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Brian Dowling (left) and his husband Arthur Gourounlian on their wedding day in Wicklow last July

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Rayna Connery writes:

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage will spill the beans on her time on Strictly Come Dancing and how she’s feeling after her recent elimination…

Brian Dowling and his husband Arthur Gourounlian will be on the couch to fill Ray in on what life is like in Los Angeles and their hopes of starting a family…

The grand finale of the Stand Up & Be Funny comedy competition will take place in studio on Saturday night. The panel of judges includes Barry Murphy, Emma Doran and Darren Smith.

The four finalists Jasmin Gleeson, Michael Rice, Sinead Quinlan and Justine Stafford will perform live and Ray will announce the winner of the big prize.

And Ray will surprise a few unsuspecting members of the studio audience with this year’s Christmas Crackers!

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9:55pm.

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Holt McCallany

On The Ray D’Arcy Show…

….Rayna Connery writes:

Mindhunter actor Holt McCallany will join Ray to talk about the success of the series and his back catalogue of Hollywood hits..

As she nears retirement, much-loved Nationwide presenter Mary Kennedy will be in studio to look back on her 41-year-long illustrious broadcasting career…

Broadcaster, author and academic Emma Dabiri will speak to Ray about Dont Touch My Hair, her book about growing up in 1980s Ireland as a young black woman.

Legendary voiceover artist Redd Pepper will drop by to shoot the breeze about his journey from tube driver to movie trailer superstar.

And Ray will be joined by Michaela Boehm, intimacy coach to A-list stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Will Smith.

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9:45pm.

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Martin and Shirlie Kemp’s album ‘In The Swing of It’

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Rayna Connery writes:

They’re indestructible and they’re pop gold! 80’s icons Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet and his wife Shirlie from Pepsi and Shirlie and Wham! join Ray to look back on their pop lives and why, after 31 years of marriage, they’ve finally recorded an album together….

Fair City cast members Wes Doyle, George McMahon, Adam Traynor and Johnny Ward, as well as members of Baldoyle United Football Club, will chat to Ray about their upcoming charity football match.

NASA datanaut and Miss Universe Ireland Fionnghuala O’ Reilly joins Ray to talk about girls who code, and the upcoming Miss Universe competition in Atlanta.

13 year old Anna Kearney who’ll be representing Ireland in Junior Eurovision joins Ray for a special performance ahead of the competition in Gliwice, Poland next week.

GP and mental health expert Doctor Harry Barry talks to Ray about the negative effects of social media and what measures people can take to safeguard their mental health.

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.40pm.

Clockwise from top: left Demi Isaac Oviawe, Orla Fitzgerald,, Jennifer Barry and Hilary Rosein The Young Offenders

On The Ray D’Arcy Show.

Rayna Connery writes:

Hit comedy series The Young Offenders is back next week for its second season – Ray will be joined by some of the stars of the show – Jennifer Barry, Orla Fitzgerald, Demi Isaac Oviawe and Hilary Rose.

Actor Stephen Rea and writer Jessica Traynor chat to Ray about Correspondences, an anthology which gives a voice to those in Direct Provision in Ireland.

One of Ireland’s favourite chef’s Neven Maguire will be live in studio for a special cooking challenge…

Legendary GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be in studio with Ray to talk about the legacy he plans to leave.

Also joining Ray are two Dublin teenagers who met over a piano in Connolly Station – Darragh Smith and Stephanie Starpong will be in studio for a live performance of the hit song that brought them to the country’s attention this week.

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm .

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Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Via RTÉ:

Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews join Ray to talk about their recent wedding party, son Theodore, trips to Ireland, those pregnancy rumours and the new series of their reality TV show, Spencer, Vogue and Wedding Two.

Iconic 1980s TV presenter Anneka Rice tells Ray about finding fame on Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka and how she found herself back in the limelight on this season’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Ray chats to Cork entrepreneur Pat Phelan about turning his life around after his battle with alcoholism and his new venture into the world of cosmetic clinics.

And Alopecia sufferer Michela Moloney tells Ray about her aim to raise money for the charities that helped her after she lost her baby girl Poppy at birth. She wants to shave her head for these charities live on air….

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9.55 pm on RTÉ One.

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Andrew Ridgeley

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

…Fergus McCormack writes:

Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley joins Ray to talk about his lifelong friendship with George Michael. He’ll give the inside story on how the legendary pop duo changed eighties music and became one of the biggest bands in history….

