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Line-up for this week’s Ray D’Arcy Show revealed

Actor Stephen Rea, Marty Morrissey and Senator Lynn Ruane are among the guests on Saturday night’s Ray D’Arcy Show.

Oscar-nominated Rea will talk about his roles in Michael Collins, The Crying Game and Interview with a Vampire and he will also discuss his part in new Irish Famine film Black 47, which is currently the number one movie at the Irish box office.

Stephen Rea

In the run up to next week’s National Ploughing Championships in Offaly, Ray is joined by double act, Marty Morrissey and Aine Lawlor.

Social activist and Senator Lynn Ruane also reveals the intimate details of her new book, People Like Me – her memoir about family, class and identity.

Transgender actor Rebecca Root, the first trans actor to play a trans role in a professional Irish play, will also be in studio and will discuss her upcoming Hollywood roles, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix.

Photographer Gerry Mooney got the royal seal of approval this week when his photograph of Meghan Markle, was personally chosen to be the Duchess's birthday ‘Thank You’ card. He’ll talk to Ray about his recent success.

The Ray D’Arcy Show, Saturday at 9:50pm on RTÉ One

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Game of Thrones to return next April

Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season in April 2019, HBO have announced.

Until now, all fans knew for sure was that the drama would be returning at some stage in the first half of next year.

HBO released a teaser for the show's final season on Tuesday, with the month of return flashing up at the end of a montage of clips of dramatic moments and big action scenes from the seven seasons gone by.

Every battle.
Every betrayal.
Every risk.
Every fight.
Every sacrifice.
Every death.
All #ForTheThrone.

— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 13, 2018

"Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone," captioned the teaser.

The April air date means Game of Thrones is returning to its original slot, with the show debuting on April 17, 2011 and the following five seasons sticking to roughly that time frame.

Game of Thrones Season 8: What we know so far

The show's seventh outing deviated from this pattern, airing in July 2017 instead due to increased production time needed to pull off some of the bigger episodes.

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones

After taking a year off from airing Game of Thrones this year, they are now putting it back to its original home on their schedule.

Game of Thrones will return in April to Sky Atlantic in Ireland and the UK.

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Ryan Tubridy struggles to sing Late Late Toy Show song

Ryan Tubridy told his listeners on RTÉ Radio One on Tuesday that he is struggling "to learn how to sing half a song" for the Late Late Toy Show opening number but is trying his hardest "to get it together".

With the Toy Show less just over two weeks away, the host said he is not getting any better with his singing.

"I think you either can or you can't or you do or you don't, but I'm going to try," he continued.

The Late Late Toy Show is on RTÉ One on Friday, November 30 at 9:35pm

"This morning I was driving into work and any time I hit the traffic lights I took out the piece of paper with the words on it and gave it another lash.

"So if you see me driving along, or indeed walking along, and I'm either humming, singing, whistling, it probably is I'll give away the opening number of the Toy Show this year, because I'm trying my hardest to try and get it together!"

The Late Late Toy Show is on RTÉ One on Friday, November 30 at 9:35pm.

You can still enter the draw for Toy Show tickets here.

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What’s on? TV highlights for Tuesday November 13

Ben Chaplin stars in a drama about rival newspapers, Angela Scanlon presents Growing Up Live, while there's a special charity show featuring the likes of Kylie and Bill Bailey . . .

Pick of the day

Press, 10.40pm, RTÉ One

Saw this when it was on the BBC a while ago and it's a good yarn, well worth the effort, with a great turn by Ben Chaplin as Duncan Allen, a tabloid editor who'd gladly flog his mother for a story.

At the Herald, a left-leaning broadsheet struggling to adapt to the age of digital news, deputy news editor Holly Evans (Charlotte Riley) pursues a lead over the death of a young woman following a hit-and-run by a police car.

When she learns that a nearby shop has already given its CCTV footage of the accident to the Post, a tabloid sharing a building in the same square as the Herald, Holly approaches editor Duncan Allen and asks for the tapes.

