The Hound is a favourite among the Back Page crowd

Hell is other spoilers among a community of GoT watchers in Dublin

When they open up an underground clinic for criminals and odd bods, it hardly seems coincidental that most of it takes place in a green-grey light

The latest TV import is a dark moral satire about what desperate people will do – but don’t let that stop you from digging in

Boys on tour: Jon Snow and co head north of the wall

The penultimate episode is so gripping you half expect to see yourself listed in the credits

Marvel’s The Defenders: unburdened by characterisation, personality or much decent dialogue

TV review: Four telly superheroes join forces against a common enemy – our patience

Outlying Islands at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

This week at the theatre, you find robotic revolutions, a threatened Eden and other unlikely relationships.

Dr Javid Abdelmoneim with his classroom of kids who are going gender free for six weeks. Photograph: Outline Productions

TV review – No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? has some answers

Quacks: ‘Some say the more bloody the coat, the greater the surgeon’

The BBC’s new comedy looks like a medical marvel in the making

Jon Snow, King of the North,  might now be an unwitting Dragon King in waiting

The beast sniffs out Jon’s Targaryen parentage in an emotional CGI encounter

Counting Sheep is  an immersive folk opera using traditional songs  performed by the Lemon Bucket Orchestra. Photograph: Dahlia Katz

Counting Sheep began life at the heart of the revolution on Ukraine’s Maidan. Is it more than radical tourism?

Loosysmokes, ahead of the world premiere of Raven Eyed at The Brewhouse, Abbey Creative Quarter, in Kilkenny. Phoyograph: Pat Moore

As the world threatens to spin apart, this year’s arts festival concentrates on what keeps it together – just about

Hubert and Peggy Butler

Johnny Gogan’s biography of Hubert Butler finds this Irish George Orwell honoured by his intellectual inheritors

Faking it: Jodie Whittaker plays a nurse pretending to be an A&E doctor

How long will it be before Jodie Whittaker’s A&E doctor is found out? Longer than it takes for the many implausibilities of Trust (...)

That feeling when you realise you’ve brought a horse to a dragon fight

The long-hoped-for sequence of a screeching creature and burning soldiers feels weird

Prince Charles and Princess Diana  on their wedding day on July 29th, 1981. Photograph: RC/HO REUTERS

‘Diana In Her Own Words’ documentary shows a woman fascinated by media

In Grease, ‘virginity is as big a stigma as an unwanted pregnancy’

Grease has got groove, it’s got feeling. But this unctuous performance is hardly slick

Issa Rae in Insecure: ‘Her  wry expressions and disarming smile can make even the slightest joke work’

Issa Rae’s show grows more confident even as its heroine does not

Man in an Orange Shirt: A compassionate evocation of how sexuality is contorted when criminalised

Patrick Gale’s debut screen drama is based on the compromise of his own parents

Game of Thrones Episode 3:  Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, meets Jon Snow, Reluctant King of the North

Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 3 Review: Free of the unwieldy fantasy books that inspired it, the show is thriving

Women dressed as handmaids promoting the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, stand along a public street during the South by Southwest Music Film Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, Photograph:  Reuters/Brian Snyder

The series adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel has given birth to a real-world army

Aaron Monaghan in The Second Violinist. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

A lonely life is subsumed into this collaboration between Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh

A fabulously transformed Nicole Kidman,  plays a Germaine Greer-idolising feminist

Jane Campion’s superb detective drama returns to BBC

If anyone can record and release music on their iPhone, says Charlie Fink’s character, the most radical gesture now is to leave behind a ‘silence in the shape of an album’. Photograph:  Gaelle Beri/Redferns/Getty

Charlie Fink and David Greig’s smart, subtle collaboration depicts a relationship, a separation and a hard act to follow

George Logan, one of the real voices at the heart of Against the Law.  Photograph: Fergus O’Brien

Against the Law review:: One interviewee was well informed about the Wolfenden committee because he was sleeping with the son of i(...)

Jimmy’s Hall

Jimmy’s Hall, Tennessee Williams and some fresh Rivals

The show suggests that dancing really is Gralton’s cure for everything

Jimmy Gralton was infamously deported from his own country for giving his community a space for dancing and revolutionary ideas. T(...)

Willie White, artist director of the Dublin Theatre Festival blowing the 60th anniversary candles with Lynn Parker  (Rough Magic, Melt ), Ollie West (from  Hamnet), Grace Cathal (from Girl Song) and Sean McGinley (from King of the Castle, Druid). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Festival director Willie White says programme is about ‘keeping our momentum’

The cast of Druid’s Penelope by Enda Walsh  in Washington: Olga Wehrly, Niall Buggy, Karl Shiels, Aaron Monghan and Denis Conway

The Druid stalwart nearly gave up acting in the wake of DruidMurphy but he's kept working to improve himself and his art. “It’s li(...)

