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Monday, 22 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. 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 on the Ruth Scott, Derek Mooney, Dave Fanning and Ryan Tubridy Shows.

Fair City Tuesday 8pm RTE One

THIS WEEK: Niamh doesn't rise to Paul's complaints about Sean's lazy behaviour. Later he suggests Sean as a tenant for Pete.

Suzanne tries to give the fold up pool table to the charity shop but Damien stops her.

Sarah and Keith disagree over telling Felix about their relationship.

Sarah agrees to accept delivery of a parcel for Felix. The parcel rouses Keith's suspicion.

Jo agrees to let Esther advertise her business at the community centre for a couple of hours work as a receptionist.

Leo offers to take Damien's pool table and a delighted Damien accepts.

Pauls attempt to get Sean to move out backfires when Sean learns from Ray that he is entitled to a share of the rent from Ginas house. Sean demands his money from Niamh.

Felix hears about Bens kidnapping but Dermot assures him it won't happen again and hopes it doesn't affect their fostering.

Felix catches Keith and Sarah kissing. Niamh advises Felix to be firm with his housemates.

There is a gathering in Leos for a pool tournament and Damien reveals an unexpected skill at pool. Leo tries to play and breaks the table.

Pete reveals to a furious Niamh that Paul inquired about Sean renting a room. She is upset at the prospect of Sean leaving.

Eastenders Monday 7:30pm RTÉ One

THIS WEEK: Ben and Peggy are having problems finishing the guest list for their joint birthday party as Ronnie is still distanced from the rest of the family. Wracked with guilt over her dealings with Louise, Ronnie declines her invitation at first but after Ben pleads with her, she finally puts in an appearance at the party. She tries to confess everything to Phil but each time she does another guest interrupts her.

Having difficulty accepting the reality of her situation, Lucy plays truant from school. When Jane receives a call from the school, she finds Lucy and assures the girl that a good life is still there for the taking and that everything will be all right. Finding out about the truancy later in the day, Ian approaches Lucy, who has not been as comforted by Jane's words as the woman may have hoped. Lucy tells her father that she would like to put an end to the problem tomorrow.

Billie is disappointed, having lost his job at the Arches, and Ricky's apologies are don't make the lad feel any better. Sticking together, the pair try to keep the issue a secret from Carol but when she finally finds out her anger is only exacerbated by the deceit. Tackling Phil and demanding to know why he sacked her son, Carol is disappointed to learn that it was Ricky's decision. She is even more stunned to discover that the Arches is not really doing well financially at all and that Bianca only lied about it just to spare herself Carol's gloating.

The busy gardeners are devastated to see the mess that has been made of their hard work in the Square but none more so than Jean. When the Walford Gazette team arrive a sad Charlie, who is struggling to answer their cynical questions, meets them. Fortunately, Lucas steps in and saves the story, and some face, by announcing that this sad event will only spur them on to make good with a community programme to keep the youth off the streets. Hailed as a hero, Lucas enjoys a toast in his honour over at the Vic.

Abi is the only guest that Ben has invited to the party and he is a little put out when she turns up with Jordan in tow. She tells the boys about babysitting for Ronnie and Ben wonders who this girl, Louise, could be. He asks Phil if he has ever heard Ronnie mention a Louise before but the man is not paying attention.

Ian is enjoying himself at the Masala Unit as he patronises Carol and dolls out a few sexist observations about the efficiency of women. His smile drops, though, when Zainab tells him that there is going to be a reshuffle. Carol will do paperwork, Jane and Zainab will cook and Ian will be left with the cleaning.

Thinking that Phil is going to propose to her at the party, and not wanting to mess up a second marriage, Shirley decides that she will stay at home. After some persuasion by Heather, Shirley finally makes an appearance but not before she has downed a few vodkas. Humiliating herself by rushing in and accepting Phil's alleged proposal, she is laughed at by her paramour who tells her that the ring is a birthday present for Peggy. As Shirley turns to leave in indignation, she bumps into Ronnie and the photograph of Phil, Lisa and Louise falls to the floor. As both women reach down, Shirley is the fastest and gives the picture over to Phil. Phil loses control, pinning Ronnie against the wall, and immediately regrets being so violent when he turns to see his daughter Louise looking at him, frightened.

Coronation Street Monday 7:30pm TV3

THIS WEEK: Nick gets on the wrong side of Carla when he is caught in a scuffle between David and Jason so chooses to stay at the factory whist David and Audrey go to visit a fragile Gail in jail. But the visit doesn't go to plan when Audrey starts pushing Gail for more information, Gail snaps. Things then get worse when Gail gets more visitors than she bargained for and she's introduced to her new cellmate, Lyn.

Meanwhile back on the street Tyrone and Molly tell Pam they are back together, and then an over excited Tyrone goes a step too far announcing the pregnancy to Bill. An alarming reaction from Bill sends Kevin panicking. Is this the final straw for Bill? Will the truth finally be out?

John is looking forward to starting his new teaching job, but tension is high as he worries his lies will unravel.

Janice starts to worry about her figure after a careless comment from Trevor, is the beginning of a new couple on the street?


Audrey desperately tries to assure Gail she does not think her own daughter is capable of murder, but Gail has heard enough and is unsure whether to believe her. David continues his war path declaring Audrey and Nick think Gail is responsible for Joe's death. Is there something they are not telling him?

Janice continues to try to impress Trevor with a low calorie meal. He tries to reassure her he was not trying to imply anything with his remark. Will things start heating up between the couple?

Molly sits at home struggling for words when writing a letting to Tyrone. Has Molly finally cracked? Is this finally the end for the turbulent couple?

Jason and Tina receive news that the offer on the flat has been withdrawn, which gives Tina ideas.

Emmerdale Monday & all weekdays 7pm TV3

THIS WEEK: Aaron finally goes inside a gay pub
Aaron (Danny Miller) is annoyed with Paddy (Dominic Brunt) constantly checking up on him. Full of turmoil he paces the village alone and finds himself back at the gay pub. Forcing away his fears he hurries into the pub and is awkward when Jackson (Marc Silcock) starts chatting to him. He sits alone feeling out of his depth and is shocked when Jackson asks if he'd like a game of pool. Panicking he makes an excuse and leaves. Outside, Aaron angrily kicks and punches some bins unable to cope with his feelings.

Ashley prays for guidance
Ashley (John Middleton) struggles to keep his composure as he tries to hide his secret and tells Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) he is just struggling with work. However, Sandy (Freddie Jones) arrives back from visiting Jasmine and is taken aback by Ashley's unusually withdrawn attitude when he snaps at him. Guilty for being so abrasive, Ashley heads to the church to pray for guidance.

Calm before the storm at Mill Cottage
Chas (Lucy Pargeter) is cynical about Nicola's (Nicola Wheeler) forced pleasantness but is enjoying watching her close to cracking.

. Lisa (Jane Cox) puts on a brave face as Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) comes to visit her
. Sam (James Hooton) snaps at Zak (Steve Halliwell) for bad mouthing Olena (Carolin Stoltz)
. Jai (Christopher Bisson) agrees to give Lizzie (Kitty McGeever) a chance at working at the factory