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Soaps with Taragh Loughrey Grant

Monday, 21 December 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: Yvonne tries to convince Connie of her utter absence of maternal sentiment. Connie retaliates by saying that if she were to facilitate a DNA test, it would emerge that the baby was Louie's and Niamh and Paul would immediately be ineligible as adoptive parents because Louie would claim the child. Yvonne deflects this and reiterates that she has no desire to play bringing up baby. Yvonne reassures Niamh and Paul that she is fully serious about giving them the child.

Wayne chafes quietly over all the non-family members residing at his mother's house. Dolores probes Wayne as to why he has been in contact so sporadically all this time, from his home in San Diego. Wayne barely bothers to make excuses but Dolores does not reprimand him. In conversation with Paul, Wayne claims to be unattached.

Wayne asks Cleo whether Dolores and Malachy are an item but she sets him straight. Wayne's hints to Malachy that he should give up his bedroom to Wayne, rather than Wayne having to sleep on a camp bed but the inference is lost on Malachy, who tells Wayne's he's just jet lagged. Wayne asks Dolores to get Malachy to vacate the bed-room or he'll have to check into a hotel because his back is killing him. Dolores agrees to drop some hints, in response to which, Malachy obtusely offers Wayne an alarm clock so he can adjust his bio-rhythms and thereby conquer jet-lag.

Tracey gives Dean a spare key to her house for a rendezvous later but Louie's schedule at the restaurant scuppers their plan. Leo tells Dean that his ex, Sandie, is having a hip replacement, meaning Leo's daughter, Shannon will be joining them for Christmas dinner. Troy too will be home from Spain. Dean is too preoccupied to get on board with the festive spirit. Lara makes plans to spend Christmas day with the Bishop's. Dean leaves inexperienced Lara to hold the fort at the Hungry Pig while he nips out to see Tracey. Carol is there when he arrives though, so the lovers are once again thwarted. Carol asks Tracey to go out "on the pull" with her, believing that if Tracey finds a new man, she will be distracted from dark thoughts of Dominic.

Bob admits to Christy that he has taken a job playing Santa at the Community Centre because he's so broke but he asks Christy not to tell anyone. Bob is none too pleased to discover his Elfin helper is Carol. Remarkably, they start to get on rather well. Carol tells Christy she feels some sympathy as Bob is lonely.

Connie drops the bomb to Louie that Yvonne plans to give the baby up for adoption. When Louie moves to confront Yvonne, she collapses in a fainting spell. Connie and Louie rush Yvonne to hospital. Paul and Niamh follow in hot pursuit. While Yvonne is being scanned by technicians and doctors, Louie and Paul argue about the fate of the unborn child as Niamh tries to bring them back to reality. Connie arrives at the hospital, terribly upset and worried. By withholding the information that the baby is unharmed by her fainting spell, Yvonne inveigles Connie to admit that she would be with her even if there was no baby.

Eastenders, Monday 8pm - RTÉ One

THIS WEEK: In the Square gardens, Janine begins the countdown to the Christmas tree lights switch-on. Watching the event, Jane worries to Christian about Ian selling the loan of the Vic to Archie. Christian is distracted by Syed and walks away from Jane.

Upstairs in the Vic, Peggy says they should never have trusted Ian. Jumping to Archie's defence, Roxy blames Peggy for signing the divorce papers, thus, giving away her marital rights. Ronnie requests that the Mitchells do everything above board as advised by their lawyer. She points out that Archie is powerless without an 'order of possession'.

Afterwards, Ronnie and Roxy bicker about how to deal with Archie. Roxy suggests trying mediation but Ronnie is adamant that they do not bargain with him, reminding them of why they cannot trust Archie.

Later, Archie arrives at the Vic. Roxy tries her method of mediation and declares the family should be together at Christmas. Archie, Ronnie and Roxy sit around a table at the Vic, trying to reach a compromise. They all agree to at least aim for a peaceful Christmas until Janine arrives, flaunting her relationship with Archie. Ronnie immediately rejects Janine as part of any family Christmas. Archie is incensed and insulted by Ronnie's words. He tells them that he is thoroughly disappointed in his girls before storming out.