Anna Geary and Mairead Ronan join Ray ahead of the return of Ireland’s Fittest Family to screens this Sunday….

From growing up in rural Ardboe to joining the London Literati, Polly Devlin tells Ray about interviewing some of the most famous people in the world…

For the 2nd year running, Ray is hosting Ireland’s Next Top Madra, which is on the hunt to find the country’s prettiest pooches…

And finally, 240 singers and musicians join Ray for a special performance of Hey Day by Mic Christopher in honour of the late star’s 50th Birthday….

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9.45 pm on RTÉ One.

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Comedian Andrew Maxwell on BBC News in 2018 discussing Brexit

On The Ray D’Arcy Show.

Fergus McCormack writes:

Comedians and actors PJ Gallagher and Katherine Lynch chat to Ray about their dark comedy play Madhouse.

From Big Brother to interviewing the Hollywood A-Listers, This Morning’s Alison Hammond joins Ray for her first ever Irish chat show interview.

Brian Kennedy will join Ray to celebrate his recent cancer free diagnosis and share some of his most loved songs…

Comedian Andrew Maxwell will lead up to a million protesters in a march in London to call for a Brexit referendum. He’ll join Ray in studio to explain how he got involved and why it’s still a laughing matter….

Athlone Jockey Paddy Merrigan joins Ray to talk about his rise to the top of his game, his downward spiral into drink, drugs and gambling and the turning point that led him to return to horse-racing and spread his message of positive mental health.

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9.55pm on Saturday on RTÉ One.

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Kathleen Watkins and her most-loved poetry anthology, The Ordinary Woman (Gill)

On The Ray D’Arcy Show…

Fergus McCormack writes:

Bonnie Greer, the American writer, playwright and hero in Ireland joins Ray after her passionate defence of Ireland on BBC’s Question Time – a clip that’s been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Much loved star of The Snapper and Ballykissangel, Tina Kelleher talks to Ray about her latest role in Fair City as devious battleaxe Ger Lynch who’s causing chaos in Carrigstown.

Kathleen Watkins celebrates the release of her book The Ordinary Woman and Other Poems I Love and how poetry plays an important part in her life with husband Gay Byrne…

Mabel Chah, a pop star in her native Cameroon, tells Ray about her journey from direct provision to launching a new music career in Ireland… and she’ll perform live in studio with the Sligo Gospel Choir

And Cork author Louise O’Neill talks about bringing her groundbreaking book Asking For It back to the stage.

*Begins reading the Mahābhārata*

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9.45 pm on RTÉ One.

Pics: Gill Books

Rory Cowan’s autobiography: Mrs Cowan’s Boy

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Rayna Connery writes:

Actor and entertainer Rory Cowan will chat to Ray about his new autobiography Mrs Cowan’s Boy, in which he pays a moving tribute to his late mother…

David Gray will join forces with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a unique performance of ‘Babylon’ to promote next year’s concert tour, White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour...

Pulp Fiction and The Commitments star and singer Bronagh Gallagher will join Ray on the couch to speak about her new movie, A Bump Along the Way.

Ahead of his Irish tour later this month, comedian Reginald D. Hunter will be in studio to talk about his new stand up show Facing the Beast.

Comedian and Irishman Abroad podcaster Jarlath Regan shoots the breeze with Ray about life as an ‘Irishman Abroad‘ and he will be making one Irish emigrant’s dream come true by announcing the winner of a €30,000 competition to bring them home…

*punches own ‘wobbly bits’ repeatedly*

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.50pm.

Pic: Gill Books

Writer Michael Harding

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Rayna Connery writes:

EastEnders icon Pasty Palmer joins Ray to chat about her recent return to Albert Square, far from her glamorous life in Malibu.

Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan and author Diana Bunici join Ray in their first joint TV appearance to discuss their role as ambassadors for mental health initiative ‘Walk In My Shoes.’

Award winning author Michael Harding talks to Ray about his latest memoir ‘Chest Pain’ and how his heart attack last year gave him a new perspective on life.

Ray’s joined by two teenage climate ambassadors, Alicia O’Sullivan and Jack O’Neill, who represented Ireland at the UN Youth Climate Summit in New York this week.

Ray meets the Australian woman Michelle Bourke, who’s making international headlines by flatpacking a cutout of her late husband and bringing it on her travels around the world to fulfil his dying wish.

Former Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics legend Paul Carrack will perform a special arrangement of ‘The Living Years’, accompanied by Cór Linn.

*begins hunger strike*

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.50pm..