Alys Harte, presenter of Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret? on BBC Three

A documentary on abortion in Ireland when there isn’t a “hard case” propelling it into the headlines is unusual. It’s a subject that ebbs and flows(...)

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. (...)

Happy ever after: Dustin Hoffman as Mr Hoppy and Judi Dench as Mrs Silver

There’s an uneasy moment in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC One, Thursday) when Dustin Hoffman appears and you’re afraid that for the next 90 minutes you (...)

Donkey work: Ok, so this image is a bit funny, but what about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

So how do I go about awarding the square root of negative one as a star rating? Is it just “i”? Or is there a special graphic? Perhaps there ought (...)

Rapidly dissolving: David Tennant and  Rosamund Pike in What We Did on Our Holidays

You deserve some sort of honour if, as a creator of comedy, you devise a technique so solid that it can translate from TV to film without losing an(...)

Political convictions:  Sidse Babett Knudsen and Mikael Birkkjær in Borgen

There’s no goofing off on your phone while watching the brilliant Danish political drama Borgen (BBC Four, Saturday). It’s not just the subtitles, alt(...)

 Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a Dracula for the ‘Twilight’ generation: young, sexy, rich and a hit with the ladies

With so many screen adaptations of Bram Stoker’s novel, everyone has a favourite image of Dracula, from Bela Lugosi’s dramatically accented Drac-u-laa(...)

Tom Hiddleston is following in a great tradition. For decades, Hollywood has enjoyed casting posh Englishmen as master villains. Maybe it has somet(...)

Long drawn-out: Aidan Gillen and Leila Mimmack in the series Mayday, which was two episodes too long

Perhaps I have watched too many crime dramas, but any time a station radically changes its schedule to make room for a series, I suspect all is(...)