Looking east: Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman, a new thriller series on BBC One

Fans of writer-director Hugo Blick’s last BBC conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, from 2011, know not to expect plot, characters, even exact locatio(...)

Living in a Coded Land

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, his visual essays, though comparably cont(...)

John Banville: ‘I hate the summer.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘It was one of those Tuesday afternoons in summer when you wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the air of s(...)

By the skin of his teeth: Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy with Eurosong hopeful Laura O’Neill and her mentor, Billy McGuinness of Aslan. Photograph: Collins

We know RTÉ has a press department whose job it is to send out good news, teasers, promises of greatness to come, but right now it must feel as(...)

Modern family: Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’

Restaurant reviewers have a rule that they don’t barrel in, fork and sharp knife at the ready, on opening night – it’s only fair to let the pla(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

Too modern: Gabriel Byrne, as Quirke, has too much floppy hair, and a hybrid Dublin-US accent that jars with everyone else’s

The best TV adaptations rip the beating heart from a novel and transplant it to a medium where the demands are so different that some character(...)

Pat Collin’s film is all about the middle, namely Co Westmeath

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, the film-maker’s visual essays, although (...)

 Snow business: Jenny Jones of Great Britain competings in the snowboard women’s slopestyle at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

It says a lot about the slim pickings on TV this week that curling quickly became my default viewing ( Live Winter Olympics (...)

History boys: Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne in Vikings

Goodness, doesn’t Wicklow look like eighth-century Scandinavia? Or maybe it doesn’t – but, happily for Vikings (RTÉ Two, Sunday), it’s a safe bet that(...)