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U2

John Byrne looks back on a week of telly that included The History of Irish Rock, the season four finale of Girls, the return of Modern Family, and new family drama Bloodline.

There was a time when rock music wasn't a dull, corporate experience. There was also a time when the various churches on this island made it their business to stop boys and girls enjoying raucous music in public or getting too close together in case, y'know, something sinful happened. You can ask your parents about the former, and grandparents about the latter. The History of Irish ...

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Home of the Year

John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Mar 21-Friday Mar 27)

It's hello to Home of the Year, Happy Valley and Bloodline, and goodbye to Girls, The Comeback and The Musketeers . . .

Pick of the week

Home of the Year, Thursday, RTÉ One

Let's face it: the Irish are obsessed with property and we have one of the highest percentages of home ownership on the planet. So this brand new series makes a lot of sense.

Promising to champion individuality, flair and a commitment to design, Home of the Year features home-owners around Ireland ...

On the Box - Weekly TV Review

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

John Byrne looks at the returning procedural Forever (Thursdays, Sky 1); Andy Samberg's on-going cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Sunday, RTÉ2); and new sitcom Raised by Wolves (Monday, Channel 4)

Have you guys gotten accustomed to the mid-season break that dominates much of American TV? Time was, when shows crossed the Atlantic much later than they do now, we got to see each season in full and one stretch at a time. Now that we tend to see shows on Irish and UK channels very quickly after their US broadcast, it's gotten very piecemeal as we have to ...

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

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

American Crime

On the Box - TV Review

John Byrne goes back to the future with a BBC reboot, admires Felicity Huffman playing an unpleasant character in a new US drama, and loses the body count as The Following returns.

Poldark

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Saturday Mar 07-Friday Mar 13)

Moone Boy

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

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

Gogglebox

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.

Operation Transformation

On the Box - Weekly TV Preview

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

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.