What's on TV
Thursday, 26 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.
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.
Gavin and Stacey (Third and Final Series)
Gavin and Stacey, Tonight 21.00 BBC1
The hugely popular series returns for its third and final series. I've never watched this show, but I know a lot of people are eagerly awaiting the new series, which will hopefully bring closure for everyone.
Gavin starts his job in Cardiff, and while Stacey is thrilled to be back in Wales, Smithy has to come to terms with living in Essex without his best friend. Nessa has taken up residence in Dave's caravan in Sully and is getting ready for Neil's christening. The event means a big reunion for the gang, where Smithy receives surprising news from Nessa, and Stacey has a special request for her husband.
Jess: Britain's Youngest Sleepwalker
Britain's Youngest Sleepwalker, Tonight, 9.00pm, C4
Channel 4 does this kind of documentary so well. They pick a subject that may seem obscure, but will fascinate so many people.
This documentary reveals what life is like for a little girl whose insomnia has become more than just a childhood habit. Three and a half year old Jess, however, has a condition that has baffled every doctor she has seen so far. For the last two and a half years she has been living a double life: during the day she is a bright and happy girl but at night she is "different". Then, Jess spends hours sitting in a trance, acting out elaborate scenes. She describes the "friends" who visit her, who keep her awake, who hit her and who won't go away.
The problem could be sleepwalking, night terrors, sleep apnoea or any of the well known sleep disorders, but nobody even knows whether Jess is dreaming or awake. Whatever the cause, she is getting less than half the proper sleep she needs. The last time Jess slept in her own bed she was 11 months old. Frightened she might move around and hurt herself, Jess's parents, Chris and Tanya, let her crawl into bed with them. With school starting next year, there is growing concern that Jess's health will affect her ability to learn properly. They've tried everything they can think of to get a good night's sleep, but nothing has worked. And they're getting desperate and as tired as Jess.
With her soldier husband Chris heading for an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, Tanya finally turns to the sleep clinic at the Evelina Children's Hospital in London. Jess is monitored at home and then observed at the clinic to firstly ascertain if she is sleepwalking or awake, or if her condition is even rarer still. But will even Britain's top paediatric sleep doctors be able to unravel the mystery of Jess's night-life?
The Panel, Thursday 19th November, RTE1
Panellists are Neil Delamere, Ian Coppinger, Andrew Maxwell and Eleanor Tiernan.
Guests are Donal McIntyre and Darren Lyons, (the mohicaned celeb botherer and paparazzo!)
This week's guests are Donal McIntyre who I think has made some of the best undercover shows ever. And Darren Lyons the boss of paparazzi firm Big Pictures. I met Darren last week at X Factor and he is very loud and opinionated, so this will make for great TV.
The Late Late Toy Show
The Late Late Toy Show, 28th November 2008, RTE1
I don't know a single person in Ireland who doesn't love the Late Late Toy Show. No matter what age you are, it's just an institution. For me it marks the start of the Christmas period. I'm sure even more people will tune in this year to see how well Ryan Tubridy does... and I know a secret (John and Edward Grimes will be making a surprise appearance).