From 50 Years of Rock Excess to Robbie Williams at London’s Palladium, Anne Doyle’s return, the final episode of Generation War to a documentary about Mary Poppins' author PL Travers, there's something telly-tastic for everyone this week.
Pick of the week
50 Years of Rock Excess: Amps, Whips and Rebel Riffs, Sunday, Channel 4
This is the opening part of Rock Night, a themed series of programming about a brand of music that needs Marshall amps that go to 11. Other programmes include two live shows, Queens of the Stone Age - iTunes Festival Special and Queen - Live ...
John Byrne joins in with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, enjoys James Spader hamming it up in The Blacklist – and finds Parenthood just as much fun the second time around.
Reviewed: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Saturday, BBC One); The Blacklist (Friday, Sky Living); Parenthood (Tuesday, RTÉ Two)
Warning! if you haven’t seen recent episodes of these shows, some of the content will obviously refer to revelations that may have occurred.
A while ago I was doing a bit of clearing in our attic and came across a magazine celebrating the tenth anniversary of Doctor Who ...
John Byrne looks at three very different, imported dramas: HBO gangster-fest Boardwalk Empire, Danish political pot-boiler Borgen, and the Stuart Townsend-starring Betrayal.
Reviewed: Boardwalk Empire (Saturday, Sky Atlantic), Borgen (Saturday, BBC 4), Betrayal (Tuesday, RTÉ Two)
What with the advent of US cable channels such as HBO and AMC providing cutting-edge drama, and the growing popularity of European imports ranging from Inspector Moltalbano to The Killing, Irish TV viewers have a lot of variety in imports compared to the days when it was simply a choice between mainstream US and UK shows.
HBO led the cable charge with the likes ...
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Sat Nov 16 - Fri Nov 22)
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Sat Nov 2 - Fri Nov 8)
John Byrne takes in the returning BBC drama Ripper Street, revisits US comedy New Girl, and spots a familiar face in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Sat Oct 19 - Fri Oct 25)
In this week's TV review, John Byrne takes in new US drama The Mob Doctor.
John Byrne takes in a couple of the many new shows that started in the last week and says goodbye to Chris O'Dowd and all the gang at the IT Crowd.