Weekender’s tip 20 TV picks for a gratifying season

December 28, 2014 - garden totes

Allan Carr's New Year Specstacular
Allan Carr’s New Year Specstacular
Hey Ho Let’s Go

December 27.

Bruce’s Hall of Fame. BBC1, 8.30pm.

Regularly missed by fans of Strictly Come Dancing, Bruce Forsyth hosts this show, in that several celebrities compensate loyalty to their showbiz heroes. EastEnders singer Jessie Wallace, strain gymnasium fable Marie Lloyd, and Ben Miller from Death in Paradise will all perform.

Top Gear Patagonia Special

BBC2, 8.30pm

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond conduct for South America to expostulate 3 sports cars opposite Patagonia. The Porsche 928, Lotus Esprit and Ford Mustang will be subjected to swamps, forests, deserts and beaches as they try to strech a world’s southernmost city to take partial in a diversion of general automobile football.

TOTES 2014

RTÉ2, 10.15pm

Eoghan McDermott hosts this lightsome demeanour behind during 2014, with Love/Hate’s Janet (Mary Murray) and Rory O’Neill, a.k.a. Panti Bliss. Other guest picking their favourite moments will be Bressie, Vogue Williams, Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea.


Man on Bridge

RTÉ1, 6.30pm

This documentary tells a story of mythological Dublin transport photographer Arthur Fields, who spent some-more than 50 years holding photos on O’Connell Bridge and left behind an useful record of life in Dublin. He took some-more than 180,000 cinema of passers by though his possess story was even some-more interesting.

Hey Ho Let’s Go!

RTÉ2, 9pm

Former Republic of Telly horde Dermot Whelan (right) presents this new comic quarrel ask endangered with all things musical. He’ll be assimilated for this commander by group leaders John Colleary and Colin Murphy, together with some obvious faces from a worlds of strain and comedy.


Weather Beaten… Ireland 2014?

RTÉ1, 6.30pm

Jon Creedon, Nuala Carey and George Lee consider 2014’s ever-changing weather. The apparent effects of tellurian warming resulted in a array of aroused storms and floods via a nation early in a year, while a summer was one of a hottest in new times.

The Snow Wolf Family and Me

BBC2, 9pm

Celebrated wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to a Canadian arctic, where a region’s white wolves have never encountered humans before. Wolves are customarily decorated as inhuman predators, though Buchanan paints a opposite story as he follows a mom and 3 cubs as they ready themselves for winter.

Mapp and Lucia

BBC1, 9.05pm

This witty three-part comic play is formed on a novels of E. F. Benson. Elizabeth Mapp (Miranda Richardson), a reigning amicable black of Tilling, thinks she’s on to a good thing when she leases her pleasing duration home to a rich widower. But Lucia (Anna Chancellor) turns out to be only as many of a snob.


2014: The Highs and Lows

TV3, 6pm

A demeanour during some of a biggest political, informative and sporting events of 2014. From Kim Kardashian violation a internet, to a ‘Pantigate’ debate and those barbarous new difference that have done it into a Oxford dictionary.

Come Dine with Me Christmas Special

Channel 4, 7.05pm

The uncover on that good cooking frequency occurs earnings for a gratifying luminary special, as former Coronation Street singer Helen Flanagan, comic Mark Dolan, TV presenter Kirsten O’Brien and Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder horde dinners for any other over unbroken nights to find out who’s a best host.

Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe

BBC2, 10pm

You can rest on Charlie Brooker to take a low perspective of any given year and in this not generally gratifying special he mulls over a media highs and lows of 2014. The summer saw celebrities starting an ‘ice bucket’ disturb and Brooker is equally unimpressed by a spin around Gwyneth and Chris’s “conscious uncoupling”.

Callan Kicks a Year

RTÉ1, 9.30pm

In this end-of-year special, Oliver Callan’s expel of characters take a arise out of 2014. ‘Bryan Dobson’ hosts a pell-mell retrospective that will inspect all from Bono’s several travails to a controversies around Love/Hate and of march a long quarrel over H2O charges.


What’s Another Year?

RTÉ1, 7.25pm

Writer and broadcaster Shay Healy is best famous for essay Johnny Logan’s Eurovision-winning strain What’s Another Year, though there’s an awful lot some-more to a male than that. A distinguished raconteur, wit and columnist, Shay presented a groundbreaking discuss uncover Nighthawks and sparked a vital domestic quarrel after an astonishingly straightforward talk with former apportion Sean Doherty.

New Year’s Eve Live

RTÉ1, 10.55pm

Hosts Kathryn Thomas and Paddy McKenna are assimilated by several guest during Dublin’s House of Lords room in The Bank of Ireland to ring in a New Year. The uncover will embody chat, strain and performances from a NYE3 unison in College Green (main) including Madness, Kodaline, Ryan Sheridan and The Strypes.

Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular

Channel 4, 9pm

Alan Carr (above, right) hosts a rough New Year’s Eve book of his renouned discuss show, with live strain from former X-Factor decider Tulisa Contostavlos and rapper Professor Green, and appearances from guest including Jonathan Ross, Gok Wan, Mark Wright, Alesha Dixon, James

Cordon, Caroline Flack and Seann Walsh.


Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot

BBC1, 6.30pm

Dustin Hoffman creates a singular incursion onto a tiny shade in this desirable play formed on a story by Roald Dahl. Mr. Hoppy lives a quiet, waste life, and spends many of his time given his dear patio garden, though all changes when he meets his downstairs neighbour, Mrs Silver (Judi Dench).


RTÉ1, 7pm

The transport uncover earnings for a new series, with Joe Lindsay assimilated by new presenter Angela Scanlon. This week they conduct to San Francisco to try a city’s famous hills, revisit a jail of Alcatraz and take a hair-raising seaplane moody over a iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Back home, Joe will also representation a delights of Clare Island.

Pat Kenny: Out with a Old – In with a U

UTV Ireland, 8.30pm

As UTV’s new channel gets underway, Pat Kenny creates his initial coming on UTV after withdrawal RTÉ for blurb radio final year. This rudimentary uncover takes us by some of a themes and personalities that are expected to browbeat in 2015. The hire itself launches during 7.25pm with a demeanour during stirring schedules.


Operation Transformation: Seven Years and Counting

RTÉ1 6.30pm

It’s now 7 years given a late Gerry Ryan launched a initial array of Operation Transformation, a hugely renouned annual uncover that encourages typical people opposite a nation to get fit. In this special retrospective we accommodate some of a ‘leaders’ of a past and find out how they coped with life in a limelight.

The Musketeers

BBC1, 9pm

The swashbuckling play set in 17th century France earnings for a new series, and in this opening part D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis are sent to Spain to save a Comte de Rochefort, Cardinal Richelieu’s male in Madrid who’s left blank after evading from prison.

Irish Independent

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