Jeremy Irons and Colin Farrell at the Iftas  in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The RTÉ broadcast of the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Iftas) on Saturday is one to file away under “I” for irony: the award c(...)

Actor Steve Coogan with Philomena Lee, at the 11th annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Ifta) at the Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Hotel tonight. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The stars of the Irish television and film industry have arrived for their annual award ceremony tonight in Dublin. The Irish Film and T(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Jamie Dornan, who plays killer Paul Spector, and Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall. Photograph: Artists Studio/Steffan Hill

Knowing you have to wait a year for a television cliffhanger to resolve itself can be frustrating for viewers, especially when – as with serial killer(...)

Saturated with atmosphere: The Returned moved glacially but packed a lot of story into its opening episode

I was well into the first episode of The Returned (Channel 4, Sunday), enjoying the Frenchness of it all – moody lighting, meaningful stares, cryptic (...)

Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall.

Will Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) hunt down Belfast’s serial killer (Jamie Dornan) in the final episode of The Fall th(...)

“In The Fall our fabulous female detective (Gillian Anderson) explains that the killer has washed the body of the dead woman, and even washed and dried her bed linen, before arranging her in a photogenic pose on her own bed.” Photograph: Steffan Hill

Television females lead strange lives. And not just because they wake up with all their make-up on, always have clean hair and can wear boned b(...)

Prime suspense: Gillian Anderson as DCI Gibson and Simon Delaney as McElroy in The Fall

I can’t be only one who locked up the house a little more securely on Sunday night after the tense first episode of The Fall (...)