John Byrne takes a look at the telly choices for the week ahead including Atmospheric French drama, Chris Evans, Alan Sugar and Michael Emerson. Yep, it's another wonderful week in the TV world. (Dates covered: Mon Oct 12-Fri Oct 16)
Pick of the week
The Returned, Friday, Channel 4
At last, at long last, the second season of this supernatural French drama finally arrives, two years on from its achingly downbeat but utterly compelling first season. Set in a small French mountain town, the story revolves around dead people inexplicably coming back to life. And if you haven't ...
John Byrne catches several new and returning shows including The Leftovers, a new sitcom set in the 1970s and a documentary series about the early days of Indie music.
Reviewed: The Leftovers (Monday, Sky Atlantic); From Darkness (Sunday, BBC One); The Kennedys (Friday, BBC One); You, Me and the Apocalypse (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic); Music for Misfits (Friday, BBC Four).
Before season two of The Leftovers (Monday, Sky Atlantic) arrived, fans were well signposted that there would be major changes. But even the phrase 'major changes' was something of an understatement. This was like watching an entirely different show.
Season one ...
John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Friday Oct 03-Friday Oct 09)
The Leftovers, Homeland and Empire are three biggies back on the small screen this week. Who needs a life when there's telly?
Pick of the week
The Leftovers, Monday, Sky Atlantic
The best new show of last year is back for a second season and the only thing guaranteed is that it won't be more of the same as there are major changes ahead. Going out just a day after its debut on US TV, this compelling but downbeat drama was created ...
This week John Byrne's spotlight is on Ray D'Arcy's return to TV, Graham Norton's gab-fest, and some telly-watching in suburban Britain.
Danger Mouse returned to TV today, more than thirty years after the original series was first broadcast - and the remake is being produced right here in Ireland. Boulder Media, a Dublin company is producing the reboot of classic 80s animation series.
There's a new Sunday night drama on RTÉ One, Ray D'Arcy's back on the box, while Rob Lowe stars in a nutty apocalyptic dramedy. Going out is so overrated . . .
Donal Ryan's first book of short stories, A Slanting of The Sun was the difficult third book for the author of The Spinning Heart, and became so challenging that he contemplated ending his publishing deal, he tells Paddy Kehoe.
It's many happy returns with the likes of Graham Norton, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Strictly and Rachel Allen all back on the TV horizon. And that's just for starters. Now, where's that remote control?
The 2015 Emmy Awards take place at the Microsoft Theater in Hollywood tonight, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg making his debut as the host.