The new Netflix show sends one person on five identically structured dates

Cyclists versus the motorists: RTÉ’s Now You See Me is about achieving better visibility, from both perspectives.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Review: In RTÉ’s new road safety magazine show, do cyclists or motorists have to give an inch?

The Umbrella Academy: mixed-up superheroes

Review: The Netflix show is too mature for kids and too juvenile for grown ups

Death quickly becomes an inconvenience in Russian Doll. Photograph: Netflix

With echoes of Groundhog Day, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland’s sublime comedy is anyting but ordinary

Tommy died suddenly nine days later after leaving the Midlands Prison

Jail is meant to be rehabilitative, but this is nobody’s idea of a recovery programme

Glasgow Girls: it could be unbearably earnest were it not for the Glaswegian duty to be gruffly unsentimental

In this galvanising take on a true story about Scottish teenagers who stood up for an asylum-seeking friend, you have to park your(...)

‘I honestly don’t get it,’ Kahlifa says when asked to wear a flowing, form-concealing garment

Basma Kahlifa’s personal documentary for BBC starts slowly and ends in a panicked exit

Heather: Dermot Magennis and Aenne Barr in Thomas Eccleshare’s two-hander

A timely production of Thomas Eccleshare’s two-hander tries to separate an author’s successful fiction from the writer’s darker un(...)

The documentary concentrates on the years between 1965, when David Jones reinvented himself as David Bowie, and 1972, when David Bowie reinvented himself as Ziggy Stardust.

Review: ‘Finding Fame’ doc says Bowie spent his life trying to win his mother’s approval

Catherine Walsh as Kate and Norma Sheahan as Eileen in the Gaiety Theatre’s major new production ofMartin McDonagh s The Cripple of Inishmaan.  Photograph: Pat Redmond

Martin McDonagh’s scabrous comedy at the Gaiety; stirring Glasgow Girls musical at the Abbey is timely for more than one reason

Political run: Leo Varadkar jogging with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in Phoenix Park, in Dublin, in 2017. Photograph: Leo Varadkar/Twitter

Review: The Taoiseach takes a metabolic age test, but questions the science behind the result

Training Teachers to Kill: ‘Are we the good people?’

The documentary ‘Training Teachers to Kill’ deftly probes a vexed issue for US schools

Young IRA men during the Irish War of Independence

Review: RTÉ’s War of Independence documentary tells us who we are, and who we were

Rapids: Shaun Dunne’s bracing documentary about HIV in Ireland

Look out for ‘Rapids’, about life with HIV by Shaun Dunne, and the Abbey’s 24-hour plays

Bishop Edward Daly carries a blood stained handkerchief ahead of the body of Jack Duddy, who was shot dead in Derry on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Stanley Matchett

RTÉ doc compares the chroniclers of the Troubles to accidental war photographers

C4 drama struggles to depict its heroine’s obsession with ‘sex that gets you arrested’

The Cripple of Inishmaan: Jamie Lee O’Donnell as Slippy Helen and Ian O’Reilly as Bartley. Photograph: Pat Redmond

This new production of Martin McDonagh’s comedy is wise not to play it straight

Poor David. Photograph:  Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Review: ‘Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil’ explores how Britain got into this mess

Donal O’Kelly returns to Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son

Donal O’Kelly returns to ‘Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son’, 30 years after its debut. Doireann Coady continues to count the days si(...)

‘Dying a happy death, that’s what I’ll be praying for, says John

‘I’m gutted I won’t be able to see this,’ John tells Horizon’s programme on facing death

Protestors outside RTÉ against the inclusion of Graham Linehan in the ‘Prime Time’ Generation Gender report

TV Review: Contributions of ‘Fr Ted’ writer Graham Linehan are ‘fantastically off-topic’

An official photo shows President Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky at the White House on November 17th, 1995

The Clinton Affair: Two decades later, we are reminded of the extraordinary power imbalance

Tonight with Donny Stixx: Rex Ryan in Philip Ridley’s play

Philip Ridley’s Tonight with Donny Stixx and Dark Vanilla Jungle feature media monsters

An investigation of the UK’s low-accountability, multibillion-pound food-delivery industry

‘How Ireland Cleans Up’ shows us the grey mountains of junk we don’t like to think about

True Detective season three: The disappearance of a young Arkansas boy and his sister triggers vivid memories and enduring questions for retired detective Wayne Hays, who worked the case 35 years ago with his then-partner Roland West

