Illustration: Alan Clarke

A lot of things have been said – and possibly written, for all I know – about the influence of television on the minds of, like, impressionable chi(...)

Power broker: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Pare it back and it’s the oldest story of all: power, loyalty and betrayal, the rise of a man from humble beginnings to the top table. Charlie, obviou(...)

Death becomes them: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’

Watching Broadchurch (TV3, Monday) after the first part of RTÉ’s Charles Haughey trilogy was like stepping out of the theatre and into fresh air. (...)

Double act: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in ‘Charlie’ 2:11

Many of his contemporaries were put out to political pasture, but PJ Mara, the late Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, has not only survived. H(...)

PJ Mara: “I think for somebody of my generation it’s probably interesting”. 2:11

PJ Mara, Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, was not one of the 724,000 viewers who watched the first episode of the Charlie trilogy, screened (...)

The Fianna Fáil leader  Charles Haughey, acknowledges the applause after his address to the party’s ard-fheis. Photograph: Paddy Whelan 2:11

Charles Haughey was a politician possessed of enormous talents and fatal flaws, whose impact for good and evil on Irish society is still a matter o(...)

Pat Kenny on the road with Ulster rugby player Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Talk about setting the tone. There were no New Year’s Day fireworks or giddy studio shenanigans for yesterday’s launch of UTV Ireland. It kicked off w(...)

The RTÉ drama stars Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey. He is one of a number of present or former members of the ‘Love/Hate’ cast in the drama. 2:11

RTÉ has unveiled details of its three-part drama about the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey which will be broadcast in the New Year. Charlie fe(...)

The end of Nidge? Tom Vaughan Lawlor  is seeing playing the lead character in the final episode of series five.

A sixth series of Love/Hate is in development but it will not be broadcast next year, according to RTÉ Television’s Head of Drama. Jane Gogan said a s(...)

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(...)