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

Lisa Tchenguiz is fighting for her share of her former husband's fortune in Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club

George Lee looks at farmers, Brexit and the future while Next of Kin focuses on radicalisation of a family in London

Dancing with the Stars: second series begins on Sunday. Photograph: RTE

First Dates Ireland, Vikings and Star Trek all return to the small screen

Christmas specials aplenty to watch: Bridget & Eamon, Nathan Carter, Doctor Who, Mrs Brown and French and Saunders. Plus: feed you(...)

Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in Feud: Bette and Joan (Saturday, BBC Two, 9pm)

Baz and Nancy head to the Vatican, and Bette and Joan’s epic Hollywood feud in its vicious glory

Indietronica band Columbia Mills got a business loan from their bank to finance their debut album.

Rock ’n’ roll stardom has a business side

Samsung Galaxy Note 8, €1,219, Littlewoods Ireland.

Tech geeks would love to find one of these latest gadgets under the Christmas tree

Google’s Santa Tracker has plenty of interactive games for the kids to play right through December

Track Santa on Christmas Eve, laugh at yourselves as dancing elves, and more

The Tunnel won’t bore you to tears hopefully

Top wrapper: Sharon Hearne-Smith has worked with everyone from Jamie Oliver to Lorraine Pascale. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lifestyle guru Sharon Hearne-Smith on the art of perfect gift-wrapping

The Crown returns, The Grand Tour motors on, and Charlie Bird goes behind the headlines

Ryan Tubridy during last year’s Late Late Toy Show with toy tester Darragh Malone from Castlewellan, Co Down. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The Late Late Toy Show, the Netflix supernatural series Dark, and robot paranoia

Theresa May: she’s so far out of her depth, I’m thinking I might need to give her a canoe instead of the soft Brexit she’s been asking me for all year: Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The good and bad girls and boys . . . and one who had better watch out

What’s at the  root of Ireland’s “silent epidemic” of sleep deprivation

Ant joins Dec to present I’m a Celebrity. Would You Believe is in search of evil

Cillian Murphy returns in season four of Peaky Blinders

Comedian Alison Spittle finds laughter in the midlands, and Cillian Murphy returns

Joan and Pierce Butler tell their story on 'Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage'.

Roisin Murphy is sorting out your gaff while Dr Pixie McKenna is sorting out your health

David Courtney at Tiffany & Co in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin in 2008. In New York, he engraved pieces for three presidents: Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy, and for first lady, Jackie Kennedy. He also engraved a silver cigar case for Winston Churchill.   Photograph: Eric Luke

David Courtney was a talented and charming master engraver who went from near-poverty in Galway to Tiffany & Co in New York

Head into the deep with Blue Planet II

Dive into The Blue Planet II or keep up with Ireland’s fittest family

The Everyone’s favourite Goonies impressionists return

The Irish space industry is growing exponentially, and expanding rapidly to take in a whole range of technologies. Photograph: iStock

There is a growing Irish presence on the final frontier

The iPhone X boasts facial recognition, and its OLED super-retina display gives it a high-pixel density and allows for ultra-rich video content.

The latest in tech that’s due to land this autumn

Heeeeeere’s Franc

Anthony Foley, Say Yes to the Dress Ireland, and Salon Confidential

Trauma goes behind the scenes in Irish hospitals

Seven things to watch on television this week, including a horror podcast spinoff

Tom Petty used his sneering voice to great effect. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Petty wrote for lost souls and spurned lovers. Check out these back catalogue highlights

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers kick start a European tour in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An early encounter with Elvis Presley set Petty on the road to rock’n’roll stardom

Vogue Williams's documentary series is part-investigation, but more personal journey. Photograph: Getty Images

Williams meets women who choose to be single mothers. Porridge returns without Ronnie Barker

From brand new drama on RTÉ to the return of Star Trek and David Simon

Bridget and Eamon return to chew their way through the Midlands

Richard Dormer stars as a disfigured, obsessive cop on the hunt for a serial killer in Rellik

Cold Feet returns, Pat Kenny's back on the case, and we learn what Irish people earn on both ends of the scale

It’s a Park’s Life looks at what goes on in one of Europe’s biggest city parks, the Phoenix Park

‘Ireland’s Health Divide’ looks at poverty and obesity, and Tim Roth stars in ‘Tin Star’

Game of buns: the new pretenders to the GBBO throne

Away from the most anticipated finale in aeons here are six others to whet the appetite

Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale really took a strange turn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lovely girls and dashing doctors are among this week’s television highlights

Luke Cage,  Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist team up to save the world/sell more merchandise in The Defenders

Marvel deploys its defenders. Quacks carve up London

Excalibur: John Boorman’s toughest film

A look behind the scenes of the making of John Boorman's Excalibur

Prof Mick Morris: ‘there’s a whole family of 2-D materials out there’

Scientists have created a wonder material out of graphite – but the big challenge is how to make a profit from it

Top of the Lake makes the move to Australia while Liz Bonnin heads to Alaska to hang out with brown bears

The business of beauty

Irish brands are making waves in the highly lucrative world of cosmetics

Pictured with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell-O’Connor are, from left, Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO InterTradeIreland, Aidan Gough, director of strategy and policy, InterTradeIreland; and Margaret Hearty, director of operations, InterTradeIreland

While Brexit continues to cast its shadow, Northern Ireland remains an attractive location for trade and investment

Create memories of your action-packed holiday with devices that record your every move.

Here are some of the top gadgets for more energetic holiday makers

John Gleeson, head of media and entertainment at Grant Thornton: “Section 481 is intended to act as a stimulus to the growth of the film industry in Ireland.”

Is the Irish film industry conquering the world or living in La La Land?

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