The new  Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph:  Marie Louise Halpenny

In this documentary, the National Gallery gets a depiction worthy of its renovation

Harrison Wilding and Witney White in Room

The songs in this adaptation are curiously conventional for an unconventional piece

Blade Runner 2049: the sequel emerges as the world has just about caught up with the dark forecasts of the original, set in 2019

Culture Shock: ‘Futureproof’ shows how prescient it can be to imagine the worst

Squared circle: Alison Brie in Glow. Photograph: Netflix

Second-wave feminism gets Reagan-era chauvinism into a headlock in this enjoyable confection about empowerment and the media

John Walsh, doing his driving test at the age of 101

TV review: Too Old For the Road? quickly becomes a vehicle for wider, poignant considerations

The cast of Redwater, which was filmed in Wicklow, includes Fionnula Flanagan and Ian McElhinney

Festering with secrets and toxic family dynamics, it’s easier to get into Redwater than it is to ever leave it. Unless you’re a vi(...)

Julia Stiles, ‘a fascinatingly flat actor’, as Georgina Clios in Riviera

It’s a quality show that could also pass as a satire on the budgets of prestige television

Helen McCrory as  tough-talking, chain-smoking, whiskey-swilling human rights lawyer Emma Banville

A breathless show that fast-tracks every plot and character and goes all the way to the top

Lisa Dwan in No’s Knife, now at the Abbey Theatre

The actor gives Beckett’s words a more aggressive, tortured reading

Susan Ateh as Bernie with Fionnuala Flanagan as   Agnes, ‘who alters between being casually disparaging or stridently demonic’. Photograph:  Patrick Redmond/BBC

The knotty TV drama shot in Dunmore East is nearing its conclusion

I Am a Bird: ‘A play full of swift, involving ideas and deep personal feeling’

Ross Gaynor’s tough monologue is set in the aftermath of a terrorist attack

Orange is the New Black kicks off season five

The clock is ticking for Piper, but she stopped being the show’s star long ago

Missing You: It’s rare to get so immediate a sense of someone’s personality, or relationship. But the gift of Skype to a TV show is that everyone seems to speak to us directly

Missing You, a patchwork of recorded Skype calls between Irish friends and families across the world, provides intimate access to (...)

The cast has been whittled down to two protagonists, Noel (Steve Blount) and the social worker Moira Tierney (Claire Barrett)

Shay Linehan’s adaptation yanks hard on the heartstrings throughout its benign performance

“It gets me into trouble, Mac,” Denise Gough’s Paula says, suggesting similar sexual consequences to those of a slasher movie

Conor McPherson’s shape-shifting drama bears the consequences of Paula’s own double life

A mural for Love. Photograph: George Rose/Getty Images

‘Love’ is the closest most of us will get to seeing the Liverpudlians in concert

The Keepers: “Timely in its deep distrust of authority and its determination to take back power.”  Photograph: Netflix

The students of a murdered Baltimore nun investigate her killing decades later, and uncover a damning trail of abuse and cover-up (...)

Actor Denise Gough makes very good choices by playing characters who rarely do

Denise Gough is superb in a drama that is high on horror and low on lightbulbs

Kyle MacLachlan in  Twin Peaks. Photograph: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Review: 25 years on, David Lynch still seems to be making stuff up as he goes along

   Katherine Pearce and Lesley Sharp in Three Girls. Photograph: BBC/Parisa Taghizadeh

The final episode of the astonishing drama moves into the courtroom and the aftermath of the horrific events in Rochdale

Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne and Kevin Bacon in I Love Dick

In Jill Soloway's new show, a sexually-spent couple devise an erotic game over their desire for Dick, an unreconstructed cowboy-ar(...)

