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It looks like the rain isn’t going anywhere this weekend so we’ll be staying indoors instead of enjoying barbecues and trips to the beach.

Luckily, you will be pleasantly entertained with dozens of shows and movies airing on the TV across the weekend.

As usual, we will be tuning into The Graham Norton Show which never fails to brighten our Friday nights. The chat show is bound to cheer us up on this dreary Friday with another stellar line-up.

The Corkman will be joined by pop royalty this week as Madonna will join Graham to discuss her new album, her controversial Eurovision performance and her iconic career.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Also joining Graham is legendary actor Ian McKellan, who is always a joy on the show.

Stars of Yesterday Lily James and Himesh Patel will join the movie’s director Danny Boyle to chat about their new flick.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There will also be music from Sheryl Crow who will perform her new single Still the Good Old Days.

The Graham Norton Show airs at 10.35 pm on BBC One.

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Get those dancing shoes on as RTÉ One’s series three of Dancing with the Stars is set to return this week.

The line-up looks unreal and they have now revealed that Holly Carpenter has found a new dance partner for the series.

Australian dancer and choreographer Trent Whiddon is the lucky fella who gets to whisk the model around the dance floor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Trent is replacing Curtis Pritchard after he was seriously injured on St Stephen's night.

The dancer will fill in for Curtis until he recovers from his operation and returns to the show.

Trent opened up about the opportunity, saying: “It's a little bit bittersweet joining the show in this situation. I wish Curtis a speedy recovery and look forward to performing on Dancing with the Stars and working with Holly until he gets back.”

Trent is best known for his professional appearance on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing where he partnered with Pixie Lott.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meanwhile, Holly and Trent have hit it off and while they are both wishing Curtis well, their partnership seems like a match made in heaven.

"Trent has saved the day and I feel really lucky to get the opportunity to learn from two amazing professional dancers now," Holly said.

"Trent and I are getting on so well already and we’ve hit the ground running and will make the most of every rehearsal we have before our first performance together."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dancing with the Stars will be back on our telly screens on January 6, on RTÉ One and will run for 12 weeks.

A total of 11 celebs are gonna try their hand at mastering the dancer floor with a professional partner.

We'll be rooting for you Holly, and best of luck to all the celebs.

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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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We can’t quite believe Love Island is over already. Everyone was delighted to see Jack and Dani crowned champions last night, but we can’t help but feel disappointed now that the show is over.

Today, marks the first day without Love Island in our lives since the beginning of June. If you’re missing Love Island already and don’t know how you’re going to fill that 9-10 pm gap in the evenings now that the reality series is over, try one of these feel good films or TV shows on Netflix to continue the long, hot summer of love.

 

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Ibiza
Desperate to re-live the Spanish villa life? Ibiza is full of summer parties and modern day romance to help lift your spirits. The Gillian Jacobs – Vanessa Bayer – Phoebe Robinson trio of Ibiza delivers the hilarious girls trip you never knew you needed.   When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ

The Kissing Booth
When Elle Evans, a pretty, late-bloomer who’s never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush– the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn. Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart.

Set It Up
Harper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and work them ‘round the clock. When they realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single, they concoct a plan to lure their bosses into a faux-romance.

Friends
If you were absolutely smitten with the trio of Wes, Jack and Josh – get your fix in Joey, Chandler and Ross, with every single episode of Friends here to provide the bromance levels you are missing.

LOVE
Rebellious Mickey and good natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy co-created by Judd Apatow

Us & Them
10 years ago, during the hectic chunyun period, two strangers traveling home meet on the train, what follows is a journey of realizing their dreams, love, breakups. 10 years later, these not so strangers were reunited on a plane.

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Going out on the lash isn't for everyone – and sometimes we just cant stand the idea of fighting our way through the green, leprechaun-hatted brigades of revellers. 

If you're planning an night in for St Patrick's Day, we have a few Netflix recommendations for you to sink your teeth into while everyone else is sinking pints. 

7. Exit Through the Gift Shop

This Banksy film, directed by and starring the amn himself, follows the rise of street art in recent times. 

The doc is Oscar-nominated, so you know it has to be good. 

