Majella reminds a chummy O’Connor of his cutting remarks about her husband. Photograph: Andres Poveda

TV Review: Presenter Brendan O’Connor is outmanoeuvred by his chat show guest

Don Wycherley, My Real Life, Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin

Michael West’s Frankenstein adaption and a Wexford man without promise of a future

Kirstie Alley enters the house during the Celebrity Big Brother Launch Night at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

The fame-hungry are desperate enough to take part, and we’re desperate enough watch them

Miriam O’Callaghan journeys to Derry, Alabama and Washington

RTÉ’s documentary about the 1968 protests is part history show, part personal journey

The young lovers defy their wheezing elders in both deed and fashion sense, subverting berets and army camouflage with insurgent colours and punk tartan

Review: Lynne Parker directs an Irish take on Shakespeare at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mullered and Skullit: Liam Carney and Phillip Judge in Two Pints

Pat Shortt stars in the second of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy; Roddy Doyle’s barfly banter gets a human face with Liam Carne(...)

Mangan uses his pulling power to create several whipsmart celebrity cameos

In Channel 4’s ‘Hang-Ups’, Stephen Mangan plays a therapist who takes his practice online

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ documents his tireless, transatlantic efforts

Rough Magic’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rough Magic’s high-voltage staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream addresses climate change, while Jim Cartwright’s ‘Two’ is more tha(...)

Lynne Parker: “Mischief is a really big part of theatre-making. Once you get pious and restricted you’re not going to have the fluidity that you need.”

Rough Magic is recharging itself with a new young company and an electrifying take on Shakespeare

Keep it in the famly:  Brian Cox as Logan Roy in Succession. Photograph: HBO

The new show from ‘The Thick of It’ writer Jesse Armstrong focuses on viscious in-fighting of a media moguil’s family

The Game – The Story of Hurling: “Nobody owns hurling. Hurling just lives.”

Review: With so much ground to cover, an epic three-part documentary on hurling moves at breakneck pace

The cast of Jimmy’s Hall visiting the site of the original hall and the ruin of Jimmy Gralton’s home in Effrinagh, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Abbey brings the insurgent story of Jimmy Gralton back to the stage for another knees-up

 Robin Williams:  always reaching out for that ‘little extra hug you can only get from strangers’

Review: Robin Williams: the death of the comic overshadows this poignant documentary like a stone

Boy George appears in ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  Photograph: Stephen Perry

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ review: Tragedy for singer’s ancestors in early 20th-century Ireland

How to Get Rich Quick: the unexpected lessons of Dave Fishwick’s show are in the art of being extremely frugal. Photograph: Channel4

Review: Self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick offers trite advice in new Channel4 series

Francis Brennan: blending right in on Grand Tour of South Africa. Photograph: RTE

Review: ‘Grand Tour of South Africa’ is bewilderingly fond of jokey cheesy tourism gestures

Brink Prodcutions of The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is  at Black Box Theatre, from July 23rd to 28th

Flight witnesses an epic struggle staged in miniature, while an immersive performance invites us to share the scorched earth of Pa(...)

WTF: Gordon Ramsay with chef Louis Cilento. Photograph: Channel 4

24 Hours to Hell and Back review : The restaurant needed a saviour. Instead it got Ramsay in a fake moustache

Stanley Townsend in Incanttata. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Incantata review: the staging of Paul Muldoon’s elegy for a lover and a fellow artist is grief as an artform

Shelter review: History repeats itself in Cristin Kehoe’s admirably understated drama set in modern Dublin

RTÉ’s documentary is as much about coping with neurological disorders as treating them

“What Facebook has learned is that the people on the extremes are the really valuable ones,” says Roger McNamee, an early investor.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Review: ‘Secrets of the Social Network’ undercover investigation exposes Facebook’s Dublin content review unit

Writer Sonya Kelly: irony and insight. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The performers in Kelly’s new comedy about people and things, say their lines with wit and only occasionally bump into the furnitu(...)

Philip McDonald in Foyle Punt: “They say bigger’s better... Stick with what you know.” Photograph: Donal Glackin

‘Foyle Punt’ review: Allow The Local Group to introduce you to a boat, the Foyle Punt, everything it stands for and what it may be(...)

Phillip McMahon and Rachel O’Riordan’s  new play, ‘Come on Home’, runs in the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage  from July 13th to August 4th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Writer Phillip McMahon and director Rachel O’Riordan on making a play inspired by a hidden community of gay priests

Foyle Punt is inspired by and written with the Donegal boat builder Philip McDonald

Druid premieres two original works while a new company take their maiden voyage with Foyle’s Punt

Presenter Anne Cassin couldn’t have seemed more enthusiastic

For 25 years it has broadcast competent, ephemeral TV – whether we’re watching or not

Picrock

‘I don’t want to be elegant,’ complains one of the girls. Nor, admirably, does the show

The cast during rehearsals of Paul Howard’s ‘Copper Face Jacks’ in the Olympia Treatre, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw  Copper Face Jacks: The Musical: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review: The gags that sustain the show are the racial differences between jackeens and culchies

Amy Adams as journalist Camille Preaker in ‘Sharp Objects’. Photograph: HBO

Review: This adaptation of ‘Gone Girl’ author Gillian Flynn’s novel is pure American Gothic

