When Dermot Bannon reveals his plan to resistant Daniel and insistent  Majella O’Donnell, nobody seems pleased

The redesign of the O’Donnells’ house turns into a tussle between the titans of factual TV

Amy McAllister in ‘Scorch’, Stacey Gregg’s award-winning monologue piece. Photograph: Ciaran Bagnall

Stacey Gregg’s award-winning play about a teenager’s fraught search for identity and Grace Dyas’s new play about digging for truth(...)

Everything Sucks! will be on Netflix from Friday

Review: A high-school comedy set in 1996 gets the music right but changes the era’s tune

Andrew (Stephen Mangan) with his actual wife Kim (Heather Graham)

Review: Stephen Mangan’s character used to be indecisive but now he’s not so sure

Kevin, who after two pints runs over a cardboard cut-out of a child, with  instructor

TV Review: The Road Safety Authority is making serious points using silly methods

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Gráinne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A tragedy born of greedy matchmaking, a hesitant love affair barely whispered from the rooftop, and the situation of two work coll(...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy are exquisitely cast as Jock and Conor

Review: The hit Irish film is now a TV series, and its comedy has grown in confidence

New production of Osborne’s drama pulls down curtain on angry young man

Cathy Belton and Aisling O’Sullivan. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Mark O’Rowe’s new drama finds that people are the hardest things to solve

Matt Cooper (usually tieless but wearing one in this publicity shot) and Ivan Yates (vice versa) of the Tonight Show

With a fourth night added, even Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates might not have enough to say

Carmel and Billy Comer, who won £1.1 million in 1994.

Review: A documentary about Lotto winners suggests winning the big prize can cost you

Birds of a feather flock to the theatre this week

Pat Kenny looks haunted by the prospect of a hard border

Review: The first episode of a new series is limited by cliche and predictable politics

Genarro (left, played by Salvatore Esposito) has the gait of a rhinoceros and the hair of a premiership footballer, with his one-time associate Ciro (Marco D’Amore)

Review: The drama’s mafiosi rarely get a flash of personality – too busy killing or being killed

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Grainne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Image Ros Kavanagh

As materialism makes a comeback, Druid take another look at Sive and find there’s much left to discover

Alan Mahon and Josh Williams in If I Had Some More Cocaine I Could Show You I Love You. Photograph: Keith Dixon

Two young men get higher than they’ve ever been in John O’Donovan’s new play and wonder about how to come down

John Osborne: angry young man

John Osborne’s aggressive scourge Jimmy Porter is about to appear in the Gate

Look back in Anger opens at the Gate on February 1st

Osborne’s ‘Look back in Anger’ returns to the Gate, and a new work from Mark O’Rowe

Joanne McNally: never raises the subject of abortion, as though she doesn’t want to take on that responsibility

Comedian Joanne McNally is ‘80% certain’ that she doesn’t want to have children

RTÉ’s ‘One Day: How Ireland Eats’ was  a real and revealing portrait of a nation

We spend €20m a day on snacks, serve 3m portions of chicken, drink 15m cups of tea

Compromised superintendent Kevin Dunne played by Conor Mullen

Review: It would be a shame to wind down this expertly made, well written garda drama

Stephen Jones and Sarah Morris in Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Dublin Theatre Festival hit transfers to the Abbeywhile a young company sees if there’s new life in the Dublin monologue form

The second in a suite of three EPs from Glasgow’s elder statesmen of indie pop meanders between propulsive psychedelia and relentl(...)

Set against the Roman conquest of Britain, Britannia depicts warring, face-painted Celtic tribes in thrall to otherworldly druids, while Roman forces play politics. Photograph: Sky

At a time when Britain’s identity is in crisis, Britannia belatedly attempts to construct one

Lisa Tchenguiz, an Iranian heiress in her early 50s, to whom the years have been obsequiously kind, if love, alas, has not.

