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Soaps with Suzanne Byrne

Monday, 10 May 2010

Suzanne has all the latest storylines and juicy gossip from Fair City, Eastenders, Coronation Street, and Ros na Rún!

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 RTÉ One

THIS WEEK: A frustrated Yvonne reminds Connie that they won't have Ruth in a few weeks.

Dermot warns Jo against being too rigid in her approach to Philip. Suzanne starts to power dress and Damien enjoys her being the boss.

Zumo is delighted to inform a kind Dermot that his blood test shows he can save his sister. Vivienne warns him to start monitoring his health, while Suzanne frightens Zumo about how bone marrow is extracted.

Jo takes a hard line with Philip and gives him the rule of the house.

Bela suggests that a christening might help Yvonne bond with Ruth.

Philip helps out with Jo's chores but walks out when Jo is ungrateful.

Suzanne demeans Damien in front of Wayne.

Vivienne innocently makes Yvonne feel fat and she chastises Suzanne for her comments to Zumo.

Jo discovers some missing jewellery and Dermot cautions her not to jump to conclusions.

Niamh requests to see Ruth but Connie refuses.

Damien's attempt at romance is thwarted by Suzanne's work commitments. Instead he has a civil meal with Mark.

Dermot kicks Philip out of the house after accusing him of stealing the chain.

Yvonne accuses Connie of manipulating her and siding with her family.

Niamh admits to Barry she wants to be Ruth's mother.

A mortified Jo discovers her jewellery on Ben's toys.

Eastenders, Monday 7:30pm RTÉ One

THIS WEEK: R&R's has been closed until further notice due to fire damage. Billy is anxious when he sees the state of the club and scarpers when he sees Ronnie leave. Later, assuming he already knew, Max tells Jack about the fire whilst visiting him in hospital. He says the cause is unknown but they're suspicious as to why Ronnie didn't tell Jack? When Ronnie pays Jack a visit, Ronnie is hurt when Jack insinuates that she set fire to the club to claim the insurance money. Ronnie is delighted when she finds out that Jack has a place at the clinic. Back in the Vic, Roxy comforts Ronnie about her money troubles and is about to offer to help when Danny interrupts. After Ronnie leaves, Danny convinces Roxy not to lend her sister any money.

Tamwar is optimistic when Zainab starts cooking Syed's favourite meal. However, he is disappointed to find Zainab is not excited because Syed is home but instead Bushra and her husband are visiting. Zainab is desperate to please them and thrilled when Nadim invites Masood and Tamwar to the Mosque. However, Zainab is upset to discover she hasn't been invited to a friends wedding because of the revelation about Syed. Later, Masood sees Syed in the café and ignores him. Syed is visibly hurt. Jane follows Masood and tries to comfort him but Masood is cold and Jane reflects that maybe she should've told him about Syed before the wedding. Tension between them grows when Jane reminds Masood that he left Christian on his doorstep and says she would forgive Lucy and Peter for anything they did.

Meanwhile, Tamwar is upset that Zainab has asked him to do something he clearly doesn't want to do. He visits Syed for advice who tells him he should do it. Tamwar goes home and scans the family photo, cutting Syed and Amira out. Tamwar edits the photo but, fed up of being bossed around by Zainab, refuses to work at Masala Queen.

Ben invites Abi and Jordan to the puppet workshop Lucas is holding. Abi and Jordan mock Ben, who is offended when they call him a little kid and trying to prove that he isn't, Ben takes a whisky bottle from the Vic and puts it in his rucksack.

Peter is angry that Lucy told Leon about the abortion and feels Jane deserves to know. Ian is worried that Leon will tell Zsa Zsa, who will then tell Heather, who could potentially talk to Jane. They're alarmed when Jane says she has book club meeting with Heather and Shirley later. Ian is shocked when he overhears Shirley ask Jane if Lucy knows why Zsa Zsa is upset with Leon. After spending the day trying to convince Jane not to go to the book club, Ian finally resorts to lying by telling her it's cancelled. Peter tells Ian he cannot keep Jane from seeing Heather eventually. Realising this, Ian books Jane a ticket to visit her mum in Florida.

Billy is annoyed that Jay has told Heather they can pay their rent with the money Billy has been paid by Ronnie. When Heather asks Billy whether he'd be getting any more work from Ronnie, he insists that he didn't do any work at the club for her. Heather doesn't believe Billy and suspects that the fire started because of the electrical work he did.

After Darren gives Max a birthday present, Max jokes that he is trying to bribe him as he is still on a trial period at the car lot. When Darren mentions R&R's and the insurance job, saying everyone knew the club was struggling and there is no smoke without fire, Max isn't pleased. Later, Darren moans about Max's reaction to his joke to Heather leading Darren to discover that Billy actually carried out the electrical work at the club.

