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Soaps with Suzanne

Monday, 15 February 2010

Suzanne Byrne, Soaps Writer or Columnist or Lifestyle Editor, RTE Guide

As part of her college course, Radio, Television and Print Media at Ballyfermot College in Dublin, she undertook work experience at Woman's Way magazine. This led to her first job once she graduated college.

At Woman's Way Magazine she worked on the picture desk, organising and executing cover shoots, writing the soap section and lifestyle features for the magazine. She spent a lot of time on sourcing fashion and interior items for photo shoots which she also styled.

She was also involved in the organisation of The Mum of the Year Awards. Following on from her time at Woman's Way Magazine, she moved to Irish Tatler where she continued to write lifestyle features as well as fashion stories. Her job there also involved sourcing and styling for fashion shoots.

In 2005 she joined the editorial team at the RTÉ Guide, her role here is very varied, but she mainly look after anything to with soaps for the magazine, be it her weekly column, daily updates for the web and main feature articles or interviews for the magazine. She's also the lifestyle editor and looks after all the food, interiors, health and any other lifestyle features. And she regularly writes TV/entertainment feature pieces.

Since joining the RTÉ Guide she has had the opportunity to visit the set of and interview the stars from many of the big American programmes including Desperate Housewives, Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, Ugly Betty etc as well as Coronation Street, Eastenders and our very own Fair City. She's also interviewed a number of people from the world of film, music and TV including George Clooney, Katherine Heigl, Dido and Jamie Foxx.

Another side to her job includes contributing to various radio and TV programmes. She appeared on The Afternoon Show several times, filling in for the soap reporter. She has also been a guest in The Ruth Scott Show, Derek Mooney Show, Dave Fanning Show and The Ryan Tubridy Show.

Fair City, Tuesday 8pm RTE One

This Week: Kylie calls to Dean and is furious with him for accusing her of stealing his passport. Dean suggests that she needs professional help. Kylie viciously declares she hates him.

Keith ribs are sore and badly bruised from Ians attack and Felix and Sarah insist that he reports Ian for hitting him. Keith wants to forget about the incident.

A distraught Kylie persuades Leo to give her more sleeping tablets, saying that she has lost the others ones her gave her.

Paul agrees to hire help after Doug says that it will give the garage a good reputation. Leo complements Pete about his work in the charity shop but he indirectly insults him.

Niamh and Felix meet up for a coffee. Ian attempts to apologies to Sarah but she tells him she has no interest in him anymore.

Dean is frustrated by Leos defence of Kylie. Robert believes her obsessive behaviour is due to Deans cheating.

Paul quizzes Keith about Felix, stating that he is pretty fit looking. Keith warns Felix to stay away from Niamh.

Ian thanks Keith for not reporting him and Keith warns Ian to keep away from Sarah. Ian asks Deegan can he take the job in Mayo.

Kylie visits Dean at work and pretends to be remorseful for her recent behaviour. Dean is taken aback and accepts her apology. While Dean is making a phone call Kylie slips the four crushed up sleeping tablets into his coffee cup. Unaware Dean drinks his coffee and Kylie waits for it to take it effect.

Paul is upset when Niamh suggests finalising the end of their marriage.

Dean gets progressively tired and a concerned Louie tells him to go home. Kylie jumps at the opportunity to take him and dean does not have the energy to argue when she takes him home.

Pete volunteers to do the dogsbody job in the garage much to Doug's disconcertion.

Kylie puts an unconscious Dean to bed. She texts Tracey from Deans phone saying that Kylie is going to stay with him. Kylie then takes photos of herself and Dean in bed together, while all the time Dean is sedated unaware if what is happening.

Eastenders, Monday 7:30pm RTÉ One

Bianca's wedding pics! Plus Stace and Bradders get hitched!
The live episode! The revelation of who killed Archie! TWO weddings! Next week is going to be a week of weeks on EastEnders.

EastEnders' celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and will broadcast its first ever live episode on February 19th

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This Week: In the excitement over her impending wedding, Bianca crosses off the day on her calendar and throws it to the floor. Later, Ricky sees the fallen calendar and assumes that Bianca is having second thoughts.

