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Call The Midwife returned with an emotional and eye-opening episode last night. The opening of series nine left viewers in floods of tears as the midwives tackled an outbreak of diphtheria.

Doctor Turner was stunned to find young Terry suffering from the ‘mediaeval' disease that swiftly spread throughout Poplar.

As patient after patient presented with signs of the disease, Doctor Turner and the midwives did everything in their power to help combat the spread of diphtheria.

The episode reminded audiences of the importance of vaccination, whether it’s 1965 or 2020. The fall in vaccination uptake is still a cause for concern today so there’s no doubt last night’s episode encouraged and educated many viewers.

One moment in last night’s episode that turned us into blubbering babies was when Violet handed Fred the framed photo of his late wife Betty. Fred, the hero of last night’s episode, was reflecting on the past when he found a photo of his dear wife who was killed in the Blitz.

He put it back in the tin but Violet knew it didn’t belong there so she had it framed for her husband and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Fred unwrapped that parcel.

The handyman was the centre of one of last night’s most touching storylines. As he was leaving Nonnatus House, Fred heard a baby crying but couldn’t see anyone around. Much to his dismay, he found a newborn girl in the dustbins outside Nonnatus, a moment he vowed to never ever forget. 

Luckily, baby Primrose was soon reunited with her mother and Mother Mildred took the troubled pair under her wing to ensure they would be taken care of.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Call The Midwife continues next Sunday on BBC 1.

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Christmas gift shopping has put quite the dint in my bank account so the chances of heading out for midweek pints are awfully slim.

Luckily, one of the best coming-of-age movies is on TV tonight so we will all be pleasantly entertained.

The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson is on BBC Two tonight and you need to tune into the feel-good film.

Harrelson and Steinfeld make the most charming on-screen duo.

The movie follows Nadine as she struggles with high-school life. The teen has enough to deal with as she tackles unrequited love, dull classes and family heartache, but her world turns upside down when her best friend starts dating her older brother.

Nadine suddenly finds herself feeling more alone than ever before, especially after losing her dear father.

The teen forms an unexpected friendship with her teacher Erwin (Harrelson) who helps her realise life isn’t half as bad as she thinks.

This heartwarming and emotional teen movie is one of the best of our time, plus the soundtrack is an absolute dream. 80s pop, The 1975 and Birdy- what more could you ask for?

The Edge of Seventeen stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson and Hayden Szeto.

You can watch it on BBC 2 at 11.15pm tonight.

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The weekend is almost here and we’re very excited to have a couple of days away from the office. With Christmas just around the corner, we’re trying to limit our spending which means another quiet weekend for us.

Luckily, one of our all time favourite rom-coms is on TV tonight.

It’s Hugh Grant’s best movie (aside from Paddington 2) and we’re awfully excited to watch it for the twentieth time. 

Notting Hill is on Virgin Media 1 at 9pm so get your popcorn ready.

The 90s rom-com is our go-to movie when we’re feeling a little low. It’s set in beautiful London, stars the iconic Julia Roberts and has one of the best soundtracks.

The love story between the awkward bookshop owner, William Thacker and glamorous film star, Anna Scott is one of the best on-screen romances.

The late Emma Chambers also stars as the goofy sister of William. Hugh Bonneville, Tim McInnerny and Sally Phillips also star.

There are so many iconic scenes in this movie, but nothing tops the moment when William is forced to interview Anna during a press junket for her latest movies. 

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The scene is charming and awkward and it never fails to make us laugh when William says he works for Horse and Hound magazine.

This Richard Curtis classic is bound to warm your heart on this dreary November night.

Notting Hill is on Virgin 1 at 9pm.

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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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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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The sun looks like it's gone back into hiding for a few days, so there's no better excuse to curl up on the couch with a good TV show.

Here's what we'll be watching this week…

Tuesday
The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards
TV3, 21:00

The biggest event on Ireland's fashion calendar took place on Friday at Dublin's Marker Hotel, with some seriously stylist attendees (and a few WTF outfits too for good measure). Watch back the highlights for some SS15 fashion inspiration.

Wednesday
Republic of Telly
RTÉ 2, 23:05

Fans of Geordie Shore may remember that Charlotte Crosby was in Dublin for a mystery visit a couple of weeks back. It turns out she was filming with the Republic of Telly gang, and her sketches air tonight.

Thursday
The Unemployables
RTÉ 2, 21:00

Darren Kennedy and Jennifer Maguire help two more "unemployables" to secure paid work in this touching reality show. Candidates this week include a 35-year-old mother who hasn't worked since losing her job in 2007, and a 19-year-old who walked out on his Leaving Cert exams.

Friday
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 22:40

We're loving the line-up on the couch this week, with Matt LeBlanc, Rebel Wilson and Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones all joining Graham for a chat. Plus music from Mumford & Sons… sure what more could you want?

Saturday
Coming To America
E4, 21:00

This 1988 comedy stars Eddie Murphy at his bizarre best, playing a rich African prince who travels to the USA to escape an arranged marriage and find true love, while posing as a foreign student working in a fast food joint.

Sunday
The C-Word
BBC One, 20:30

Sheridan Smith stars in this one-off drama, based on the book and blog of writer Lisa Lynch who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 28. Lisa worked closely with BBC to adapt her story, but sadly she passed away in  2013, five years after her first diagnosis.

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There's lots on TV this week, so if you're planning a night in, here's our pick of the best!