New or Returning Shows

Growing Up Live, 7.00pm, RTÉ One

Presented live by Angela Scanlon from an amazing Anatomy Museum in Dublin, Growing up Live will look at the extraordinary development of humans from birth to death, from infancy to old age.

As part of Science Week 2018 will unlock our understanding of a human lifetime in front of a live studio audience over the course of three consecutive nights.

Over three consecutive nights it explores topics such as language acquisition, brain development and DNA replication all through the prism of a family entertainment show and mixed with famous Irish personalities, relatable ordinary and extraordinary punters and fun live experiments.

Episode one begins with the newborn baby and will chart its growth and development from birth to adolescence.

Stacey Dooley: the Young and Homeless, 11.40pm, BBC One

In this film for BBC Children in Need, broadcaster Stacey Dooley uncovers stories from the UK’s homeless teenagers. The film sensitively shares the thoughts and concerns of some of society’s most vulnerable young people.

Viewers will see Stacey give a voice to young teens experiencing homelessness, shining a light on their struggle to find a safe place to sleep and their journey in securing a stable and permanent home.

We Are Most Amused and Amazed, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

An ITV-produced spectacular night of comedy and magic from The London Palladium to celebrate the 70th birthday of Charles Windsor AKA The Prince of Wales and to raise funds for youth charity, The Prince’s Trust.

Reuniting comedians Armstrong & Miller as hosts, the show also features Bill Bailey, Rowan Atkinson, Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili, Mischief Theatre and Alistair McGowan and, from the world of magic, Penn & Teller, Dynamo and The Ehrlich Brothers.

There are also some special appearances from Kylie Minogue, Cheryl, Jim Carter and Wallace & Gromit.

Ending Tonight

Whistleblower: the Maurice McCabe Story, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Maurice and Lorraine McCabe continue to tell their personal story in the final episode of this two-part documentary.

The story of Maurice McCabe has rarely been out of the headlines. It has shaken the establishment and rippled through the highest echelons of Irish society from An Garda Siochana through the media and government.

Celebrity Hunted, 9.00pm, Channel 4

In the final race to the finish line, can any of the remaining celebrity fugitives evade capture and make it to the extraction point?

Tory MP Johnny Mercer, for example, has slipped the net one time too many and the hunters are determined to track him down. Back on his home turf, and knowing the hunters are closing in, he comes up with plan to slow them down.

Don't Miss

Informer, 9.00pm, BBC One

This drama has rattled along nicely, while keeping a tight lid on how patrons of a coffee shop in London were subjected to a deadly gun attack.

This week, would-be informer Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan) and Gabe’s (Paddy Considine) relationship is severely tested as the case takes a fatal turn, Holly’s (Bel Powley) curiosity reveals the uncomfortable truth about Gabe’s undercover past and a new lead opens CTSU up to a line of investigation that puts Raza directly in the line of fire.

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Target Is Selling Matching Family Suits That Are Basically Head-to-Toe Wrapping Paper, So You’re the Present

As we continue to cover all sorts of wardrobe options when it comes to the holidays, it's clear that families have two categories in mind: matching family pajamas and figuring out what to wear to an ugly Christmas party. For the latter group, there are a number of different ways to go. You can opt for a traditional gaudy sweater, or, thanks to Target, you can wear one of these festive blazers and suit options. And yes, there's one for everyone.

Related: I Never Thought I'd Be the Type of Person Who Takes Family Photos, but Places, Everyone!

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Score Major Points With 21 Gifts For Meeting the Family

When you're meeting your significant other's family for the first time over the holidays, the pressure can be on to bring something memorable – in a good way. So if you find yourself in that boat, we've got some gift ideas to make a great first impression and keep the meet-up stress free. Check them out now!

Related: 22 Unique Gifts That Will Leave Recipients Saying, "Wow, You're So Thoughtful!"

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