Gay Byrne with Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam backstage at The Late Late Show on February 5th, 1998. Photograph: Leon Farrell

Paul Mescal in The Deceived, GAA legend Seán Boylan, a virtual Fleadh 2020

Robert Sheehan in The Umbrella Academy. The second series streams from Friday on Netflix.

A Suitable Boy, Our Baby: A Modern Miracle, Beyoncé’s Black Is King, Muppets Now

  British milliner Anthony Peto in  his elegant Victorian terraced house in Sandymount which featured in RTÉ’s Home of the Year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The traditional town house is full of wonderful surprises inside

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy with Baby Star in The Young Offenders Chris Walley and Alex Murphy with Baby Star in The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders, Our Cartoon President, Munster – The Brave & The Faithful

Giles Clark in Bears About the House, Wednesday on BBC2

Highlights include Gardening with Diarmuid Gavin, The Plot Against America and Once Upon a Time in Iraq

DJI Mavic Air 2, €679,

It’s time to log off the Zoom meetings and get down to some serious summer play with these entertaining gadgets

Mary McEvoy in Socially Distant, Sunday on RTE1

Socially Distant, Yellowstone, Mrs America, There She Goes, Stateless, The Old Guard

Lorenza Izzo as Santa Muerte in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, beginning Wednesday on Sky Atlantic

Inside Ireland’s Covid Battle, Huey Morgan’s Latin Music Adventure, The Great, Dark

Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, streaming from Friday on Netflix

RTÉ’s Comic Relief, Eve Hewson in The Luminaries and Will Ferrell’s Eurovision spoof

Jackknife Lee has worked with U2, REM, Snow Patrol and The Killers. Photograph: Matt Mahurin

The LA-based Dublin producer who worked with U2, REM and Snow Patrol has his own album out

Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace in the second series of My Brilliant Friend, beginning Friday on Sky Atlantic

Making a Museum, Hawks & Doves, Salisbury Poisonings, The Sinner, New Nurses

Judi Dench in Artemis Fowl, streaming from Friday on Disney+

Daniel O’Donnell, David Gray, Sex in Lockdown, Love in Isolation, Artemis Fowl

 Eoghan Riordan Fernandez and Declan Cooney  are partners in Sequoia Design, which creates spaces for people to live and work in, inspired by their shared love of nature

Landscape architects Declan Cooney and Eoghan Riordan Fernandez took part in The Big Flower Fight

Note to great-grandson: Margaret Lynch in Letters from Lockdown, Monday night on RTE One

Letters from Lockdown, David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes, Meitheal na mBan, Alex Rider

Steve Carell in Space Force, streaming from Friday on Netflix

Steve Carell takes command of Trumpian Space Force, plus Kevin paints celebs, dystopian Snowpiercer on Netflix, and a football com(...)

Franceso Turrisi and Rihannon Giddens perform on Other Voices: Courage, Thursday on RTE2

Hector Ó hEochagáin in lockdown! Plus super gardening in the age of coronvirus, how to live with a happy dog, and two new starry d(...)

Ellie Kemper and Daniel Radcliff in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend, streaming from Friday on Netflix

Marty & Bernard on the road, Riverdance at 25, Jools in lockdown and Mark Ruffalo x 2

Amandla Stenberg and André Holland in new Netflix series The Eddy, streaming from Friday

24 hours in Ireland’s lockdown, plus becoming Irish, cooking with Mark Moriarty, reading with Richard & Judy, VE celebrations, and(...)

Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal in Normal People, premiering Monday on BBC1 and Tuesday on RTÉ One

Sally Rooney’s Normal People given blockbuster debut, plus Gerry Ryan remembered, Paul Hollywood explores Japanese cuisine, and an(...)

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 has topped the TechRadar list of best noise-cancelling headphones.

