On UTV Life Pamela is joined by the star of Call the Midwife turned author that's Stephen McGann. Continuing with the cute baby theme and Rita's at a tots for tea party with just a few of the many premature babies born in Northen Ireland every year and Pamela has music and chat from the wonderful singer songwriter Cara Dillon.
As the Northern Ireland Budget Bill was brought forward at Westminster, this week's programme assesses the impact on the future of devolution. We hear from Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and the DUP MP Gregory Campbell on what might happen next in the absence of a power sharing deal. Business experts examine the implications on our public services of a budget being imposed from London. And Washington based journalist Niall Stanage is in the studio to analyse the first year in office of Donald Trump.
This week finds Joe in the beautiful seaside resort of Inishcrone in County Sligo, where he hears stories of mermaids, black boars and legendary swimmers. He gets steamed up in the famous seaweed baths and meets a man whose imagination is bigger than the Boeing 767 he has parked in his field.
On UTV Life Pamela will be chatting to singer Niamh McGlinchey about touring with Nathan Carter and she'll be performing too. Illusionist David Meade will be here showing some of his mind boggling tricks. Plus Rita is with the sporting car trials competitors in Cairncastle for a different kind of motor rally.
Having been without an Executive for ten months, has the time come to cut MLA's salaries? This week we have a special report gauging the opinion of voters in south Belfast. As party leaders agree to introduce new safeguards for parliamentary staff following Westminster sleaze allegations,we've expert analysis from ITV's Political Correspondent Libby Wiener and Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror. With Spain in the grips of a constitutional crisis, two Spaniards living in Northern Ireland argue for and against Catalan independence.
This week Joe dons the uniform of a United Irishman sharp-shooter while rehearsing for a re-enactment in Killala, County Mayo. He takes to the waters of the beautiful bay in search of mackerel and meets a blacksmith who made 3,000 identical nails in the old-fashioned way!
On UTV Life, Pamela is joined by dancing star Tristan McManus who will be showing her a step or two. Frankenstein Chronicles are back on our screens and the director Alex Gabassi talks about his experience filming in Northern Ireland. And Rita meets the girl whose modelling dream came true. Plus music from Johnny Gallagher and the Boxtie band.
As another deadline passed without agreement to restore power-sharing, this week's programme discusses what should happen next with the three smaller main parties and the TUV Leader Jim Allister. A special panel of student voters also reveal how they have been making sense of the last ten months of deadlock. And three studio analysts examine why exchanges between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and senior Sinn Féin figures have become increasingly acrimonious.