Molly Windsor, Liv Hill, Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz in Three Girls. Photograph: BBC

The BBC’s three-part dramatisation of the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal is unflinching in its truth-telling

Shot in muted hues and pale light which make its real location, Dunmore East, look especially serene it is hard to decide whether Redwater is a silly show redeemed by its seriousness, or a serious show alleviated by its silliness

Kat and Alfie’s quest is slowed by native distrust, uneasy transitions and a minefield of Irish clichés

Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), Verity (Niamh Walsh) and Alice (Sophie Rundle). Photograph: Sky

Bill Gallagher’s immensely unsubtle writing results in absurd, generic and risible TV

Boys on tour: Ed Byrne and Dara O Briain on southeast Asia

They make for sensitive presenters and endearingly awed tourists, but don’t expect comedic fireworks when Dara and Ed go on holida(...)

“The production suggests everyone is the product of stifling or corrupting forces”

It’s hard to know what to make of the sexual politics of John B Keane’s play

Eva O’Connor and Stephen Jones in Fishamble’s Maz and Bricks. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

If even the Dublin Luas lines will eventually connect, then why can’t two people come together despite their political differences(...)

Ian McShane, once again enjoying the dry comedy of acting the scoundrel, as Mr Wednesday in American Gods

Folding durable ancient myths into disposable Americana, American Gods must first appease the demands of Neil Gaiman’s fanbase

Panoraia and Dr Ciara Kelly in Body Shopping

This moralising documentary could have some further work done, and predictably finds people in urgent need of a confidence tran(...)

Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On explores how technology has changed the sex industry and even sexuality, normalising porn and supercharging desire

A new documentary series on technology and sex depicts a fascinating, horrible achievement: we have finally managed to take the p(...)

 Rory Nolan at rehearsals for “Waiting for Godot”: “For that energy the comic character has to have, there has to be a dark side to it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Druid actor Rory Nolan takes his comedy seriously - which may explain his impressive ability when it comes to theatre, and to trol(...)

Desperate housewives: Big Little Lies

It was tempting to dismiss this show as something befitting the playground. (Or, at least, I did.) But it repaid closer attention(...)

Former artistic dirctor of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan claimed that the 2015 production of Romeo and Juliet (above) was so poorly attended that “we’ll be paying for it for two years”. Photograph:  Pat Redmond

Culture Shock: A report finds the Gate’s audience has it in a chokehold – but rather than pander to its audience’s supposed tastes(...)

The cast of Versailles attend a press screening

The most expensive ever French TV show hits our screens for a second season. So what is a king to do?

 DI Sleet as a male model in an art class with Richard Osman.  Photographer: Oliver Upton

Björk, the sparkling pixie dream child, has been murdered, in the return of the ludic, improvised celebrity-addled Murder in Succe(...)

Selina’s loyal “body man” Gary (the brilliant Tony Hale), her walking handbag, is  likely to be buried with her

A year ago, the scabrous comedy Veep seemed like a sour joke about chaotic US politics. Now it returns like an escapist parallel u(...)

Guerrilla ties to hit a number of moving targets

What’s good enough for Derry is good enough for Brixton, in Sky’s tough new show on an overlooked British history

‘See, Julia has autism,’ says Alan Marouka, the token human, ‘she likes it when people know that’

As ever, Sesame Street shows society how to be that bit more accepting, with a character modelled on her performer’s autistic son(...)

The show labours intensely, and slowly, to draft in familiar faces from Breaking Bad, as though rewarding patient fans

Bob Odenkirk’s engaging huckster is a man who can neither escape his past nor his future

Hoteliers Francis and John Brennan with James and Joanna Fennell of   Burtown House   near Athy in County Kildare. Photograph: RTE

Francis and John Brennan have to upscale a small café to a 100-seat restaurant, which is not easy when the owners turn the car-par(...)

Rob Brydon is too eager to impress, while Steve Coogan is a libidinous loner with few interests beyond himself in The Trip to Spain

On Sky Atlantic, the comedy duo play versions of each other (and everyone else) while on a road trip obsessed with the final dest(...)

