Greatish expectations: Tom Hollander and Stefanie Martini in ‘Doctor Thorne’

If there’s one thing we know by now it’s that Julian Fellowes is a dab hand at writing period dramas. It’s not so long since the dustcovers were put o(...)

Zizi Strallen as the eponymous nanny in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s lavish new production of Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It took years of negotiation for PL Travers to agree to a film adaptation of her best-selli(...)

Political puzzle: Anthony Trollope  called himself an “advanced conservative liberal”, a combination that would have needed considerable unpacking even in its own time.  Cartoon: ‘Spy’ (Lesley Ward)/ Hulton Archive/Getty Images

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest novelists, Anthony Trollope. Despite the Trojan efforts of the Trollope So(...)

London Spy: Ben Whishaw is determined to discover the truth

As an espionage thriller London Spy (BBC Two, Monday) reveals itself slowly. We get the London bit from the first scene – beautiful blue-grey shots of(...)

Headband alert: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Maggie Smith as Violet in 'Downton Abbey'

I’ve been watching season six of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey (Wednesday, TV3) and time is zipping by as is Fellowes’ wont. It is now the distant(...)

Connected: Alanna, Nicole, Elayne, Venetia, Anna and Kate

If you’re going to boast you may as well boast big, and Connected (RTÉ Two, Monday-Thursday) says it’s “a time capsule of what life is like for women (...)

We are all Downtonians now. In a recent televised speech, union leader Frances O’Grady warned that the UK was turning into Downton Abbey. This was int(...)

The soaps and jungle exploits may be moving channel, but the home production pipeline continues to thicken and the shiny floor shows are going nowhere(...)

Boxed in: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge in last weekend’s Love/Hate finale

Such was the hype ahead of the finale of Love/Hate (RTÉ One, Sunday) that Stuart Carolan, its writer, and David Caffrey, its director, could have deli(...)

Why has it taken so long for Allen Leech to become a household name? It is a blasted outrage. Those bally blackguards in the media should be horsewhip(...)