Review: The knotty-noir series is back, and so is the philoso-waffle of season one

The Ridleys features a fame-hungry magician ready to perform shocking acts

Kate Stanley Brennan revives her solo show while Theatre Upstairs brings its pitch-dark sensibilities to the stage

Catastrophe: Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. Photograph: Mark Johnson/Channel 4

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s comedy, back for its last series, is still a manual for life

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings in Brexit: The Uncivil War. Photograph: Nick Wall/Channel 4

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a political tragicomedy with the verve of a tech thriller

Brian Gleeson in RTÉ’s new  drama Resistance

Review: The sequel to RTÉ’s ambitious ‘Rebellion’ take liberties – but it’s a drama, not a history lesson

Hue and Cry at Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

One woman reflects on caring for her mother; two long estranged friends deal with grief

Rufus Norris at a rehearsal of Macbeth in the Royal National Theatre London

The National Theatre’s outward-looking director has had to contend with an increasingly inward-looking Britain

Island of Dreams: Harry Enfield as Richard Branson. Photograph: BBC/Ray Burmiston

Despite an easy target like Richard Branson, the impressions capture little and send up less – and the jokes are hopelessly weak

Writer John Boyne in his Rathfarnham home which won the Celebrity Home of the Year 2019 title. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There’s no accounting for taste on ‘Celebrity Home of the Year’ – and no easy way to defend the judging

Idris Elba returns as the brooding, renegade cop John Luther

Review: Idris Elba’s brooding bobbie is back with gross-out horror and comic-book peril

 The leading players of the Tivoli’s Snow White and the Adventures of Sammy Sausages and Buffy

The Tivoli’s Snow White, and Gaeity’s Snow Queen are fabulously reworked classics

Crumbs from the table: Dinner in Mulberry Street is at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

‘Thirst (and Other Bits of Flann)’ draws from ‘The Dalkey Archive’ and other stories

Bruce Springsteen performs in ‘Springsteen on Broadway,’ his solo concert run at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Review: Some will find his rhapsodies to the power of rock’n’roll a little hard to swallow

Thirst (and Other Bits of Flann): a very merry, nostalgic study in character

This directorless sampling of Flann O’Brien ends up looking like an actors’ lock-in

The Long Song is told from the perspective of July (Tamara Lawrence), a young house slave, conceived by rape and stolen from her mother.

TV Review: BBC’s adaptation of Andrea Levy’s historical novel has some riveting tangles

The victorious Coneys, four boys and their mother, who celebrated her 60th birthday on the day of the final

TV review: Watching four people shove a log up a ramp is even less exciting than it sounds

Steroids, like addictive substances, enslave the user

‘RTÉ Investigates – Steroid Ireland’ leaves no stone unturned, no kilo unburned

Come from Away: The Broadway musical makes its European debut at the Abbey

Much to admire in the musical about travellers stranded in Newfoundland on 9/11

Hits of 2018: Cant's Cope Won't Cope, Finding Joy, Taken Down, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip,   Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me and  Young Offenders

The Year in Review: Young Offenders and Red Rock among our television favourites

Taken Down was divided between its female leads, a wooden Lynn Rafferty and a magnificent Aïssa Maïga

Series finale review: RTÉ’s drama opened our eyes to an ugly Ireland we ordinarily never see

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defines job as ‘chairman and CEO of the organisation’

If you imagine Varadkar as too corporate, Ryan Tubridy’s interview won’t change your mind

Centre stage: The Lost O’Casey, Asking for It, Ruth Negga in Hamlet, Tara Flynn, and Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Year in Culture Review: Feelings of rage, injustice, grief and – hopefully – healing pervaded theatre

Come From Away deserves a warm welcome at the Abbey

The stirring musical inspired by events in Newfoundland after 9/11 is a feelgood success

Wayne Kirwin and Charlene Davis: Their situation is far beyond their control

RTÉ’s ‘Land of Hope and Homeless’ depicted a housing crisis even worse than we imagined

Fr Tony Coote: Characteristically good humoured and alert to human nature

TV Review: The motor neurone disease patient is that rare thing: a widely respected priest

Walsh chronicles several turbulent decades of progress and setbacks in his solo show

Mrs Wilson: Ruth Wilson in the period drama about her own family’s history

TV review: Mrs Wilson delves into story of pretence and betrayal

The luminescent Ann Skelly plays Beth Williams, Catholic daughter of a Protestant quarry-owner, while Jamie Dornan plays the dishy labourer Liam Ward

Dripping with breathless desire, ‘Death and Nightingales’ offers a tense vision of Ireland

56-year-old artist Patrick Maguire: Prison killed the child he once was

The shameful story of the Maguire family doesn’t need the hard sell the BBC gives it

The spinning gods of desire and anger: Daithí Mac Suibhne  in Hero, by Ken Rogan, directed by Amilia Stewart, at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

Theatre highlights: DJ turned activist Tonie Walsh introduces himself to the theatre; while Ken Rogan’s inspired debut play tells (...)

