Behind bars: Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt as Bates  and Anna in Downton Abbey

It has been recommissioned for a sixth series – and why wouldn’t it when the viewing figures are so huge? It’s as much a cultural phenomenon as a t(...)

Coleraine-born actor Bronagh Waugh as Sally Ann Spector, unwitting wife of serial killer Paul Spector, in series two of The Fall. Photograph: BBC/Helen Sloan

Serial killer drama The Fall returns to RTÉ for a second series this weekend, with the first episode going out on RTÉ One after the finale of a succes(...)

Some of Trinity’s medical students in A Parting Gift

Parents of small children can conjure up so many 3am worries that the expression “every parent’s nightmare” covers a very long list. Though there i(...)

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(...)

We all love Michael Caine. We really do. But the long, sad history of his terrible American accent really is beginning to grind us down. You have t(...)

Tiara time: the idea of selecting someone based on her personality to enter Ireland’s ‘premium beauty with a purpose pageant’ is an attempt to jam a square peg rather viciously through a triangular space

The 2FM entrant for Miss Ireland was recently crowned by the station. As well as a sash, she was bestowed with the title of Miss Personality. Allow(...)

The Perm State Ballet production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: ‘a rare privilege’
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013

Patrick Freyne Arts writer What were your highlights of the year? The beauty of Matthew Baynton and James Corden’s great comedy series, Th(...)

Gillian Anderson channelled Helen Mirren as a top cop pursuing a serial killer in BBC1’s The Fall

When it comes to a look back over the year’s TV, the only way I can sort through the sheer volume of programmes is to think of the ones I never miss f(...)

 Prof Jim Dornan: ‘Women’s rights in all parts of the world are very poorly addressed. What if it was the sexual and reproductive rights of men? Who would be making the decisions then?’

Like most people, Prof Jim Dornan was shocked, saddened and distressed to hear about the death of Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital last year. (...)