As the Brexit chaos continues amid government warnings of might happen in the event of a no deal, the first programme since the summer break has an in-depth interview with DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson and Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard. We have expert analysis from Political Editor Ken Reid and the commentators Allison Morris and Sam McBride share their thoughts on these turbulent political times and the prospect of Stormont returning.
Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick on his band’s new album and continuing the Thin Lizzy story, comedian Paddy Raff chats all things BT9 with Pamela as he prepares to headline the SSE Arena with his alter ego Nigel. Rita goes skating with Belfast Roller Derby plus there’s music from The Good Time Villains.
John Linehan aka May McFettridge joins the cast of Die Fledermaus, the hilarious operetta coming to the Grand Opera House and is joined in the studio by soprano Maria McGrann and artistic director Walter Suttcliffe. Rita goes to sample the flavours of the Orchard County Festival of Food and Cider. Andrea Begley performs her latest single 'Beyond the Rainbow's End' and talks about her campaign with to help break down barriers for blind and partially sighted people.
In the final episode in the series Joe Mahon returns to the Silent Valley to view a whole complex of engineering works, including the Bignian Tunnel, the Ben Crom reservoir and the Mourne Wall.
Joe visits two dams which were built for different purposes, Banagher for water, and Ballyshannon for electricity.
The stars of new play Spud have Pamela in stitches, that’s Conleth Hill, Kevin McAleer and Conor Grimes; Packy Lee aka Johnny Dogs talks about the new series of cult show Peaky Blinders, Rita goes fly fishing with the Northern Ireland reel women plus young songwriter of the year Lucy Bell performs.
To mark what was a major milestone in Northern Ireland's history, Niall Donnelly presents a special Up Close programme looking back at the republican and loyalist ceasefires of 1994.
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Sports' commentators Peter Canavan and Adrian Logan are in studio with the coveted Sam Maguire trophy ahead of next weekend's All Ireland final. Rita gets a special preview of the Mela and Corrie actress Kerri Quinn on her exciting storyline and being patron of a special needs theatre group - plus she'll be performing a musical hit from Cabaret as well.