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Monday, 7 September 2009

Jarlath Regan will be giving us the top five programmes we should watch this week, according to him..

Jarlath Regan is a 28 year old Irish comedian. He's a little over six feet tall, has brown hair and brown eyes with a little black dot in the middle of each.

During a period as an advertising account executive he became disillusioned and decided to try his hand at comedy. After winning a place in the final of the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards he began gigging around Ireland in small bars, pubs, community halls and hay barns.

After a while he was asked to support people like Ardal O'Hanlon and David O'Doherty.

Then through a stroke of good fortune he was asked to appear along side an all-star cast of Irish comedians at the inaugural Montreal Just For Laughs Irish Comedy Gala. A television producer saw the gala and six months later the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland decided to fund a television documentary about his journey to the Edinburgh festival with his first solo show. "Nobody Knows Jarlath Regan" (TV3) was a three part series which saw Jarlath interview some of his comedy heroes and apply their advice to his daily experience of the Fringe.

In the past year he has appeared regularly on Ireland's version of Mock The Week - The Panel. He recently completed an illustrated book of his twisted greeting card collection which is due for release by Transworld Ireland for Random House in September 2009. In January he made a little bit of history by becoming the first comedian to record a live album in Dublin's Comedy Cellar - the venue that gave birth to Dara O'Brian, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran.


Pure Mule: The Last Weekend Tonight at 9.35 RTE1

Pure Mule is a new two part installment of the hit drama, reuniting the characters of a fictional midlands town four year's on. The Last weekend is split into two parts. The first part will be aired on Sunday night so we can back reference that with a clip. The Last weekend finds Scobie (Garrett Lombard) with his bags packed for Australia and Jennifer (Charlene Mc Kenna) back in town for a family funeral with a new boyfriend in tow (JJ Feild).

The original series, Pure Mule, aired over 6 episodes in September 2005. It was a huge hit and won five IFTAs, including Best Actress for Dawn Bradfield and Best Director for Declan Recks

Pure Mule: The Last Weekend was shot entirely in the midlands for four weeks in June and July this year.

Scobie (Garrett Lombard), once a skilled labourer, is now a security guard on an abandoned building site. With no real employment prospects, he's already booked on a flight to Australia to join his brother and hopefully start a new life. But he's not sure he's ready to leave home. He's still someone in this town. He has a comfortable, casual relationship with single mother Julie (Orla Fitzgerald) and he's still popular with the ladies, although younger local buck Dean (Diarmuid Noyes) seems to be stealing his thunder more and more lately.
The weekend Scobie is due to depart, Jennifer (Charlene McKenna) suddenly returns to the town after a four year absence in England, to bury her mother. Jennifer has brought her boyfriend of two years Tom (JJ Feild), the Englishman who helped her get her act together after some dark times in London.
Scobie's doubts about leaving grow, much to the consternation of his mother Angela (Gail Fitzpatrick) and her boyfriend Cliff (Liam Carney).

For all the soccer fans Ireland will be playing their last friendly match before they play Italy in Croke Park in the World Cup Qualifier.

Soccer International Friendly: Ireland V South Africa Tuesday 10.25pm RTE2

These are highlights of the match rather than the entire match. Bill O' Herlihy introduces coverage of the international friendly between Ireland and South Africa from Thomond Park. Joining him in studio will be John Giles and Eamon Dunphy. Will Morale and general physical health be in good order after the encounter with Cyprus on Saturday? Hopefully the next time we play the South Africans will be on their home soil during the World Cup next summer.

(This may be an opportunity to ask viewer's to contact us to say what they thought of the match on Saturday whether Ireland won or lost.)


We've all seen the ads of Derren Brown in rewind promoting his new series, well we're about to find out what it's all about. Wednesday night he will attempt his biggest challenge to date and you can see it happening live.

Derren Brown: The Event Live Wednesday 10.35pm Channel 4

There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this series and in an interview Derren would not reveal anything about his first stunt. However during an interview for Channel 4 he did reveal something about his second stunt.


Coronation St Friday 7.30pm ITV

Leanne Battersby returns..

Peter (Chris Gascoyne) agrees Simon (Alex Bain) can hold a funeral for his rabbit. Hearing about his pet's death Sophie (Brooke Vincent) suggests they bury the rabbit in the back garden of Number 4 so that Simon can visit its grave. Simon makes a heartfelt speech at the funeral and seeing how upset he is Peter tells him he's taking him on a little trip to cheer him up. As they arrive at an Italian restaurant in Leeds a waitress heads over to take their order. It's Leanne (Jane Danson). Simon's thrilled to see her but how will Leanne react to Peter's sudden appearance?


People of the Year Awards Saturday Time TBC RTE1
Gráinne Seoige is the host for this year's People of the Year Awards, set to come live from Citywest on Saturday September 12th.
The People of the Year winners, as always, will be chosen by members of the public through a nominations process and finalised by a panel of adjudicators.
The awards include the International Person of the Year and the Young Person of the Year (under 25 years of age). In addition, there are a number of People of the Year Awards presented for achievements in the areas of community service, sports, arts and culture, among others, as well as a special award in 2009 for the Nurse of the Year.
Past winners of the People of the Year Awards include Sir Bob Geldof; Padraig Harrington; Keith Duffy; Joe Dolan; Mary Robinson; Terry Wogan; Veronica Guerin; Mo Mowlam; Maeve Binchy; Sonia O'Sullivan; TK Whittaker; Tommy Tiernan and Christy Moore.