What's on TV!
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Liam Mc Kenna will be telling us the programmes we should watch this week. This is based on his opinion and we will try to have something in there for everyone.
Because there are so many people unemployed there is a bigger audience now watching tv.
Liam Mc Kenna
Liam McKenna began his career at 19 years old when he won the Irish version of Popstars, and became a member of the band Six. After 2 years with the band he moved to Los Angeles and starred in a pilot tv series, and had a small role in the Tom Cruise movie 'Collateral'. In 2005 he moved back to Ireland and began presenting on the daily entertainment show TTV. In 2006 he became the presenter of 2 shows on the Sky Digital channel Bubble Hits, Also since 2006 he has assisted Louis Walsh with his acts on The X Factor.
This definitely a weekend to stay in what with X Factor, I'm a Celeb and two great new shows on RTE.
Childline Concert Saturday 6pm TV3
The lineup in Westlife, JLS, Alexandra Burke, Taio Cruz, The Saturdays, Cascada and of course ME as the host ;-)
X Factor Saturday and Sunday 8pm UTV
This week Liam dishes the dirt on who likes who and what the judges are really like.
Is there something going on between Dermot and Louis as they seem to be at each others throats lately?
Louis and Dermot have a mutual dislike of each other. Dermot tries to be funny and Louis can't stand him, so he has a go at him when he gets the chance.
Is Simon's bark really as bad as his bite?
Simon is actually really nice. He is very generous, last year he gave us all really nice Jo Malone presents for Christmas.
Are Dannii and Cheryl really friends?
Cheryl and Dannii started this series being friends but things have gone sour between them. Dannii is just so grumpy and miserable all the time. She never socialises with the other judges, she just keeps herself to herself and stays in her dressing room even though all the others mix with contestants and chat all the time.
What were Mariah Carey's demands on the show?
Mariah carey demanded 4 dressing rooms, one for her wardrobe, hair, makeup, and one for herself. She turned up 5 mins before she was due on stage and kept everyone waiting half an hour while she had some tea.
Back to Jedward. Were the sound engineers told to drown out Jedward's vocals in last week's performances?
Jedward vocals were 100% live. All the contestants record a backing track with adittional vocals on it to fill out the sound, but if a sound technician were to turn down the live vocal it would be very obvious.
What is the theme this week and what can we expect from Jedward?
Theme for this week is still undecided, it was supposed to be 70's disco but they changed to Elton john songs, and now may change again to Wham
All Ireland Talent Show Sunday 6.30pm RTE1
Returns for a new series. I loved the last series of this show as it showcases all sorts of weird and wacky talents as well as some true hidden gems. The British version of this show last year found Susan Boyle so you never know, we may have a susan Boyle in the making here in Ireland waiting to be found out
The All Ireland Talent Show is back for a second series and this time it's bigger and better than ever - it's your time to shine for county, for country, for €50,000. Last year The Mulkerrin Brothers captured the heart of the nation and brought victory to the West and to their mentor Daithi Ó Se.
This year Daithi's fellow judges are hoping to steal his crown and bring glory to their region. In a competition which pits region against region, as well as act against act, it's more than personal pride at stake - it's the pride of place that's paramount. The winning act will walk away with a phenomenal €50,000 prize.
Presented by Gráinne Seoige the programme features a panel of five judges - Boyzone star and Dublin-born Shane Lynch (Dublin), RTÉ television presenter and Meath-native Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh (The East), Galway resident and weatherman Daith Ó Se (West), Eurovision-winning ex-MEP and Derry-native, Dana (North), and Cork's own hugely popular RTÉ Radio broadcaster and Fáilte Towers winner, John Creedon (The South).
Programme 1 - The East Auditions
Head judge Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh scoured the East for the best in talent, in the hopes of wrestling the title of All Ireland Talent Champ from the hands of reigning champions Daithi O Se and The West. Assisting her were two local boys, Fair City's Pat Nolan and 2FM's Cormac Battle.
A huge turnout shows up at the auditions hoping to impress Blathnaid, including one of our oldest auditionees, who sees this as his last chance to achieve his long held dream. A familiar face turns up and leaves Blathnaid red faced for the second year in a row and one act moves her to tears. Plus a 6-year-old die hard rock fan leaves Blathnaid and her advisors speechless as he attempts to secure a place in her final eight.
Val Falvey, TD Sunday 7.30pm RTE1
This is a new series from the creators of father ted, and it sees them team up with Ardal ohanlon again. I was a huge Father Ted fan, so i cannot wait to see what theyve come up with this time around... O'Hanlon stars as Val Falvey T.D., a man who has inherited a job of importance and status only to realise that he is hopelessly out of his depth. While getting his name in the paper and meeting celebrities makes the life of a politician appealing to Val, the daily grind of dealing with his constituents' demands lands Val in continuous trouble. His side-kick and fixer, Pat Daly (Owen Roe), has a full-time job handling Val and ensuring he emerges unscathed.
In this new six part series written by Arthur Matthews and Paul Woodfull, Ardal O'Hanlon stars as hapless midlands TD Val Falvey
Val Falvey (Ardal O'Hanlon) is a recently elected TD who lives just outside of the small town of Kilmehill - somewhere in the Midlands. He has inherited the seat from his late father, who represented the constituency for 25 years while Val pursued his chosen career of auctioneering (a business also handed down to him by his father).
Val is not wildly ambitious and generally desires an easy life. He does not enjoy the daily grind of enduring his constituents' woes and grumbles as he listens to their never-ending complaints in his regular clinic, housed in a run down caravan (something else he has inherited from his father). He does, however, enjoy the perks of the job, such as free trips abroad, and meeting celebrities such as Linda Martin.
Val, who is considered something of a lightweight by his ambitious and ruthless local rival, Councillor Dessie Clinch, is helped in his often reluctant engagement with the cut and thrust of constituency politics by his friend and advisor, Pat Daly (Owen Roe), a hardbitten, but wise and experienced political operator who has seen and done it all in. Pat, a man of unusual sophistication and taste for someone of his vocation, also seems to have something of a yearning for Val's wife Christine (Amelia Crowley), which Val is (inexplicably) unaware of.
Through bumbling, the lack of sufficient political cunning, and sheer bad luck, Val stumbles from one crisis to another, and his unwanted knack for constantly getting into trouble sees him regularly hauled in front of the party chief whip, John Brolly (Phelim Drew), a tough Dubliner whom Val fears greatly.
Meanwhile, his domestic life is also far from tranquil. Wife Christine desires a better life, and is unhappy with the constraints and lack of intellectual stimulation which she experiences living in a small town. Her frustrations are taken out on Val at regular intervals. Meanwhile, her husband struggles with his relationships with his children, 17-year-old Kieran, who rarely talks with his family, and communicates with the world through text messaging, and 19-year-old Bronagh, an energetic political campaigner (at the opposite end of the spectrum from Val) who constantly berates him for the corrupt state of the country.
The life of a rural TD is rarely glamorous and puts severe pressure on Val's fragile ego. It's a tough job - but somebody's got to do it.
Episode one - Rash Promise
An angry constituent demands that Val pay her compensation after she develops a rash whilst swimming in a local lake. Val, however, is much is more interested in meeting Linda Martin at a local hotel opening. Meanwhile, Val's right hand man Pat decides it's time to 're-brand' the whole Val Falvey image.