Hothouse Flowers will play as part of Tradfest 2021 on Saturday, January 29th on

January 21st-27th: Winter Nights festival, Samuel Beckett, comedy with Karl Spain, and more

Inauguration: crowds normally gather in Washington, DC, from dawn. Joe Biden will be happy if only a handful of people show up to his swearing-in as the 46th president of the United States. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

Ceremony organisers must manage Covid threat and risk of violence from Trump supporters

The legendary brooch given to Sarah Curran by Robert Emmet at the height of the 1803 Irish Rebellion: Scéalta Grá na hÉireann, Wednesday on TG4

Stuck in the Rough, Back, It’s a Sin, WandaVision, Star Trek: Lower Decks

The series is set in the “second age” of Middle-Earth, long before the events in the JRR Tolkien classic, which spawned three hit films. File photograph

Middle-Earth to return to the screen with Amazon drawing on The Silmarillion for big budget show

Suicide? Perhaps. Jiah Khan (1988-2013) profiled in Death in Bollywood, Monday-Wednesday on BBC2

Let the Rest of the World Go By, Pembrokeshire Murders, All Walks of Life, Servant

Elle Fanning in The Great. Photograph: Ollie Upton/Hulu

Ireland’s Fittest Family, Operation Transformation, Marian Finucane documentary and Elle Fanning in The Great

Artistic bubble: The Flaming Lips perform on September 11th, 2020. Photograph: NBC/NBCU via Getty Images

Artists, fans and industry were silenced by Covid-19. Will the notes ring out in 2021?

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Memories?, New Year’s Eve on RTÉ1 and New Year’s Day on BBC1

There’s plenty of music, drama and whatever you’re having yourself in 2020’s final week

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex: took backseats as members of the British royal family. Photograph:  Samir Hussein/WireImage

2020 in review: Megxit, Weinstein, missing paddleboarders, Black Lives Matter: it wasn’t all Covid-19

Christmas TV: the best of festive shows to watch

The entertainment highlights of this year’s festive TV, from Mrs Brown’s Boys to Bridgerton

Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton, streaming on Netflix from Christmas Day

From carols to cooking, children’s animation, documentaries and streaming dramas

Shorts Yule Love: The Big Christmas Song, Monday to Friday mornings on RTE2

Shorts Yule Love, Samhlú, Dementia Choir at Christmas, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Lingwei Lee in Detention: The Series. The supernatural drama from Taiwan streams on Netflix

Gary Barlow, Euphoria, Neven’s Christmas Menu, Brian Kerr: A Life in Football, The Prom

This year’s Santa letters are likely to include lots of tech items for our home. Photograph: iStock

From air purifiers to ultra-HD TVs, the best gadgets to improve our living experience

Angela (voiced by Lucy O’Connell) in Angela’s Christmas Wish, streaming from Tuesday on Netflix

The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine, Larry Gogan,The Case I Can’t Forget, Mank

Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer in We Are Who We Are, premiering Tuesday on BBC1

Lovers Rock, Bake Off: The Final, Barrister & Conman . . . and The Late Toy Show

US election: Are we ready for Joe Biden? Or would we miss Donald Trump? Photograph: Angela Weiss/Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Whatever happens, don’t get too het up. The US president is not as powerful as he or we think

US election: Due to the time difference, coverage on this side of the Atlantic will begin sometime after 11pm. Photograph: Jim Watson/Mandel Ngan/Getty

The best TV news channels and websites for US election results for viewers in Ireland

Coffey and Criscilla Anderson in the new reality series Country Ever After, streaming from Friday on Netflix

Dead Still, Is Olc an Ghaoth, Don’t Rock the Boat, My Uni Life, Seriously Sinéad

Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in Holidate, streaming on Netflix from Wednesay

The Undoing, The Million Pound Cube, Home Rescue, The Mandalorian, Truth Seekers

Lockdown TV guide: old favourites and some sparkling new shows

Try a new show such as The Undoing or go for classics Friends and Dawson’s Creek

Owen and Claire Connolly  in their garden in Dundrum, Co Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

In these anxious times during Covid, the garden can be a place to unwind and let the worries of the world fall away

Hayley Squires in Adult Material, beginning Monday on Channel 4

The Zoo, Top Gear, Me My Brother and Our Balls, Ar Lorg Annie, Fantasy Ireland

Jessica Brown Findlay in Brave New World, starting Friday on Sky One

Honour, Life, The Comey Rule, The Next Normal, Graham Norton, Emily in Paris

Fiach (Eoin O’Dubhghaill), Dee (Máirín De Buitléir) and Mack (Pól Ó Griofa) in Ros na Rún. New episodes start Tuesday on TG4.

Us, First Love, Great British Bake Off, Cogadh ar Mhná, London Zoo, Enola Holmes

Robert Pattinson in The Devil All the Time, streaming from Wednesday on Netfix

Vicky Phelan, Daniel O’Donnell, Big School, Unquiet Graves, Culture Night, Ratched

From Paul Mescal in The Deceived to The Crown, Strictly, and Baz Ashmawy’s DIY SOS, top TV to watch as the nights draw in

Orla Brady in The South Westerlies, premiering Sunday night on RTE One

Highlights include Paul Mescal in The Deceived, Love and Loss in a Pandemic, and Catherine Fulvio's Tastes Like Home

Martin McGuinness: a man of huge contradictions. Photograph: Pacemaker

Highlights include Martin McGuinness documentary, How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell and The 2 Johnnies Do America

Billie Piper in I Hate Suzi, premiering Thursday on Sky Atlantic

Daithí’s Decade of Roses, Famalam, The Toughest Summer, Scannal, Cobra Kai

Donald Trump in the rough in an image from You’ve Been Trumped Too, streaming from Tuesday on Amazon Prime

Lovecraft Country, Jamie Oliver, Inside the Game, Great Book of Ireland, Stargirl

Kathryn Thomas in Cobh for No Place Like Home

Passing It On: Ballymun Kickhams, The Life & Times of Captain Sir Tom, Ted Lasso

Gay Byrne with Mo Mowlam in 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(...)

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