For her professional debut, Katie Taylor took on Poland’s Karina Kopinska at London’s SSE Arena on December 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Lawrence Lustig

Cold Feet returns as do Will and Grace, while Katie looks at the life of boxer Katie Taylor

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Saoirse Ronan on The Late Late, while Steve Coogan and John C Reilly chat with both Ryan Tubridy and Graham Norton; plus QI and Ve(...)

Rio Ayoub in Hygge

The return of Operation Transformation, Catastrophe and Silent Witness, plus a Brexit drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne on Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars returns for a third series, while Resistance dramatises the War of Independence

The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited

More Mrs Brown, the return of Luther and the Inbetweeners, and Graham Norton

March 17th: Jacob Stockdale touches down Ireland’s third try against England at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Beast from the East, Eighth Amendment repealed, All Blacks defeated: 2018 in summary

Our house is carpeted with wall-to-wall Lego, and it’s not very comfortable to walk on in your bare feet. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Kevin Courtney: The biggest hoarders in our house are aged 11 and eight

Phil Lynott does Dublin in  Old Town (1982).

Phil Lynott and Old Town, plus Take That, Kylie, Villagers, Nathan Carter, a profile of the GAA’s legendary Jayo and Dominic West (...)

Web moments of 2018: Elon Musk, Stormy Daniels and Childish Gambino

From The Caravan to Yanny or Laurel, Stormy v Trump and Elon’s tweets

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

From Dolores O’Riordan and Myrtle Allen to Stephen Hawking and Aretha Franklin

The Young Offenders Christmas

Mrs Brown and Young Offenders specials, a David Walliams adaptation, and more

Sick of vacuuming and having to come home to a cold house? These smart home tech products can help. Photograph: Getty

If you want to come home to a warm, well lit, vacuumed house with the playlist already on, then here’s what you need

He's right behind you: Karl Spain in Drogheda-filmed panto The Greatest Show That Never Was

Colin Farrell on The Late Late and a family-friendly version of Watership Down

Gavin James: “My ultimate fantasy Christmas dinner guest would be Frank Sinatra.” Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Gavin James, singer-songwriter

Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa (2004): The ultimate you-can-stuff-your-stocking Christmas movie, but will it make Mark Kermode's nice list? See Thursday, BBC4, 9pm

Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver, Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell weave their Christmas cooking magic

They’ll be the judge of that: The Ireland’s Fittest Family final, Sunday, RTÉ One

Sportspeople of the year in Ireland and the UK, the fittest of the fit, and a Strictly finale

The Muppets Christmas Carol.

There’s nothing like a much-loved traditional festive film to watch year after year. Here are some, er, reel-life adaptations of t(...)

Calvin Sweeney, left, co-founder of the Scoop Foundation, raises funds to help build schools in war-torn Syria.

As the season of goodwill approaches, the outlook for Irish charities is bright again

Pro-Ject Beatles Yellow Submarine Turntable (Turntablelab.com $499).

Some great gift ideas for the techie in your life

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RTÉ goes back in time to the 1918 general election while Steroid Ireland expose those involved in the illegal trade in anabolic st(...)

Michael Bublé in Munich on December 4th. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Leo and Bublé on the Late Late, how Barbra became an icon, and the end of Taken Down

Deirdre in the Fall of the Red Branch Knights episode of Bernard Dunne's Mythical Heroes

Boxer Dunne goes back to our mythical past, Neven Maguire celebrates a Kilkenny Christmas, and the BBC explores the secret lives o(...)

At Jonathan Wilkes 26th birthday party, August, 2004: Wilkes’s mother, Declan Donnelly and Kerry McFadden.  Photograph:  ShowBizIreland/Getty Images

Lillie’s Bordello is closing. Kevin Courtney recalls its 1990s heyday – only a little hazily

Ryan Tubridy at the Late Late Toy Show photocall on Thursday with Bearded lady Alanna’s Willoughby, 12, Carlow; Napoleon Luke O’Connor, 7, Dublin; Fat man Matthew Little, 12, Ardee; 3-Legged man Kayla McMahon, 10, Balrothery; Wolfman Colm Sullivan, 8, Navan; Tattoo man Dylan O Connor, 11, Dublin; Pierrot Clown Enya Allen, 5, Navan and Albino Ella Maher, 10, Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Tubridy jumper makes its 10th Yuletide appearance on the Late Late toy extravaganza

Ryan Tubridy and some helpers on the the Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: RTE

You know Christmas is coming when Ryan Tubridy dons the jumper – and resistance is futile

Rory Cowan: “I don’t bother cooking a Christmas dinner because there’s only me. God, this sounds like the little boy that Santa Claus forgot!” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rory Cowan, actor

The cheap, gaudy decorations of the past have gone in favour of more tasteful, understated touches.