The search for Archie's murderer continues as the police launch a local voluntary DNA screening. Jack tells Max that Bradley could be in trouble so they decide wait for Bradley at the car lot to talk things through. When Bradley arrives he tells the pair that he is concerned about the DNA testing but Jack explains to him that he cannot refuse to take part or leave the Square as that would raise suspicion. Later, Max and Jack see Bradley joining the DNA screening queue and they run over to him with Jack swearing that he will sort everything out. Bradley nervously enters the screening van.

Ronnie overhears Peggy and Roxy talking about her state of mind, with Peggy telling Roxy to look after Ronnie as the police are still considering Ronnie as a possible suspect. Later, in the launderette, Dot confides in Ronnie that she is worried about Dotty being taken off her. When Ronnie goes to leave, Dot reminds Ronnie not to leave behind her black gloves.

Later, Peggy and Roxy meet outside the Minute Mart, they're both wearing black gloves and ask each other suspiciously, where the other has been. Both have plausible explanations about what they've been up to but upon spotting DCI Marsden, Peggy says that she is feeling under pressure.

Robbie Jackson arrives back in the square in time for his sister Bianca's wedding to Ricky. Robbie is excited and looking forward to seeing all the old faces including his beloved Wellard. However Tiffany explains to him in her own special way that the dog has died and comforts him. Later, Robbie, Minty and Billy head out for Ricky's stag do but Ricky seems distracted as he is worrying about Bianca's true feelings for him. The group meet Phil, Darren and Masood who are all dressed in suits. The men convince Ricky that his stag do involves nothing more than a quiet drink in the Vic, leaving Ricky disappointed.

Upon entering the pub, Ricky sees that one section has been turned into a Las Vegas style casino. At which point, Janine crashes the stag party, arguing with Roxy about the missing ring but Ricky calms her down and asks her to stay. Janine protests that whoever has that ring is Archie's killer. As the stag do gets into full swing Minty laments the loss of Manda so Billy and Ricky put her down to make him feel better. Ricky starts to become increasingly nervous, questioning whether he is truly what Bianca wants.

Bradley and Max arrive to join the stag do. Masood eyes up the roulette table, fighting the urge to gamble. The lads encourage him to have one bet, and he wins, just as DCI Marsden enters. They get away with gambling without a licence, but Bradley seems shaken. After the police leave the stag party the group kidnap Ricky, bundling him into the back of a van and blindfolding him telling him they are going to Calais. (Like they did on his first stag night.) Luckily, it is just a stunt to confuse Ricky, and he travels no further than the other side of the Square. Phil takes as step back as he is more preoccupied about finding his missing cufflink.

Someone wearing a pair of black woollen gloves sneaks into Janine's flat and puts an engagement ring inside her teapot.

Bianca learns that Sonia has been unhappy in her relationship with Martin. She finds an emotional Sonia at Jamie's grave having just laid down a wreath of flowers. Later, back at the Square, a drunk and upset Sonia enters the Vic and challenges Phil, asking him if he ever thinks about Jamie. Angry, Phil shows Sonia a photo of Jamie in his wallet, assuring her he does. Sonia is apologetic and Phil urges her to go upstairs to tidy herself up before leaving the Vic.

Jack sits down on a park bench, taking off black gloves. He waits furtively before his nervous-looking contact DC Hughes turns up.

Zsa Zsa tells Shirley that she should have a make over to impress Phil. Begrudgingly Shirley agrees and Heather and Zsa Zsa take her to Stacey's stall to get a new outfit. The makeover is a success and Shirley looks amazing. Heather and Zsa Zsa convince Shirley to go and find Phil to show him her new look. Phil returns to The Vic upstairs, removing his black gloves. He finds Sonia naked in his bed and then turns to find an angry Shirley standing behind him. Shirley can't believe her eyes and slaps Phil.

Bianca opens the door to a woman and is shocked to see it is her mum, Carol.

Coronation Street, Monday 7:30pm TV3

This Week: At number 8 Gail sits by the phone worried sick about Joe. David tells her she's got to act more normal as her behaviour is starting to arouse suspicion. One of those not convinced about what's going on is Audrey who asks Gail how her holiday went and wonders where Joe is. Gail's evasive, how long can she keep up the pretence? Audrey confides in Nick that she does not believe Joe has got a job in Cumbria at all.

But Nick is more immediately concerned with securing himself and job and approached Carla about investing in the factory!

