‘Dancing with the Stars’ presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne. Can RTÉ replicate the glitz of ‘Strictly’ on its version of the BBC format?

This weekend marks the arrival of a global television phenomenon on Irish screens as an international entertainment behemoth makes its debut. But eno(...)

Daniel O’Donnell performs with professional partner Kristina Rihanoff on the BBC’s  ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in October 2015. Photograph: BBC.

Television viewers in Ireland will be given another chance to learn their jive from their cha-ch-cha in the new year, as RTÉ One airs the first Irish (...)

 Daniel O’Donnell (centre) is embraced after he and his partner Kristina Rihanoff  became the third couple to be voted off this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series on BBC1 television. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell has become the third celebrity to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing - but said it was “the right time for me to go”. O’(...)

‘The world doesn’t seem to understand that there really are people who are content to live alone.’ Ann Widdecombe in Belfast last week. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At 8am in a Belfast hotel, Ann Widdecombe, who the night before was participating in the Belfast Book Festival, is already looking bright and breez(...)