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The second series of Derry Girls is set to end tonight and we must admit we’re feeling pretty gutted about having to say goodbye to Erin, Sister Michael, Grandad and co.

The second instalment of the hilarious Irish series has gone by in the blink of an eye but we’ve adored every minute.

This series had many iconic moments including Gerry making sambos at the funeral and the frantic journey to Belfast for the Take That concert.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It never failed to make us laugh until our sides hurt and there’s no doubt the season finale will be no different.

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee warned fans not to miss out on tonight’s episode which is airing a little earlier than usual.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The finale will hit the telly screens at 9pm rather than the usual 9.15 pm slot, so set an alarm!

The series finale is set to focus on U.S President Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry in 1995.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saoirse Monica Jackson commented on the series finale on Instagram, “It’s the last episode of Season 2 of #derrygirls tonight on @channel4 at 9pm , Thank You to everyone who has tuned in this season & for all the kind words you have sent our way, it has been one hell of a run, get your tissues ready because tonight is an absolute belter.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nicola Coughlan added: “We’ve saved the best for last #DerryGirls Series 2 Finale 9pm.”

Don’t forget to tune into the Derry Girls season finale at 9pm tonight on Channel 4.

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Christmas is just around the corner and we are so ready to relax and unwind. We are planning on doing nothing but eating Pringles, turkey sambos and chocolate Santa's for the foreseeable future.

One of the best things about Christmas is being able to lounge around in your pyjamas and watch movies all day. It is honestly all we want to do this year.

We’ve conjured up a list of the best movies on over the holidays and you just can’t miss these classic flicks this year.

Christmas Eve: There are many timeless classics on December 24 that will make for the perfect festive movie night for you and the gang.

RTÉ Two, 12:25 pm- E.T

RTÉ One, 3:35 pm- Miracle on 34th Street

BBC One, 5 pm- Mary Poppins

Virgin Media 3, 8:15 pm- Dirty Dancing

Christmas Day: For those of you taking it easy and staying home on Christmas Day, you’re in for a real treat. Some of the all time greatest Christmas movies will be on December 25 and they’re bound to make your day feel extra magical.

RTÉ One, 8:20 am- Enchanted

RTÉ Two, 10:25 am- Finding Nemo

RTÉ One, 2: 55 pm- Home Alone

Virgin Media One, 4:05 pm- The Wizard of Oz

RTÉ One, 4.30 pm- The Jungle Book

RTÉ One, 6: 35 pm- Arthur Christmas

Sky One, 6: 45 pm- The Greatest Showman

E4, 9:15 pm- The Devil Wears Prada

Virgin Media One, 9:15 pm- Bridget Jones’s Diary

RTÉ One, 11:10 pm- Love Actually

St. Stephen’s’ Day:

A day of turkey sandwiches, napping and chocolate. Unwind with these brilliant films all from the comfort of your sofa.

BBC Two, 2:30 pm- Saving Mr Banks

RTÉ One, 3:55 pm- Cinderella

RTÉ One, 6: 25 pm- Zootropolis

Virgin Media One, 9 pm- The Commitments

December 30:

RTÉ Two, 1:25 pm- 13 Going on 30

BBC One, 2:25 pm- Cinderella

Channel 4, 5: 40 pm- Paddington

New Year’s Eve:

If you’re not in the mood to go out on the town and simply want to ring in the new year at home then there are plenty of movies on to keep you entertained.

RTÉ One, 9:40 am- Annie

BBC One, 4:15pm- Maleficent

ITV 2, 6:40 pm- New Year’s Eve

ITV 2, 9pm- Bridesmaids

 

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Award-winning actor Clelia Murphy has been officially announced as the sixth star who will sashay her way onto our screens in the New Year on Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One.Speaking about taking part in Dancing with the Stars Clelia said: 

"I can’t believe I’m doing Dancing with the Stars. I’m still in a bit of shock that I said yes! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before and that’s exactly why it makes it so beautifully terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. 

"I’m sorry now that I didn’t stick with dance classes as a child. I’m normally dressed from head to toe in black and I’m finding myself in a glorious rainbow sea of glitter and sequins and Spanx! I’m so far out of my comfort zone but I kind of love it."

