When Gogglebox first aired in 2013, it reminded us all that even the most menial of tasks like watching TV - whether it's the snacks you enjoy while relaxing or the banter you and your family share - look completely different in every household.
A Londonderry mum, who took to writing children's stories to bring light to her life during a period of postnatal depression, will this week launch her first children's book featuring a character based on her daughter.
As the posh team captain on TV panel show Would I Lie To You?, David Mitchell's only worry is getting away with telling a few porkies to quickfire opponent Lee Mack. But away from the spotlight, Mitchell admits that having a family of his own - he's married to TV presenter, writer and professional poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell, with whom he has a four-year-old daughter, Barbara - has increased his fears for the future.
On August 16, 1920, District Inspector William Wilson of the Royal Irish Constabulary was shot dead in Templemore, Co Tipperary by the IRA. On the same night, Templemore town hall was burned down by soldiers as a reprisal, resulting in the accidental death of two soldiers from the Northamptonshire Regiment.
A bit of banter between Irish and English friends on the conflict in Northern Ireland set the course for a young American student to become one of our foremost academics in the area of religion and the Troubles.
Television presenter Piers Morgan told Peru Two drugs mule Michaella McCollum to "stop whining" and give the proceeds of her book sales to anti-drug charities, in a stinging early morning interview.
Paul Charles managed his first group when he was just a 15-year-old living in Magherafelt and used the number of his local telephone box for his business cards. He didn't know it then, but it would lead to a glittering career as a music agent looking after the likes of Van Morrison, The Undertones and Ray Davies from The Kinks among others.
In this week's interview Rachel Dean talks to author Emma Heatherington (43), who shares a home with her children - Jordyn (22), Jade (18) and Adam (17), her partner Jim McKee, her stepson Dualta (18) and their son Sonny (4). They live in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone.
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (1948) . The classic piece of dystopian fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four has become a watchword for the all-powerful, omniscient surveillance state envisaged as Airstrip One by Orwell in the years after the Second World War. Its ever-present leader, Big Brother, gave his name to a voyeuristic TV show where the masses watched disparate individuals incarcerated together and only released at the whim of the public who tuned in to watch them every day. That sounds like something from the novel, but obviously it's real life.
Once branded one of the chick-lit brigade, Adele Parks is much happier to be sitting firmly in the domestic noir section of book stores these days. The chatty Teesside novelist, who's had a string of international bestsellers, averaging a book a year since her first novel, Playing Away, was published 19 years ago, has long insisted her work should not be branded pink and fluffy.
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