What to Watch on RTÉ Player This Week!

The RTÉ Player team share their top picks to watch on RTÉ Player this week.


What’s Trending?

Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment

Some of RTÉ Sport’s best-loved analysts debate the moments that are dearest to the hearts of the Irish public.  In front of a live studio audience, this show will reflect on the 50 years of Irish sport between Ireland’s first TV Sport broadcast in 1962 up until 2012. Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment will give you at home the opportunity to pick the moment that you think stands out above all others.  These moments were collated from suggestions received through social media and emails to the show. Our cross-sport expert panel collaborated to reduce the long list to a shortlist of five. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite on the shortlist of five via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SMS or via rte.ie/sport. Presented by Des Cahill and Evanne Ni Chuilinn, watch the first episode with Eamon Dunphy, Joe Brolly and Sonia O’Sullivan debating the greatest Irish sporting moment of a momentous decade, the 1980s.  Watch now on RTÉ Player.



What’s New?

The Nathan Carter Show

Nathan Carter and Shane Filan on The Nathan Carter Show, Recorded at Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo, Sligo.
Photo: James Connolly

He’s back!  Following the success of last year’s show, singer Nathan Carter returns to our screens for a brand new four-part series.  Packed full of music, chat and entertainment, The Nathan Carter Show is guaranteed to brighten up those long, dark November nights.  Recorded in the Knocknarea Arena, Sligo, the first guest of Nathan’s new series is Sligo native Shane Filan and the pair perform an iconic Westlife song together.  Mary Black’s daughter, Roisin O drops in for a song; there’s a surprise appearance from a well-known Irish singer 50 years after the Number One hit that brought him fame; and all the way from the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee, Hayseed Dixie raise the roof with their unique bluegrass-meets-AC/DC sound…helped by a nip or two of whiskey!  There’s plenty of chat too as Nathan hears about the time Dublin fans heckled Mick Jagger during an early Rolling Stones gig in Dublin’s Adelphi Cinema, and finds out why Louis Walsh was so devastated when Westlife announced their split.  The show also features Nathan as you’ve never seen him before – he spent hours in make-up being transformed into a surly chauffeur, a doddery hotel porter and a well-padded elderly lady, as he plots a series of pranks on some unsuspecting fans.  Watch The Nathan Carter Show now on RTÉ Player!


What Not to Miss?

Desperate Houses

Let’s face it – as a nation we’re loathe to let things go.  We drag everything we own from home to home, filling shelves and spare rooms with knick-knacks, excess furniture and old clothes we just don’t need. One day, a spring clean will come, but somehow, it never does. Until now.  Each week, architect and designer Róisín Murphy and her team bring order to the chaos of a cluttered home – helping hoarders to let go and designing full makeovers of the two worst rooms in the house with a little help from IKEA Ireland.  In episode one, Róisín and the Desperate Houses crew spend three days with Annette from Tallaght, helping her rescue two hopelessly cluttered bedrooms.  Annette has lived in this house for over 20 years.  She has raised her 3 children in the house and tragically, after just ten years of marriage when the children were only small, she lost her beloved husband, Michael to a brain haemorrhage at the tender age of 32.   Four years ago, she lost her son, John.  Annette loves to hang on to things ‘in case’ someone close to her might need them.  Among the jumble of unused furniture and unworn clothes filling her home, hide precious legacies of the past.  The challenge for Róisín will be to help Annette let go of a huge collection of unwanted items but more importantly, Annette will need help and understanding as she reconnects with lost mementos of the past – giving them pride of place in her home.  This will be a journey fraught with emotion and poignancy that will require delicate handling.  Watch Desperate Houses now on RTÉ Player.


Pick of the Week

Golden: 50 Years Married

Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage Joan and Pierce Butler

Golden explores each couple’s journey from courtship to the present day. Reflecting on key events including: how they met; their wedding day; their wedding night; the purchase of their first home; the news of impending parenthood; death and illness, these couples reveal what makes love and marriage work.  Against a backdrop of social, political and technological change, these ordinary couples have journeyed together, finding a way of navigating the waters of marriage – from youth to old age – dealing with whatever life threw at them. Together.  The couples discuss what they think of modern courtships and how different things were when they got married.  Their experiences will take the viewer on a moving trip down memory lane filled with old photographs, faded letters, vintage clothes and dusty memorabilia completely captivating the viewer with the story of their marriage. Some will love each other, some may simply have grown accustomed to each other but one thing is sure – they are all golden.  Watch Golden: 50 Years Married on RTÉ Player now.