Clelia will join Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will join forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6th January, a total of 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.

Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the paso doble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation. 

Also returning this year is our expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.

 

 

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Actor and comedian Eilish O’Carroll and style entrepreneur Darren Kennedy have been confirmed as the next two celebrities to compete on Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One in the New Year.

After much speculation it was confirmed live on The Ryan Tubridy Show on Radio 1 this morning that Eilish and Darren are is set to hit the dance floor this coming January.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking about taking part in Dancing with the Stars this year, Eilish said;“I’m so excited to be doing Dancing with the Stars. It’s like a dream come true. I feel like a kid and all my Christmas’s have come at one. I can’t wait to get started!”

Darren commented: “I’m excited, petrified, terrified– I don’t know what I’ve got myself in for. It’s completely out of my comfort zone but ultimately I’m looking forward to it. I’ve zero dance experience. If I could write a letter to my younger self I would say ‘Stick with Billie Barry someday you’re going to be thankful’ 

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will join forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars.

Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday, January 6, a total of 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.

Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the paso doble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation. 

Also returning this year is our expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.

And if that’s not enough for dancing fans out there, Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Friday, January 4 on RTÉ One.  Each week Can’t Stop Dancing will go behind the scenes to capture all the glitz, glamour and gossip back stage and get the low down from the judges, the professional dancers and the stars. 

 

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We’ve spent many nights curled up on the sofa with never-ending episodes of Say Yes to the Dress Ireland playing on the TV.

Our evenings just haven’t been the same since the last season of the show ended, but fear not, the wonderful Franc is returning to our screens very soon.

The unmissable series starts on Monday, September 17 on RTÉ2, and follows 30 brides from all over Ireland looking to find their perfect dress.  

Over 3,500 dresses from all over the world await the new group of brides-to-be and their entourages at Vows Bridal Store in Cork.

Franc and the bridal consultants; Vows Owner, Mary O’Dowling, along with Janice O’Leary, Denise O’Riordian and Ciara O’Dowling will meet brides from all over the country in search of their dream dresses.  

This five-part series has a few surprises in store including an opinionated father of the bride and a worried fiancé thrown into the mix.

One of this season’s brides Abby Ho has been searching high and low for her dream gown.

32-year-old Abby’s appointment will be a challenge. Abby is getting married in four months’ time, she’s got a budget of €500 maximum and she is joined by her five very opinionated sisters.  But the biggest challenge: before today Abby had tried over 50 wedding dresses and said no to them all.

We are so excited for the show to return to our screens. You can tune into the new episodes of Say Yes to the Dress Ireland on Monday, September 17 on RTÉ2.

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Room To Improve always offers up a tonne of Twitter fodder, from building plans going massively over-budget to couples speaking to each other through gritted teeth about French windows as the cameras roll merrily on.

But last night's episode was a little different. For once, there was nothing to make fun of.

The build went smoothly, the finished house was gorgeous, and the homeowners were a total delight. So much so, in fact, that Mel and Aoife gave Twitter total relationship envy.

They were just so HAPPY with the whole process…

 

That enthusiasm!

 

They didn't seem bothered by things going over-budget, or that their three-bed semi detached house in Baldoyle cost them a whopping €770,000 in total.

 

Or the fact that they had to move in with Aoife's parents for FAR longer than planned. Though why would they? Aoife's mam and dad were downright amazing too.

 

All in all, Mel and Aoife definitely take home the title of Most Agreeable Couple Ever.

 

But when it comes to feeling the love Cormac the builder wasn't left out in the cold either:

 

Sadly though, he's taken:

We're already excited for next week's episode.

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With a weekend of lashing rain forecast, it seems our hopes of an Indian summer have been dashed.

But bad weather and darker evenings aren't all bad, as it gives us every excuse to curl up in front of the telly with a cup of tea. Luckily for us couch addicts, there are some seriously great new homegrown shows hitting TV screens this autumn and winter.

Here are a few we can't wait to check out.

