About Amanda Fennelly

I work for RTE 2fm as a researcher/contributor. You can hear me on The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show presenting sport two days a week (usually Mondays and Fridays) plus I also do movie reviews on Friday morning's show. I also look after the RTE 2fm Movies webpage and it's there you can check out my interviews with major movie stars/directors/writers. I'm from Kilkenny (the true home of hurling), support Spurs and am somewhat obsessed with American tv shows.

Win yourself a soundtrack from (500) Days of Summer

If you’ve popped along to the movies lately, you might have caught one of the indie hits of the summer and one of the more original, funny and genuinely moving romantic comedies to hit the big screen for a long time. (500) Days of Summer stars the rather fantastic Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel but better than that, it features a really hot soundtrack, with music from the likes of The Smiths, Doves, Regina Spektor and Simon & Garfunkel. If you fancy winning yourself a copy of the soundtrack, I’ve got four to give away over on my movie blog on the RTE 2fm website. Just toddle on over to http://2fm.rte.ie/theslate and you’ll find the post containing the question you have to answer and the email address to send your details to. Easy peasy!

Tellybets 2 – which new US TV shows will be hit or miss?

Ok so I promised two months ago that this would be a weekly event but work, holidays and moving apartments got in the way (yeah, yeah, excuses excuses) but we’re back, at last, and this week we’re taking a look at the new dramas and comedies from CBS which are due to hit American TV screens in the next 6 to 12 months.  Once again, we have to point out that not all of these will make it to our shores, but the whole point of this post is to identify the ones most deserving of being picked up by RTE, TV3 or any of the UK channels. So let’s get cracking! CBS is mostly known for its global smash hit franchise CSI which of course has spawned the likes of CSI Miami, CSI New York,  and then there’s NCIS, another acronym titled show that’s not quite in the same … There’s more

Tellybets – which new US TV shows will be hit or miss?

Now that all the American TV networks have released their autumn schedules, it’s time to take a look at what new shows will be hitting their screens this coming season. Because there’s a good chance that many of them will end up on Irish and UK terrestrial channels or on cable/satellite over the next year or so, you need to know what to look out for and what’s not worth investing your time, heart and soul into. Over the next month or two, we’ll be concentrating on a different US network each time and examining what’s new in its line-up. We’ll give you a basic run-down of each new show and predict if it will be a hit or miss for that network and if you should bother watching it, should it be picked up on this side of the Atlantic. So let’s get started. To kick us off, we’re … There’s more

Stars from The Wire to present on RTE Lyric FM

This time of year, the papers are often full of articles complaining about RTE radio presenters who are off on their holidays and listeners being forced to put up with sub-par replacements. Well, no offence to the great broadcaster John Kelly, who I know has many fans on this website, but his listeners might not miss him too much tomorrow as his slot on RTE Lyric FM is being presented by none other than Reg E. Cathey, star of TV show The Wire. He plays Norman Wilson in the smash hit US series but is currently treading the boards as “Red” in the Gaiety Theatre’s production of The Shawshank Redemption. The Wire is regarded by pretty much everyone as the best TV show of all time (and anyone who disagrees clearly never watched an episode). Reg’s special guest on the show is his co-star from The Wire, actor Clarke Peters, … There’s more

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Harper’s Island

This coming Monday sees the start of a brand new show on RTE Two. You’re bound to have caught the adverts on the telly by now. Harper’s Island is a murder mystery drama from US network CBS that kicks off with a wedding party setting sail for an island off the coast of Seattle, which was the scene of a series of gruesome murders seven years previously. But the celebrations take a sinister turn when the guests start getting bumped off “one by one”, as the tagline of the series goes, in the days leading up to the wedding. I managed to get a sneak peak at a few of the early episodes and it’s definitely going to be a guilty pleasure and vital summer viewing. So I thought I’d come up with 13 reasons – simply because it’s a 13-part series - why you should check it out.

An interview with Neil Gaiman

I have a confession to make.  I don’t read comic books or graphic novels (yes I know, boo hiss me) but despite that I was very excited to talk to author Neil Gaiman during the week for RTE 2fm. After all, I knew he wrote the book on which the new kids movie Coraline is based, I knew that I had The Graveyard Book at home on my book shelf still waiting to be read (to be fair I have a backlog of about 100 books to catch up on, I buy them faster than I can read them) and I knew he also wrote Stardust, the book on which the 2007 movie of the same name was based. But during my research I discovered the man is also very active on Twitter, has been blogging for quite some time now and has some very interesting taste in music. Unfortunately … There’s more