‘Oh my God, I didn’t write this script’:  Áine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney on Big Week on the Farm

This experiment in agri-tainment, broadcast live from Cavan pastureland, is an immensely stressful exercise in animal husbandry (...)

Ireland’s Property Crisis: Ceire and Maurice Sadlier with their family

TV Review: Part 1 of the RTE documentary offers numerous personal stories but no answers

Selina Cartmell on the roof of the Gate Theatre: “I hope artists  will feel it is a theatrical home for them to create their strongest work, their most inspired work.” Photograph: Agata Stoinska

In her first interview in her new role, Selina Cartmell, only the fourth artistic director in the Gate's 90-year history, discusse(...)

Richard Dormer and Alexandra Moen in Fortitude. Photograph: Sky Atlantic

With the rest of the cast butchered, beheaded, incinerated, infected, crushed, and shot, Richard Dormer is left to steal the(...)

Dave Chappelle: “Obviously, black people have slower internet connections.”

The black comedian has two new specials on Netflix. But is he a secret conservative?

Brendan O’Carroll in All Round to Mrs Brown’s. Photograph: Graeme Hunter

“Who the hell watches Mrs Brown?” About half the audience share, according to the figures on Brendan O’Carroll’s new chat show

Donal Gallery, Siobhán Cullen and Ali White in The Effect at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Two volunteers on a drugs trial begin to have some strange attractions in Lucy Prebble’s love-sceptical play

Skilled and subtle: Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge. Photograph: RTE

Cutting Edge is a talk show that actually demonstrates listening. These days, that’s a pretty sharp tactic

Siobhan Cullen and Donal Gallery in The Effect. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What happens when love really is the drug? Lucy Prebble, writer of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Enron, explores the options wit(...)

Paul Reid, Caitríona Ennis  and Colin Campbell  in  Corn Exchange’s “Dublin by Lamplight” at the Abbey Theatre until April 1st. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Corn Exchange’s marvellous, witty creation brings house down at the Abbey

Mireille Enos as lead PI with her team in ‘The Catch’ on Sky Atlantic

Perma-smirking Peter Krause and thrillseeker Mireille Enos back for series two of the Shonda Rhimes show

The drug  Primodos was prescribed to identify pregnancy, but campaigners say it was responsible for deformities in childen

A pharmaceutical scandal over birth defects in Britain has been unravelling and stalling for half a century. Can a documentary br(...)

A performance of almost microscopic detail: Michael Gambon in  Samuel Beckett’s Eh, Joe

In two short plays at the Beckett Friel Pinter Festival, one brings us up close and personal with a great actor, while another fin(...)

Marvel's Iron Fist

Iron Fist is the last and by all means least of the comic book stable’s street-level heroes

Divide conquers: streaming pushed all 16 songs on Ed Sheeran’s new album into the top 20. Photograph: Ben Watts

Streaming services’ unforgiving metrics reveal our true habits. But that doesn’t mean we can’t also aim higher

 Smooth-talking and dapper: Declan Conlon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Falling in love is the hardest thing, in this less-is-more production of Brian Friel’s play

From left, Dylan Burke, Lee Burke, Fiacre Ryan, Hughie Malone, Niamh Biddulph and Adam Harris in Autism and Me

RTÉ’s brilliant documentary focuses on people with autism, and in the words of one contributor is a stirring look at ‘my aestheti(...)

 Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies

This show wants to be God of Carnage but ends up as Desperate Housewives. And when a character tucks a revolver under her pillo(...)

From the Women on Walls documentary: artist Blaise Smith creating the group picture of Royal Irish Academy women. Photograph: RTÉ

Cameras follow the brushstrokes as the Royal Irish Academy creates its first-ever portraits of female members

Stefanie Martini as young Jane Tennison: “While Tennison is the protagonist, she is still a marginal figure.”

