Happy weekend one and all! It's Friday at last and that time of week when we tell you exactly what you should be watching on the box this weekend, which includes everything from Comic Relief to Six Nations to a brand spanking new series of Other Voices.
Check out below!
Comic Relief: Face the Funny
BBC 1: From 7.00pm
The biennial fundraising event returns, and after weeks of bake offs, sketches and even a Graham Norton Special, we are finally at the main event live from London's Palladium. There will be the usual mix of star-studded sketches, some great music performances and somebody is finally going to get Dermot Leary he can stop dancing after 24 hours. You can get more details here.
The Late Late Show
RTE 1: 9.35pm
As you may have heard last week, The Late Late Show is doing a bit of a mother/daughter special tonight ahead of Mother's Day this Sunday, so the audience will mostly be made up of daughters and their mammies. One lucky person will even get a Mother’s Day make-over by style gurus Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney. Joining Ryan for the chats will be former Fine Gael minister Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor Eddie Hobbs who will discuss their new political party. Heather Mills will also be on to talk to Ryan about her adventures on The Jump and her extraordinary life, some of which she spent as Mrs Paul McCartney. While on a serious note, Ibrahim Halawa's sisters Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa will also join Ryan to talk about their brother Ibrahim, the Irish citizen who is currently imprisoned in Egypt. He is facing trial and the death penalty after he was arrested at a pro-democracy protest following a military coup against president Mohamed Morsi.
The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities
Music is something we have always had to be proud of in this country, with rock music being a particular forte of ours. This documentary tells the story of how rock music helped bring about change for Ireland over 40 years, and how the sounds that emerged were grounded in the musical traditions of Ireland's two main cities - Belfast and Dublin. It looks all the way back to the showbands of the late fifties through to the modern day, and examines how the harder sounds of Belfast merged with the more folk-centric traditions of Dublin. It also looks at some of the key Irish musicians of the last fifty years and how they were influenced by the political, social and cultural climate of their surroundings. Featuring contributions from U2, Sinead O'Connor and Bob Geldof.
RBS Six Nations: Wales v Ireland
RTE 2: 1.30pm, BBC One: 2.00pm
Ireland will be coming into this game full of confidence, as it looks as though both Jamie Heaslip (who missed the last game against England) and Jonny Sexton (who had to come off with an injury) will be fit and ready to face the tough test that the Welsh represent on their home turf. The Boys in Green won this fixture last year in the Six Nations, and Wales lost their opening game in front of a home crowd against England, letting an 8 point advantage slip. There's no doubting that this is the meeting of two of the best coaches in the tournament however, and while Schmidt's side have been executing their game plan to perfection, Gatland may be the man that can disrupt the momentum gathering behind the Irish push for the Grand Slam.
The Voice UK
Just in case you don't want to wait until Sunday to see our version of The Voice, you can catch the Brits version on Saturday where Emma Willis and Marvin Humes present the first of two knockout rounds this weekend. Rita Ora and Will.i.am reduce their teams down to the three acts that will perform in the live shows, with each act choosing one song to perform and impress the judges with to hold onto their place. Ricky Watson and Tom Jones then will do the same tomorrow, if you are not all voiced out by then that is.
You're Back in the Room
This brand new series sees Philip Schofield joined by our own Keith Barry in a game show where five strangers team up to win a potential £25,000 by completing apparently simple challenges. The only problem is though, they've all been hypnotised by that messer Keith Barry. Over the course of four rounds, the tasks get much harder as their hypnotic triggers cause the players to inadvertently sabotage their chances of winning. Sounds like good craic, in fairness.
Have to say, Other Voices is one of our TV highlights of the year. Each year it brings in stellar talent from both home and abroad and there is something truly magical about watching them perform in the intimate surroundings of St James Church in Dingle. Aidan Gillen is back on presenting duties once more, with this opening episode given in its entirety to celebrating our current biggest musical export, Hozier. The US chart-topping singer-songwriter from Bray, Co Wicklow first rose to fame following a performance at Other Voices in 2013, and you don't need us to tell you what a difference a couple years has made.
Room to Improve
We've gotten quite attached to having good old Dermot Bannon fixing up gaffs of a Sunday evening, saying 'we need MORE LIGHT' and such. Tonight he meets Leonard and Caroline who want help in transforming their 1960s three-bedroom semi-detached property in Dundrum, Dublin. As usual, they have an extensive wish list, and a baby on the way too, just to add even more stress to the situation. While the builder this week also has his own ideas about how the house should be. Look mate, Dermo's the bleedin' architect, roight?
Jason Byrne arrives to Sky tonight tonight to present this brand new game show alongside Kate Humble. And it's as bizarre as it gets, at least it sounds like it. Contestants must dress as woodland creatures to tackle a tricky obstacle course, while their partners guide them to the end. Along the way then, they have to find a treasure trove of coins - and those at the top of the leader board get a chance to play for £10,000 in a final forest challenge. Well we like the sound of the cash, but how weird is this? Could be fun to watch though all the same.