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Thursday, 28 January 2010

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.

THURSDAY

Girl With Eight Limbs Grown Up, Tonight, 10.00pm, C4

Brief Description
Lakshmi Tatma was briefly the most famous little girl in the world. Joined at the pelvis to her half-formed conjoined twin, she was born with four arms and four legs. She was immediately worshipped by her parents and others in their poverty-stricken village as the reincarnation of Lakshmi, the eight-legged goddess of prosperity and wealth. But they faced a dilemma: only a groundbreaking operation to remove the conjoined twin's limbs could save their daughter's life, but the same gruelling procedure might easily kill her. In a modern hospital in Bangalore, which seems a million miles from their hut in the village and the superstitions of their religion, they agreed for their daughter to undergo the 18-hour operation. Now, a year later, she has not only survived but flourished. This Bodyshock Special re-visits little Lakshmi, who is now three years old, to find out how she's developing and to see what further operations and treatment she still needs to develop as normally as possible. The programme also returns with her to her village, where some believe the worst droughts in 50 years were caused by the operation, which they believe removed Lakshmi's goddess powers to protect them from disasters.

Liam's Comments
Lakshmi Tatma became a worldwide news sensation when she was born with 4 arms and 4 legs. Tonight's documentary takes a fascinating look at her life a year after she had a ground breaking surgery to remove the conjoined twins limbs and save her life. Again this is one of these documentarys, that channel 4 do amazing work on. It shows the heart ache her parents went through deciding whether or not to remove the limbs, as they worshipped her as a goddess and feared that they may bring bad karma upon themselves for hurting her.


Brothers and Sisters, Tonight, 10.55pm, RTE 2

Brief Description
Even in the wake of a life threatening medical crisis and the excitement surrounding the birth of his son, Robert remains steadfast in his drive to run for governor, despite the damage that it may do to his marriage. Meanwhile, Saul and Sarah go to extremes to hide Tommy's legal troubles from Nora, and Ryan gets a bit too close too fast for anyone's good.


Liam's Comments
I love Brothers and Sisters. I had heard great things about it so I bought the DVD box set of season 1 and quickly became hooked on it. Series 2 went down hill a little bit in terms of the story lines, but now it's back and better than ever this year. In tonight's episode Robert (Rob Lowe) pushes ahead with plans to run for governor despite everything else going on in his life like the birth of his son, and the damage its causing to his marriage. Spoiler alert: Its just been announced in the states that Rob is to leave the show at the end of the next series, so it will make for an interesting twist to the story.

FRIDAY

Celebrity Big Brother: The Final, Friday, 20.30pm and 22.05pm, C4

Brief Description
It's the two-part live final of Celebrity Big Brother and only one of the famous residents can be crowned the winner. Join Davina McCall in the first of tonight's programmes as the first of the runner ups leaves the house to be grilled in their first live television interview. Show also includes highlights from the final 24 hours in the house. Then, in the second programme, after weeks of nominations, tasks and evictions the moment has finally arrived in which host Davina McCall crowns the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 7. So who will it be?

Liam's Comments
So finally celebrity big brother comes to and end. This series hasn't exactly set the world alight like the previous few years. Who can forget the Jade goody Vs Shilpa Shetty race row? While I'm not asking for an international political controversy like that, I would have liked something a bit more interesting from this series to at least get us all gossiping. In my mind, the show was lacking Jedward, who were offered £275k to take part, but had to turn it down because of other commitments. At least they would have given us all a laugh. Still it hasn't been all boring. We did get to find out that Alex Reid really is as thick as we all imagined, and that Stephen Baldwin is a bible bashing nut job.

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Show, Saturday, 21.40pm, RTE ONE

Brief Description
The Saturday Night Show is a brand new 8-part home-produced chat-show series hosted by journalist and broadcaster Brendan O'Connor.
Brendan will be joined each week by a panel of guests to provide an entertaining mix of lively chat, comedy and music.


Liam's Comments
Brendan Oconnor left Tv3's Apprentice 'Your fired' In a high profile move to rte after being offered his own chat show. This is rte's replacement for Tubridy Tonight. It will be interesting to see how Brendan handles interviewing celeb guests. Personally I'm not a fan of his style of humour, so I can imagine a lot of people being turned off by him. But I'll be tuning in to see what the show looks like and there's always a bit of excitement when a big new show like this hits our screens. I heard that Jedward are one of his first guests so that will definitely be a very interesting interview. No doubt grump Brendan probably hated them, so I hope they wind him up.


SUNDAY

Mo, Sunday, 21.00pm, C4

Brief Description
Oscar-nominated actress Julie Walters (Mamma Mia, Harry Potter) takes on the lead role in a revealing portrait of Mo Mowlam; the woman whose charisma and no-nonsense approach to politics helped achieve one of the most monumental landmarks in recent British history, the Good Friday Agreement.

Arguably the most popular, if controversial, Labour politician of a generation, Mo's (Walters) warmth, passion and unorthodox style made her renowned throughout the country and loved by many. Away from the public gaze, she found happiness in later life with husband Jon Norton (David Haig - My Boy Jack), but just months before the pivotal 1997 general election, she discovered she had a brain tumour. Defying medics, her brave battle with ill-health was played out on the public stage.


Julie Walters says; "It's a very human story. The politics is interesting, but it's almost in the background, eclipsed by Mo herself. Which everything was. She was this tornado that went through life with everything else happening around her. It's about who she was, it's about her love for her husband, it's about caring for people, it's about dealing with the tumour, it's about her courage. But it's not sentimental, that's why it's special."


Mo stars Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) as friend and colleague MP Adam Ingram; Toby Jones (Harry Potter) as Dr. Glaser; Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes) as David Trimble; John Lynch (The Yellow House) as Gerry Adams; Eoin McCarthy (Alien vs. Predator) as Martin McGuinness and Steven Mackintosh (Criminal Justice) as Peter Mandelson.

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