These little beauties will make working from home such a doddle you’ll never want to go back to the office

Abbeyfealegood: a cut above the rest. Photograph: Atom Films

One World: Together at Home concert, Colm Meaney in Gangs of London and Ricky Gervais returns in After Life

One of the new temporary bike lanes in Berlin, which have been widened to enable cyclists to keep further apart. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters

Asylum seekers making washable masks among our positive news stories

Italian tenor  Andrea Bocelli sings at a deserted Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on Sunday. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/ AFP/Getty Images

The Italian opera singer’s Music for Hope concert from Milan soothed fevered souls across the world

Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart: instead of helping people shed pounds, they’re now going to help families stay safe (and sane) during this lockdown period. Photograph: RTE

Operation Transformation returns for a special Covid-19 series, Killing Eve season three and and Ireland’s Home of the Year reveal(...)

The Countess and The Russian Billionaire: Riviera, Succession and Billions rolled into one true story.  Photograph: BBC

Enid Blyton's Malory Towers, Coronavirus: How Clean Is Your House? and a sordid tale of a countess and a billionaire

And we’re sick to death of the biggest covidiot of them all, the fool on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

From Johnson to Trump we’ve already had our fill of fools for one year

Kidding starring Jim Carrey returns to Sky Comedy on Tuesday

Jim Carrey returns as children’s entertainer Mr Pickles in Kidding while David Gray features in an Other Voices one-off special

You want music that winds you down, but also engages your ears and your musical sensibilities, and is written by real, talented artists and not some mindless mindfulness algorithm. Photograph:  Getty Images

At times like these, we can turn to music to soothe our souls and restore equilibrium

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in Hitmen, premiering Wednesday on Sky One

Disney+ launches, plus Dancing behind closed doors, Pauline McGlynn on the road to Istanbul, Amy Poehler’s Duncanville premieres, (...)

The Mandalorian

Disney’s new Star Wars series and back catalogue are big draws of the streaming service

Pearl Jansen (runner-up Miss World 1970) and Jennifer Hosten (Miss World 1970) at the premiere of Misbehaviour in London on March 9th. As well as being depicted in the new feature film, Hosten and Jansen are also the subject of a BBC documentary to air on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Eye candy Belgravia debuts, plus ideas for changing Ireland, Miss World ’70’s controversies, famous Irish mothers, and the return (...)

Therapy? The band  picked their biggest hits from the 1990s and booked studio time in Abbey Road.

Larne trio are celebrating their anniversary with a special re-recording of their best-loved songs

Jack Charlton at College Green on July 1st, 1990, after the return of the Irish team from the Italia 90 World Cup.  Photograph: Frank Miller

RTÉ returns to the glory days of Irish football, plus TG4’s whistle-stop tour of the Irish language, Martin Freeman comedy Breeder(...)

The Boomtown Rats: Citizens of Boomstown, Thursday on RTE One

Profiles of The Boomstown Rats, the Irish driving test and gardaí in the K, plus new drama Noughts + Crosses and the return of Ant(...)

Empower couple: Victoria van der Spek and Max O Floinn profiled in Tras, Wednesday on TG4

Young, romantic and transitioning, plus the Love Island finale, Cork's Mother Jones on Herstory, and the return of Last Tango, Hom(...)

Al Pacino in Hunters, streaming from Friday on Amazon Prime

Triggering Troubles documentary Lost Lives, plus the return of Outlander and The Great House Revival, Al Pacino in alt-history thr(...)

Sr Stan

The life and times of Sr Stan, plus Ireland’s Italia 90 recalled and celebrated, Christie at her creepiest, Valentine’s Day with T(...)

Jimmy Doherty, Saoirse Ronan and Jamie Oliver, Friday on Channel 4

Six Irish women who led their way, plus Saoirse Ronan’s favourite takeaway, the nude in art (classy), the return of Inside No 9 an(...)

Motormouths: Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness on Top Gear, Sunday night on BBC2

New series of Top Gear and Ár gClub, Ireland’s Comedy Carnival, remembering the Holocaust, Nigel Farage profiled...and where has a(...)

Eva Orsmond contemplates a future dip in the pool, Sunday night on RTÉ One

Dr Eva moves to Portugal, plus party time in Ibiza, Cork’s housing crisis on Tabú, Chris Packham on the population explosion, and (...)

