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On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

Moone Boy

John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Feb 28 – Friday Mar 06).

Moone Boy, The Consumer Show and new comedy Pompidou are in arrivals, while The Casual Vacancy, Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure and The Gift line up in departures. It's another busy week on the box.

Pick of the week

Moone Boy, Monday, Sky1

The whimsical award-winning comedy, recently crowned best sitcom at the British Comedy Awards, returns for a third run and a new slot on Mondays. Co-written, directed by and starring Chris O’Dowd, this year sees twinkly-eyed Martin ...

On the Box - Weekly TV Review


John Byrne looks back on a week's telly that saw the return of a universal favourite as well as the finales of a drama scorned and a surprisingly good new sitcom.

Reviewed: Gogglebox (Fridays, Channel 4); Broadchurch (Mondays, UTV/TV3); Catastrophe (Mondays, Channel 4)

It's amazing to think that Gogglebox (Fridays, Channel 4) has been around for just two years. It's also a testament to the show's strength that it feels like it's always been there, even though it first reared its head as recently as March 2013.

Back then I was a complete sceptic ...

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

Operation Transformation

John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Feb 21 – Friday Feb 27).

There's plenty on offer this week in Tellyland, from the Oscars to Ant and Dec as well new medical drama Critical, while it's bye-bye to Broadchurch, Wolf Hall and Operation Transformation.

Pick of the week

Operation Transformation, Wednesday, RTÉ One

Yep, it's that time of the year already. After seven weeks of hard work and dedication, it's finally time for the five OT leaders to run the 5km race before getting a makeover for the catwalk finale, which you ...

A Casual Vacancy

On the Box - Weekly TV Review

This week John Byrne takes in a JK Rowling adaptation, some Sunday night comfort viewing and an irresistible Italian hill town.

The debut print edition of Goldenplec

Call GoldenPlec crazy, but here we are in print . . .

James Hendicott magazine editor of long-running Irish music website Goldenplec talks about taking the brave move into the world of print

Danny Dyer and Barbara Windsor from EastEnders

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Feb 14 - Friday Feb 20)

Violet Davis in How to Get Away with Murder

On the Box - TV Review

John Byrne reckons that Thursday has turned in to the most competitive and enjoyable night of the week for telly.

On The Box - TV Preview February 7 - 13

Stephen Fry hosts the BAFTAS, Ireland take on Italy in the Six Nations and the 57th Annual Grammy Awards are hosted by LL Cool J. There's also a behind-the-scenes half hour Game of Thrones doc on Sky Atlantic.

Lisa Kudrow stars in The Comeback

On the Box - TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Monday Feb 2 - Friday 6)


On the Box - TV Review

A Batman prequel, the final finale of Futurma, some sentimental Sunday viewing and a documentary about a gigantic night club - it's been another week of jumbled telly-watching for John Byrne.