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, littlewoodsireland.ie.

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 (...)

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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(...)

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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 . . .

Kylie Minogue, here with fellow heartthrob Jason Donovan back in the day, will perform Sunday at Glastonbury. Photograph: PA Wire

Kylie & company at Glastonbury, plus ’70s-set US sitcom The Kids Are Alright, Auschwitz survivors 70 years on, and former tennis b(...)

’Some people are beginning to wonder if that much sought-after work-life balance is a myth, and if the constant pursuit of this chimera is causing us even more stress and frustration.’ Photograph: iStock

Is it possible to have happy and fulfilling work and personal lives without bending the laws of physics?

The Carry On from Away, £225

Don’t even think about going on holidays without these super-cool gadgets

Norah Casey (centre) with Mary Merritt and Elizabeth Coppin in Coming Home – When Dublin Honoured the Magdalenes, Tuesday on RTÉ One

The Magdalenes have their day in moving documentary, while Martina Navratilova continues debate on transgender athletes and Glasto(...)

Beecham House, Sunday at 9pm on UTV

‘Poldark in the Punjab’ – UTV’s Sunday night epic Beecham House, plus Goop’s Gwyneth on Graham Norton and Glastonbury’s greatest f(...)

George Clooney in Catch-22, beginning Thursday on Channel 4

George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in a new version of anti-war classic Catch-22, the ultimate DIY challenge on RTÉ, plus the return o(...)

Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff with a McLaren 600LT. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

New motorheads join the Top Gear team, plus Soccer Aid for Unicef, profiles of Michael Jackson and Tyson Fury, and the smoove groo(...)

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica during their sold out concert at Slane Castle, Co Meath, on Saturday. Phorograph: Arthur Carron

Review: Powerhouse show proved age has not withered the warrior spirit of the fearsome foursome

Andrew Scott in Fleabag

Andrew Scott of Fleabag and Black Mirror on Graham Norton, plus D-Day for surviving veterans and Jennifer Saunders with clips of c(...)

May and Seamus McGee on their wedding day, profiled on Scannal: The McGee Case, Tuesday on RTÉ One

A new Love Island washes up, gay animals explained (possibly), the Ireland-Overlord connection, spooked Victorians and landmark co(...)

Laura Brennan: This Is Me, on the RTÉ Player from Friday

Late HPV campaigner Laura Brennan is profiled, Good Omens stars on Graham Norton, Britain’s Got Talent reaches the finale, and D-D(...)

The late HPV vaccination campaigner Laura Brennan profiled in This Is Me, on the RTÉ Player from Friday

The legacy of Laura Brennan, Bloom and Springwatch calling, recalling the Garth Brooks concert fiasco, and Peter Crouch previews t(...)

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Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner joins fellow X-Men on Graham Norton and Mel B tells all to Piers Morgan, plus Billie Eilish, Miley (...)

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(...)

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