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol plays Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Photograph: Debbie Hickey/Getty Images

Gary Lightbody’s big, rich voice transforms a simple acoustic gig into an intimate live performance

The end is nigh: David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens, Wednesday on BBC2

Love Island winters in South Africa, plus the return of Cold Feet and Vera, Good Omens on the BBC, outlaw vegan influencers and ta(...)

Cush Jumbo and David Tennant in Deadwater Fell, Friday on Channel 4

Dermot Bannon goes to work on his own dream pile, and the return of Dancing With The Stars and Operation Transformation

The stars of Derry Girls join the team for The Great Festive Bake Off, New Year's Day on Channel 4

Doctor Who and Dracula, Mrs Brown and Dame Edna, Mary Berry judging and reminiscing, Bake Off with the Derry Girls, plus Shane Low(...)

Teenage Swedish  activist Greta Thunberg at a strike on climate change outside the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Year in Review: Greta and J-Lo celebrated, while Rudy and Elon licked their wounds

Alexander Demetriou and Maura Higgins during the Dancing on Ice 2019 photocall at ITV Studios on December 9th. Photograph: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

The best of RTÉ and BBC, streaming choices and a yuletide movie guide

Dylan Monaghan (3) at the Med 3DP exhibition piece created by bioengineering students at Trinity College. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Problem with plastic is it’s so handy that in many cases it’s hard to find a substitute

Greg O’Shea: “There is a lot of pressure on families to have an extravagant ‘perfect’ Christmas, but that isn’t financially realistic for the majority of people.”

My Perfect Christmas: winner of Love Island 2019 Greg O’Shea on what makes a perfect Chirstmas

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 lets you see who’d at your door via your phone.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the contents of Santa’s electronic sack

 Blindboy and Luke Kelly by Subset, part of Wonder Walls: The Story of Irish Street Art, Monday on RTÉ2

Up close with Ireland's street artists, plus playing with Gadafy, Trump’s mum, the Irish Rich List, and the uplifting life of an I(...)

Twister in Reverse will leave everyone in a tizzy. Photograph: iStock

There’s nothing like a raucous board game to cultivate family (dis)harmony. So dice up your life with these modern versions of old(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with the artists on stage at the Other Voices Berlin Special, Tuesday on RTE2

Neven Maguire celebrates Christmas in Waterford, plus Michael D with Other Voices in Berlin, marking four decades of the Sunday Ga(...)

Toy Show stars down the years: Noah and Leah Kirwan . . .

The Toy Show looks back, Ireland in the Junior Eurovision, a Kirstie Allsopp Christmas, Hillary and Chelsea on Graham Norton, and (...)

Inside the Cage: The Rise of Female Fighters, Wednesday on BBC1

The return of Home Rescue, life on Tory Island and Kylie turns up on Graham Norton

Beginning Sunday night on Virgin One and UTV: Roman Kemp, Andrew Maxwell, Nadine Coyle, Ian Wright, Caitlyn Jenner, Jacqueline Jossa, Myles Stephenson, Adele Roberts, Kate Garraway and James Haskell on I’m a Celebrity<TH>.<TH>.<TH>. Get Me Out of Here!. Photograph: ITV/PA Wire

Brendan Grace’s wife and daughters on The Late Late, plus all-new IACGMOOH, War of the Worlds on BBC1, songs of the Irish wars, an(...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders are reoffending and RTÉ clears the air on Ireland’s climate crisis

Joe Duffy and Freya McClements in Children of the Troubles

Joe Duffy’s Children of the Troubles, plus teen hit The End of the F***ing World, Holby City’s 1,000th, Catherine Fulvio cookin', (...)

Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear, in His Dark Materials, Sunday on BBC1

Blindboy and The Script on Late Late, plus Vogue and Spencer tell all on Ray D’Arcy, return of The Team on More4, and Philip Pullm(...)

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon lock horns on The Morning Show, from November 1st on Apple TV

November 1st is launch date for Apple TV Plus – on iPhone, iPad and Mac for €5 a month

This world...or the next: Fodhla Coogan in Into the Mystic, Thursday on RTÉ One

Brexit explained in ‘How Europe Stole My Mum’, plus Trump eyes up the NHS, Bake Off final, RTÉ’s Mystic spookshow, Julie Andrews o(...)