Ronnie visits Max and is fed up with saying the fire had nothing to do with her. Max asks about the electrics but Ronnie says she didn't get anyone in to fix them and is grateful when Max says he'll sort the insurance out. Max enters the Vic on the phone to the insurance company and Roxy overhears. She tells Max that Ronnie actually had the electrics fixed just as Max receives a text from Darren saying he knows how the fire started. In disbelief that anyone would ever hire Billy to fix electrics, Max and Darren presume Ronnie hired Billy to torch the club. Max finds Billy who admits he did change the circuit but didn't torch the club. Max tells Ronnie that there won't be any insurance money if they find out Billy did the electrics and Jack will lose the club and his place at the clinic.

Coronation Street, Monday 7:30pm TV3

THIS WEEK: Deirdre says goodbye to her mother. As the Barlows prepare for Blanche's funeral Deirdre hopes she's up to making a speech. But all eyes are on Tracy as she arrives in a prison van handcuffed to a guard. Tracy's happy to see her family but when she spots Amy heading into the church with Becky she's struck by jealousy, especially when Amy seems upset to see her. The service goes well as Deirdre gives a touching but honest portrayal of her mum and there's not a dry eye in the house.
Steve and Becky are shocked to see Tracy. Feeling positive about their adoption chances Steve tells Becky he wants them to be a proper family and even moots the idea of changing Amy's name and Becky becoming her legal guardian. Outside the church the guard allows Tracy 2 minutes to say goodbye to Amy. Tracy's emotional but when Amy reports she's getting a brother or sister and is going to become a McDonald Tracy's livid. She demands Steve tells her what is going on.

Eddie has making up to do with Anna. It's the day of the Windasses visit from the social worker but Anna's still not happy with Eddie for grassing Gary up. They try to cover the tension as Dawn arrives.

Elsewhere Sophie's delighted when Sian arranges to stay in Weatherfield while they revise for their exams.

Mon. 10th May

Friends and family say goodbye to Blanche. Steve tries to calm Tracy but as Becky leads an upset Amy away Tracy loses it. The guard manhandles her back into the van and Deirdre's crushed to hear her desperately calling after her own daughter. At the graveside Deirdre breaks down and back at the Rovers she admits to Ken as if burying her mother wasn't enough the sight of Tracy being dragged away made it worse. Concerned Deirdre calls Tracy in prison but she's further rocked when Tracy asks her to set up a meeting with her solicitor. Inside Tracy tells her guard that today taught her she can't let her daughter grow up without her. The guard states she's serving a life sentence but Tracy's resolute; she'll get out by any means she can.

Steve and Becky are rocked by Tracy's threats. Back at home Steve tries to reassure Becky but she worries about how Tracy could affect their adoption chances.

The Windasses social worker visit goes well. Dawn is impressed with Anna and handing over the adoption forms she suggests they'd provide a good home for an older child.

Elsewhere Norris is horrified when Mary shows up at Blanche's funeral and accuses her of stalking him. Thanking her for her support Peter tells Leanne he wants to marry her sooner rather than later, moved Leanne agrees.

Ros na Rún - Tuesday & Thursday 8.30pm TG4

Ríona betrays her brother Donncha
Daniel blackmails Tina when he discovers her secret feelings for Róise
and Máire and Peadar are forced to close their shop


Crafty Daniel discovers that Tina has feelings for Róise and takes great pleasure in watching Tina squirm when he threatens to reveal her secret. Tina is tormented by the thought of Róise discovering that she was behind O'Dowd's brutal murder and is forced to give in to Daniel's demands for sex in exchange for his silence. How much longer can Tina put up with Daniel's blackmailing?

Meanwhile, as the murder trial looms closer, things aren't going well for the De Burca family. Donncha feels like a social pariah and can't help but feel hurt that most of the villagers believe he murdered O'Dowd. What's more, things get much worse for poor Donncha when Ríona asks Róise to join her legal team and leaves Donncha to stand trial alone. Can justice prevail for innocent Donncha?

Other stories:
. Máire agrees to accept Bríd's offer to buy the shop
. John Joe and Berni decide they are better off as friends
. Single parent Mack begins to crack under pressure


Róise puts aside her feelings of guilt about ditching her brother Donncha and agrees to join Ríona's legal team to improve her chances in court. However, it soon becomes clear that Róise is nothing more than a pawn in Ríona's plan to prove her innocence and regain custody of her daughter Sophie! Ríona knows that Donncha is the prime suspect in the murder case. There were no witnesses, he lied to the Gardaí about his movements on the night of the murder and there is forensic evidence linking him to the scene. Will Ríona really sell out her brother to save her own skin?

Elsewhere, it's an emotional day for Máire and Peadar. After agreeing to sell the shop to Bríd, they organise a closing down sale and spend a final day at the heart of the community, serving their friends and family. Bríd is keen to give her new investment a complete overhaul and plans big things for the shop, but will she realise the small local shop is more than just a business to Máire and Peadar, and to the community in Ros na Rún?

Other stories:
. Belle sweet talks Labhras into a gig on the radio
. Mack agrees to hire a nanny
. David's practical jokes wear thin