Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

The Raid 2

You would have trouble arguing that Gareth Evans’s The Raid – a modern classic of martial a(...)

Taylor Schilling, centre, who plays the lead role of Piper Chapman in Orange Is the New Black: “It’s so unusual to get sent a script where the woman is taking the hero’s journey”

In a blacked-out van, with rain bouncing off the roof, we’re crossing the Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan to Queens. The traffic, the gloom and the d(...)

“Eventually my clown make-up is in place . . . After this a big frizzy wig and bowler hat are pinned to my head and I am given flat-footed clown shoes, checked trousers, a stripy shirt, braces and a dickey bow. I’ve worn worse clothes.” Photographer: Brenda Fitzsimons

I’ve had a makeover. The Ark children’s cultural centre in Dublin’s Temple Bar has launched Roll Up! Roll Up!, an interactive exhibition that allows c(...)

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, with Patrick Macnee as John Steed, in the 1960s television series The Avengers. Photograph: PA

You’d expect an interview with Diana Rigg to cast some nostalgic vapours about the place. Sure enough, in her recent chat with the (...)

Johnny Ferguson inherited his parents’ appreciation for art and treasured a portrait of his father, Vincent Ferguson, painted by Basil Blackshaw.

The gritty thriller Gangster No. 1 , which was re(...)