Soaps Monday 2nd November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
All the latest storylines and juicy gossip from Fair City, Eastenders, Coronation Street, and Ros na Rún.
It provides us with vital tasters of this week's soaps and keeps us hooked!
Taragh Loughrey-Grant, Entertainment Journalist with RTE.ie has been working in TV, radio and print for over 10 years. She studied at DCU before going on to UCD where she graduated with a Masters in 2002. Whilst studying, Taragh worked as a freelance writer with a number of Ireland's leading publications and worked on several projects as a freelance presenter and producer for TV3, RTÉ's Nationwide and for RTÉ's former station Tara TV. She worked as a continuity presenter for TV3 before becoming the Film and Entertainment Correspondent for FM104 radio.
In 2006 she began presenting and producing both Channel 6's (now 3e) film show 'Take 6' and Phantom 105.2's 'Cinerama'. In January 2009 Taragh joined RTÉ as an online Entertainment Journalist and has since co-presented TTV. She is a regular contributor to The Tubridy Show and Arena, presented by Seán Rocks on RTÉ Radio One and the soap correspondent with The Afternoon Show.
Fair City Tuesday 8pm RTE One
This Week: Barry feels culpable for Annette's death. Christy fails to console him.
Heather and Brendan meet Christy who senses their tension has them at breaking point. Christy offers to talk to Renee to see if he can soften her stance. Bob wheedles Renee to return to him but she remains intransigent. Christy remains tense about balancing his relationships with Carol and Renee at this difficult time. Carol probes Ray as to whether Christy still has feelings for Renee. Ray makes Carol feel worse by pointing out that after thirty years of marriage; Christy will never stop having feelings for Renee, on some level or another.
Sarah allows Barry to use her apartment as a temporary office for the Northside Post, which was located in the same building as Annette's office, which burned down. Sarah's flatmates, Keith and now Orla are remarkably amenable to this, in sympathy with Barry, who agrees to pay a small fee for their trouble. Sarah tries to convince Barry to cover the fire in the Northside Post but he rejects this.
Sarah is still dating Ian, so she uses her intimacy with him to try to get more information on the murder investigation in the fire's aftermath. Sarah visits an embittered McAleer in hospital and is surprised to hear him describe Barry as an accessory to murder. When Sarah questions him, McAleer instructs her to take out her notebook, detailing how Barry, when asked for help by Annette, 'handed her back' to Bill. Barry asks for Sarah's resignation when she tells him she plans to go to national newspapers with her feature version of McAleer's side of events.
Bob Charles approaches Zumo, an unlikely associate for him, to talk about finding a way to launder his counterfeit cash. Eileen spots Zumo talking to Bob, whom she views as a "sleeveen," and tells Zumo to watch his back. Eileen also warns Bob to stay away from her grandson. Bob takes Zumo out for tapas and pays with his counterfeit cash, to prove their deal is viable. But Bob rejects Zumo's terms of business, finding he drives too hard a bargain.
Renee insists she will not be dictated to by Carol, when Carol tries to oust her, "like a bad smell". Christy does not take time to placate Carol's fury when Renee asks to speak with him alone. Carol confronts Christy later, claiming Renee's true motivation is to drive a wedge between them. Christy stands his ground, informing Carol that Brendan's trial is that important to him. He doesn't want to see Brendan jailed.
Sarah gets a pang of jealousy when she hears Orla and Ian took a walk in the botanical gardens earlier. Orla underscores Sarah's concerns by saying she thinks Ian is gorgeous. Ian cautions Sarah about selling her scoop to the papers, given that the fire is still under investigation and her publishing of McAleer's version could be problematic. Sarah acts like a bitch to Orla who is her house-mate, as of recently. Orla is hurt and confused.
McAleer staggers into McCoy's, having discharged himself from the hospital early, to confront Barry with questions as to why Barry let Annette back into Bill's malign custody, and whether Barry is now torn up with grief and guilt. Barry and McAleer are bound inextricably by the tidal wave of emotion and trauma surrounding these events.
Eastenders Monday 7:30pm RTÉ One
Sam reluctantly tells Archie she wants nothing more to do with him after what he did to Peggy. Playing the guilt trip, he informs her that he put her bail money up. Unmoved, Sam reminds him he got his money back and tries to avoid his lunch invitation. However, his charm works as Sam later rings the bell but to Archie's surprise Ricky has tagged along. Ricky tells Sam he's not leaving her alone with Archie and clearly changing her tune, she reminds Ricky that Archie is family.
At dinner, Ricky is suspicious of why Archie is complimenting Sam. To get Sam alone, Archie asks Ricky to look at the mysterious wasps nest and then invites Sam to stay over if she finds the Vic too chaotic. Sam tells him she can't move out, but Archie is persistent. Sam is confused when he asks about her going back to Brazil, knowing it would break her bail terms. While she mulls over the idea, Ricky rushes back in claiming the wasps are still alive. Archie dismisses him and continues to try to convince Sam to his way of thinking.
As they leave, Archie promises Sam the big bedroom. Ricky tries to bring her to her senses, but Archie pulls the guardian angel card, as that is what Sam's dad "would have wanted". Ricky pulls Sam away and Archie spots Janine watching in amusement. She gives him some papers to sign, he warns her to keep her interest in his affairs "confined to the car lot".
In the cafe, Billy is circling job ads. He and Jay are skint and homeless. Jane comes into the café and struggles past a pram in the doorway, but once inside she snaps herself out of staring at the baby.