Tuesday
The Kids Who Can't Stay Awake
Channel 4, 22.00

We love a good documentary here at SHEmazing! and this one is definitely on our list – telling the stories of three British children and teens who unexpectedly started showing symptoms of narcolepsy, causing them to fall asleep due to certain emotional and physical triggers.

Wednesday
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief
BBC One, 21.00

We've already met the six nominees, Strictly fans with incredible stories who've been selected to appear in the first ever People's Strictly Come Dancing. Tonight's they night they'll take to the ballroom to strut their stuff with their Strictly partners. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Anton Du Beke will be judging, but their scores are just a guide as the winner will be chosen by public vote and revealed this Friday during Comic Relief.

Thursday
No Limbs, No Limits
RTÉ One, 22.35

Joanne O'Riordan is one of just 7 people in the world living with the rare condition tetra-amelia syndrome, meaning she was born with no arms or legs – but she has overcome her physical obstacles to campaign for disability funding and awareness with the Taoiseach and the United Nations among others. This documentary follows Joanne on her journey to a UN summit in New York where she will address a group of the most influential women in technology.

Friday
The Late Late Show
RTÉ One, 21.35

With Amy Poehler in Dublin this Friday, there's been LOTS of speculation that she'll pop out to Montrose to chat with Ryan Tubridy – we won't be missing it!

Saturday
Bridesmaids
Channel 4, 21.00

Expect your Twitter timeline to be full of Bridesmaids quotes this Saturday night! If you haven't seen it (WHAT?!) it stars SNL's hilarious Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne. Trust us – just watch it!

Sunday
Other Voices: Hozier Special
RTÉ 2, 22.50

Ireland's breakout star Hozier is interviewed by Love/Hate's Aiden Gillen and BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens. He'll be discussing his career, his debut performance at the 2013 Other Voices, and his musical influences. There'll be a few tunes too no doubt!

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Much as we love being social butterflies, the recent FREEZING weather has made our couch and PJs look a lot more inviting.

If you're planning a few nights in this week, then check out our lowdown of the TV highlights over the coming days!

Tuesday
Game of Thrones: Greatest Moments
Sky Atlantic, 21.00 

If you're counting down the days to Game of Thrones' fifth season, then this might be just the fix you need to get you through – a round-up of some of the most thrilling and dramatic moments from the first four seasons, plus discussion from cast members and celebrity fans.

Wednesday
Who Do You Think You Are USA (Zooey Deschanel)
RTÉ One, 23.30

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel traces her family's Quaker heritage back to Philadelphia, where her politically minded grandmother Sarah Pownall lived.

Thursday
Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure
RTÉ One, 22.15

This three-part series sees comedians Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne driving 4,000 miles together from North to South America. This week they reach Guatemala and El Salvador – not exactly the safest places on earth.

Friday
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 22.35

A epic line-up this week! David Beckham, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman will all join Graham on the couch, with music from Noel Gallagher. 

Saturday
He's Just Not That Into You
E4, 21.00 

If you're staying in this weekend then a good chick flick will definitely be needed, and this film's epic cast won't disappoint – it features Ginnifer Goodwin, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, and Drew Barrymore all dealing with the ups and downs of love and relationships.

Sunday
Room to Improve
RTÉ One, 21.30

This show has been providing us with SO much entertainment of late, and we have high hopes for tonight's episode which sees a couple trying to renovate a Portmarnock cottage that is literally rotting from the ground up.

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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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The Rose Of Tralee – RTÉ One, Monday at 8pm
As dated and cringe inducing as this show is, it remains one of the most highly viewed programmes of the year so clearly SOMEONE’S watching it! Dáithí Ó Sé hosts what is now the 56th Rose of Tralee International Festival live from Kerry where we’re sure they’ll all have lovely bottoms. Let's keep our fingers crossed for some more freestyle dancing or another proposal: "Oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no, please no, no, no, no, no, don't, oh no, no, no, no…"

Devious Maids – RTÉ 2, Tuesday at 8.40pm
Poor Carmen is not having a good week. After a vengeful Odessa ruined her blossoming music career by revealing her real age (gasp!), this week sees a visitor from Carmen’s past show up to stir trouble. Will Rosie get cosy with Spence again? Peri is certainly convinced he’s having an affair so this devious maid better watch her back.

The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us – Discovery Channel, Friday at 9pm
TOWIE, MIC and KUWTK have taken over our tellies in recent years, but have you ever seen the very first reality show, MTV’s The Real World? This series takes a nostalgic look back at 90’s pop culture from the dawn of reality TV to the massive success of Friends and The Blair Witch Project to dance crazes like the Macarena. Contributors include 90210’s Shannen Doherty, Courtney Love, Vanilla Ice and even Dawson from The Creek (who still looks the exact same!)

X Factor: Best and Worst Auditions – Boys – TV3, Saturday at 7pm
In the run up to the start of this year’s X Factor (the 11th season!) Caroline Flack has been trawling through the archives over the past ten years to bring us the good, the bad and the downright deranged. Last week was the girls, and we were reminded of some outstanding auditions from Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Hannah Barrett and Cher Lloyd, as well as plenty of deluded wannabe divas who nearly brought the judges to tears they were laughing so much. But none will EVER top poor Emma Chawner who arrived wearing what looked like a bedsheet and sang “like a baby in a wedding dress” before her family stormed the stage and attacked Simon! Here’s hoping the Boys episode will include Rylan, Chico the goat herder and RHYDIAN doing Phantom of the Opera…

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