Prime Suspect 1973 has smart moments and is full of great period detail, but feels thinner than its 1990s forebear

Bring Me Sunshine:  Mikel Murfi in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk

Shades of Vladimir and Estragon, by way of Morcambe and Wise, brilliantly colour this revived and recast take on Enda Walsh tale(...)

In the margins: Barry Murphy, Gary Cooke and Risteárd Cooper in the new series of Après Match of the Day. Photograph: RTÉ

The best jokes are in the 1970s-style ad breaks. ‘Don’t have that fifth pint before driving’

Barbara Brennan, Best Actress winner, with actor Amelie Metcalfe at the ‘Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Awards at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The major prizes at this year’s event were shared among a varied set of productions

Sarah-Jane Moloney O’Regan and her family: Deafness is ‘a huge part of who I am’

It’s a different experience to be deaf in Ireland today, where impediments are fewer and choices have broadened, but a documentary(...)

The Peacock Theatre under the Abbey will become ‘a flexible and responsive venue, with three rapid-reaction events scheduled for May’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The self-described ‘Engine room of Irish theatre’ has spluttered in recent years. With the announcement of 20 productions, the Ab(...)

 Graham McLaren and Neil Murray,  directors of the Abbey Theatre, hope to fire up the Peacock again, with a new programme of plays. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A version of ‘The Tempest’, set in west Kerry, called ‘A Shitstorm’, is slated for theatre

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney  in Catastrophe. Photograph: Channel 4

Like any good double act, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have great chemistry, but what sets their comedy apart is its remarkable (...)

Good cop, sad cop: Olivia Colman, David Tennant and Julie Hesmondhalgh in Broadchurch

The detective series is a study in division,and it also asks tough questions about our approach to victims

Maeve O’Mahony v the world in Jericho

Dealing with nothing smaller than human history, Malaprop’s stimulating new show might have taken on more than any one metaphor(...)

Food as philosophy: Jeong Kwan and David Gelb in the first episode of Chef’s Table

To eat at Jeong Kwan’s, one must have embarked fully on the road to spiritual enlightenment – which makes it an easier booking th(...)

I am willing to do whatever it takes to avoid my fate,” Axe tells his rebooted firm, endearingly unfamiliar with how fate works. Photograph: James Minchin/Showtime

It would be nice to take Billions as a leering satire on the new Masters of the Universe, but next to the real thing is small pota(...)

Sam Riley as detective superintendent Douglas Archer in SS-GB.  Photograph: Laurie Sparham

An economically suffering Britain falls under the influence of fascist rule. Thankfully nothing as unsettling as the BBC’s grippin(...)

Emily Watson in  Apple Tree Yard: “One of the most fascinating things . . . is her preoccupation with being witnessed. ‘You made me feel important,’ she tells her lover, and her unimportance seems a persistent fear.”

To be young now is to be hounded for personal data in exchange for trinkets and services

This documentary purports to examine what Russian hooligans plan for the World Cup when it’s on their home turf. But instead it ge(...)

Michael Gambon in the earlier Gate production of Eh Joe. Photograph:  Anthony Woods

The starry line-up features work by Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel and Harold Pinter

Losing time: Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident. Photograph: Sky Atlantic

Set in Tasmania, The Kettering Incident ought to be poles apart from the wanderlust mysteries we’ve become used to. So why does th(...)

Waterford-based A&E nurse Berna Breen heads to Tegucigalpa in Honduras, one of the most violent places on Earth

After a horror show in Honduras, most viewers will find the sight of a bleeding Irish farmer oddly comforting, as one hardworking (...)

In Sneaky Pete, Giovanni Ribisi’s practiced  grifter  becomes an apprentice bounty hunter. These days that’s almost the working definition of the American dream

Bryan Cranston plays the kingpin to Giovanni Ribisi’s slick grifter in Amazon’s deft and zippy swindle

Emily Watson’s understated performance is alive to the clichés of betrayal

An affair that begins impulsively in a broom cupboard and is conducted in sheltered alleyways ends in the harsh scrutiny of a publ(...)

