Unravelling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell, Thursday on E4

The Big Bang Theory goes poof! Plus the Irish football split, Alistair Campbell on depression, snoopy singletons in Hot Property, (...)

Legendary Dubliner John Sheahan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Game of Throne’s Brienne of Tarth on Graham Norton, plus the Eurovision, Suranne Jones as the BBC’s Gentleman Jack, and more Durre(...)

The remains of the old Manhattan Cafe. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Cafe was an oasis for night owls looking to make the night last just a little bit longer

Emma Thompson in Years and Years, Tuesday on BBC1

Emma Thompson stars in new drama by Very English Scandal writer Russell T Davies, plus Ireland in the Eurovision semi-final and ne(...)

The Amur tiger cubs in episode 1 of The Zoo

Tubridy meets the children of Bobby Ryan, The Zoo hosts the cutest critters imaginable, Adele is profiled pre-break up, the Chelse(...)

Astronaut Gus Grissom before boarding the ill-fated Liberty Bell 7 at  Cape Canaveral in July 1961. On January 27th, 1967, Grissom and  fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger B Chaffee were killed  during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Kennedy. Photograph: AP/Nasa

Space is the place Thursday on TG4. Plus the Full Monty for men and women in a good cause, and profiles of Adele and late cancer w(...)

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The Late Late goes country while Tommy Tiernan returns with unknown knowns

Change of seasons: Kathryn Thomas in Weather Live, Tuesday-Thursday on RTÉ One

The GAA and Ireland today, Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure and her dementia choir, and what we talk about when we talk about the weat(...)

Mary Black leads the country to song, Sunday night on RTÉ One

Choosing Ireland’s folkie fave, plus sex talk on Channel 4, Dani & mammy at Mrs Brown’s, Baz Ashmawi winging it, and Sylvia Hoeks (...)

Fontaines DC. Photograph: Visionhaus/Getty

PlayIrish, a new digital radio station, aims to get small Irish acts the recognition they deserve

Sony XB01 Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

These dazzling new gadgets will brighten up even the dullest days

Sarah Reynolds, founder of Organised Chaos.

Professionals helping businesses to get organised can make a tidy sum

Vera Klute and her Luke Kelly sculpture on Two Lukes. Photograph: Gregory Dunn

Statuesque Luke Kelly, a long day in Lough Derg, the Camino by sea, the return of Super Garden, and Mark Kermode on the heyday of (...)

Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway in The Hustle

Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar on The Late Late, Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Killing Eve Jodie Comer on Graham Norton and a new (...)

Paddy Smyth, Zoë Carol Wong, Ciara O’Doherty and Ruedi Maguire in The Fitting Room

Moving statues, sporting Irishwomen, hell in the Wicklow Mountains, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson on Graham Norton, and the retur(...)

Emilia Clarke in season 8 of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones and Avengers stars on Graham Norton, Neil Jordan, Una Healy and Tiger Roll on The Late Late, plus Ant’s comeback a(...)

Sandra Oh in series 2, episode 1 of Killing Eve, Wednesday on RTE2

Series 2 of Killing Eve, plus Kate Beckinsale in The Widow and Game of Thones and Avengers stars on Graham Norton

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome, Saturday on BBC2

Graham Norton, Ant & Dec and Jamie Oliver all return, while BBC2 looks at the life and work of Irish artist Sean Scully

One of Kinvara’s “Traught mermaids”  in Vitamin Sea

Royal babies, the death of Jill Dando, and the return of Graham Norton and Jamie Oliver

Howard Donald and Dario Franchitti in Mission Ignition

A new series of Line of Duty crashes through the telly while Take That’s Howard Donald takes to life in the fast lane

Derry Girls: Ardal O’Hanlon makes a guest appearance

Including Derry Girls, Blue Planet Live, This Time with Alan Partridge, and MasterChef

Colin Farrell in Dumbo. Photograph: Disney

Colin Farrell talks Dumbo on the Late Late, Dancing with the Stars comes to a climax and Blue Plant Live returns

MJ Rodriguez in Pose, Thursday on BBC2

Transgender stars rule in Pose, RTÉ profiles Ireland’s Hollywood rosary priest, and British mums try a new way to combat porn

Photograph: Alan Betson

A cavalcade of green for St Patrick’s Day, plus Ardal O’Hanlon on the era of showbands

Dearbhail McDonald hosts Fertility Shock

Mary Berry dishes, Irish celebs go global and Dearbhail McDonald brings a personal view to the fertility question

Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip, Sunday on RTÉ One

#MeToo fighter Rose McGowan tells Ray D’Arcy about taking on Harvey Weinstein, Monty Don goes back to the garden and Daniel & Maje(...)

Dylan Llewellyn, Saoirse Monica-Jackson, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Nicola Coughlan and Clare Harland in Derry Girls, Tuesday on Channel 4

Controversial Michael Jackson film plus returning Derry Girls, Monty Don and Fleabag

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Derry Girls on Tubridy, Meghan vs the Markles and Marianne Faithfull profiled

Billboard promoting Best Picture nominees Black Panther and Roma in Los Angeles. Estimates suggest Netflix has spent at least $25 million  on its Roma Oscar campaign. Photograph: Hunter Kerhart/The New York Times

Oscar highlights, the return of Alan Partridge, astonishing documentary Three Identical Strangers, and BBC's acclaimed Three Girls(...)

John Williams’s iconic Star Wars symphonic score gets a fresh workout by  as the cast and film-makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens join some 6,000 fans at a surprise concert in San Diego on July 10th, 2015. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty

The maestros behind cinema’s great scores, plus the RTÉ CO on Dancing with the Stars

Original painting by Sophie McKay Knight, with imagery contributed by women scientists from the University of St Andrews – part of the Chrysalis project coordinated by Mhairi Stewart.

How do we encourage more girls to defy the stereotypes and take up Stem subjects?

Leading Irish horsewoman Jessica Harrington, one of those profiled Thursday on TG4's Jump Girls. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Home of the Year, Other Voices, Big Narstie and Gogglebox all return this week

Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens, Friday night at 9pm on BBC2

Ireland’s top exorcist and a child star who was Michael Jackson’s friend on Late Late

Alica Keys hosts the Grammy Awards on Monday.

First Dates Ireland does Valentine’s Day, Monty Don explores Japanese gardens, and the skinny on thin people

Ryan Tubridy on the set of The Late Late Valentine’s Special

Valentine's special on the Late Late, how David Jones became David Bowie, and the return of Dermot Bannon

Éamon de Valera speaks from O’Connells monument in Ennis, Co Clare, where he was elected a member of parliament and national president of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Cillian Murphy narrates The Irish Revolution doc, Red Rock returns and Sonya Lennon's Strictly Business

 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs on January 20th, paving the way for the Patriots’ showdown with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. Photograh:  Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Rams vs Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, plus Ireland’s Got Talent on Virgin and a Sons of Anarchy spin-off on the BBC

Stanley Matchett’s famous image from Bloody Sunday in Derry, one of many Troubles photographs discussed in Shooting the Darkness, Wednesday on RTÉ.

Photographing the Troubles, plus all-in holidays and profiles of Rory Best and Jo Brand

Joe Wicks. Photograph: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Hozier and ‘Body Coach’ Joe Wicks on the Late Late, Graham Norton's guests include Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench, while Heather M(...)

Please don’t tell me I look ridiculous: Danny Dyer in Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family

Danny Dyer’s right royal blood, Ireland’s tourist sector, plus The Good Fight and Deutschland in the bad old days

Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones

Late Late welcomes Game of Thrones’ ‘Onion Knight’ for preview of the final epic series

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


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(...)

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