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Thursday, 25 March 2010

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.

Thursday Shameless, Thursday 11.50pm RTE TWO

Liam's Comments:

I'll admit that this show isn't for everyone... Viewers of a prudish nature should probably skip it. But for those who can get past the swearing and adult content, its definitely worth a look. Shameless follows the lives of the dysfunctional Gallagher and Maguire families on the fictional Chatsworth estate as they spend their time constantly trying to avoid trouble, or rather trying to avoid getting caught.

Frank Gallagher is probably the world's worst father, although his kids seem to have turned out pretty well considering they were mostly brought up by the oldest daughter. In tonight's episode Paddy Maguire learns that his former cell mates are being killed one by one and fears that his days are numbered also. Also we're treated to one of the least classy weddings you're ever likely to see when Karen and Jamie get married and hold their reception in the local pub, The Jockey. I love this show, and its won a lot of critical acclaim, so for anyone who hasn't seen it before, check it out!


Cheryl and Ashley: Where it Went Wrong Friday 9.30pm, TV3

The troubled marriage of Cheryl and Ashley Cole, featuring interviews with friends and colleagues of the couple and a look at what the future may hold for them.

Liam's Comments:

Cheryl Cole really has become the nations sweet heart. From her beginning on 'Popstars The Rivals' to now a judge on The X Factor and becoming arguably the most famous woman in Britain. This show takes a look at her career and personal life. I know Cheryl pretty well now, having worked on X Factor for the last few years, and I witnessed first hand the pain she was going through that night when she had to perform at the Brit Awards, just days after it was splashed all over the papers that her husband had been cheating on her and her marriage was over. It's easy to forget that Cheryl is just 26 years old because she's been through so much.


Miracle of the Hudson Plane Crash, Saturday 7.00pm RTE TWO

Few people have faced death in a plane crash and lived to tell their tale. On Thursday 15 January 2009, 155 people on board US Airways flight 1549 met potential disaster in the sky over New York City. Yet somehow Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger executed a textbook ditching in the Hudson river and saved the lives of everybody on board.

Liam's Comments:

On January 15 2009 US Airways flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson river just moments after take off. Yet amazingly Captain Sully Sullenberger was able to ditch the plane correctly and get everyone out alive. I can't think of a story in recent years that's more captivating than this. What should have been a disaster with possibly hundreds of lives lost, ended up with everyone safe and sound, by the heroic actions of one man. Under extreme pressure and knowing that he had no other option, captain Sully was able to ditch the plane in a text book manner.

He has since gone on to become a hero, and has written a book about that day. There are rumours that Brad Pitt has bought the rights to the story in order to turn it into a movie. Interestingly though I read an article just last week by the captain of the British Airways plane which crashed on landing in Heathrow last year. His story could not be more different. He has been forced out of the company by rumours that he froze at the controls and wasn't able to land the plane in the situation. It just goes to show what some people are capable of in intense circumstances, and I think this programme will be fascinating


No Frontiers (Last in the series) Sunday 7:30pm, RTE ONE

(United States, Wales and Norway)

Kathryn Thomas is on the famous California Zephyr train from Chicago to San Francisco in the second part of her rail journey from coast to coast in the USA. Sinead Kennedy heads to Wales on a short break and a rally driving lesson. John Creedon is in the Arctic Circle in Norway in search of the amazing Northern Lights.

Liam's Comments:

In the last episode of the current series Kathryn Thomas is on the famous California Zephyr train from Chicago to San Francisco on the second part of her journey from coast to coast in the USA. John Creedon is in the Artic Circle in Norway in search of the Northern Lights and Sinead Kennedy heads to Wales on a short break and a rally driving lesson.

I think Kathryn Thomas officially has the best job in the world. To get paid to go on holiday must be everyone's idea of heaven, and I'm starting a campaign to get myself on that show! I will go anywhere as long as it's hot, and has a five star hotel. I'm not fussy really.

In fairness though, Kathryn has done a great job this year of showing how to make the most of your holiday on a smaller budget, and that's something we can all learn from in these times of recession.