Paul Flynn (right) gives Bernard Brogan a hand with his twins Keadan and Donagh as Dublin celebrate beating Tyrone in the GAA All-Ireland senior championship final on September 2nd, 2018.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s fittest families are back to compete for the title, plus Bernard Brogan on Late Late, a new series of Pose, and slasher (...)

Lupita Nyong’o: The Black Panther star is on a search for west Africa’s real-life warrior women Wednesday on C4

One priest and his camera on RTÉ, plus new Sarah Lancashire drama The Accident, inside the teenage brain, murder during the War of(...)

The rise of streaming has made home listening more fragmented - this will reconnect it

Kiefer Sutherland in concert

Kiefer Sutherland and Andrea Corr on Late Late, plus Terminator stars reunite, comedian Maxwell on battling Brexit, vegan football(...)

Killian Scott and Sarah Greene in Dubln Murders

Tana French-based crime series debuts on RTÉ and BBC, plus Ireland's goth ‘Lolitas’, 18th series of Family Guy, and original Termi(...)

Brendan O’Carroll in character  on Dublin’s Moore Street during filming of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie in September 2013.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Brendan O’Carroll & co on the Late Late celebrating 20 years of Mrs Brown, plus Bruce Springsteen on Graham Norton, a new series o(...)

Dr Paul D’Alton with Rachael Keogh on Survivors, Tuesday on RTE One

New Irish crime drama Darklands on Virgin, plus the return of Motherland on BBC2 and John Turturro in an Italian remake of Umberto(...)

Shane Lowry at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St Andrews, Scotland on September 25th. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Shane Lowry chats with Ryan Tubridy, plus Renée Zellweger on Graham Norton, scandals in the House of York, and encore screening of(...)

Brendan Grace: The documentary he set out to make, before discovering his cancer, is dedicated to people with dementia

RTÉ first to broadcast troubling Troubles documentary, plus Brendan Grace’s parting gift, some tough Survivors, Donegal’s Bus Ghla(...)

Zofia Wichlacz and Jonah Hauer-King in World on Fire

Graham Norton and Doireann Garrihy are back, plus Shortt and Tiernan on the Late Late, Patsy Palmer on Ray D’Arcy, and opening sal(...)

What is your story . . .? Photograph: iStock

It’s no longer enough to have a brand name. Successful companies build a story around their product to attract customers. Here’s h(...)

The Amazon Echo Show, €254.99,

Stuff you don’t need – but will definitely want this autumn

Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé, every afternoon on RTÉ One

Graham Norton returns, along with perennials Dáithí and Doc Martin, plus Goodbye House on RTÉ, David Duchovny in Aquarius, and Bod(...)

The line-up for Strictly Come Dancing: David James, Saffron Barker, Mike Bushell, Michelle Visage, Emma Barton, Kelvin Fletcher, Will Bayley, Alex Scott, Anneka Rice, Dev Griffin, Catherine Tyldesley, James Cracknell, Karim Zeroual, Chris Ramsay and Viscountess Emma Weymouth. Photograph:  Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA

Latest series of Strictly Come Dancing sets the pace, plus Irish Harvey Weinstein accuser on The Late Late and 'Sister Michael' of(...)

Seems like old times: British prime minister David Cameron and London mayor Sadiq Khan campaign for Remain on May 30th, 2016. Cameron is back in the public eye with the release of his memoirs, an interview Monday on UTV, and a documentary Thursday on BBC1. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Brendan Gleeson stars in Mr Mercedes, Sue Cox plays matchmaker in Love in the Countryside, and Ben Kingsley pops up on TG4 in new (...)


Vicky Phelan and Maeve Higgins on The Late Late, evil Barry O’Hanlon back being menacing for Fair City’s 30th anniversary, Strictl(...)

Births of a nation in a new run of The Rotunda, Thursday on RTÉ2: Liam and Sam Kelly with son Ollie and twins Luke and Leo...

