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Thursday, 3 December 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.


Rachel Allen: Home cooking, Tonight, 8.30pm, RTE1

Liam's Comments
I have a strange obsession with all cooking shows, even though I very rarely cook myself. But I love this series as Rachel shows how to make the most of simple dishes that could be made every day. Most people nowadays don't have time to cook a full meal but in this series Rachel has shown how to make delicious meals in a short amount of time, like tonight's episode where she shows how to poach salmon and make a quick hollandaise sauce.

Brief Description
In this edition of Home Cooking, Rachel shows you how to poach salmon to perfection and shares her recipe for quick hollandaise sauce.
Rachel meets Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche and discovers what his family love to eat at home.
And Rachel teaches her cookery school family how to make two nutritious and healthy salads - one with spiced chicken and the other using leftover lamb.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Tonight, 10pm, Channel4

Liam's Comments
Of all the current crop of chat shows I think Alan Carr is by far the best. As a standup comedian he is hilarious and he has handled his own chat show really well. He has the ability to make everyone funny, and get a laugh out of any of his guests. I saw him interview Westlife last week and I thought it was one of the best interviews they have ever done, as it showed a lot of their personality. This week he is joined by Kate Hudson, and Sharon Osbourne, so I think it will be a fantastic show, as we all know Sharon usually says something she probably shouldn't when she is being interviewed.

Brief Description
Joining the comedian on the entertainment show are actress Kate Hudson, who discusses her new film Nine, America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, and Lily Allen, who performs her latest single Who'd Have Known.


I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of here, Friday, 20.30pm, UTV

This series of I'm A Celeb seems to have gripped the nation more than ever before. With the return of Jordan, and then her quitting after being voted for so many trials. Even now that she has been gone for over a week she is still making headlines for the show. I love this show because we get to see "celebs" (I use that term very loosely for some of these z-listers) doing things which we would never imagine doing in a million years. I have to admit I probably wouldn't be able to do most of the trials myself, as I hate eating anything gross, and am scared of rats and snakes... but it does make for great viewing to watch others suffering through something we would hate to do ourselves.

Jordan entered the jungle amidst a blaze of publicity. She said she wanted closure as that's where she met peter andre. But all she ended up getting was a very hard time from the public. She was voted for a record 7 trials in a row, and since leaving her camp mates have voiced their dislike of her.

Gino D'Acampo has been the surprisingly entertaining character this year, so it's no wonder that he is now favourite to win the show. I like the fact that he has just gotten on with the job at hand rather than complaining like most of the others.

Kim woodburn, from day 1 when she went topless (and a nation collective gagged), I knew Kim was going to be great on the show. She has become the mother hen, and we've seen a much different side to her than that of her How Clean Is Your House character. I think she will do well after the show too, just so long as she stays fully clothed

Brief Description
After almost three grueling weeks in the steamy, insect-ridden camp in the wilds of Australia, the remaining celebrities have made it to the final of the jungle challenge. If previous years are anything to go by, they will face one last Bushtucker Trial before the viewer vote decides who will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle, following in the footsteps of reigning jungle monarch Joe Swash. Ant and Dec present action from the last day, before chatting to this year's winner and runners-up. Last in the series.


The Santa Clause 3 (The movie), Saturday, 6.30pm, RTE1

Liam's Comments
No matter what age you are, everyone loves a Christmas movie. Tim Allen returns for a third installment of this movie franchise where predictably, Christmas joy is threatened by Jack Frost, but in the end it all ends up being fine and everyone enjoys a wonderful Christmas. The Santa Claus 3 isn't as good as the first one or even the second, but it's still fairly good, and it gets you in the mood for Christmas. Watch it tucked up in front of the fire, and pig out on a selection box. With only 22 days left until Christmas it's about time we got in the mood.

Brief Description
Father Christmas's festive preparations are disrupted when mischievous Jack Frost turns up at the North Pole on a secret mission to sabotage the toy factory. To add to Santa's woes, the parents of the pregnant Mrs Claus come to stay. Fantasy comedy sequel, starring Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell and Alan Arkin.