Gay Byrne's The Meaning of Life begins its ninth series tonight at 10.35pm on RTÉ One, with guest Majella O'Donnell; Secrets and Lies (9.30pm RTÉ Two) draws to a taut close as the murky Australian mystery is solved; Other Voices (RTÉ Two 10.30pm) also ends its run, with performances from Mogwai, Walking on Cars, Lulu James, David Arnold, Willis Earl Beal, plus Sive and Spies.
The Meaning of Life, 10.35pm RTÉ One
With Gay Byrne turning eighty this August, The Meaning of Life begins its ninth series on May 4 with Majella O'Donnell. Four months after raising over €600,000 for cancer charities by having her head shaved on The Late Late Show, Majella O’Donnell explained to Gay Byrne why her battle with cancer has been a picnic compared to her previous struggle with depression. She talks revealingly about her upbringing, her family and faith, her first marriage and what it’s like to be Mrs Daniel O’Donnell. Having her head shaved put her famous husband, for once, in the shadow of her limelight for a change.
Secrets and Lies, 9.30pm RTÉ Two
Under the watchful eye of Detective Ian Cornielle, Ben’s quiet suburban life begins to unravel, as he struggles with the fact that he is the prime suspect in Thom’s murder and that people believe he could be guilty. Ben protests his innocence, but no one seems to believe him except his youngest daughter Eva (Piper Morrissey). She is almost as torn up as Ben by the family tension. In any case, Tom Murnane’s killer is finally exposed in this heart-stopping finale to what has been a fine, atmospheric series to date.
Other Voices, RTÉ Two 10.30pm
The final programme in the series features Mogwai, Walking on Cars, Lulu James, David Arnold, Willis Earl Beal plus Sive and Spies. Over six scintillating programmes, the Dingle and Derry-based series has given us cutting edge sounds from a host of acts. The performers have also included David Gray, George Ezra, Colm Mac ConIomaire, John Grant, Bell X1, Patty Griffin, Agnes Obel, David Arnold, Hozier, The Gloaming, Ásgeir, Lisa O’Neill, East India Youth, Poliça, Public Service Broadcasting, Foy Vance, The Amazing Snakeheads, The Bohicas, Josef Salvat, Little Matador, Rosie Carney, Samantha Crain and Lulu James.