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The Saturday Night Show


The Saturday Night Show
Kelly McDonagh Mongan

Programme: 11 January

Coming up on the show this week, fabulous drag queen Panti will be entertaining us with a performance and the man behind Panti, Rory O Neil, will be chatting about his life so far. The man from the heart- wrenching HSE ads, Gerry Collins, will be in to talk to discuss his terminal cancer caused by smoking and how he wishes he had quit sooner. Star of The Voice two years ago, Kelly McDonagh Mongan will be performing the song "Perfect" and she will be in to talking about about life since she was on The Voice and what she hopes for in the future. The leaders of Operation Transformation will also be in to talk about why they decided to take the big step of losing weight and getting healthy this year.

The Saturday Night Show
Jessie Pavelka

Programme: 18 January

Coming up on the show this week, heartthrob Jessie Pavelka will be in to discuss obesity and how he helps people on his shows "Fat: The Fight of my Life" and Obese: A Year to Save my Life". Irish chef Clare Smyth will be in to tell us what it's like to work with Gordon Ramsey and being one of the few female chefs to have three Michelin stars. Chris Gardner, the man who Will Smyth portrayed in Pursuit of Happyness, will be in to talk about his extraordinary life and what are the secrets to success. Illusionist, magician and escapologist "Rua" will be having some fun with the studio audience and chatting to Brendan about how he got in to magic. And Paul Joyce will be in to tell us why he wants a one way ticket to Mars.

The Saturday Night Show
David Wallace

Programme: 25 January

Coming up on the show this week, the Wallace brothers will be talking about playing rugby for Munster, their rivalry and retirement. Hypnotherapist Katie- Jane Goldin will be in to talk about being named Image Young Businesswoman of the year and how she learned everything from her father, the legendary Paul Goldin. Two survivalists will be in telling us how to prepare for a disaster and what measures they are taking to hone their skills for such an event. We will also have some Irish designers in with their various designs who are about to hit the big time. We also have musical performances from country star Derek Ryan and Irish- American super group The Gloaming.

The Saturday Night Show
Pussy Riot

Programme: 1 February

Coming up on The Saturday Night Show this week, Pussy Riot's Nadja and Masha will be in to tell us about their two years in a Russian prison and Constantin Gurgiev will be in with them. We'll be talking about homophobia, internet hate campaigns and freedom of speech. Marty Whelan will be talking about his new head of hair and the confidence it's brought him. Strictly Come Dancing's Vincent and Flavia are going to give us a special tango and there will be a great performance from Cavan singer songwriter Lisa O'Neill.

The Saturday Night Show
Charlie Bird

Programme: 8 February

Coming up on the show this week Charlie bird will be in to tell us about what he is missing now that he's not working on the news and about his plans to live with Eskimos. Chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White will be in to talk about foodie fashions. GAA legend Mick O' Dwyer will in to talk about his retirement and if there's any chance he might come back one more time. Fantastic Opera singer Celine Byrne will be in to sing "O Mio Babino Caro" and she will be talking about how she made her dreams come true.

The Saturday Night Show
John Hurt

Programme: 15 February

Coming up on the show this week, the legendary John Hurt will be in to talk about his new film "Only Lovers Left Alive" and about his connections with Ireland. Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavan will be telling us how they lost nearly everything but now they're back in business. Eurovision's Joseph McCaul will be discussing coming to terms with his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis, he will also be performing a song for us. Aimee Richardson will be talking about starring in the world's first cartoon featuring a lead character with an intellectual disability. Other music on the night will be performed by Damien Dempsey who will be singing "Sing All Our Cares Away" from his recently released greatest hits album. There will also be an amazing viewer's giveaway prize of ¤10, 000

The Saturday Night Show
David McSavage

Programme: 29 February

This week on The Saturday Night Show comedian David McSavage tells us about his new series of Savage Eye, his desire to get out of Ireland and his big screen debut.

Monica Loughman talks about big ballerinas and life after Russian dance.

