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?

The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel

Mental health documentaries made a big impact on your picks for the best Irish programme

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

Lucy Kennedy with Katie Hopkins, whose self-obsession has the all-consuming gravity of a black hole

TV Review: The loveable Lucy Kennedy tries living with the hateful Katie Hopkins

Dermot Bannon and construction manager Carol Smillie. The former gushes, while the latter refuses to provide the show with panic

Review: The architect’s latest programme, The Big Build, has lots of storeys but little drama

Nina Raine (seated front left) with director Oonagh Murphy (seated front right) and the cast of Tribes. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Nina Raine should know. Her father, a critic, once told her: `Your business is not to be worrying about people’s feelings. Because(...)

Owen Roe and Charlie Maher in ‘Melt’

There’s no other play quite like Rough Magic’s Melt right now

The Sin Eaters leans towards ‘a sense of female oppression, kept artificially vague’. Photograph: Graham Cooper

Anú’s latest show, which takes place in a clinical space, is impressive but not intimate

The cast of Belinda McKeon's new play 'Nora'.

Here's our recommendations for what to see over the next few weeks

James Franco plays both sides of the shackle as twin brothers Vincent, a responsible, enterprising bartender, and Frankie, a raging, destructive id

David Simon’s brilliantly made new drama about the rise of the US porn industry is not on a mission to titillate

Ollie West as ‘Hamnet’. Photograph: Ste Murray and Jason Booher

Ollie West, child star of ‘Hamnet’ at the Dublin Theatre Festival, says theatre is ‘kind of like PE’

Drop Dead Weird: life’s unfair, but having undead parents isn’t always the worst

TV review: RTÉ’s new comedy features Pauline McLynn, fart jokes and undead parents

Angeline Ball, Lisa Hogg and  Elaine Cassidy in Acceptable Risk

Acceptable Risk lays little on the line in this opening episode, but the plot could yet thicken

These Lights at the Dublin Fringe Festival

Culture Shock: The Fringe is getting bigger, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better

Robert Brown was convicted for murder in Manchester and served 25 years of a life sentence before the verdict was overturned

Freedom sometimes comes without liberation in new documentary ‘Fallout’

Broken Crow’s Levin and Levin.  Photograph: Marcin Lewandowski

Fleeing persecution, the Levin Brothers conceal their sex and identity, and grow into a vaudevillian act that wanders the world. T(...)

Birdy’s quest for a diva saviour at the Peacock

It’s the handover period between Dublin festivals this week as the Dublin Fringe Festival begins to wind up and the Dublin Theatre(...)

Lucy McCormick’s Triple Threat. Photograph: The Other Richard

When people believe in nothing, they may turn to showbiz, argues Lucy McCormick’s New Testament trash cabaret. But the bigger ques(...)

Gleeson seems undecided as to where his character is from so settles  for Naturalised American Irish Bear

Beneath the generic cat and mouse game is a picture of American masculinity and its fateful engine trouble

Siri made flesh: Detective Richard Madden and telepath Holliday Grainger, a psychic search engine

TV review: Another Philip K Dick adaptation, in this boom time for paranoia

The latest reviews including Birdy, Everything Now, Kicking All The Boxes, Raven Eyed and MDLSX

Not At Home

The latest show from the Dublin Fringe Festival

In the first instalment of the season, Pat Kenny  tackles the housing crisis in stark and personal terms, by imagining the people watching him.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Pat Kenny Show imagines the nation not as it could be, but as it is, an easily goaded, roiling mess

Sadly, for a community so unrepresented on the Irish stage, an inattentive production doesn’t make access any easier

The walls in this small, over-extended production are built on weak foundations

End of at the Dublin Fringe Festival

Here is our selection of the best shows opening this weekend, and the best productions still running that we've seen so far

Stunned by a  shop redesign, Kara Maher regards her reorganised rails with something like awe: ‘She’s just literally put options together’

It’s hard to say how seriously RTÉ’s new show is taking its fashionable subject

How did Richard Dormer’s agent not talk him out of playing the lead?

The gimmick in Rellik is to tell a detective story in reverse. It’s not too late to back out now

Conor O’Toole nails the countless sly cheats that journalists call professionalism

Fringe review: Enter the offices of The Dublin Correspondænt and bring your controversial opinions

From the Hollywoo hills: A scene from Bojack Horseman

The Netflix series, which has celebrity guests fighting for a place, is in it for the long run

Roth’s  own reflection will stare back at him like an inert Mr Hyde

Tin Star plays merry havoc with chronology and character, but to no real consequence

‘Listen carefully and you can hear  Mark and Jeremy  cackling’

Back review: The Peep Show duo are now a fully mature odd couple, prone to looking back, in Simon Blackwell's new comedy

Performances of Trophy are free but ticketed

This year’s fringe is packed with potential: here’s the ones we think will make the cut

‘I’m done with humble,’ says Caoilfhionn Dunne’s mercurial Katie, shrugging off the shackles of 1930s Ireland. ‘Didn’t I always know I have greatness in me.’

In 1930s rural Ireland, Katie Roche is a young woman with notions. In 2017, this revival of Teresa Deevy’s neglected classic has c(...)

Kris Nelson: In his time the Fringe Festival has become bigger. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Kris Nelson is cramming as much as possible into his final Dublin Fringe Festival

A Tribe Called Quest on the Main Stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

Hip-hop icons sound as fresh as ever on the Main Stage, while Bill Bailey tackles the DUP

The xx on the main stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

London trio seem slightly awed by Stradbally’s response

The Electric Picnic crowd showing their appreciation. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There’s room for growing up, but Super Silly provide a heady mix

The Red Bull Soundome before the EP masses descended. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A world first for EP: half a giant golf ball of sound

Pacho Herrera (a menacingly silken Alberto Ammann) is ruthlessly violent and out-and-proud in an immensely homophobic culture in Narcos

The drugs drama returns with true stories that beggar belief

Unquestionably good grooming on show with Hudson Taylor. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

A singalong. A handclap. Even a new song ‘Feel it Again’ sounds vigorously familiar

Caoilfhionn Dunne as Katie Roche, a Waterford woman of some importance

On the boards: Abbey stages 1936 play by the oft-neglected Teresa Deevy, and Stefanie Preissner directs Margaret McAuliffe’s one-w(...)

Caoilfhionn Dunne performs Katie as an otherworldly figure

For the Abbey’s new production of Teresa Deevy’s neglected classic, ‘Katie Roche’, the theatre turned to the trailblazing director(...)

Uta Frith watches her dubious interviews on a television in a London flat so swish it would send Patrick Bateman into a murderous envy

Uta Frith tries to come up with some answers based on some deeply alarming interviews

‘Have you ever considered learning how to lie?’ asks an exasperated Tyrion

Season finale: It’s the politics, cynicism and raw emotion that make this gripping TV

Eva O’Connor’s new show, The Friday Night Effect, co-authored by  Hildegard Ryan, asks its audience to intervene at regular, critical junctures

A new theatre show allows the audience to vote throughout. Would you make the right decisions?

Bleep, bloop, bash: the NYT cast in R.U.R.

To hell with humans; we’re on the terminators’ side, in NYT’s reboot of Karel Capek’s 1921 play

Alyssa Sutherland in The Mist

Bundling the gravity of sexual assault into the hokum of killer fog is a mistake

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