 

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6. Girls Incarcerated

This Netflix Original series follows a group of young women as they navigate their time in an American juvenile detention centre.

From harrowing tales of how they ended up in prison to triumphs when they leave and succeed in life, this informative and drama-filled reality docu-series is pretty captivating. 

5. The Killing

If you're into dark and edgy crime dramas, this one is for you. 

Critically acclaimed and a Netflix user favourite, this series follows a homicide detective as she navigates the grisly crime cases of Seattle.

 

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4. The Sinner

The psychological thriller turned murder mystery had us on the edge of our seats, as the series followed Cora (played by the divine Jessica Biel) as she navigates her inner psyche to discover her motivation for a shocking murder.

If you haven't seen this yet, strap yourself in. 

 

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3. Planet Earth

Settle back and let the sooting sounds of Sir David Attenborough whisk you away to the desert to watch the breeding rituals of the Bactrian camel, or off to the Antarctic to witness the ice shuffling social interactions of the penguins. 

Planet Earth and Blue Planet are classics, and we could watch them all day long.

 

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2. 13th

This sharp documentary explores the 13th Amendment to the American consitution – one which led to the mass incarceration of immigrants. 

The film explores the 'intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.'

 

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1. Magic Mike

Because why the f*ck not.

Engaging storyline, epic soundtrack and many, many abs. 

 

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We know the weather is FINALLY picking up, but that doesn't mean we're going to say goodbye to cosy couch nights entirely, especially with the great line-up of shows and films ahead this week.

Here's what we'll be tuning into over the next few days…

Wednesday
The Goonies
Sky One, 21.00

If you really want to feel old right now, listen up when we tell you that The Goonies is a whopping 30 years old this year. If you're looking for a blast from the past, you're in luck because this childhood favourite is on Sky One tonight. GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!

Thursday
What Kelly Did Next: Reality Bites
RTÉ2, 19.55

Kelly McDonagh Mongan took to the stage at nine months pregnant in 2013 to compete in the final of The Voice of Ireland. This RTÉ documentary follows Kelly as she and her newborn leave hospital, giving an in depth look at Kelly's life within Ireland's travelling community.

Friday
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 22.35

Graham is back on our screens with the new series of his award-winning chat show. Joining him on the couch this week are Stanley Tucci, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, with music from Years and Years.

Saturday
My Big Fat Gypsy Christening
TV3, 23.20

Another My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding spin-off, this time chronicling the earliest event in a Traveller's life – their Christening and their welcome into the Catholic faith. This hour-long documentary takes a look at the rituals Travellers associate with birth… and death.

Sunday
Other Voices
Sunday, 22.50

Relax after a big weekend with some seriously chilled out music on this week's Other Voices. Damien Rice visits St James' Church in Dingle to perform a song from his newest album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, and there's a look back at Anna Calvi's performance too, as well as music from newcomers Cloud Castle Lake.

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If you're unlucky enough not to get paid until the end of this week llike most of us sorry souls, then the television set will be your best friend until Friday.

Luckily there's more than enough to keep you entertained this week. Let's take a look!

Monday
21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
RTÉ Two, 7.20pm

The SAG Awards took place last night in LA, and if you weren't committed enough to stay up all night to watch a live stream, worry not as you can catch the best parts tonight – including Emma Stone's internet-winning facial expressions

Tuesday
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
FilmFour, 9pm

This 2012 coming-of-age film based on Stephen Chbosky's novel of the same name is sweet, touching and will speak to anyone who struggled with their identity as a teenager.

Wednesday
PJ Gallagher's Stage Fright: Reality Bites
RTÉ Two, 9pm

Comedian PJ Gallagher has battled stage fright and anxiety in secret for more than a decade, and has decided now is the time to either overcome his phobia or give up life on stage for good.

Thursday
Fortitude
Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Fortitude is one of the most talked about upcoming series of this year, and it kicks off tonight with a drama-packed premiere. An isolated village in the Arctic Circle is rocked by a murder, causing the townspeople to question if they are as safe as they once thought.

Friday
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 10.35pm

Judi Dench and Dev Patel will be chatting to Graham about their upcoming film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with Swedish music duo First Aid Kit performing on the night too.

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