On the box
Former Ireland rugby player Donncha O’Callaghan, left, presents a new family entertainment show. Each child must persuade and then mentor an adult to perform with them. The kids mentor their chosen adult to a point where they’re ready to perform with them on TV. We’ll see top young performers in the country take to the stage in powerful solo performances and then meet their students: mums, dads, grans and granddads, aunties and uncles who have agreed to face their fears and take to the stage with them. Laura Whitmore’s paternal ancestry reveals that many of her ancestors were bricklayers and stonemasons. Her family story takes us on on a journey through the Fenian uprising of 1867, to the various industrial disputes and lockouts in Dublin in the early 20th century, the deadly Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 and to a Georgian house in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam square where her great-grandmother worked as a servant. In the first episode of the new series, Donal Skehan cooks quick and easy recipes which can be created in a matter of minutes. Just what’s needed on a busy weeknight. First-time director Edvinas Maciulevicius has captured a series of powerful, first-person testimonies from the cast, all of whom are in their early 20s, about their own mental health struggles.