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On the Box - Weekly TV Preview


John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday, September 5 to Friday, September 11)

There are loads of new and returning shows this week including Strictly, Gogglebox and Lady Chatterley's Lover. There's simply no need to go outside any more!

Pick of the week

Gogglebox, Friday, Channel 4

When this show first arrived I thought it would be unwatchable rubbish, but it turned out to be an absolute delight. Isn't it amazing that, at this stage in our evolution, we'd be entertained by watching a TV show about other people watching television ...

TV Review: From toe-curling karaoke to dancing with murderers

Rita, Nick, Cheryl, Simon, Caroline and Olly

Two returning shows and a one-off special constitute John Byrne's latest look at the telly world.

Reviewed:  The X Factor (Saturday, TV3 & UTV); 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy (Tuesday, Sky1); An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse (Monday, BBC 2)

Some time ago I struck a one-sided deal with The X Factor (Saturday, TV3 & UTV). Year after year, this colossal karaoke competition keeps coming back, and the Whitney wannabes are over this show like a melismatic rash. 'As soon as anyone mentions Whitney Houston,' I said to myself, "I am outta here.'

Oscar Wilde wrote a story ...

TEN new TV shows you shouldn't miss

Anna Daly

September starts next week – so that means TV is getting back into gear for autumn and there are loads of new and returning shows for your consideration.

As well as established favourites such as The Late Late Show and The X Factor, there are some new titles on the way, including TV3's first foray into early morning weekend programming.

To get the ball rolling, here are TEN shows that are likely to get the most attention.

Saturday: AM TV3 Saturday and Sunday

Ireland AM reporter/presenter Anna Daly is the anchor on both Saturday and Sunday variants of the ...

Top Coppers on BBC 3. Just needs some genuinely funny jokes

TV Review: Criminal shortage of jokes in cop caper

John Byrne checks out some comic cops, Santa Claus in Kerry, a global crisis and a game of two halves in this week's telly watch.

Jon Voight and Liev Schreiver in Ray Donovan

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Aug 22-Friday 28)

The race is on to find this year's Rose of Tralee

Live Blog: Rose of Tralee

Join us later this evening for all the fun and madness from this year's Rose of Tralee as it happens.

Cilla Black

TV Review: Saturday night's alright but angry animals lack bite

John Byrne checks out a new US drama about killer animals, a history of Saturday Night TV, a Cilla Black compilation, and the latest comic offering from the BBC.

The Rose of Tralee host Dáithí O Sé

On the Box - TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Aug 15-Friday 21)

Colin Farrell in True Detective

TV Review: True Detective bows out with a whimper

John Byrne looks back on the season two finale of True Detective, a new post-apocalyptic US comedy, and surrenders to a Frank Sinatra double bill on BBC 4.

It's goodbye to Glee and Lea Michele

On the Box - TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday August 8 - Friday August 14)