Review: These two jaw-dropping break-up stories would really be better off apart

Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani and Jack Davenport as Guy Harcourt in Next of Kin

The series’ strengths are its characters, its realism and its jagged street geography

George Lee is never one to knowingly accentuate the positive, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong

Making dire forecasts about Brexit and agribusiness, George Lee is in his element

If We Got More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at Project Arts Centre. Photograph: Claudia Marinaro

From the giddy highs to the worrying lows, or a rooftop to a grave, this week's theatre highlights span the course of a lifetime.

'Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards: judges Catriona Crowe, Ella Daly and Paula Shields. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After a year of crisis and new beginnings, the awards lay down a marker

Derry Girls. When you’re a teenager living in the shadow of the Troubles, life still goes on. Photograph: Channel 4

‘Derry Girls’ is a zippy comedy whose teen stars have bigger troubles than the Troubles

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: a particularly appropriate acquisition for the Irish-Canadian show’s fifth series

I know what happens next. They kidnap the Irish, send them to Iceland and create Bjork

Leigh might have been happier dating a mirror.

The show’s real magic is when a date turns into mutual loathing

Despite the brooding tone of Striking Out, its real identity is utterly weightless

The law drama is so style-conscious it often resembles an advertisement for itself

The Friday Night Effect, by Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan,  will be performed as part of First Fortnight festival. Photograph: Hildegard Ryan

Festival promoting mental health awareness returns with performances of comedy, audience interaction and survival

David Norris in one of the reception rooms of his restored Georgian home. Norris was the winner of Celebrity Home of the Year 2017. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Judging people’s homes has long been a national pastime – add a whiff of celebrity and judges lose the run of themselves

David Walliams, Jennifer Saunders and Tom Courtenay in Grandpa’s Great Escape. Photograph: BBC

David Walliam’s children’s story works like a memory game through the eyes of Generation X

 James Norton as Alex Godman in the BBC drama, McMafia. Photograph: Nick Wall/BBC/PA Wire

Lavishly-made crime thriller takes in political intrigue, high finance and human trafficking

The Young Offenders

Ring out (or recommission) the old; ring in the new: here’s what to stay tuned for in the new year

Now that many of its worries have come to pass – politics overrun by sniggering populism, invasive surveillance run amok, citizens ranked by social media – how is Black Mirror supposed to keep up?

Now that some of its more fearful prophecies have come to pass, an uneven new series suggests ways to fight back

Audience participation might horrify some, but at Christmas we call it pantomime. Beauty and the Beast, Everyman Theatre, Cork. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Some nicknames stick forever, just ask the stars of this week’s stage. Remember to wash your hands though

Eli and Oscar in ‘Let the Right One In’

In this weeks’s theatre, a frightful creature becomes a useful friend, an old fable is laced up to fit new times, and one eccentri(...)

Pray for Baz

Can Baz Ashmawy blag his way into the pope’s inner circle?

U2 at Abbey Road, never getting old, always the same. Photograph: Guy Levy

U2 try to seem humble in this interview featuring the modest travel habits of Everybono

Mickey (Mark Gatiss), Pauline (Steve Pemberton), and Ross (Reece Shearsmith) in 'The League of Gentlemen'. Photograph: James Stack/BBC

As Royston Vasey slips off the map, the country around it is sliding into nowhere

Tunnel: Vengeance (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm), which, with similarly potent symbolism, will be the third and last series of the Franco-British collaboration.

Can we trace the current fracture in international relations right back to a single television show?

Alison Spittle’s breakout RTÉ comedy “Nowhere Fast”.

Voters and Ticket critics come together in a revealingly sloshy meeting of minds

Rapunzel in the Gaiety includes seasoned panto dame Joe Conlan and fresh-faced Ciara Lyons in the title role

It’s a time for hardy endurance and miraculous returns this week

Piers Morgan makes a  hideous, supercilious self-justification for the  base exploitation of his interview with Mark Riebe

In an interview conducted between a suspected serial killer and a suspected journalist neither comes out well

Dermot Bannon

TV Review: The architect's trip to New York seems to go straight to his head

“I know people who eat this stuff,” Clarkson  says bitterly over a piece of lettuce. “They’re called women”

Clarkson is jowlier, May is puffier, and Hammond looks clenched and constipated

Matt Smith as  Philip and Claire Foy as  Elizabeth in The Crown

In a regally absorbing new series queen Elizabeth II prepares to spend the rest of her life on television

The Red Shoes entertains the fairytale and still dances away from it. Photograph: Ste Murray  

In the Gate’s dark Christmas spectacle, a bold retelling tries on an old fairytale for size

There are countless versions of Cinderella, stretching back to the earliest reaches of civilisation.