Jon Snow: any spare dragonglass going?

Who can you trust these days in war-torn, backstabbing, deeply divided Westeros?

Eoin Cannon as Frank, Jacinta Whyte as Angela, Marty Maguire as Malachy and Bryan Burroughs in Angela’s Ashes. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The new musical jabs at some nerves – its vision of homelessness and hunger are not distant threats

Jason Bateman in Ozark

Jason Bateman plays a straitlaced man who turns to crime in desperate times. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before ...

Aaron Monaghan in ‘The Second Violinist’ at Black Box in Galway, part of the Galway International Arts Festival

Sex and violins from Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy, and Limerick’s own Les Mis

 Siobhán Cullen,  Kate Stanley Brennan and  Amy McElhatton in  Mark O’Rowe’s Crestfall. Photograph:  Stephen Cummiskey

Mark O’Rowe’s unloved and long unpublished play has finally returned from the dark. Perhaps it might have stayed there

Kneehigh Theatre presents Tristan and Yseult  as part of the 40th Galway International Arts Festival . Photograph:  Steve Tanner

Kneehigh’s shipshape, fleet production comes closer to home at the Galway International Arts Festival

MyAnna Buring as DI Helen Weeks gets her breakthroughs in an unusual fashion

This BBC shows presents us with a crime and a detective that both need to be solved

Patrick O’Kane as Woyzeck and Shane O’Reilly as Andres in Woyzeck in Winter, which  opened at the Black Box Theatre  as part of the Galway International Arts Festival.  Photograph:  Colm Hogan

Woyzeck and Schubert meet in a lambent, music-hall spectacle

Daenerys sets out to to reclaim her gloomy ancestral home, Dragonstone

The first episode of the new season arrives into a changed world and women are on the warpath

Cersei Lannister now sits upon the Iron Throne, but given the fate of her children, she may not be the most benevolent ruler

As the new season starts, here's the state of play in Westeros and beyond

I’ll drink to that: The Great Gatsby at the Gate Theatre in Dublin is a full-blown party, complete with cocktails for the audience. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Culture Shock: The Gate’s ‘Great Gatsby’ immerses the audience in alcohol, and not just in the play

Much of Emma Rice’s career has been invested in fairy tales, such as her famed production of ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph:  Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times

At a bleak time to live in London, the Globe artistic director decided to base her farewell season around love

Friends from College: ‘vacillates between wired comic energy  and more serious intimations of betrayal and missed opportunities’. Photograph: Netflix

Mopey Xennials get together for a 20-year college reunion and hover between Gen X cynicism and Millennial optimism

All that jazz: Cast and audience get into the swing of things in The Great Gatsby. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

The audience joins in the decadence in the Gate Theatre’s thrillingly immersive production

Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan in Woyzeck in Winter

The Galway Arts Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an ambitious, wide-ranging programme

Actor Owen Roe in a party sene from ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the Gate Theatre, Dublin

Designed to include members of the audience, the Gate Theatre’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel begins at the door

Liam Carney and Lorcan Cranitch in Two Pints

Roddy Doyle’s series finds skilful new shape in the Abbey’s pub-crawling two-hander

 Christy Dignam, lead singer of Aslan, performs during the Bulmer’s Evening Meeting in Leopardstown, Co Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

This Is Christy review: Music is more than a source of succour in this part biography, part tour diary of the Aslan frontman Chris(...)

On Francis Brennan’s tour, anyone not found laughing is an automatic pariah

Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour of Vietnam review: If you ever sat through someone else’s holiday snaps, you’ll know the feeling

Ahead of season seven, here’s everything you need to know about the ground-breaking fantasy drama

El Chapo: He’s ruthless, enjoys tunnels and relies on a single scowling facial expression

The Netflix show can’t discern between the gravity of fact and the thrill of fiction

Charlene McKenna, The Great Gatsby Gate Theatre. Dublin

If the nation does not come to the theatre, the theatre must go out to the nation

Kris Nelson is departing as Dublin Fringe Festival director to take up a job in London with Lift. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin festival is now seeking a new artistic director and a new general manager

‘A surface politeness so unyielding it would send chills down a maître d’s spine’: Nashville, and Nathan Carter

A city of constant professionalism, Nashville should suit the Irish country music star just fine

To play soccer in 1950s Ireland was to defy a nationalist agenda. John Giles had plenty to renounce

Naomi Watts in Gypsy: this show does  not trust its viewers to grasp its subtleties

Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup get lost down rabbit hole of mind games

Sudan, slow, unhappy and torpid as he pads glumly around the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, his retirement home

A documentary on the last male of the northern white rhinoceros can’t decide to proceed with a light step or a heavy heart

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 transfu(...)

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 pe(...)

 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 desti(...)

‘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 show

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

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

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