Kinevane’s performance works like a spell, with the intimate rapport of a responsive solo show

Review: The latest solo show from Pat Kinevane takes inspiration from both the bible and the musical. Which does it believe in mor(...)

‘The Big Picture: A Woman’s World’ featured a live discussion co-presented by Miriam O’Callaghan and Brendan Courtney

Judging by the studio discussion in RTÉ’s ‘A Woman’s World’, change can’t come soon enough

Ainie Grainger and her Mum, Priscilla Grainger. Both domestic violence survivors, they told their story in Tabú: Ag Teacht Slán on TG4

Review: TG4’s ‘Tabú’ estimates that 300,000 Irish people have suffered abuse from a partner

Hero: Daithí Mac Suibhne is absorbing as John Smithy, whose name slyly puts him somewhere between Everyman and a nobody

The hero of Ken Rogan’s excellent debut is a warrior on the pitch but lost at sea in matters of the heart

Woman Undone: a familiar trajectory of abuse, self-medication, self-harm and, eventually, recovery

The singer’s unconventional collaboration with Brokentalkers makes an unsettling art of suffering

Paranoid, belligerent Tony Martin, played by Steve Pemberton

TV review: ‘The Interrogation of Tony Martin’ explores a shooting in Norfolk

“I’ve never done it with a girl before,” Dec Donnelly says to new co-host Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby – Ant McPartlin’s replacement for series 18 – is not allowed to be funny

The Gate becomes Gatsby Mansion again in this fluid F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation

Growing Up, Live: Angela Scanlon is so quick-witted and unflappable that she ought to be the subject of further study

Review: The Science Week show crosses earnest education with magazine-show ebullience

Vindicated: Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine, and Katie Hannon of RTÉ in Whistleblower

Whistleblower review: This darkly enthralling story really is one of good versus bad

Garda whistleblower: Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Whistleblower review: Airing garda’s clean laundry in public makes his goodness hard to relate to

Lauren Coe as Emma in Landmark Productions and the Everyman world premiere production of Asking for It by Louise O Neill. Photograph: Hugh O Conor

Looking out for one another: Stage highlights take dispiriting look at blame, victimhood and apathy in society, and wonder about h(...)

A Woman’s Place: Noel Murphy’s portrait of the 53 women serving in the Oireachtas also includes Constance Markievicz, the first woman elected to Westminster and Dáil Éireann

In RTÉ’s documentary, a male artist and a male journalist peer at women politicians

Brendan Courtney and his mother Nuala in We Need to Talk about Mam. Photograph: RTE

Review: He was supposed to be discussing his ageing mother’s life, but ended up dealing with his

The School Days of Thaddeus K: the name of Blue Raincoat’s protagonist recalls the Polish director Tadeusz Kantor, whose seminal 1975 work The Dead Class made school a living hell

Blue Raincoat use puppetry to evoke the fragility of a young boy’s hellish education

Double Cross: Ian Toner in this Abbey-Lyric coproduction

Ian Toner plays both William Joyce and Brendan Bracken under Jimmy Fay’s direction

Aïssa Maïga plays the stoic Abeni Bankole in Taken Down

Review: A sombre tale of desperate lives from Jo Spain and ‘Love/Hate’ creator Stuart Carolan

Rough Magic’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ features iconography of a modern Ireland

Prime Time’s presidential debate: moderator David McCullagh with Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Seán Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Prime Time’s presidential debate had no winners – and the big losers were its viewers

What is gained by reporting carnage in such minuscule, exhaustive detail – the severed feet, missing eyes?

