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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Baz Ashmawy, Ireland's Sexiest Man of 2009
The hilariously humourous, half Egyptian Irish comedian/presenter/actor Baz Ashmawy is an accomplished and truly exciting talent on the Irish Entertainment scene. He is best known over the past four years for presenting the hugely popular and wildly energetic, hit cult travel comedy series "How low can you go?" for RTE2.
After proving to be a popular addition with his guest presenter appearance on RTE 1's "No Frontiers" last year, he will this season present their independent travel section of the show.
Baz increased his popularity when he appeared in the very popular RTE1 Entertainment series Celebrity Banisteoir, where he managed a GAA Team, displaying a serious and soft side to his character, seldom revealed.
No stranger to radio, Baz regularly presents on 2FM's Gerry Ryan show as well as being a regular pundit on Newstalk's Orla Barry show.
He has also displayed his unique comedic timing on a variety of other RTE radio programmes such as Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney, as well as Spin FM and Today FM.
Although having strong experiences with classical theatre and Shakespeare it's probably his love of improvisation that has given him the accolades as an excellent comedic actor and has provided featured parts in TV show's such as RTE2's own award winning sketch show "Stew".
Word on the comedy stand up circuit is that the wide eyed Dubliner should be making an appearance on the UK and Irish stages very, very soon..watch this space!!!!
He has previously appeared in the short film "The Feast" directed by the award winning director Donnica O'Breen as well as playing Fortinbras from Marowitz's "Hamlet" in the Focus Theatre.
He also stared as George in Brian Di Salvo's well received interpretation of Thornton Wilders classic "Our Town" which was be The first play to open in Mill Theatrein Dundrum.
His new show Baz's Culture Clash is currently running on RTE2.
Tonight / Thursday
Katie: My Beautiful Face, Thursday 9.00pm Channel 4
A promising young model and TV Presenter who was a victim of a horrific acid attack which destroyed her face, tells her story for the first time. Look it is what it says on the tin but it's an amazing story, very sad and endearing but really honest to see how one girls life was turned upside down and how she dealt with it. It's very watchable viewing and produced really well!
21st Century Child, Monday 2nd November RTE1 9.35pm
RTÉ FACTUAL: Clinical pyschologist David Coleman is back for the second instalment of 21st Century Child. RTÉ's landmark series 21st Century Child which traces the growth of the same group of 12 children over the first six years of their lives is an ambitious project which not only looks at how our children are developing, but also examines the different challenges and choices faced by our parents as they bring up their child within a changing challenging Ireland. I really liked it just for the fact with shows like this it's amazing to see how children develop and it's a real hard series to sculpt as you can imagine. Ypou get to see how children communicate, attach to their parents, learn and how their personalities develop. In this series, filmed when they were aged between one and two years of age, our infants take their first steps in an Ireland which has been radically altered since their birth. I tell ya someone could have done with documenting my upbringing, might have been able to help me somewhere along the way. like you see Difficult decisions are reached. Depression hits the mums and emigration is considered the 'traditional' family unit are shattered as families struggle financially. It's a real life soap in some ways, great series for anyone but especially people with young families.
TUESDAY - Is definitely the night to stay in!!!!
James May's Toy Stories Tuesday 3rd November 8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
Top gears James May sets out to prove that traditional toys are still relevant today when he pushes them to the limit in spectacular, supersize challenges. From a full-size Lego house to a bridge made completely of Meccano, he shows just what extremes toys can be pushed to. Great fun show and really insane. May just carries it along and it's as amazing as it is ridiculous. Like Who came up with this idea but sure we'll see, RTE might give me a life sized my little pony to ride into work with if I push them.
Don't tell the Bride Episode 10, Tuesday 3rd November 9.00 - 10.00, BBC3
A series in which a couple are given £12,000 so they can have the wedding they cannot afford. The only twist is that the groom must organize the entire wedding as there must be no contact between the bride and groom until they meet again at the altar See that's where every irish woman would be like hell no we'll get married in supermacs in Tralee thanks..stuff your money. Oh I cant think of anything worse than having to organize a wedding. Seriously be my worst night mare. Women spend they're whole lives dreaming and planning their wedding day and men spend about as much time watching sex and the city as do thinking about weddings. Great series again.In this episode, a pair of childhood sweethearts who have waited 10 years to get married seek financial aid to plan the perfect wedding. The groom-to-be is given £12,000 to plan every detail of his nuptials, but the big day looks set to fall flat when he considers choosing his fiancee's arch-enemy to serve as his best man.
"Beyond the Berlin Wall: Building the Iron Curtain", Tuesday Nov 3rd @ 10.15pm, RTE1
In this new four-part series commissioned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, rte former economics minister George Lee takes us 'Beyond the Berlin Wall', talking to people who lived behind the Iron Curtain, exploring what life was like for them during that time and contrasting it with the personal and political transformation through which they have lived. The series also charts the history of the wall from its construction through to its fall and beyond. Have to say George lee is great and it's all painted really well with interviews and information.
Programme One: In tonight's episode Lee meets the people whose lives were marked by the Berlin Wall. Two whose family was destroyed by the wall, a former Stasi officer who drew the very line the wall would follow and an engineer whose belief in freedom led him to risk everything to escape it.
The Iron curtain tore the heart out of Europe. But these stories also tell us that there are those people who find the courage to challenge the darkness. Very rarely nowadays you watch tv and walk away with something of substance. It's a not a barrel of laughs but it's interesting telly and told well