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Soaps with Suzanne Byrne

Monday, 1 March 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. The job 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: Connie fails to persuade Yvonne to go to work. Connie admits to Bela that Yvonne is not suffering from morning sickness and she is very worried about her.

Suzanne and Mark blame one another for causing Damien to work longer hours. Damien is critical of Bob's opportunistic view of getting cheap deals from companies that are going bust. However he ends up buying a flat screen TV from a debtor for €200 much to Bobs delight.

Charlie convinces Cass to let him take Shebe for a walk saying she needs the exercise but he manages to lose the dog. Charlie breaks it to Cass that he has lost Sheba. A heartbroken Cass blames Charlie saying he lost her on purpose.

Zumo orders an unhappy Decco and Denzo to sell the microwaves outside of Carrigstown. Decco questions Zumo's authority to Denzo saying that he is not the boss and is losing the run of himself. Later they overhear Leo saying that he bought his guitar for €1,400.

Suzanne invites Sarah and Keith for a couple's dinner, thinking that they are tried of sneaking around. Sarah admits that she doesn't want Felix to find out about it.

Tracey asks Barry if she can be the agony aunt again in the newspaper. He agrees but only if she volunteers her time - which she declines to do.

Bela calls to see a defensive Yvonne who blames him for her messed up reaction to motherhood. An upset Bela tells Suzanne that Yvonne needs to see a counsellor. Suzanne comforts Bela by saying he was a good father.

Deco tries to see a microwave to the community centre and Barry tells him to leave. Barry informs an interested Jennifer what they were trying to sell. Jennifer approaches Zumo and his friends about the microwaves. Zumo attacks Decco after for trying to sell them in Carrigstown and quells Decco's act of rebellion. But later Tracey buys a microwave from Decco.

When Suzanne visits Yvonne she confesses her money worries. Yvonne comes out of exile from her bedroom to comfort a distressed Yvonne.

Damien and Mark are thrilled with the new TV, but Suzanne criticises him for wasting money and Damien lies saying he only paid €100 for it.

Yvonne refuses Connie's request to marry her saying she wants to get back into shape and look good for the big day. Connie receives a phone call from her Dad saying he has cancer. Connie decides that she is going to go to Australia and a distraught Yvonne can't persuade her otherwise.

Eastenders, Monday 8pm, RTÉ One

This Week: While Jane is concerned over Ian's appearance in court, the Beale twins are more preoccupied with their own love lives. As Peter longs for Zsa Zsa, Lucy is lusting after Leon. Jane is relieved to find out that Ian has returned with a suspended sentence and community service, so the celebrations for his birthday can go ahead. Lucy is furious to have noticed two tickets to Spain in Jane's bag and a tone of sadness pervades as Jane and Ian speculate over the impact his conviction will have on their plans to adopt.

Bianca discovers Whitney and Billie having a lie-in and, after a brief explosion, settles down to the idea that this could actually be a good thing. Carol is not quite so convinced; however, as Billie has skipped college to take time off with Whitney.

Discovering that he has lied to her about his college commitments, Whitney argues with Billie and, despite warnings from Zsa Zsa to remain aloof, Whitney heads over to Billie's old estate in an attempt to find the boy and patch things up. As she asks some old acquaintances of Billie's if they know where he is, Whitney is attacked by the pair. Connor and Kylie video the altercation and instruct a terrified and shocked Whitney that Billie must give them back the gun he has in his possession.

Still feeling that Masood is being secretive, Zainab is waiting for her husband to come clean about the post she found under their sofa. He admits that he did gamble, once, but continues to deny any involvement in the postal theft. Although Tamwar says she should trust his father, her temper erupts when Masood returns from work cleared of all charges.

Zainab confronts her husband about the found mail and is irritated when he continues to claim ignorance. Hoping that Billy will testify to the fact that he won some money on roulette at the stag do, Masood is disappointed when his friend reports that he only knows what he was told and he did not see anything for himself. As the tension continues, Masood decides to sleep on the sofa, again.

As Billy clears away Bradley's wilting flowers from the Vic, Max is still struggling to cope with the weight of his son's death. Carol re-thinks her original plans to take Billie back to Balham, when she realises that her brother needs them there, and decides to stay for his sake.

Shirley, has managed to get Zsa Zsa an interview with the headmaster of Walford High, Mr Alcock, only to be annoyed at her niece's reluctance to go back to school. After Zsa Zsa goes to see Leon at football practice and notices the toned and handsome Alcock running around, she reconsiders.

Trying to get in touch with her son Owen, much to the frustration of Lucas, Liz and Patrick have a nostalgic conversation about their sons. Mindful of his own son Paul, Patrick agrees to call the phone company pretending to be Owen. Thanks to Patrick's small deceit, Liz discovers that her son has not used his mobile phone since November. This distressies her hugely.

After Zsa Zsa has riled Lucy up and Peter has bumped heads with Leon, the Beale's family dinner is ruined as emotional latecomer Lucy rips up the plane tickets and storms out of the house. A livid Jane follows, trying and calm the girl. Jane's sympathy proves too much for Lucy, who finally reveals to her stepmother that she is pregnant.

Coronation Street, Monday 7:30pm, TV3

This Week: Becky's joy turns to heartbreak. Becky is really feeling ill now not just skiving but after a morning in the toilets she returns to the bar and gets blind drunk. Steve's furious but when he berates her for drinking while pregnant Becky snaps she's not pregnant. She wasn't being sick earlier she was having a miscarriage.