Review: BBC’s programme about a 1993 Belfast bomb wallows in horrific detail

GAA star Philly McMahon with late brother John

‘I’d give up all my All-Irelands to have him back,’ says Philly McMahon of John

Brian Gleeson and Desiree Akhavan: Relationship strictly platonic

Brian Gleeson is the straight man in a sex comedy set among millennial Londoners

In the 1980s, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis and Simon Groom presented Blue Peter. Image: BBC

Review: The 60th anniversary programme shows it’s still based Best-of-British principles

Dublin Theatre Festival: Strangers spill personal anecdotes in Nicoline van Harskamp’s essayistic performance piece

Eileen Walsh, Kerry Condon, and  Nina Sosanya in ‘Women on the Verge’

Did you sleep with more than two women during our break-up, she asks. ‘In a good week, yeah,” he replies

Rathmines Road: Janet Moran, Charlie Bonner, Karen Ardiff, Enda Oates and Rebecca Root in Deirdre Kinahan’s play. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Dublin Theatre Festival: A secret survivor of sexual assault encounters her rapist years later

“I’m a big narcissist. I’m in every scene.” Amy Huberman during filming of Finding Joy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review: ‘Finding Joy’ adds a dollop of Sarah Silverman and Sharon Horgan to RTÉ comedy

The End of Eddy: Kwaku Mills and Alex Austin share their role, their faces representing other characters – Eddy’s aggressive father, his bitter mother – on four television screens

Dublin Theatre Festival: Kwaku Mills and Alex Austin are engaging as Édouard Louis’s autobiographical character

The M House: using a spindly boxy frame, the cast literally hold M House together, where the powers that be would rather see them stewing in daytime TV than dancing

Dublin Theatre Festival: Authority, in Equinox’s witty play, is like a vertiginous ladder – there’s always someone on a higher run(...)

Carolina Main is admirably understated, Adrian Dunbar as thick-set and comforting as an oak tree

TV Review: The excellent Carolina Main is just one of several reasons to watch ‘Blood’

The Fever: this house party with a twist is hosted by New York company 600 Highwaymen as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

‘The Fever’ pulls the audience into the action and The End of Eddy pulls few punches

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf photographed by Joan Marcus

Dublin Theatre Festival: An acerbic, postmodern riff on Edward Albee’s classic

 This Crowded House Series 2, Episode 1 Brendan Courtney with Denise, Fred and family

Review: ‘This Crowded House’ starts as a jaunty property show, but things soon get grim

The Patient Gloria: Gina Moxley’s play doesn’t feel like a breakthrough

Dublin Theatre Festival: Gina Moxley restages Gloria Szymanski’s 1965 interviews with three therapists

The Lost O’Casey: Gillian McCarthy as the radically reconceived Polly Pender. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Dublin Theatre Festival: Anu’s immersive production sends characters and audience spinning through a disappearing city

Fantasia: TR Warszawa’s production invites the audience to see things differently. Photograph: Magda Hueckel

Dublin Theatre Festival: Is Polish theatre retreating from political engagement? Anna Karasinska’s deceptively simple production t(...)

Peter Casey; Liadh Ní Riada; Joan Freeman and Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Arguably the most enthusiastic contributor to ‘Claire Byrne Live’ is cut off by an ad break

Bertie Ahern in 1991. Photo: Getty Images).

Review: Programme reveals painful splits in the branches of Bertie Ahern’s family tree

Liv O’Donoghue in The Patient Gloria

Two new productions at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival re-examine old art works

Hamlet: Ruth Negga with Peter Gaynor and Mark Huberman in the Gate production. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin Theatre Festival: Yaël Farber hones play’s divisions into survey of allies and enemies

DruidShakespeare: Richard III – Siobhán Cullen with Aaron Monaghan as the king. Photograph: Robbie Jack

Garry Hynes’s production is like a horror show seen through a haze of laughing gas

The Flu That Killed 50 Million: at the US army base where the virus mutated, rows of white sickbeds stretch out like tombstones. Photograph: US Naval History & Heritage Command/BBC

Review: ‘The Flu That Killed 50 Million’ is a riveting chronicle of the 1918 pandemic

Ruth Negga: Yaël Farber first encountered the actor in her role in Loving

South Africa’s Yaël Farber, who cast Ruth Negga, is accustomed to fresh perspectives

The Bailout: Denis Conway as Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Colin Murphy’s TV version of his play Bailed Out!

Review: Colin Murphy’s politicians try to get their heads around an €85bn disaster

Cary Fukunaga’s thriller suggests a society unnervingly similar to our own

Review: If you liked Black Mirror, you might enjoy this time-warped Netflix thriller

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