Remembering ‘The Simpsons’ as a dark comedy with serious heft, keeping a seasonal Dickens classic warm with cheer, and recalling C(...)

Gabriel Byrne and Ralph Fiennes in ‘My Astonishing Self’

In ‘My Astonishing Self’, the actor follows shyly in Shaw’s footsteps. But what draws GB to GBS?

Nuance is not Charlie Bird’s strong point in his latest TV outing.

TV Review: RTÉ’s retired reporter brings a blunt approach to historical stories

There are enough bright ideas and creative talent in Mr Burns to keep the lights flaring

Anne Washburn’s wackily serious play imagines the survivors of a nuclear holocaust struggling to remember Simpsons episodes by the(...)

This charmingly vintage world becomes swiftly populated with amusingly quirky characters through gleefully imaginative episodes

Theatre Lovett have created a delightful comedy about loss and self-reliance

It’s hard to think of a show that chimed as much with the moment as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Stephanie Dufresne stars in ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph: Nick-Dastoor

Theatre Lovett ’s ‘They Called Her Vivaldi’ is at the Peacock and and a new play ‘Philip St John’ opens

Mia Farrell from Bluebell in Dublin demonstrating toys with presenter Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Andres Poveda

TV review: The children grow up before our eyes, while Tubridy lets himself be a kid

Meritt Wever and Michelle Dockery in ‘Godless’

A ruthless gunslinger discovers his limits in the meandering new western miniseries

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Abbey Theatre’s directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray on their second programme, forging new collaborations and looking for(...)

Katie Honan  as Eli and Craig Connolly as Oskar in ‘Let the Right One In’ at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

John Tiffany is the genial man behind the Abbey’s ‘Let the Right One In’, is also the most sought-after director in the world

Craig Connolly (Oskar) and Katie Honan (Eli) in Let the Right One In at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh.

The West End hit at the Abbey hovers somewhere between fairy tale and horror story

Dubliners Women: the appetite for Joyce’s fiction transplanted to other media has not diminished.

Murfi keeps travelling in The Man in Woman’s Shoes and women in the second World War

Moonfish Theatre’s ‘Star of the Sea’ continues its own voyage, following its 2014 debut at the Galway Arts Festival

Vampires, voyages and new beginnings on the Irish stage

‘AI threatens to transform how we all live our lives,’ says Tomchak, perhaps one of the last of a generation of tech sceptics

Anne-Marie Tomchak brings a reassuringly human touch to this wide-ranging documentary

Clare Monnelly, as an aggressively direct friend Mary, Alison Spittle as Angela and  Genevieve Hulme-Beaman as the nicely awkward Brid in Nowhere Fast

Nowhere Fast stars Alison Spittle as Angela, a young woman in a downward spiral

Howards End, which stars Hayley Atwell as a  beautifully played Margaret, who can say, ‘I am really distressed that he had no tea’

Forster’s dodgy narration is dumped but the plot remains fully loaded

This Beach, an acerbic satire revived from its last outing at the 2016 Dublin Fringe Festival

This week’s theatre highlights all involve stories that need to be heard, and those who are either literally and figuratively deaf(...)

From left, Philippa Dunne, Diane Morgan, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Paul Ready and Lucy Punch in Motherland. Photograph: Colin Hutton

With the parentage of writers Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh, Motherland has great comic genes

'Róisín Murphy must act as an architect, designer and grief counsellor.'

'Desperate Houses' is at war with the messy accumulation some of us call ‘life’

Joan and Pierce Butler tell their story on 'Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage'.

