Monday, 9 November 2009
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: Bob and Brendan share a moment as Brendan prepares for trial. Bob tells Brendan that he has broken up with Renee. Bob minds Eleanor while Heather and Brendan go to court.
Christy asks Renee to leave because they can't see eye to eye over the trial. Carol offers her place to Renee while Carol will move in with Christy.
Brendan and Heather meet their barrister and the barrister for the prosecution, who are turn out to be rivals - and warring spouses. The prosecution contends that Brendan confessed to Floyd's murder by lethal injection of morphine.
While Bob is babysitting, he finds Floyd's last ever letter to Heather. He calls Jo to ask her to take charge of Eleanor while he runs out but she misses his call.
Bob interrupts Renee observing the trial but Renee hangs up on him. Renee is pleased to meet Robert who is also a witness for the prosecution. Bob gets Charlie to watch Eleanor while he runs to the court-house.
The defence contends that Brendan aided his patient with a dignified death. Their expert witness, Professor Clegg testifies that Floyd would have been in unbearable pain towards the end.
Bob arrives at the court house while the court is in recess and pleads with Renee to confront the evidence he found, a letter from Floyd, which proves he desperately wanted to die. Bob urges Renee to believe that the letter exonerates Brendan. Bob interprets the letter as a suicide note, whereas Renee views it as a love letter. Christy takes the letter from Bob and brings it into the court house.
Deegan testifies that Robert made a statement implicating his cousin Brendan and that Brendan subsequently confessed. The prosecution draws attention to the fact that in a previous statement Brendan gave, months prior, he had made no reference to the lethal injection.
Renee testifies that Floyd never wanted to die. Renee says she heard from Floyd after his death, through a spiritualist, that Floyd had been murdered by Brendan.
Brendan's barrister asks for the court to be adjourned and speculates that as Renee's testimony was arguably inadmissible, a retrial should be scheduled. This application for a retrial is rejected.
Outside the court-room, Renee gets hysterical and attacks Brendan calling him a murderer. Carol suggests Renee take a rest but Renee refuses to leave the courts.
Bob forces Heather to show Brendan Floyd's letter, which Christy restored to her. Brendan is stupefied to discover Heather has kept this piece of evidence.
Eastenders: Monday 7:30pm RTÉ One
This Week: Peggy is hanging up a 'happy hour' poster outside the Vic when she catches Archie staring at her. Unfazed she returns inside, where Roxy is blowing up balloons. Peggy asks if she's available for a brewery delivery later. Roxy unhappily replies that she is.
Whilst Sam is putting up a banner, she tells Peggy that Ricky won't make tonight as he's taking Whitney out to take her mind off the trial. As Peggy commends Ricky, Sam gets a call from Jack, which she rejects. Roxy comes in soaking wet as the pipes have burst in the kitchen. Panicking, she calls out for Ronnie whilst Sam smirks.
Peggy is annoyed because Ronnie switched off the mains to stop the leak. As she takes the poster down, Ronnie assures her the night can go on. Owen walks by, telling them he's a qualified plumber, but Ronnie isn't interested. Hesitant, Peggy invites him in. Owen assesses the mess. and Ronnie hands him Phil's tools. He questions her behaviour toward him, Ronnie tells him what he did to Libby is no secret and jokes about throwing him out. The mood turns sombre as Owen admits he's contemplated suicide.
As he heads off, Roxy asks him to look at one of the beer pumps. Tracey opens the door and Denise comes in to discuss her plans. Seeing Owen behind the bar, Denise asks what he's doing there. Roxy's too busy for Denise, but promises she'll get Peggy to catch up with her. Affected by Denise's behaviour towards him, Owen aggressively returns to the job. He bangs too hard and the pipe sprays beer in his face. Roxy directs him to the bathroom as the beer repulses him, a recovering alcoholic.
