Illustration: Alan Clarke

A lot of things have been said – and possibly written, for all I know – about the influence of television on the minds of, like, impressionable chi(...)

Death becomes them: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’

Watching Broadchurch (TV3, Monday) after the first part of RTÉ’s Charles Haughey trilogy was like stepping out of the theatre and into fresh air. (...)

Double act: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in ‘Charlie’ 2:11

Many of his contemporaries were put out to political pasture, but PJ Mara, the late Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, has not only survived. H(...)

PJ Mara: “I think for somebody of my generation it’s probably interesting”. 2:11

PJ Mara, Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, was not one of the 724,000 viewers who watched the first episode of the Charlie trilogy, screened (...)

The Fianna Fáil leader  Charles Haughey, acknowledges the applause after his address to the party’s ard-fheis. Photograph: Paddy Whelan 2:11

Charles Haughey was a politician possessed of enormous talents and fatal flaws, whose impact for good and evil on Irish society is still a matter o(...)

Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey in RTÉ’s three-part drama series Charlie: “I was trying to find a middle ground where his look and sound could meet what I was capable of without being ridiculous or distracting.”

A living imitation of Charles J Haughey is looking at a monitor, near a two-bar heater. “That’s some make-up,” I say. “Make-up?” says the actor(...)

Damien Rice’s scorched singing lit up Other Voices. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

  1 Small is the new big Big musical gatherings have their charm, but the magic is in the minutiae. Other Voices is a festival version(...)

Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in the RTÉ-commissioned drama ‘Charlie’ 2:11

It’s grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented– and that’s just the hair. Charlie, the new trilogy of dramas about the rise, reign and fall o(...)

The RTÉ drama stars Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey. He is one of a number of present or former members of the ‘Love/Hate’ cast in the drama. 2:11

RTÉ has unveiled details of its three-part drama about the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey which will be broadcast in the New Year. Charlie fe(...)

Many actors are taught a method, others learn a technique, and some, like Coonan, above, discover what kind of actor they are on the job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Not too long ago, at a party thrown by Aidan Gillen, two actors fell into conversation without knowing they were up for the same part. “Has anyone (...)