To add insult to injury, Janine reveals to the Mitchell sisters that Billy knew about their plan to take over the Vic and comments on her relationship with Archie. Furious, Ronnie flies at Janine before chucking her out. Roxy finally agrees with Ronnie that it's 'war'.

Meanwhile, Ian claims he is ill and explains to Ben that selling the loan was not personal but business. Ben asks his dad to buy the loan back from Archie and Jane agrees he should.

Jane is distraught over Ian's behaviour confiding in Christian that she is unable to understand Ian's selfish ways. Christian empathises and unknowingly discloses that he has found someone and eventually he relents to Jane's pressure to tell her about his relationship. Later, Jane spots Christian in the Square staring up at Syed's window and she realises that it is Syed who Christian is in love with.

Mo is having trouble controlling the children in the nativity rehearsals with Dotty appearing to cause Mo the most mischief. Mo threatens the children, stating that she knows Father Christmas and he will cancel Christmas if the children do not cooperate There is a power cut at the community centre and Father Christmas (or is it Charlie Slater?) appears at the door. Mo asks him to come back on Christmas Eve when the show is over and the children have behaved. Dotty and the others snap to attention and concentrate making the nativity a success.

Pat receives a phone call and she's heard telling the caller on the phone that although she will be needed in Albert Square over Christmas she will arrange a flight.

Bradley and Stacey have arrived home and are back in love. They discuss their future and their holiday. Later, Jean tells Stacey how much she missed her. Stacey collapses.


Coronation Street, Monday 7:30pm - TV3

THIS WEEK: Joe and Gail's wedding plans cause problems for Tina and Jason.

Sally and Kevin arrive back from Paris and Kevin finds he has some explaining to do to Molly.

Will Deirdre be able to persuade Leanne and Peter to spend Christmas with the Barlows?

With Ahley unable to commit to the panto the search is on for a new Prince Charming.


Ros na Rún, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30pm - TG4


THIS WEEK: TG4 will air an extended omnibus edition of Ros na Rún at 10.30pm on Sunday 27th December 2009, featuring extended scenes of the dramatic Christmas Eve murder

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2009
This week in Ros na Rún, Ríona's plans for a quiet Christmas at home with her family are shattered when she gets a phone call from her murderous ex-husband O'Dowd. With Tina's help, O'Dowd follows his estranged wife to the village and kidnaps his infant daughter Sophie. O'Dowd instructs Ríona to come alone to an abandoned housing estate and fearing for Sophie's wellbeing, Ríona has no choice but to comply with O'Dowd's demands. Will O'Dowd get his revenge on Ríona for helping the Gardaí convict him for Anne Marie's murder?
Other stories affecting the villagers of Ros na Rún on Tuesday include:
. Berni enjoys lording her new employee Caomhán over her business rival Daniel
. Gráinne drowns her sorrows in the pub to avoid an unhappy Christmas at home with her family
. Tadhg is not happy to learn he'll be spending Christmas day in Dublin
Thursday, 24th December, 2009
Tragedy unfolds in tonight's episode of Ros na Rún as Ríona fights for her life against her criminal ex-husband O'Dowd. The murderous gangster plans to kill his estranged wife Ríona and take their young daughter Sophie with him to London, where he has been hiding out since escaping Garda custody. O'Dowd overpowers Ríona and begins to strangle her. While poor Ríona tries her best to fight off her evil ex, it seems she is no match for his strength and she begins to lose consciousness. This is a battle to the death between the former lovers which can only end in bloodshed but who will emerge triumphant?

The villagers have a traditional Christmas Eve drink in the pub, unaware of the drama unfolding elsewhere. Mack is refusing to speak to Berni after her sly move to poach Caomhán from Gaudi's tapas without consulting him first and Gráinne's drunken antics offend and amuse everyone in the pub. Will the villagers discover there's a brutal murder taking place nearby as they enjoy their Christmas drinks?

Note! Tune in to TG4 at 10.30pm on Sunday, December 27th to see an extended omnibus edition of Ros na Rún, with extra footage of the Christmas Eve murder!

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