Ronnie catches a soaking wet Owen in the sitting room looking at Danielle's picture. She hands him one of Phil's shirts, before heading off to the kitchen, where she questions his feelings for Denise. He lies, denying he has any. Over a cup of tea, she mentions Owen's potential suicide, which he tries to dismiss. Ronnie reflects about Danielle and Owen says he understands. Puzzled, she asks him what he knows. He tells her he feels like "this thing that happened" to Libby and Denise and they've forgotten him. Ronnie understands and wipes her tears away. As Owen goes she calls him back, inviting him to stay longer. Reaching out for his hand, she tells him she doesn't want to be alone. He slowly leans in and they share a kiss. She invites him to her room, assuring him that she has protection.
Meanwhile downstairs, Peggy is really happy with the turnout, but this fades when she sees Archie. Causing a scene, she tells him to he isn't welcome. Later, Max and Peggy are going through the receipts for the insurance. Although Max is shocked at the total, Peggy is eager to know when "they'll pay up?" Meanwhile, Sam is on the phone to Jack and smiling, she leaves the Vic.
Before slipping out, Peggy leaves Tracey in charge. Archie stands waiting at his front door, he smiles as he lets Peggy in. They joke about Peggy convincingly throwing him out. They share a kiss and he leads her upstairs.
Ian is working at the Café when he comes across a note written by Jane. Screwing it up, he looks sorrowful as he continues serving a customer. As Max walks past, Ian invites him for a "boy's night out" at the Vic, but Max declines. Unfazed, Ian spots Winston and asks him, but he too declines. Relentless, Ian asks Masood. Ignoring his fumbled attempt at an excuse, he excitedly tells him to meet at the Vic later. After bumping into Christian leaving the café, his mood soon changes. He tells Ian he spoke to Jay earlier, but Ian mistakes it for Jane and groans when Christian admits she hasn't asked about him. Christian leads him back inside to chat.
Ian embraces happy-hour with Christian for company. Christian commends him for helping Billy out as Masood strolls in. Over a table of empty glasses, Ian seeks self affirmation, ranting about being too generous and "a prophet without honour". Realising Ian is drunk, Christian and Masood take him home and Lucy heads downstairs to observe the commotion. She worriedly looks at Christian, wondering if Ian is having a breakdown.
Earlier, Lucy comments to Jay on how perky her dad is, as though Jane's absence isn't affecting him. She invites him to hers, but he'd already made plans with Billy and heads for the café. Inside, Christian joins him. Jay seems tense, but Christian commends him, which he shrugs off. He fumbles retelling the story, and leaves Christian at the table looking thoughtful.
Meanwhile, Archie is giving Billy a list of orders. He asks Archie about the work he promised at the bar. Archie tells him he hasn't forgotten and he appreciates what he's done so far.
As Billy and Jay share a TV dinner, Billy moans about Archie's tasks. They are interrupted by Christian and Ian who have come to see Jay. Jay sits nervously but is baffled when Ian hands him £50 for what he apparently did for Lucy. Jay turns it down and Billy interrupts, saying it isn't enough. Seizing the moment, he proposes Ian gives him a job so "we can both stop worrying about money". Ian is hesitant, but Christian eggs him on so he concedes.
Later, Billy is harping on about seizing the opportunity when Archie comes in. He hands Billy £20 to celebrate his new job and tells him to forget the washing up. Archie assures him that Peggy won't be a problem, so he shrugs and he and Jay finish up, with Jay looking remorseful.
At Patrick's, Denise shows Lucas decoration ideas for their reception at the Vic. Jordan is watching TV when they interrupt him to talk about the wedding. Uninterested he heads off, but Lucas stops him and asks for him to be best man.
Sitting with Abi, Jordan reveals the wedding makes it seem like his mum "never existed". Suddenly, it seems Abi has found a way to keep Trina's memory alive. As Abi and Jordan collect money from the residents in the Square, Denise rushes over. The pair enthusiastically explains they're saving to sponsor a tree thanks to the Mayor "going on about trees". Denise frostily smiles at Jordan's hopes of having the tree in time for the wedding.
Later, Denise and Lucas are on the sofa and they discuss "A tree for Trina". She lets off steam about Trina's 'omnipresence'. Lucas reassures her she won't "overshadow their day" and as they snuggle, his face becomes guilt-ridden.
