Thursday, 25 February 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 9 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.
Dragon's Den, Tonight, 1015pm, RTE ONE
I love Dragons Den for a couple of reasons. Firstly it's great to see some of the ideas people think are a good investment. A lot of them are simply ridiculous, but when a good opportunity comes along I think we can all spot it, not just the dragons. Dragons Den has to be one of the simplest TV formats ever, but for some reason it just works. Whether it's the drama of watching someone squirm under pressure when being questioned by the dragons on something they're not 100% certain of. Or that 'eureka moment' when we all spot a great business opportunity and kick ourselves for not thinking of it first.
The popular and much-anticipated Irish version of Dragons' Den returns for another series, featuring Sarah Newman, Gavin Duffy, Bobby Kerr, Sean Gallagher and Niall O'Farrell. The series is presented by Richard Curran, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Business Post.
In this new eight-part series Irish entrepreneurial companies/individuals pitch a dizzying array of ideas at the Dragons; from Caribbean spice to Seaweed Liquor. Watch them put forward their ideas and sweat under cross examination from the Dragons.
The dragons have already invested their own time, money and energies in last year's successful candidates (totaling hundreds of thousands of euro) and their investments are starting to pay-off.
Welcome to my World, Friday, 7.30pm, RTE ONE
This wasn't a show I was familiar with until it was recommended to me by someone. I've since caught up on the last series and I'm fascinated by it. It's a great concept, and the idea of getting to know someone by spending time in their native country is very interesting. There are so many foreign nationals now living in Ireland and yet we know very little about them. Tonight's episode is particularly interesting as it couldn't possibly be more of a culture clash. John O' Dowd from Kerry travels to Nairobi to meet the family of a Kenyan girl Nai who he knows from his college. They then travel on to the Masai village of Imbilin where Nai grew up, along the way seeing herds of elephants, which isn't exactly like the herds of cows John Is used to in Kerry.
February 26th marks the return of Welcome To My World. Nominated for an IFTA in 2009 as Best Factual programme, the second series features more travel, culture and entertainment.
The premise of this four-part travel series is that immigrants invite an Irish friend, family member or colleague to accompany them on a visit to their homeland. The roots and relationships that they have established in Ireland will be literally road-tested as the travelers discover what they now hold in common and what they will always have apart.
Welcome To My World offers viewers an entertaining journey to an exotic destination, narrated by two very different accents and informed by two very different perspectives.
Episode 1 of 4
The first episode sees 20-year-old Kenyan girl Nai Lemorshira take her college class mate, Kerryman John O'Dowd, home to meet her family. Nai, who is Masai, is studying in DCU and lives with her father, an employee at the Kenyan Embassy.
Nai's mother, sister and brother live in Nairobi. After the family reunion, Nai and John visit one of the city's dumps where young children work scavenging for useable rubbish. Nai is deeply moved by seeing this side of her homeland.
The two friends then travel to the Masai village of Imbilin, where Nai grew up. John is amazed at passing herds of elephants along the way. It's a long way from the cattle-filled fields of Kerry. John is overwhelmed by the warm welcome he receives from Nai's extended family.
Nai introduces John to the traditions of her people; the colourful costumes, the music, the milking of the goats by hand and the importance of the extended family.
The Secret Millionaire, Monday, 9pm, C4
Now in its 5th series the secret millionaire has become one of my favourite shows. When the show began it had the potential to be very condescending, the idea of rich people going around giving out money to the poor just sounds like an opportunity for the millionaires to show off how much they have. But thankfully it was nothing like that. The millionaires go and live under cover in an area which is in need of help, and the idea is that they try to get a sense of the community and spot areas where some funding may help. What I find most interesting is that even in areas which are notorious for crime and drugs etc, there are always a few good people out there trying to change things. The millionaires have given away more than just money, the idea is to help change things, so they have in the past offered jobs to people and holidays, and computers.
Multi-millionaire Dawn Gibbins (50) has a holistically inspired flooring business. Now she's about to give away £250,000 of her own money as she embarks on a new challenge as a Secret Millionaire. She meets and is inspired by some of the people trying to tackle some of Bristol's biggest social problems. From volunteering on an outreach van with the One25 project, a charity that seeks to enable women who are abused and trapped in a life of street sex-work, to serving meals to those sleeping rough and battling addiction at the Wild Goose Café, she comes across a world she never knew existed.
Teens in the Wild, Monday, 9.35pm, RTE ONE
Again this wasn't a show I was overly familiar with, but it's one of those shows that I find oddly fascinating. We all know someone who has to deal with a 'problem teenager' but it's something that is very hard to cope with for a lot of parents as they simply don't know what's causing the behavior. David Coleman takes 6 teenagers on a 3 week course to the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre on the edge of Glenveagh National Park in Donegal. The girls in this episode are dealing with issues such as anger management, bereavement and problems at school. The parents are taken on a similar course to explore the patterns of behavior and try to resolve some of the issues. I think a lot of people will learn something from this show as there are so many people trying to cope with similar problems but doing it on their own without any guidance
In the second series of the acclaimed 'Teens in the Wild', Clinical psychologist David Coleman once again takes a group of six troubled teenagers, on a 21 day wilderness activities and therapy course. This time, in the wilds of Donegal, he works with girls, aged 14-17, who are struggling with issues including anger management, bereavement, separation and problems at school - all of which have resulted in strained relations with their parents who are at breaking point.
The activities element of the programme devised especially for this project by the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre is fundamental to the overall aim of the project i.e. improving each teen's self esteem and confidence. As David Coleman says " Poor behaviour is rooted in low self-esteem. The aim of this unique project is to build the teens up not break them down."
For the three weeks, the girls live in an isolated cabin (under the supervision of the Gartan instructors) on the perimeter of Glenveagh National Park. Far removed from the usual teenage temptations and distractions, David's hope is that the girls focus on their issues and work through them with him, giving each of them the opportunity to start making some positive change in their lives.
While their isolation gives them much needed 'space' from their usual environment, some of the girls find the 'cold turkey' difficult to endure.. Three weeks without their own mobile phones, laptops, night life and contact with the outside world is a true endurance test.
During the three week course, David invites the parents to a separate wilderness location in Donegal to explore with him, what possible reasons may lay at the root of their teen's misbehaviour. These intense 'sessions' also help the parents to realise that they too need to be open to change.
Just a quick mention also that a new series called HUNG is starting
HUNG, Tonight, 10.45pm, C4
It's a new comedy drama in which a former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach finds a way to benefit from his biggest asset which is the fact that he is well endowed. It was nominated for two Golden Globes so Liam will tell viewers to have a look and we'll review it next week.