Homeland Tuesday, RTÉ Two, 9pm You just can’t keep a good agent down. The indefatigable Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is back and facing a whole new(...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

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Flint-hard: Claire Danes in Homeland

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Early in Tommy: To Tell You the Truth (RTÉ One, Monday) I began to think about Steven Slater. He’s the flight attendant who resigned in spectacular fa(...)

Bazinga: the trio of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cucoco (centre) want $1 million each per show

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Veiled threat: Claire Danes as Carrie

Well, thank you, RTÉ continuity announcer. She introduced the season finale of Homeland (RTÉ Two, Tuesday) by saying “hankies at the ready”, or some s(...)

Hailee regarded

Under normal circumstances, you’d expect a 16-year-old girl to be intimidated by the hoopla that surrounds the promotion of a major motion picture. An(...)

Working mothers: Dr Nayna Patel with the women of her ‘baby-making factory’ in House of Surrogates

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Even by host Neil Patrick Harris’s standards, the mid-show cabaret tune, The Number in the Middle of the Show, was light on laughs and celebrity cameos. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When it comes to television award shows, the Emmys have consistently tried to emulate other awards shows. They think they’re the TV Oscars. From cerem(...)