while Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson will chat about the stage comedy ART as they get ready to take to the Gaiety Theatre stage.
Dancing With the Stars rivals Bernard O’Shea and Anna Geary, along with two of the show’s professional dancers Karen Byrne and Ryan McShane, will catch up as they prepare for another weekend battling to keep their places.
Singer-songwriter Paloma Faith will talk about her career and upcoming tour and there'll be music from De Danann and River Matthews.
The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10.35pm
Norton’s guests this week include musician, entrepreneur and The Voice UK judge will.i.am, and stage and screen actor Imelda Staunton. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr, taking the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago, will join them on the couch, and musical guest George Ezra will be performing his recently released song Paradise.
Ireland’s Got Talent
Saturday, TV3, 7.30pm
Presented by Lucy Kennedy, it features a host of homegrown performers hoping to impress the judging panel with their singing, ’ and dancing ’ and leppin’ and jumpin’ and what-have-you. The celebrity judging panel consists of Louis Walsh, comedian Jason Byrne, presenter Denise van Outen and Michelle Visage, who was a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The show features a dancer from Finglas who wants to work with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, a great-granny from Tallaght who’ll show the young ones how to really belt out a tune, a comedy dad from Armagh, and a family of “human puppets”.
Ireland’s Got Mór Talent
Saturday, TV3, 9pm
Ireland’s Got Talent will be followed by the requisite “extra” show, cleverly titled Ireland’s Got Mór Talent, in which Glenda Gilson and James Kavanagh pick over the bloodied remains.
Ray D’Arcy Show
Saturday, RTÉ One, 10pm
Amanda Knox, who made headlines all over the world after a murder trial in Italy in 2007, will appear on the show this weekend. She and her boyfriend of the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were wrongfully convicted of the murder of a British student, Meredith Kercher, in Puglia, Italy in 2007. Described by tabloids as ‘Foxy Knoxy’, she spent four years in an Italian prison until acquitted in 2011. Knox will reveal to D’Arcy what it was like to be imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she didn’t commit, and how her life changed when she became the centrepiece of one of the most talked about trials of recent years.
Dancing with the Stars
Sunday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm
Publisher Norah Casey and former rugby player Tomás O’Leary were the first celebrities to be voted off the show and the remaining star-strutters will be hoping to sort out their waltz from the schmaltz as the competition enters week three of the knockout stages. Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Alannah Beirne is the top of the leaderboard and the dancing talent on display so far has been impressive – the average scores are higher than last year. While the celebrities are getting better each week, one thing that’s not improving is the rehearsed jokes of the hosts Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne. If anything the’re getting worse. But a bit like chewing gum on the dance floor, we’re stuck with them.