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This week’s Late Late Show line-up revealed

Homelessness activist Alice Leahy and magician Keith Barry are among the guests on this Friday’s Late Late Show.

In the 1970s, Alice left her job as a nurse to work and live in a Dublin homeless shelter. Over forty years later, her life is still dedicated to bettering the lives of Ireland’s homeless through her work with the Alice Leahy Trust.

Alice joins host Ryan Tubridy to look back on a life's work with society's most disadvantaged people.

Magician Keith Barry has will be in studio to give a glimpse of his latest show, which explores the blurred lines between reality and deception.

Eight years ago, a young man who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour brought the Late Late Show audience to its feet following a lively rendition of Whiskey In The Jar with his musical idols, The High Kings.

Eight years on, Ryan catches up with Adam O’Sullivan on where his diagnosis is today, and what’s next for him.

On the back of an emotional roller-coaster of a GAA season, Sportsfile photography publish their annual A Season of Sundays book. In a year that saw Limerick end a 45-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup and Jim Gavin’s Dublin win their 4th All-Ireland in a row, we’ll take a look back at some of the highlights of this year’s hurling and football seasons through the camera lens.

Ryan will also talk to people who have experience of adoption in Ireland from a variety of positions. Whether mother or child, biological or adoptive parent, the realities of life living with adoption will be explored with personal stories.

Ryan also speaks with three Irish women; Chanelle McCoy, Marissa Carter and Caroline Foran, about their lives, passions and what makes them fearless in their pursuits.

Music is from The High Kings and Fallen Lights.

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, November 9th at 9.35pm

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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. pic.twitter.com/WReVt473SH

— 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.

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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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McDaid and Cox ‘married 15 times in the last year’

Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid has laughed off media interest in his relationship with fiancée Courteney Cox, telling The Belfast Telegraph: "I think I've gotten married 15 times in the last year."

The Derry musician and the Friends star announced their engagement on social media in 2014, with speculation about their nuptials continuing for the past four years.

"I think people are curious," McDaid told the paper. "I'm often approached from a perspective of people thinking they know something when they don't.

"But often it's just funny. I think I've gotten married 15 times in the last year. There is a missing part of that equation; I'm on tour at the moment and Courteney is in LA.

"I expect the curiosity but I also respect my relationship and my love"

"So it would be really difficult for me to get married unless I do it by proxy or over Skype or something."

McDaid described the interest as "a bit bizarre but it comes with the territory".

"I expect the curiosity but I also respect my relationship and my love," he continued.

"If you've ever been in love you know that love, it doesn't change when it is analysed or if it's public, it's still love, and it has what all relationships have – challenges and joys.

"It covers a spectrum, when you tend to be analysed publicly, people focus on the parts of the relationship that are difficult or are fantastical. And there is a lot of normality about it because we are just normal people and do the things everybody else does and it isn't that startling."

Snow Patrol play Belfast's SSE Arena on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, and Dublin's 3Arena on Tuesday, December 11.

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Downton’s Irish star joins US surveillance series

Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech has been cast opposite Chicago PD star Sophia Bush in the pilot episode of the new US thriller series Surveillance.

US entertainment industry website Deadline reports that Surveillance tells the story of Maddy (Bush), the Head of Communications for the National Security Agency who is torn between protecting her country's secrets and her own.

Allen Leech in Downton Abbey

Dublin actor Leech will play Maddy's husband Mike, a former CIA agent, with the cast also including The Affair's Catalina Sandino Moreno, Stranger Things' Matthew Modine and 24: Legacy's Raphael Acloque.

Leech can currently be seen on cinema screens in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The Downton Abbey film is due in cinemas next September.

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