Coronation Street: Monday 7:30pm TV3
This Week: As Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) takes over the relief manager's job at the factory the gossip about Tony continues. The pressure starting to get to Hayley, she wonders if she's up to the job. Roy's (David Neilson) also feeling the heat and unable to stop thinking about Tony's hospital confession he decides it's time he got some answers. Arriving home Maria (Samia Smith) finds Roy waiting for her, she demands to know what's going on.
When David (Jack P Shepherd) overhears Gail (Helen Worth) and Joe (Reece Dinsdale) discussing their engagement he's distinctly unimpressed. But it seems nothing can dampen their spirits, that is until Joe gets a knock on the door from a debt-collector. He tells Joe that he's bought his debt from the kitchen supplies firm and they need to work out a repayment plan. Joe's shocked, aware he's now in way too deep.
Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) skives off work to clean the house in readiness for John's home-coming. But when she looks at the state of no.7 she despairs at the enormity of the task she's set herself.
As Jack (William Tarmey) hides out at no.9. Connie (Rita May) calls round demanding to know why he's avoiding her.
As Maria (Samia Smith) demands answers from Roy (David Neilson) you could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Roy looks like he's about to reveal all about Tony's confession but at the last minute he decides he needs more evidence before he throws Maria's world into further chaos. Bewildered by his behaviour Maria tells Roy to leave her alone.
Joe's (Reece Dinsdale) stunned as the debt collector tells him he owes him £5k and he's not leaving without it. In desperation Joe is forced to give him his van, but as he celebrates his engagement to Gail (Helen Worth) in the Rovers Joe lies, explaining he sold his van so he can buy an engagement ring. Gail's touched while Joe, inwardly panicking, suggests a quick Christmas wedding.
Kirk (Andrew Whyment), Darryl (Jonathan Dixon), David (Jack P Shepherd) and Zoe (Kirsty-Leigh Porter) redecorate no.5 as a surprise for Fiz (Jennie McAlpine). She's delighted as she nervously anticipates bringing John home.
Jack (William Tarmey) confronts Connie (Rita May) about the fact he keeps hearing her at his bedroom door. Connie's mortified and explains that she must be sleepwalking. But will Jack buy it?
Emmerdale: Monday & all weekdays 7pm TV3
This Week: David is heartbroken when Leyla admits the truth
David (Matthew Wolfenden) starts to get suspicious when he see's Leyla (Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi) with Nathan and demands she start being honest with him. When David assumes she is having an affair with Nathan (Lyndon Ogbourne) she is forced to admit that the truth is far worse and Nathan has been blackmailing her after she 'borrowed' the money for the shoes. David is calm and understanding as she starts to come clean, but when she reveals that she slept with Nathan to keep him quiet, David is disgusted. He tells Leyla that she has ruined everything and leaves her distraught about the mess she has made. Val (Charlie Hardwick) and Pollard (Christopher Chittell) arrive home to a wounded David who blurts out the truth about Leyla and Nathan, Pollard is concerned for his son who is clearly hurt by Leyla's actions.
Laurel has had enough of Sally's meddling
Meanwhile, Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) with a hangover from hell is unsure how she managed to get so drunk last night, especially when it was Sally (Sian Reeves) and Ashley (John Middleton) that ended up drinking her anniversary champagne. Laurel feels even more put out when she comes in from work and a pushy Sally insists on helping make the tea. Ashley can't understand why Laurel is so annoyed with Sally and ends up sticking up for her over his wife. An argument between the married couple ensues and a sneaky Sally is silently proud of herself, though her smile quickly fades when Ashley builds bridges with Laurel.
Carl and Charity's plan seems to order
Elsewhere, much to Carl's (Tom Lister) interest, Debbie (Charley Webb) pops round to see Chas (Lucy Pargeter) to tell her about how well Charity (Emma Atkins) and Cain (Jeff Hordley) are getting on.
Nikhil (Rik Makarem) and Jai (Christopher Bisson) discover an unexpected visitor in the back of the truck when Carl returns. Nikhil chases the stranger but fails to catch up with her, leaving the men to speculate.