Meanwhile Tina suggests to Jason they throw an engagement party on her birthday so long as Joe is back from the Lakes. Tina and Jason tell Eileen about their engagement and ask her if they can move back in when they sell the flat. Eileen's thrilled whilst Jesse's clearly not happy with that idea

Back at number 8 Rick calls looking for Joe. He's taken aback when Gail gives him short shrift telling him she knows he's a debt collector and a crook. Nick watches from afar and demands to know what Rick wanted. Gail refuses to be drawn but Nick spots the bruises on her arms and demands to know what's going on.

Sunita takes the kids to school leaving Dev to entertain Upma and Grishma. It's obvious Dev hasn't a clue where anything is but somehow he manages to cover. Dev shows Upma and Grishma around his shops and they're impressed with his empire.

At the Rovers Becky pretends she's suffering from pregnancy cravings and gets Steve to fetch her a breakfast barm and a strawberry cornetto.

Monday February 15th

Gail's behaviour is starting to arouse suspicion and even Nick reckons Joe's the cause of Gail's bruises. Gail denies it but Nick is determined to find out what is going on and quizzes Tina who tells him that Rick's a loan shark and Joe's in a lot of debt. Nick and Audrey interrogate Gail demanding to know what's going on. Gail can't take any more and insists they leave. Nick's hurt and tells her he's going back to Nottingham.

Meanwhile David finds Gail phoning round the ferry ports. He tells her to phone the police but Gail refuses saying she'll always stand by Joe. Can David convince her to do the right thing?

Leanne warns Carla off letting Nick get involved with the business and reveals that they were once married. Carla's intrigued and sees Nick in a whole new light.

Dev and Sunita continue to play happy families in front of Upma and Grishma. Upma and Grishma want to know when Dev and Sunita are going to have more children. Dev secretly loves the idea. Later he suggests to Sunita they should think about having more children but Sunita's quick to slap him down and Dev realises he's over-stepped the mark.

Jesse makes it clear to Eileen he thinks the house will be too crowded if Jason and Tina move in. Eileen tells him to get used to the idea, Jason is her son and if she wants him in the house he will be.

Elsewhere Steve waits on Becky hand and foot. Liz thinks he's a mug.
Ros na Rún, Tues and Thurs 8:30pm TG4

This Week: This week in Ros na Rún, Brenda reaches her limit with Adelaide. Taking care of her pregnant pal is taking its toll on Brenda and she decides it's time for Mack, the father of Adelaide's unborn child, to step up to the plate. Brenda returns to the village to confront Mack and accuses him of being a deadbeat dad for ditching Adelaide when she needs him the most. Mack is stunned by Brenda's scathing attack and even more shell shocked when Brenda makes it clear he is definitely the father of Adelaide's baby. How will Mack cope with this bombshell that he's going to be a dad and that Adelaide lied to him again?

Meanwhile, there could be a cat fight in store as Johnny continues to work his charm on the women of Ros na Rún! Johnny has to turn down the chance of a date with Caitríona as he's already got a date planned with her friend Berni. Caitríona falls for Johnny's lies hook, line and sinker and promises she'll see Johnny another time. Later that evening, Berni cooks Johnny a romantic dinner, not realising he's also flirting with her close friend Caitríona! How long can Johnny keep up his two timing?

Other stories affecting the villagers of Ros na Rún on Tuesday include:

. Vince, Róise and Donncha prepare for a visit from Social Services
. Séamus lets Oisin in on his poitín making business
. Gráinne's frosty feelings towards Gary begin to thaw

Thursday, 18th

In tonight's episode of Ros na Rún, Vince is struggling to keep his family together. While Ríona recovers in the psychiatric ward at the hospital, she's insisting she wants Social Services to take care of her young daughter Sophie. Donncha and Róise are desperate to convince Ríona that little Sophie should stay with them, but will she see reason?

Elsewhere, Mack tracks down Adelaide, determined to sort things out once and for all. Adelaide is forced to admit that her unborn baby is in fact Mack's child but insists that she wants Mack to have nothing to do with the baby. Furious, Mack insists that it's not fair for Adelaide deny him access to his own flesh and blood and promises Adelaide that he'll support her no matter what. Can the former lovers make peace before the baby arrives?

Other stories affecting the villagers of Ros na Rún on Thursday include:

. Gráinne lands Caitríona in hot water with Gary
. Is Bríd fussing over Mícheál to assuage her own guilt?
. Oisin helps out his mother Eithne