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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Jarlath Regan will be giving his thoughts on some of the top programmes we should watch this week.

Jarlath Regan

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.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks Tonight 9.30pm BBC2
The panel show other panel shows aspire to be. Buzzcocks has been on TV for more than a decade and continues to set the standard for this now ubiquitous format. (clip)

The Late Late Show Friday 9.35pm RTE1
Like your mother home cooking the late late show has comforting familiarity that I find soothing even if it is infuriating sometimes. Ryan has settled in so well.

There are two viewing options on Saturday evening and in both you get the chance to support the Irish.

X factor 1st Live Show Saturday 8.00pm TV3

Thanks to X Factor judge Louis Walsh the very annoying Grime twins are now representing Dublin, Ireland in the final 12. John and Edward Grimes are 17 year old twins from Dublin and have been hailed as 'the most annoying act since Same Difference'.

John and Edward are still at school and they live with their parents in Dublin. The earliest memory they have of singing is joining the school choir when they were 11 years old.

When they were 14 years old they entered a school talent competition and competed against each other, John came 3rd and Edward came 1st.

They like to sing everywhere, bus, shops, streets. The boys once bumped into the Pussycat Dolls in a Dublin hotel bar and they sang to them - the girls invited them to a show after party but sadly they were too young to go.

Their ultimate dream is to entertain and keep audiences happy.

Each of the judges chose their three acts to go through to the live final which starts on Saturday night.

Ireland V Italy World Cup Qualifier Saturday Time 7.00pm RTE2
The Irish have never forgiven Toto Schillaci for putting us out of the World Cup in 1990.

And after that nobody said we could beat Italy in 1994 and we did of course. And tomorrow we have the Irish legends Ray Houghton on the show so we can ask them how it felt to beat the Italians!

Brief Description (REF:
"This evening's Group Eight qualifier comes from Croke Park, as Giovanni Trapattoni's men face the group leaders. The Azzurri need just a point to secure top spot in the group and a place in next year's finals, but a win for the Irish would take matters down to the final game and guarantee the hosts at least a place in the play-off round. Robbie Keane's 88th-minute strike earned Ireland a point in the reverse fixture at the Stadio San Nicola in April, as the match finished in a 1-1 draw, but the Italians played most of the game with 10 men following Giampaolo Pazzini's fourth-minute sending off. Presented by Bill O'Herlihy, with commentary by George Hamilton and Jim Beglin."

Reeling in the Years Sunday 6.30pm RTE1

Jarlath says: Might be my favourite show on TV. It's such a simple idea and it works perfectly. We all love nostalgia and this show captures the feeling of a particular year.

Reeling in the Years Sunday 11th October RTE1
Naomi Campbell is speaking about marrying an Irish man and then Miriam O Callaghan is talking about rezoning land.