Dev allows his jealousy to get the better of him. Sunita's missing Dev and asks him to meet in the pub to talk. Dev's hopeful but when he arrives to see her chatting to ex Ciaran he heads out deflated without hearing what she had to say.

Peter comes home from rehab. Leanne's gob smacked when Peter arrives back on the street having signed himself out of rehab and full of apologies. He wants to know where Simon is.

Becky struggles to deal with her tragedy. As Steve frantically races after Becky he knows she's on the path to self destruction. He finally finds her being thrown out of a pub in town and forces her to come home. Back at the Rovers Becky's grief finally comes flooding out as Steve desperately tries to comfort her.

The police search Gail's house. They're intrigued to find Joe's life insurance policy. Tina meanwhile is furious to hear Gail sent the birthday text and fumes that if she'd told the truth from the beginning they might have found Joe before he died. Distraught Gail admits to David she's right, it's her fault Joe's dead.

Dev and Sunita go on a first date. Dev returns to the pub to hear Sunita out. She admits she's fallen in love with him again but needs to take things slowly. Dev agrees, the happiest man in the world.

After weeks of playing Steve, Becky really is ill now, but after a morning throwing up in the toilets it's clear to Becky this is more than just your average morning sickness. Consumed with pain and fear Becky reverts to type and heads to the bar where she hits the bottle. Steve is outraged to find Becky drinking but as he reprimands her for risking the health of their unborn child Becky has some devastating news for Steve.

Dev's convinced he's blown it with Sunita but when she turns up on the street and asks Molly to send him to the Rovers to talk his spirits soar. However in the pub Sunita has bumped into Ciaran and when Dev arrives and spots them chatting his hopes are dashed. Can Dev compete with Ciaran's Irish charm?

Leanne's exhausted as she works round the clock trying to keep Peter's business going. But when he arrives back on the street, completely out of the blue, she wonders if all her efforts have been for nothing. Peter's discharged himself from rehab, is he dry?

Elsewhere Jason struggles to comfort a grieving Tina, Liz worries about how Ciaran will react to her clumsy pass and Gail's mind goes into overdrive when the police tell her they intend to question Rick.

With his own emotions all over the place Steve desperately searches for Becky, knowing full well that if she really has lost the baby she'll be on a bender. Eventually he finds her drunk and alone, being thrown out of a pub in town. Dragging her home Steve does his best to comfort a desolate Becky. But full of self loathing she blames herself for the miscarriage.

Dev's convinced he's lost Sunita to Ciaran but Lloyd urges him to pull himself together and hear what she has to say before giving up. Back in the Rovers Dev is thrilled to hear she has no interest in Ciaran but wants them to start afresh - providing he promises to take things slowly. Will Dev agree to play by Sunita's rules?

Leanne's sceptical as Peter tells her he's checked himself out of rehab as he knows he's back in control. The atmosphere is strained and Peter's furious to discover that Leanne has allowed Simon to go to Spain without his say so. A huge row erupts and it soon becomes clear to both that this relationship has been severely damaged by Peter's alcoholism.

When the police tell Tina that Gail's admitted to sending the birthday text she's horrified. Letting rip at Gail she claims it stopped her reporting Joe missing when he might still have been alive. Devastated Gail is forced to admit that she good as killed him.

Ros na Rún, Tues and Thurs 8:30pm, TG4

This Week: Bríd is tempted by her sexy ex Johnny, Berni clashes with old love rival Helen and Caitríona gets a helping hand from Vince! Tuesday - This week in Ros na Rún, Caitríona is stressed out with money troubles. Her former lover Gary is threatening to sue her unless she repays all of the money he invested in the salon and Caitríona has no way of raising that kind of cash at such short notice.

However, Caitríona gets a helping hand from her ex-husband Vince, who offers her a lump sum payment to help her solve her problems with Gary. Caitríona takes great pleasure in delivering a cheque to Gary and telling him to get lost once and for all! But is this the last Caitríona will hear from her hot-headed ex Gary?

Caitríona's not the only one with money woes. Teenager Oisin is under pressure to get money for his mother Eithne to help her pay off her mounting bills. Oisin faces a huge moral dilemma when Mícheál sends him on an errand to the bank to make a lodgement, trusting him with the takings from Keane's. Deciding to help out his mother, Oisin takes the money and scratches his face to make it look as if he was attacked and robbed. Will Mícheál and Séamus believe Oisin's lies?

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

. Mack and Adelaide call a truce
. Róise is heartbroken when Ríona tells her she doesn't want to see her family for a while
. Tadhg can't resist setting up Johnny for a fall


Molly returns to the village and is delighted to be reunited with her father but while Johnny and Molly enjoy playing happy families, Bríd is less sure of her feelings. Spending time with her ex Johnny and their teenage daughter reminds Bríd of all the good times they had as a family and she feels torn between the past and her new quiet pace of life in Ros na Rún with Mícheál and Réaltín. Will Bríd take off her rose tinted glasses and remember how miserable she was being married to womaniser Johnny?

Elsewhere, Berni is called to Evan's school to discuss his recent bad behaviour. Berni prepares herself to defend her son's good name but she's soon lost for words when she runs into her old love rival Helen, who is now the head mistress of the primary school! Berni refuses to hear Helen out and insists that Evan is no bully. Will Berni realise that Helen has Evan's best interests at heart and that her son is acting out to get her attention?

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

. Oisin reluctantly steals money from Séamus to bail out his mother Eithne
. The villagers learn about Peadar's illness
. Mack begins to get excited about becoming a dad