Review: RTÉ profiles couples held together by unflagging support and comic schtick

Orchestral dance music: Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen

Opposites attract in the cerebral but keenly felt minimalism of this electronic duo

Phelim Drew in ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ at Wexford Arts Centre

Looking forwards, looking backwards and looking up – here’s what’s on view

Vincent Hanley on 'Live Aid for Africa' (1985)

In a drab 1980s Ireland, music presenter Vincent Hanley brought back the promise of something more fabulous

Lucianne McEvoy (Hermione) in What Put the Blood. Photograph: Pat Redmond

If there really is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other, Andromaque and Hermione have found it

Eoghan McDermott’s  biker jacket in Generation What? seems a more honest choice than a lab coat

A sociological survey of European Millennials wants to know all about sex but nothing about what happens after

‘Sallynoggin was her Vietnam,’ Ross says of his mother, recalling his own bitter brushes with social prejudice. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Postcards From The Ledge review: OMG – are those like actual feelings Ross O'Carroll-Kelly is having?

 Two male kobudai fighting. When a female kobudai reaches a certain size and age she can turn into a male. Photograph: Tony Wu/BBC

Nothing fazes David Attenborough but for anyone else, Blue Planet II is an inspiring and humbling education

Stranger Things 2: There must be some kind of way out of here . . .

The Duffer Brothers are growing nostalgic even for themselves

New Zealand comedian Penny Ashton whose show – Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical –  runs in Tralee, Kilmallock, Nenagh and Limerick in November

Jane Austen one-women musical is staged with lashings of sharp wit and loving irony

Inhumans stars  Anson Mount and Serinda Swan, whose surnames combined sound like something Zeus would try at his absolute worst

Review: Here are the scrapings from the bottom of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Anyone for Dungeons & Dragons?

Ahead of the return of the Netflix hit, here’s how we left things in the town of Hawkins

Anyone for torture? BBC’s Gunpowder

TV review: The Guy Fawkes story is simplified and stretched. Sparks do not fly

They Called Her Vivaldi

Imaginative new spins on old concerns take the stages this week

‘Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge’, where panellists  bloviate entertainingly about the news of the day on live television. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge review: He’s a shrewd interviewer, but this week’s programme gets trivial quickly

Peter Kelly, or Franc, who is rewarded for presenting the show with a 30-minute advertisement for his business

TV review: If only the show went deeper, the family dynamics would be fascinating to watch

Jospehine is casually undermined by patriarchal systems and  experiences daily intrusions palmed off as innocuous assistance

In Stacey Gregg’s new play, the forces that push us around are creatures of our own creation

Dr Sinead McArdle, a consultant in emergency medicine in the Mater Hospital

RTÉ’s fly-on-the-car-crash documentary is a study of composure under pressure

Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne have collaborated on Rapids

The HIV infection rate in Ireland is twice the European average, thanks to shame and silence

Junk Ensemble and Tom Clonan perform Soldier Still at the Mac, Belfast

The Dublin Theatre Festival closes with a swirl of music and dance performances

Set designer Francis O’Connor with his model box in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre as the set is constructed for Druid’s production of King of the Castle. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The renowned designer and frequent Druid collaborator Francis O’Connor onthe subtle art of stage design

Louis Theroux is back in teh US for his new series,  Dark States.  Photograph: Freddie Claire

Misery is like heroin in Louis Theroux’s new documentary: cheap, plentiful and easily available

The engaging Damsin Idris as Franklin Saint in  Snowfall

The first hit of Snowfall goes straight for the glamour. The comedown can’t be far away

Clare Dunne (Sylvia), Alex Kowak (Billy) and Fiona Bell (Beth) in Tribes at the Gate Theatre

Everybody is talking but nobody is listening in Nina Raine’s intelligent, furious play

Donal Gallery (Policeman) and David Pearse (Leopold Bloom) in James Joyce’s Ulysses, adapted by Dermot Bolger, at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The sprawling, shape-shifting puzzle of Ulysses here becomes a series of theatrical parlour games

“Like, is it a brilliant ovary?” Vogue asks  her fertility specialist, during a personal examination, as though seeking top marks

Vogue Williams will say anything to anybody. Who knows what could happen if she turned her attention to politics

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