The impossible to embarrass Dr Christian Jessen discusses his own body issues, his theories on obesity and television's obsession with health and wellness.

American singer songwriter John Grant will perform with some very special backing singers. John will also talk to Brendan about music, life and his hell-raising past.

Also joining Brendan will be the mother of Irish politics, Mary O'Rourke to talk retirement, legacies and the current crop of politicians.

The Saturday Night Show
Donncha O'Callaghan

Programme: 8 March

This week on The Saturday Night Show, the most capped player in Munster rugby history, Donncha O'Callaghan discusses life on and off the field and tells us about his commitment to Unicef's campaign to eradicate Polio by 2018.

Football loving funny man, David Baddiel tells us tales from inside, and outside the bubble of fame.

Motivational speaker and former Columban missionary Declan Coyle discusses his philosophy of life and how his son inspires him every day.

There's music from The Young Ones and ahead of Acquired Brain Injury Awareness week, Sheila Fitzgerald and her fourteen year old son Ronan reveal the impact of acquired brain injury on their lives.


Brain Awareness Week runs from march 10th to march 15th. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland will run their annual bake for brain injury fundraisers throughout the country to help improve their national rehabilitation service.

Details about Fyffes supporting Unicef Polio Campaign featuring Unicef ambassador Donncha O'Callaghan on

The Saturday Night Show
Liz McDonald

Programme: 15 March

Coming up on the show this week, Beverly Callard, also known as Liz McDonald, landlady of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street will be in to tell us about life on the Street and how she got through depression. The Franciscan Friar with the voice and face of an angel, Friar Alessandro, will be in to perform and tell us about what led him to a life of religious service. The amazing Antrim Rose, Jean Daly, will be talking about how her life changed in an instant ten years ago and how she has dealt with everything since then. We'll also have a very special performance by the godfather of Irish music, Donal Lunny who will also be chatting with Brendan.

The Saturday Night Show
Jennifer Maguire

Programme: 22 March

Coming up on The Saturday Night Show this week, coming straight from Mountjoy Prison, Margaretta D'Arcy speaks exclusively to Brendan about her campaigning life and her time behind bars. Two of the funniest women on Irish TV, Katherine Lynch and Jennifer Maguire tell us about their brand new sitcom "The Centre", which starts on RTÉ Two on Monday 24th March. The latest Dragon to enter the Den, Eamonn Quinn, talks entrepreneurs and life after Superquinn. Cycle Against Suicide's Jim Breen discusses his own struggles and why it's Ok not to be OK.

The Webb Sisters, famous for their work with Leonard Cohen, will be performing "Always on my Mind"

The Saturday Night Show
Nuala Carey

Programme: 30 March

Coming up on the show this week, The Saturday Night Show, the #NoMakeUpSelfies craze goes to the next level when Daniella Moyles, Nuala Carey, Amanda Brunker and Norah Casey will appear on the programme without make-up, all to help the Irish Cancer Society.

Nell McCafferty will be talking to Brendan about regrets, feminism and lessons she's learned as she turns 70.

After his candid video last week Eoghan McDermott on why he self-harmed and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Davy Russell will be talking about his recent success and the journey that got him there.

Benny Lewis who learned ten languages in the past ten years will be in to tell us how. Up and coming Morrissey and Marshall will be providing the music with their song "Pack Up Lady"

The Saturday Night Show
Sarah Harding

Programme: 12 April

This week on The Saturday Night Show, Ireland and Ulster player Andrew Trimble will be discussing his great Six-Nations comeback. RTÉ's George Lee will talking about being back in the newsroom and giving his take on our economic recovery and talk of a property bubble. The always fun Sarah Harding tells us about moving on from the Girls Aloud and helping Bressie out on The Voice of Ireland. Dr Ciara Kelly from Operation Transformation will be discussing how GPs are on their knees after years of cuts.

And there will be music from the exceptional Julie Feeney.


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