Saskia Reeves and Donal McCann taking a break from the shooting of the film December Bride in Anglesea Street, Dublin in 1989. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s poignant film version of Sam Hanna Bell’s powerful novel, December Bride.(...)

Hits and misses: Brendan O’Carroll in Mrs Brown’s Boys

Even the most flapperphobic viewer can see the appeal of Downton Abbey (UTV) on Christmas Day. Nothing much happens that we haven’t seen versions of b(...)

Just like that comedian: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper.Photograph: Robert Viglaskyâ

For decades the comedian Tommy Cooper was one of the most impersonated stars: a hoarse “just like that”, a shrug of the shoulders, the machine-gun (...)

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(...)