Christmas 2018 will probably be very different from those of your childhood

Managing the seamy family business: Vanessa Demouy in The Money Shot

Miriam O’Callaghan on women today, RTÉjr’s fairy tale, and a French Boogie Nights

Stormy Daniels: the actor will talk about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. Photograph: Yana Paskova/Getty

Primal screaming in 1994, Ed Sheeran in concert and the return of I’m a Celebrity...

Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story: Katie Hannon and McCabe

Nine of the best shows this week, including Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story

Alice Leahy: The Late, Late guest recently published her memoir, written with Catherine Cleary of The Irish Times.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alice Leahy and Keith Barry join Tubridy, plus David Attenborough back on the BBC

Brendan Courtney and his mother Nuala in We Need to Talk about Mam. Photograph: RTE

Brendan Courtney looks at ageing and A Woman’s Place puts women politicians in the picture

Putting the underworld on notice: Lynn Rafferty (centre) with Sean Fox and Orla Fitzgerald in Taken Down

Taken Down,a new crime from the creators of Love/Hate, starts on Sunday, Mary Robinson and Peter Casey are on the Late Late, and S(...)

Ariana Grande (left) with Miley Cyrus performing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack, at Emirates Old Trafford on June 4th, 2017. Photograph: Dave Hogan/PA Wire

Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone star in new drama The First, Home Rescue returns and Dark Heart sees Tom Riley as a cop with a dar(...)

Actor Allen Leech (far right) with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor (3rd and 4th from left) and the stars of Bohemian Rhapsody in London's Carnaby Street on October 21st. Photograph: Eamonn M McCormack/Getty Images

Historian Catherine Corless and Downton Abbey's Irish chauffeur join The Late Late, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law talk Fantastic Bea(...)

David Byrne: never stopped making sense. Photograph: Andrew Benge/Getty Images

Review: The Talking Heads man recasts the rock show as a life-affirming celebration of sound and movement

The Greenway on St Stephen’s Green, Iconic Offices’ flagship building.

Office design is changing in line with new ways of working

The Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat.

The latest in electronic home helps

Podge & Rodge wtih Doireann Garrihy

Podge & Rodge return to Ballydung while BBC airs unseen footage of Bowie in 2000

Eric Idle (wee in the dead centre) and the original crew of  Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python legend Eric Idle on the Late Late, Podge and Rodge return on Ray D'Arcy and Galway singer takes part in the X-Factor (...)

Brendan O’Carroll, host of For Facts Sake

Brendan O’Carroll checks the facts, Blue Peter hits 60 and The Geansaí returns to RTÉ

Ryan Tubridy presents ‘a celebration of the Irish in Britain and their contribution to their adopted country’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Plus nine more of the best programmes to watch on television this weekend

Jamie Lee Curtis, who is on the telly twice in one night, does battle with an old nemesis in Halloween.

Jamie Lee Curtis is on Ryan Tubridy and Graham Norton, Jodie Whittaker debuts as a Doctor Who for the #Metoo era, and Donncha O’Ca(...)

Dr Tom Doyle of UCC’s Coastal and Marine Resources Centre retrieves a rare female leatherback turtle, washed up dead  in Ballycotton, Cork. The cause of death was found to be plastic waste. Photograph: Provision

RTÉ’s house-hunter returns, as does The Apprentice and Have I Got News for You?

 Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women’s Singles Sculls Final on September 16th at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph: ©INPHO/Detlev Seyb

Graham Norton goes Gaga while Bertie gets the Who Do You Think You Are? treatment

Sinead Kennedy, Marty Whelan return for Winning Streak

Winning Streak returns with Marty, Sinead, a new set and some ramped-up games

Franc wants you to Say Yes to the Dress

Franc & his bridezillas are back, Stephen Byrne goes back to sit the Leaving, and cystic fibrosis campaigner Orla Tilsey traces he(...)

Ellen Keane with her gold medal for winning the  Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB8 event at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin on August 19th. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Celebrations of Irish sporting women and old school trad, plus Killing Eve now on the BBC

Michaela Cole in Black Earth Rising (BBC Two)

RTÉ checks in with the John Paul generation and BBC promises another must-watch drama

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Tubridy and Strictly are back, Damien Dempsey digs deep, Kylie is at Hyde Park

Our Lives in Property: Oxmantown Road

The Late Late Show and Gogglebox return, Tom Vaughan Lawlor plays Hugh Lane and the ups and downs of the Dublin property market ar(...)