The Fake News Show team:  Stephen Mangan (centre) hosts with, from left,   Richard Osman, Richard Ayoade , Katherine Ryan and Jon Richardson

Panellists compete for scores measured in clicks and spread bait on Twitter in a quiz that looks to reclaim fake news for satire(...)

Risteárd Cooper and Rory Nolan in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Red

The Belgian songwriter’s caustic social criticism is at the heart of the Gate Theatre production

Risteárd Cooper, Karen McCartney, Stephanie McKeon and Rory Nolan and in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The appeal of Brel’s songs has always been their urgency, but despite commanding performances, the Gate’s new staging feels like (...)

There's plenty of beauty and energy in the Connemara filmed series, but the dangerous pleasure in An Klondike 2 is to see life red(...)

Arts critic  and musician Adam Clayton with arts critic and musician John Kelly

TV review: These are tough times for cultural programming and arts criticism, discovers the new series of The Works Presents - ev(...)

Dr Eva Orsmond in a scene from her new RTÉ documentary, ‘Medication Nation’.

Dr Eva Orsmond’s new documentary diagnoses a problem but fails to prescribe for it

The governor’s grizzled old flame: Dennis Quaid in Fortitude

It’s grim up north as series two of Sky Atlantic's glossy Norwegian drama turns into a zombie thriller on ice

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Count and his motley crew

The Lemony Snicket books get the treatment they deserve, and no special effect is quite as farfetched as Neil Patrick Harris

The Spinning Heart , at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

In director Paul Brennan’s staging of Donal Ryan’s novel, each performer is given an uncontested moment to shine

 “I know it’s appearance, but it’s also important,” says Tara (Amy Huberman) in Striking Out, which could be the show’s mantra

RTÉ’s latest glossy show was originally titled Cheaters, and after just four episodes, that gives a better indication of where its(...)

President Vaclav Havel inspected troops upon his arrival at Dublin airport for a three-day visit in 1996. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Vaclav Havel provided a stirring example of leadership in challenging times, whether picking generals or asking citizens to ‘live (...)

Building site foreman Andy Farrell in Generation F’ed

There is little sign of recovery in this furious, stylised documentary series

Co-director and star Olwen Fouéré in Laurent Gaudé’s ‘Danse, Morob’, at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Laurent Gaudé’s play, translated by co-director and star Olwen Fouéré, tells the tale of a Republican hunger striker’s remains dis(...)

Then Comes Marriage?: How sincere is a show that dispenses its wisdom by asking people to recognise “how similar your shadows are”?

The people most likely to benefit from this show are those whose relationships are founded on the solid basis of judging other cou(...)

Kevin Barry on May and Timothy (Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey, above) the protagonists of Autumn Royal: “I really like them. It’s because their situation is so devastating. There is never a solution that’s workable in this kind of situation”

You can’t keep the darkly comic writer from the theatre – hardly surprising for a ‘frustrated actor’. He talks about his play Autu(...)

The blow-out episode of Sherlock is an awkward attempt to adapt every conceivable film genre, as though seduced by the aura of its stars’ careers. Photograph: Robert Viglasky

Russian hackers may have leaked the episode, but the show’s makers have taken a once smart and nimble show and made it bloated and(...)

Irish Times Irish  Theatre Awards judges Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

The ‘Irish Times’ IrishTheatre Awards judges have been impressed by the sector's strength in depth but concerned about the effect (...)

La Cage aux Folles. Photograph: Pamela Raith

This admirable performance is risqué rather than truly risk-taking

David Bowie in the video for Lazarus, from his final album Blackstar

The BBC’s fine portrait of the final years of Bowie’s life revealed the touching mortality of the man as well as canny self-awa(...)

 Noam Chomsky with presenter  Ian Kehoe in RTE One’s The Great Irish Sell Off. Photograph: RTE

Beyond its chilling indictment, RTÉ’s film was a stirring call to action

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