F**k Cancer, RTÉ2
Earlier this year, 2fm host Louise McSharry was given the all-clear from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but the documentary takes us back in time to her diagnosis and subsequent treatment. This is an honest, emotional and truthful look at cancer, something that has affected the lives of so many of us. F**k Cancer is part of Reality Bites, RTÉ2's ongoing series of one-off documentaries. Watch it Thursday 17th September at 9.30pm.

 

Panti: The Queen of Ireland, RTÉ2
Work on this documentary started almost five years ago, long before Rory O'Neill's alter ego Panti Bliss became a household name worldwide.  Follow Ireland's most famous drag queen as she leads the campaign for LGBT rights in this country and around the world. Another Reality Bites documentary, though no air date has been confirmed just yet.

 

Vogue's Mean Girls, RTÉ2
​This three-part documentary series follows Irish model Vogue Williams as she meets women who are living their lives on the edge. Sex workers, MMA fighters, reformed gang members and criminals on death row… Mean Girls is not one for the faint-hearted.

 

Crumlin, RTÉ1
Have the tissues at the ready for this in-depth look at life in Our Lady's Childrens' Hospital in Crumlin, filmed on the wards over eight months. Doctors, nurses, patients and parents all feature in this emotional look at the world of paediatric medicine. The series started last night, Thursday September 10th. 

 

A Week To My Wedding, RTÉ1
​We love a good wedding reality show, and RTÉ has capitalised on the success of Say Yes To The Dress with their own romantic series. A Week To My Wedding follows six couples in, you've guessed it, the week leading up to their wedding day. We're already looking forward to the Bridezilla tantrums…

 

Saturday AM/Sunday AM, TV3
Ireland's most popular morning news and entertainment show just expanded to the weekends. Saturday AM and Sunday AM kicked off last month, presented by Laura Woods, Anna Daly, Ivan Yates, Tommy Martin and Simon Delaney… with a more lie-in friendly start time of 9am.

 

Bridget and Eamon, RTÉ2
​Ireland's favourite Eighties mammy and daddy have landed their own series, starring Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea. We have high hopes for this series… expect to see lots of shoulder pads, indoor smoking and wooden spoon waving.

 

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Each week, we speak to an inspiring go-getter as part of our Rising Stars series.

Here, Emily O'Donnell of IrishTV.ie joins us to candidly talk about her impressive career, breaking world records, E! News – and why the camera just doesn't make her nervous (even if going on dates still does)…

When 32 year-old Leopardstown native, Emily O’Donnell, successfully completed the challenge of wearing a different outfit each day for an entire year back in 2013, she didn’t realise that she had actually set a Guinness World Record.

In the aftermath, she is – unsurprisingly – known for her love of style.

Still, rather refreshingly, these days her interests and skills extend far beyond mere fashion. For example, her show for Irish TV, Wicklow Country Matters, is currently enjoying huge success.

Indeed, with the station having just recently signed a deal to air in the US, the up-and-coming presenter is about to be seen by a whole new audience.

Should luck keep shining on Emily, a position at E! News could also be on the cards: she recently applied for a position at the station's London office.

And regardless of the outcome of that application, Emily – chatty, warm and outgoing – is certainly a natural in front of the camera.

“Normal things, like dates, would make me nervous, but being on television doesn’t make me nervous at all,” she laughs. “I’m completely at ease when I go on air.

"I love chatting to people for my show and I get to meet so many interesting characters too.”  

With a Masters in PR under her belt, Emily kick-started her career by working with fashion clients in consumer PR. Even though she adored the job, she didn’t particularly enjoy being confined to a desk.

Thus, Emily embarked upon a fashion styling course before going on to assist stylist Roxanne Parker on various magazine shoots.

It was only after RTE invited her take part in a pilot for a reality TV series, ICA Boot Camp, that she “really caught the TV bug,” and so was inspired to study TV presentation, production and direction.

As far as Emily’s career highlights go, it’s a toss between presenting for Fashion One TV – where she got to interview Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig – and the aforementioned Guinness world record-setting 365 Style Diary Project

Meanwhile, and although Wicklow County Matters attracts some of the highest viewer ratings on the channel, Emily is not one to rest on her laurels.

An idea she pitched to the station for on Irish milliners and crafts people is currently in production and will run later this year as a six-part series. With so much on her plate, what will happen if E! News comes calling? 

