Reviewed: Top Coppers (Wednesday, BBC3); The Gleneagle (Sunday, RTÉ One); Madam Secretary (Thursday, Sky Living); Soccer Republic (Monday, RTÉ2)
It may be on TV's equivalent of death row, but BBC 3 continues to be the test lab for new comedy on the Beeb. Most of them don't get any further than getting viewed by friends, family and the odd straggler before heading directly to TV Heaven without passing through BBC One or Two, but notable exceptions include Little Britain, Gavin & Stacey, Two Pints . . . , The Mighty Boosh, Him & Her and Russell Howard's Good News.
A couple of ...
John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Aug 22-Friday 28)
It's hello to Marvel's Agent Carter, The Strain and Resistance, and goodbye to The Gleneagle, Witnesses and Melissa & Joey as the summer season continues to wind down.
Pick of the week
Ray Donovan, Wednesday, Sky Atlantic
This hard-boiled drama has really taken on a life of its own in this dizzying third season. What started out as the latest Sopranos wannabe has developed its own unique tale and at times it's as good as anything else on that wonderful box we call ...
John Byrne checks out a new US drama about killer animals, a history of Saturday Night TV, a Cilla Black compilation, and the latest comic offering from the BBC.
Reviewed: Zoo (Sunday, Sky 1); The Saturday Night Story (Saturday, UTV Ireland); Cilla at the BBC (Sunday, BBC 4); Mountain Goats (Friday, BBC One)
Pilots can be incredibly misleading. I remember watching the first episode of The River, the 2012 paranormal/horror/found-footage drama starring Bruce Greenwood as an explorer looking for magic in the Amazon. It was amazing, but the second episode was poor. By episode four it was a ...
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Aug 15-Friday 21)
Join us later this evening for all the fun and madness from this year's Rose of Tralee as it happens.
John Byrne looks back on the season two finale of True Detective, a new post-apocalyptic US comedy, and surrenders to a Frank Sinatra double bill on BBC 4.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday August 8 - Friday August 14)
It's a BBC drama special as John Byrne checks out the return of Ripper Street, the latest Agatha Christie adaptation and a new thriller as it reaches its conclusion.
Got the summertime blues? Here are John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Jul 25-Friday Jul 30)
The LA underbelly, cynical consultants, an incompetent private eye, a golf geezer, Jerry Lee Lewis and ageing ballroom dancers - it's been a busy TV week for John Byrne.