What's on TV
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Baz Ashmawy, Ireland's Sexiest Man of 2009
The hilariously humourous, half Egyptian Irish comedian/presenter/actor Baz Ashmawy is an accomplished and truly exciting talent on the Irish Entertainment scene. He is best known over the past four years for presenting the hugely popular and wildly energetic, hit cult travel comedy series "How low can you go?" for RTE2.
After proving to be a popular addition with his guest presenter appearance on RTE 1's "No Frontiers" last year, he will this season present their independent travel section of the show.
Baz increased his popularity when he appeared in the very popular RTE1 Entertainment series Celebrity Banisteoir, where he managed a GAA Team, displaying a serious and soft side to his character, seldom revealed.
No stranger to radio, Baz regularly presents on 2FM's Gerry Ryan show as well as being a regular pundit on Newstalk's Orla Barry show.
He has also displayed his unique comedic timing on a variety of other RTE radio programmes such as Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney, as well as Spin FM and Today FM.
Although having strong experiences with classical theatre and Shakespeare it's probably his love of improvisation that has given him the accolades as an excellent comedic actor and has provided featured parts in TV show's such as RTE2's own award winning sketch show "Stew".
Word on the comedy stand up circuit is that the wide eyed Dubliner should be making an appearance on the UK and Irish stages very, very soon..watch this space!!!!
He has previously appeared in the short film "The Feast" directed by the award winning director Donnica O'Breen as well as playing Fortinbras from Marowitz's "Hamlet" in the Focus Theatre.
He also stared as George in Brian Di Salvo's well received interpretation of Thornton Wilders classic "Our Town" which was be The first play to open in Mill Theatrein Dundrum.
His new show Baz's Culture Clash is currently running on RTE2.
Christmas Eve - Thursday 24th December
The Royal Family, Tonight, 10.10pm RTE2
Inspired by Nigella, Denise decides to cook Christmas dinner for the family. To Jim's dismay, Dave's mum and Dad are invited.
Christmas is not Christmas without a crimbo special and this is probably one of the best written comedies of the noughties. They only made 3 series of it and then a couple of specials and this is one of them. Really well written kitchen sink drama, very heartfelt and funny. It's won well deserved Baftas. starring Ralf Little, Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne. Great cast!
Christmas Day - Friday 25th December
The Commitments, Christmas Day, 10.25pm RTE2
1991 Comedy. Spirited musical tale of an entrepreneurial young Dubliner who assembles a raw band to perform 60's soul.
It's an Irish forgotten gem, brilliant if you haven't seen it in years. Great reflection of the early nineties Dublin. Hilarious feel good movie with one of the most memorable soundtracks in years. Great cast and a must see for nostalgia reasons!
Stephen's Day - Saturday 26th December
ELF, St Stephen's Day, 2.45pm, RTE1
A baby is transported to the North Pole in Santa's sack and brought up as an elf. Starring Will Ferrell
Family fun for everyone. A must see movie starring one of the most popular members of the frat pack and it's hilarious. Very cute Christmas Movie!
New Year's Eve - Thursday 31st December
Kings, New Year's Eve, 9.55pm TG4
Irish Drama in which a group of young men leave the Connemara Gaeltacht in the 1970's bound for London. Starring Colm Meaney.
Adapted from the stage play The Kings of the Kilburn high Road by Jimmy Murphy, writer/director Tom Collins' incisive examination of the Irish immigrant experience stars Colm Meany, Donal O'Kelly, Brendan Conroy, Donncha Crowley, and Barry Barnes as a group of longtime friends unable to let go of the past. When their mate Jackie (Sean O' Tarpaigh) dies suddenly under a subway car, a group of old Irish friends now living in London come together to celebrate his life.
Thirty years ago this crew from Connemara was young and full of hope, but these days most of them have sunken into a dire world of drink and depression. Joe (Meany) may have proven the most financially successful of the group, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he has overcome his demons- he simply chooses to indulge in expensive cocaine rather than cheap liquor.
Jap (O'Kelly) and Git (Conroy) largely view the world through the bottom of a bottle, Mairtin (Barnes) is struggling to wean himself from spirits and hold on to his family, and contented vegetable vendor Shay (Crowley) has finally embraced his lowered expectations. The only one who doesn't seem steeped in nostalgia is Jackie's father Micil (Peadar O'Treasaigh) - who has recently arrived from Ireland to claim his son's body. Later, when the group heads out to the bar, the liquor flows freely and the accusations begin to fly.
Alan Carr: Chatty Man New Year's Eve Special, New Year's Eve, 11.45pm, C4
In this New year's Eve Special and last episode of the series, the hilarious Alan is joined on the sofa by the Time Lord himself, David Tennant, who tells Alan about his final performance in Doctor Who. Also dropping in for a chat is the very lovely and extremely funny Catherine Tate: Plus Davina Mc Call discusses the last ever Celebrity Big Brother. With music from Spandau Ballet.
Pretty much covers it all above. One of Britain's most popular comedians and presenters with out his partner in crime Justin Lee Collins. Guaranteed to be very very funny still.