At the epicentre of culture: Nish Kumar reports from the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe

The X Factor returns, comedy from the Edinburgh festivals and a look at the aftermath of the IRA bombing of Warrington in 1993

This means war: Coco Chanel, subject of The No 5 War. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Back to the Bake Off, Meghan and Harry 100 days on, countdowning Ireland’s richest

Danger in Downing Street: Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard on BBC One

Political thriller The Bodyguard, Anita & Me author returns to her roots, UK Indian music

Taking the 'church-step' challenge: Pope Francis overlooking St Peter’s Square. Photograph: EPA/Claudio Peri

McAleese on today’s Irish families; welcoming the lovely girls, and old world matchmaking

Princess charming? Disenchantment on Netflix

Disenchantment on Netflix and Brendan O’Connor lead the weekend’s choices

The new-look neon Big Brother eye. Photograph: Channel 5/PA Wire

Civil rights in ’68, Brendan O’Connor marking time, and fighting sex crimes in Belgium

Sylvia Plath with Frieda and Nicholas Hughes in 1962.

Sylvia Plath through a glass darkly and zombie action in AMC’s Walking Dead spin-off

Beyond therapy: Steven Mangan in Hang Ups

John Hume in America, Horizon: Jupiter Revealed, and Hang Ups starring Richard E Grant, David Tennant, Jessica Hynes, Katherine Pa(...)

Love Island Australia: “It’s like an R-rated Home & Away”

Ozzie hard bods hook up in Love Island Australia, plus a second series of Cardinal

The Game – The Story of Hurling tracks the history of hurling. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Hurling’s rich history in The Game, squabbling siblings and lots of Botox in Age Before Beauty – oh, and the ‘Love Island’ finale

Bryan Ferry performing on stage at Trinity College in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Review: Singer provides something for everyone despite news of ex-wife Lucy Birley’s death

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind on Sky Atlantic this Sunday. Photograph: Jay Paul/The New York Times

An intimate portrait of comedian Robin Williams, Monty Halls moves to the Galapagos while John Creedon visits Galway

Boy George: his family tree reveals some interesting Irish branches on Who Do You Think You Are. Photograph: BBC

Boy George tracks down his Irish roots in Who Do You Think You Are? while How to Get Rich Quick has money-making tips from busines(...)

Francis Brennan takes 12 tourists on the trip of a lifetime to South Africa

Francis Brennan takes 12 tourists to South Africa while John Creedon takes the roads less travelled around Ireland

 TV chef and author Nadiya Hussain on the Graham Norton Show. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

A cartoon take on Trump, Ramsay on the rampage and Katherine Heigl joins ‘Suits’

Picnic at Hanging Rock: this six-part adaptation will set out to find the answers to what really happened

Dark crime drama Sharp Objects features Amy Adams, while Picnic at Hanging Rock is given a six-part treatment

Denis O’Brien at the Champ Mars refugee camp in Port au Prince, Haiti in 2010. Photograph: Antonio Bolfo/Getty Images

Businessman Denis O’Brien is the focus of a special documentary, while Donegal teenager Amybeth McNulty returns in ‘Anne with an E(...)

Chris O’Dowd: “I used to write a lot in my spare time, in between jobs. But in the last three years I’ve had two kids.” Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

The Boyle star on his tough-guy role in ‘Get Shorty’ and his county’s referendum journey

He may be a solo artist but Damien Dempsey has plenty of singing partners

Beoga: Damian McKee, Seán Óg Graham, Niamh Dunne, Liam Bradley and Eamon Murray. “We can’t complain at all. To have had the year we’ve had has been pretty good.”

Bodhrán player Eamon Murray talks Ed Sheeran, that Justin Timberlake cover and collaborating with Ryan McMullen

 Alanis Morissette performs at Palais Theatre  in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Sam Tabone/WireImage

Have Alanis Morissette’s fans grown up and moved on or does she still make sense to them?

Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare in Preacher. Photograph: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Ruth Negga returns in Preacher. UK grime sensation Big Narstie gets his own show

No Country for Women: The recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment removed one more shackle from Irish women. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘No Country for Women’ promises to make ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ look like ‘Sex and the City’

Anne Robinson poses with Brands Hatch grid girls she interviews for The Trouble With Women. Photograph: BBC/Wild Pictures/Rico Patel

Tommy Bowe’s life after rugby and Anne Robinson’s trouble with women

Christy Moore: Joxer Goes to Stuttgart captured the mood of 1988.  Photograph: INM/Getty

Euro 88: Without a nail in a tyre Joxer would never have made it to Germany

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in ‘Poldark’. Photograph: Mammoth Screen/BBC/PA

A new documentary on Germaine Greer is among the TV highlights

Chris O’Dowd stars as Miles Daly in Get Shorty, which  is loosely based on the Elmore Leonard model

Chris O’Dowd stars in ‘Get Shorty’, Dara O Briain returns in ‘Mock the Week’

Nobody’s fool:  Anthony Hopkins. Photograph: Ed Miller

Anthony Hopkins plays Lear, Gay Byrne takes a trip down memory lane and Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope comes to a friendship-wrecking clos(...)

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The Manchester Arena bombing revisited one year on, and stressed out Ireland

Molly Martens Corbett was convicted of the second-degree murder of her husband, Limerick man Jason Corbett.

Be warned: you might not be able to escape Harry and Meghan’s wedding on Saturday

Innocent: Hermione Norris and Fionn O’Shea in the four-night crime thriller. Photograph: Steffan Hill/ITV

Tidy up your B&B for Daniel and Majella, then settle in for four nights of Innocent

Ryan O’Shaughnessy: the Irish singer competes in the Eurovision final on Saturday. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters

For more of nature’s charms, tune in to A Wild Irish Year and a Chelsea Flower Show A-Z

Riot Girls: Four of the UK’s most outspoken, exciting female comics go on the rampage in this prank show

Ryan O’Shaughnessy sings for Ireland in the first Eurovision semi-final while The Bridge returns

Big day: Prince Harry and  Meghan Markle on royal duties at  Westminster Abbey,  London,  on Wednesday. Photograph:  Kirsty Wigglesworth/Reuters

Behind the scenes at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding, a tribute to Elton John and bringing our boglands back from the brink

According to KPMG, the sectors that will be most active on the M&A market in 2018 are agribusiness and food, technology, healthcare, and property. Photograph: iStock

The outlook is bright for mergers and acquisitions activity

The DJI Spark mini-drone a range of intelligent flight control options and a powerful camera.

The latest gadgets, gizmos and gear for 2018

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope: Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan as Aisling  and Danielle

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale all return

RTÉ goes Back to the Joy, Bob Geldof goes back to Live Aid, Ryan Tubridy goes country

The Good Fight: back for a second series

Grow, Cook, Eat will teach you all about vegetables and The Young Offenders sign off with a mad bus ride around Cork

 Crufts 2018 gets under way on Thursday.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

John Kelly interviews Roddy Doyle, poet Eavan Boland marks International Women’s Day, and the dogs are the stars Crufts 2018

Ipsen: “I would honestly say we’ve got a more engaged workforce than we had in 2015. There’s more energy in the company, we’re much more aligned and we certainly have higher levels of trust,” says vice-president James Byrne. Photograph: Joe Keogh

Four of Ireland’s leading companies reveal the challenges – and great rewards – in the journey to become one of Ireland’s Best Wor(...)

Technology enables us to work from home or on the move. Photograph:iStock

With many people now opting to work freelance, companies must ensure their short-term employees are valued in the same way as perm(...)

The actor Val Kilmer: Not above using his name to sell some merchandise on February 14th

Is it a blessing or a curse to share a name with the patron saint of love? We asked some Vals

ProfJonathan Coleman: ‘It’s a process, and after 17 years we have got to this point, but we’re still on a curve that needs to continue to go up to get to where we need to be’

Brian Lucey’s report found that, out of a total income of €108 million between 2007 and 2016, Crann/Amber have generated €505 mill(...)

Everything Sucks (Friday, Netflix) revolves around two rival groups of nerdy kids who are forced to come together to defeat a common enemy – boredom

How’s Your Driving as you head back to your Homeland? I’m sure it’s Bliss

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in ‘The Young Offenders’

‘The Young Offenders’ try (and fail) to stay out of trouble, while a legendary warrior makes his way home in ‘Vikings’

Another fine mess: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in 'The Young Offenders'

‘The Young Offenders’ goes online, and a new talent show begins

Conor Mullen as Supt Dunne on ‘Red Rock’

‘Red Rock’ returns, Ireland eats, and Stephen Hawking appears on The Big Bang Theory

Mark Levins: a key player in the Irish music scene

Guitar and amp wizard who gave Irish bands their authentic rock sound

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