“If I got the job, then yes I would give it a go, but I’m a home bird at heart. To be honest, I love my job at Irish TV and now that it will be viewed in America, my mum won’t be the only one watching me any more!” she laughs.

“I love Ireland too much to make a permanent move, but if E! asked me over, I would probably find it hard to say no!”

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In a very stylish throwback to the ‘90s, Miriam O’Callaghan hosted Prime Time wearing a choker on Tuesday night and Ireland is having a very hard time dealing with it…

Speaking about her love of the choker and confirming that she, in fact, hasn't started working at Urban Outfitters, Miriam told The Independent: “The reaction has been hilarious. I love choker and always did so I am delighted they are all back in fashion … I got a hugely positive reaction to it so happy days. I will wear another one tonight.”

That’s all well and good Miriam, but any chance you can bring back hair swirls too? Pretty please? 

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If you're planning a few nights in this week ahead of a busy Valentine's weekend, well, the TV will be your best friend!

Luckily there are some great things to look forward to on the box this week… here's our pick of the best!

Monday
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards
RTÉ 2, 19.30

Check out round two of Kanye's notorious "Im'ma let you finish" moment on tonight's Grammys highlights show!

Tuesday
My Big Fat Gypsy Valentine
TV3, 21.00

Fans of My Big Fat Gyspy Wedding will love this one-off special focusing on the traditions and culture of Britain and Ireland's travelling communities. 16-year-old Ina is marrying her first boyfriend, and has a wedding dress made from glitter fabric, while Danielle's wedding is scheduled to take place just a day after she turns 16. 

Wednesday
Heston's Recipe for Romance
Channel 4, 23.00

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but is there really a link between food and love? Heston teams up with scientists and psychologists to put together a romance-friendly menu for five couples, and monitor how the food affects their feelings for their partners.

Thursday
The Pursuit of Happyness
3e, 22.00

Yes, the weird spelling of "happiness" makes us spelling sticklers cringe, but we challenge you not to be moved to tears by the inspirational film starring Will Smith as a cash-strapped single father who is forced out of his house at the worst possible time. Will's son Jaden (he of that BIZAARE 2014 interview) also stars. 

Friday
Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast
Channel 4, 20.00

Singer Paloma Faith takes part in tonight's episode of Jamie Oliver's new cooking show, which also star his pal Jimmy Doherty. Craft beer, sticky Chinese ribs and Portuguese salt cod – sounds like a perfect Friday night meal!

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Dry January is nearly over, but we still have a few more nights in ahead!

Luckily there's loads to keep you entertained on TV this week, from some revealing documentaries to new seasons of your favourite shows.

Here's our pick of the best…

Monday
Girls, Season 4, Episode 2
10pm, Sky Atlantic

Lena Dunham's HBO show returned for another season last week, and of course we're already hooked. With Hannah trying to settle into life in Iowa, she's already getting suspicious about what Adam might be up to back in New York. 

Tuesday
Devious Maids, Season 2, Episode 1
8.05pm, RTÉ2

This hilarious drama about the "help" working for Beverly Hills' rich and famous ended with a few cliffhangers last season, including Rosie's arrest and the revelation of Flora's murderer. Eva Longoria stepped behind the camera to direct this season's opening episode, so it should be well worth a look.

Wednesday
Clubland: Reality Bites
9pm, RTÉ2

The Wright Venue is Ireland's biggest nightclub, so preparations for it's fifth birthday party are no easy feat. RTÉ goes behind the scenes to find out what it's really like to work in the famous club.

Thursday
Josie: The Most Hated Woman In Britain?
10pm, Channel 4

Josie Cunningham has caused controversy after controversy in recent years, first with her NHS-funded boob job and then with her decision to live-stream her baby's birth. This documentary follows Josie as she and her management team try to play the media at their own game.

Friday
Fortitude: Behind The Scenes
10.40pm, Sky One

This hotly anticipated series starring Stanley Tucci and Richard Dormer focuses on the small town of Fortitude, which is considered the "safest town on earth" given its isolated location in the Arctic Circle. But when a murderer strikes, the whole town is turned upside down. The series premieres in January 29, and this behind the scenes look should keep you satisfied until then!

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