What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Michael Longley’s beautifully fragile evocation of life, death, nature and memory in The Stairwell.(...)

Hits and misses: Brendan O’Carroll in Mrs Brown’s Boys

Even the most flapperphobic viewer can see the appeal of Downton Abbey (UTV) on Christmas Day. Nothing much happens that we haven’t seen versions of b(...)

Simply Delicious Christmas: Darina Allen and Rory O’ Connell

’Tis the season for cookery shows to clog up the schedules, like fat in an artery, promising inventive ways with turkey and interesting things to d(...)

Aisling Franciosi (centre) of The Fall, with presenters Miriam O’Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy at the launch of RTÉ’s new season of programming. Photograph: Eric Luke

"Why do we do it? Chase power. Cling to power – when we’re all destined to lose it someday?” a former taoiseach asks in RTÉ’s forthcoming series of(...)

Aidan Gillen plays Charles Haughey during filming in Dublin in October 2013 of the forthcoming RTÉ / Element Pictures / Touchpaper Television series on his life. Photograph: PA Wire 2:56

Power-craving politicians, elusive psychopaths and paranoid gangsters will be at the centre of RTÉ One’s drama offering in its 2014-2015 season, while(...)

Christian Mazzuchini as Vladimir and Noël Vergès as Estragon in Theatre NoNo’s Waiting for Godot

‘We’ve been waiting for someone to come, but nobody has turned up.” Were it not for the bright disposition of the speaker, a museum attendant, a visit(...)

Adrian Dunbar opens the third edition of the Happy Days Festival, the world’s first and only festival dedicated to the Nobel-prize winning writer Samuel Beckett, at The Skull, Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen,  Co Fermanagh. Photogprah:  Paul Faith

Catastrophe Adrian Dunbar directs one of Beckett’s last plays, the short and pointedly political depiction of a director and his assistant engaging wi(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Subterranean homophobia blues: Dr Christian Jessen

Dr Christian Jessen is as gay as a pair of tan leather shoes or a CD of classical music – which everyone knows is (...)

BBC drama ‘Line of Duty’ is to return for a third series. Photograph: World Productions / Mark Bourdillon

BBC police thriller Line of Duty, which is produced in Northern Ireland, is set to be recommissioned for a third series. Written by Cardiac Arr(...)