Irish Examiner Saturday - Irish Examiner - Weekend
Services Ahead, RTÉ 1, 1pm: Brenda Donohue spends time at the Barrack Obama Plaza, the 24-hour motorway service station in Moneygall, Co Offaly. She chats to those who work there, as well as the families, truckers, hospital patients, etc, who pass through it.
Puckoon, BBC 4, 2.30pm: Ed Byrne is among the voices for this adaptation of Spike Milligan’s madcap satire on Boundary Commission and how the division of Ireland affects a small town cut in half by the imaginary line.
Opera Night, RTÉ Lyric fm, 7pm: A production of La Cenerentola by Rossini by the Irish National Opera recorded at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in November. Mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and tenor Andrew Owens take the lead roles.
South Wind Blows. RTÉ 1, 10pm: Philip King plays music from the recent Other Voices event in Dingle, including Anne Mieke and Brendan Begley.
Gaybo and Me, RTÉ Lyric fm, 3pm: Brendan Balfe recalls his working days with his late friend Gay Byrne.
Playing with Words, a Cultural Journey through Sport, RTÉ 1, 4pm: Darren Frehill mixes culture and sport in a discussion recorded at the National Museum for Culture Night 2018. It includes songs from the Munster Rugby Supporters Choir.
Cohen Heads, RTÉ 1, 5pm: Joe Duffy is a big fan of Leonard Cohen, as evidenced by this show he made at the All Together Now festival in Waterford last summer.
Tarry Flynn, RTÉ 1, 8pm: First episode of a two-part adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s novel, first broadcast in 1979.
Mystery Train, RTÉ Lyric fm, 7pm: A repeat of the enjoyable show where Paula Meehan joined John Kelly to select the tracks and chat about her musical tastes.
Arena, RTÉ 1, 7pm: A special show featuring playwright Marina Carr.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Callan’s Kicks, RTÉ 1, 1.30pm: There were rich pickings this year for satirists such as Oliver Callan, and for this show he has a swipe at some of the year’s most prominent figures.
Second Captains, RTÉ 1, 2pm: Eoin McDevitt and his two sidekicks make a welcome return for a one-off show, including a guest slot with Samantha Power, the Irish woman who was US ambassador to the UN under the Obama administration.
Arena — Bruce Springsteen Special, RTÉ 1, 7pm: A number of Springsteen afficionados look back on The Boss when he celebrated his 70th birthday and released his Western Stars album.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Cillian Murphy, BBC 6 Music, 10am: The Cork actor presents a show he promises will help soothe tender heads. Among those joining him for sessions and interviews are Anna Calvi and Kate
Tempest. He’ll be followed by DJ Shadow at 1pm.
I Seek Refuge, RTÉ 1, 1.30pm: A repeat of author Donal Ryan’s radio essay about the journey faced by so many Syrians as they tried to escape their awful civil war by crossing the Mediterranean.
Do You Remember The Year, RTÉ 1, 3pm: Áine Lawlor presents a quiz based around events from 2019.
The Hunting Of The Snark, BBC 4 Extra, 11.15am: Another chance to hear the 2015 adaptation by Tony Robinson ( Blackadder, etc) of Lewis Carroll’s epic poem The Hunting Of The Snark. “You may seek it with thimbles — and seek it with care...”
The Lyric Concert, RTÉ Lyric fm, 7.30pm: A concert recorded at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, features Nathalie Stutzmann conducting the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in work by Brahms, Beethoven, and Strauss.