Another baby boom at The Rotunda, plus Mary Black and De Valera i Meiriceá, and the return of Neven’s Spanish Trails

Rosamund Pike and  Chris O’Dowd in State of the Union, Sunday night on BBC2

Sinéad O’Connor leads returning Late Late line-up, plus Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike in a new marital comedy, Monty Python 50 ye(...)


Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and his alter ego profiled, plus Martin Freeman in true-life police drama, the return of QI and Grand Designs(...)

Sand artist Kseniya Simonova, winner of Ukraine's Got Talent, on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions, Saturday on Virgin One and UTV.

BBC premieres scathing Harvey Weinstein exposé, plus Junior Eurovision’s Irish search on TG4, the movies and the Troubles, and the(...)

Dáithí Ó Sé at the 2017 Rose of Tralee launch in Malahide Castle. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The Roses in bloom once more, plus the return of the Bake Off and Love Your Garden

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders, Sunday on BBC1

Peaky Blinders returns, plus Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Jane Austen’s Sanditon

The next generation at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019: brothers Bobby (7) and Finn (10) Hand from Dunleer, Co Louth on August 11th. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nationwide at the Fleadh Cheoil, plus Olivia O’Leary on the great Emancipator, Ireland’s first exorcist movie, surfing life in Lah(...)

 Cher pose  in October 1964. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Uber-diva Cher profiled, plus Woodstock and royal princeses documentaries, an Irish-languge short on TG4, and new French thriller (...)

Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson joins Kathy Burke, Tuesday on Channel 4

New drama Deep Water, a history of rugby, Kathy Burke on women today, and Woodstock revisited

Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland, Sunday on RTÉ One

John Creedon searches for the places behind the names, plus the dragons are back in their den with a new fire breather and WWII by(...)

Davy Fitzgerald and Michael O’Brien on the pitch before the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 3 match between Wexford and Tipperary at Innovate Wexford Park on February 17th, 2019. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Michael O’Brien inspires his Wexford hurling heroes, the legacy of Jade Goody 10 years on, plus Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan rete(...)

Blarney: A Year on the Estate, Sunday on RTÉ One

The big business of Blarney Castle, plus acclaimed Fosse/Verdon miniseries, John Cleese in Hold the Sunset and the return of Danis(...)

Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in Fosse/Verdon, beginning Friday on BBC2

Powerhouse Fosse/Verdon series begins, plus John Cleese back in Hold the Sunset, Ella McSweeney on How Animals Work, and the bizar(...)

Fred Brathwhite in A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy, Saturday on BBC2. Photographer: Eddie Knox

Freddie Mercury the greatest showman? Plus Fab 5 Freddy in the Renaissance

Eve Myles in the second series of Keeping Faith, Tuesday on BBC1

Daniel Radcliffe and Lulu get blasts from their passt, Keeping Faith and Lethal Weapon return, awfully cute critters, and Irish do(...)

Amy Winehouse in July 2009. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

‘Shocking’ telly, return of the Bros, the death of Amy, and the late Judith Kerr celebrated

Roisin Conaty as Marcella in GameFace, Wednesday on Channel 4

A new run of Roisin Conaty’s GameFace, plus plenty of moon walking, the Bros are back, art in Leinster House, male circumcision . (...)

Poster art for Atlanta: Robbin’ Season, Saturday on BBC2

From gazing at the moon to gazing at Aidan Turner, back as Poldark one last time

8 Days: To the Moon & Back, Wednesday on BBC2

BBC gets personal inside the Apollo 11 capsule, Ardal O’Hanlon revisits the showband era

Edna O’Brien in  April 1966:. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Profiles of two national icons – Edna O’Brien and Twink – plus BBC documentary on what might be a ground-breaking cancer treatment

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid and when Donald Trump came to Doonbeg are the RTÉ picks, while BBC goes Inside the Bank of England

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is opening for Villagers on July 12th.

Another year, another bunch of legendary concerts guaranteed to thrill

Shirley Manson at Electric Picnic in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

As they celebrate 25 years together, the band’s lead singer Shirley Manson explains why they’re as relevant today as they were in (...)

Burt Bacharach: So many great songs to his name.

The legendary songwriter has given us so many magic moments it’s hard to pick just 10, but here goes . . .

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