Archie sees Billy and realises how he is struggling offers him a room. Billy not wanting to betray his family, tries to walk off but Archie is insistent. Peggy spots them from afar and Billy runs to explain that he has no other option and she is sympathetic to his situation.
Curious that he may have another message Syed checks his phone. Christian takes it from him, telling him to go home before the letter to Zainab arrives. Syed says that he can't cope with the pressure just as Lucy walks in. Lucy asks if there is a problem, spotting the phone in Christian's hand she compliments it and tries to take it, but Syed stops her.
Back home, Syed gets a message and looks shaken. It's another text demanding £300 "today", but he lies saying its wedding related.
Syed nervously stands outside the phone box but tired of waiting he leaves a brown paper bag inside at which point he gets another message telling him to walk away, "I'm watching". Syed's eyes dart around the Square but he follows the instruction. At the Masala Unit, Christian finds Syed waiting anxiously. Christian screams at him for paying up. Syed tries to explain, but Christian cuts him down. Realising Syed is vulnerable he stops being angry and hugs him. As they hug, Amira comes through the door and they pull apart from each other apart.
Lucy peeks inside the paper bag, clearly happy with its contents and leaves the phone box at which point Lucas runs over and Lucy looks up petrified. She tries to hide the money and is relieved Lucas was only asking if she has seen Owen.
Earlier, at Patrick's, Lucas romantically spins Denise round and recites some wedding vows. Denise interrupts him, joking that they need a vicar and at which point Lucas pulls out a ring. Denise is giddy as Lucas kneels down to propose. He slips the ring on her finger before assuring her Owen's gone and they share a heated kiss.
Later, Denise rallies Tanya and Jane at the café but before she can finish her announcement, Tanya butts in thinking she's pregnant. Jane doesn't know where to look, but is relieved when Denise corrects Tanya by flashing her ring. She reveals the wedding will be at the end of November.
In the Vic, Denise and Lucas announce their engagement. Pat congratulates them. Liz eyes Lucas and wryly congratulates them too. Uncomfortable Liz decides to go, but Denise tells her to stay.
Coronation Street Monday 7:30pm TV3
This Week: As word of Tony's (Gray O'Brien) heart attack spreads through the street the factory girls gossip unaware of his fate. Roy (David Neilson) meanwhile is in turmoil as he tells Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) about Tony's shock confession. Hayley puts it down to the drugs Tony was on but Roy's sure there was more to it. Determined to get the truth Roy returns to the hospital. But when he's met by Maria (Samia Smith), who's arrived back from Cyprus in a terrible state, she has some shocking news of her own. Has Tony taken the truth to his grave?
Ryan's (Ben Thompson) appalled to discover Michelle (Kym Marsh) has spent the night with Jake (Kenny Doughty). Embarrassed Michelle ushers Jake out of the flat. Dev (Jimmi Harkishin) meanwhile refuses to pay Jake's bill for the roof repairs, claiming it's too steep. In retaliation Jake removes a section of roof tiles from the cornershop. As a stand off ensues which man will back down?
Simon's (Alex Bain) got a black eye and a cold so feeling sorry for him Peter (Chris Gascoyne) keeps him off school. But when they're approached by a man called George (Anthony Valentine), who claims to be Simon's granddad, he's quick to comment on both his bruise and his absence from class.
And when Julie (Katy Cavanagh) and Jesse (John Thompson) arrange to meet in secret for another children's party Eileen (Sue Cleaver) wonders what they're up to.
This episode is written by Lucy Gannon and produced by Kim Crowther, the director is Tim Dowd.
Ros na Rún Tues and Thurs 8:30pm TG4
This Week: There are emotional scenes this week in Ros na Rún as Tara says her last goodbyes before she leaves for the bright lights of London city to launch her singing career. Despite their ups and downs during their turbulent relationship, Caomhán turns up to Tara's send off to wish her well and the estranged couple make their peace. Caomhán hopes the way is now clear for him to start a relationship with Mo, but can Mo put aside her doubts that Caomhán is just on the rebound?
Elsewhere, business is booming for Caitríona but the beauty salon is short staffed. Stuck for a helping hand, Caitríona agrees to give Gráinne a trial run for the day. Gráinne, who has lied through her teeth about her experience and qualifications, puts a nervous customer at ease with a relaxing Indian head massage before her waxing treatment. Before long the phones are hopping with locals hoping to book an appointment with the fantastic new masseuse! Caitríona agrees to give Gráinne more shifts in the salon, but how long will Gráinne get away with her false claims that she's a qualified beauty therapist?
Thursday, 5th November, 2009
Gráinne proves to be a godsend at Caitríona's beauty salon and her professional pedicures and relaxing Indian head massages are a huge hit with the customers. However, inexperienced Gráinne knows she can't hide behind her forged beauty certificates forever and enlists Mo as a human guinea pig to hone her beauty therapist skills! Mo reluctantly agrees to help Gráinne practice her fake tan application but before long, Mo is a luminous shade of orange! Can Gráinne fix Mo's dodgy tan before her date with Caomhán?
Meanwhile, Mícheál flips when he discovers Molly stole his car keys and took his car for a joy ride! Molly shrugs off Mícheál's scolding before running to her mother Bríd shedding crocodile tears. Once again, Bríd falls for Molly's twisted version of events and tells Mícheál it's not his place to discipline Molly. Luckily for Mícheal, he has Séamus on his side. Séamus can see that Molly is out to cause trouble and Mícheál is playing right into her hand by rising to the bait every time. Can Mícheál take on the teen-from-hell armed with Séamus's words of wisdom?