Phelim Drew in Joxer Daly Esq  Phelim Drew in Joxer Daly Esq at Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Joxer Daly gets a solo show and promenade plays in the Botanic Gardens

TV Review: Donegal’s Amybeth McNulty plays the lead in series 2 of the Netflix drama

Denis O’Brien: The Story So Far:  David Murphy’s RTÉ documentary touched on the businessman’s immense philanthropic work rebuilding infrastructure in a battered Haiti. Photograph: Antonio Bolfo/Getty

Review: O’Brien owns a big chunk of the media, and often seems to be suing the rest

A story of three mothers who turn to armed robbery to solve their problems

The Netflix drama starring Christina Hendricks ‘has all the gravity of Barney the Dinosaur’

Writer Sonya Kelly: 'I’ve always been so seduced by beautiful dialogue.' Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Furniture’, Sonya Kelly’s new play for Druid, is a wickedly smart relationship comedy

Ciarán Bermingham and Cora Fenton star in ’Fred and Alice’

Ulysses in the Abbey; Fred and Alice in the Viking Theatre, Clontarf

Sharon: despeartely trying to get her act together

Review: A new multiple-role-play comedy features so many characters it’s a wonder it didn’t think to give one to its protagonist

The Affair: The irrational, compromising, downright delusional qualities of desire will always be riveting to watch

We thought it was over between us, but Sky Atlantic has rekindled its infidelity drama

Chefs Catherine Fulvio, Derry Clarke and Paul Flynn snip at each other constantly, but seem to get on like a Tudor house on fire

The culinary history programme has great ingredients, but they are rarely well served

The Snapper has been brought to the stage. But, with the benefit of hindsight, what can the stage bring to The Snapper?

The Fourth Estate is a reassuring glamorisation of the tough talk of news media.  Everyone is underslept and under pressure. Leads get spiked, sources get protected

Review: This riveting All-the-Presidents-Men-style documentary ultimately plays Trump’s game

Catherine Corless follows the harrowing history of Julia Devaney, confined in Tuam Mother and Baby Home for most of her life.   Photograph:  Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Lavinia Kerwick and Catherine Corless among presenters of RTÉ’s sprawling documentary

This dumping degrades the earth, poisons the groundwater, runs into the river and the sea, causing problems for generations

Review: Our waste management companies are cleaning up, but not in the way they should be

Lauren Coe is excellent as  Emma in  ‘Asking for It’. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

This gruelling adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel is alarming for good reason

“What is fatherhood, exactly? What does it mean to have a son? Why does the word ‘dad’ seem to ruin everything as a prefix, from jokes to rock?”

Paul Simon makes sense to me now and so does my father’s nostalgia. It is something we share

In her wealthy later years, Anne Robinson is surrounded by disappointing feminists

Review: Robinson’s tabloid-style arguments are shallow, contradictory and self-oriented

Tommy Bowe makes for a sincere enquirer, asking retired Irish sports stars about their exits from the field.  Photograph: Inpho/Giuseppe Fama

‘The End Game’, is Tommy Bowe’s candid attempt to come to terms with a rugby life that is over

Germaine Greer: unignorable, still combative and leading the conversation. Photograph: BBC

The feminist academic and writer has been influential and infuriating in equal measure. And so she remains

Lauren Coe as Emma in  Asking For It. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

An Irish rape case exposes a culture of victim-blaming in the stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel; repressed desires drive (...)

Selina Cartmell. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The Gate Theatre turned 90 this year. Nobody noticed. Selina Cartmell on a challenging first year in charge

The Begum Aga Khan with Shergar in 1981 after his victory in the Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Review: Documentary with a thriller soundtrack, a hushed voiceover, but no new leads

Miles is given a buddy to allow for dialogue

TV Review: In Chilli Palmer’s place we have Miles Daly, Irish enforcer for a Vegas loan shark

In the book, which has now been adapted for the stage, young boys in 1970s Afghanistan fly bright, elegant kites which have been weaponised for attack

Khaled Hosseini’s novel inspired by Taliban’s ban on kite flying is given the stage treatment

Leah from Lucan  could represent Ireland in the Olympics of withering disdain

‘Raised by the Village’ stages an agricultural intervention into the lives of two unruly teens

Mary Murray: magnetic focus

Mary Murray fleshes out several characters, ‘Buridan’s Ass’ battles with a philosophical paradox

Emma Murphy: “You think you know somebody, you know?” she said in her video recorded  after an attack by her partner

‘Emma Murphy Fights Back’ is emotional TV by a survivor of domestic violence

When it began, Gay Byrne’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ looked like a hobby for a veteran broadcaster. He made it compelling TV

RTÉ marks Gay Byrne’s 60 years in broadcasting with highlights from ‘The Meaning of Life’

Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan as Aisling and Danielle, ‘Can’t Cope Won’t Cope’ co-dependent stars.

Review: In series 2, the plot grew ever-less-plausible and even Coppers began to feel old

For all its self-awareness, mad gags and sometimes impenetrable idiosyncrasies, ’The Rehearsal’ is one of the most faithful representations of ‘Hamlet’ you could hope to find

Tough choices: audiences get to elect their own prince in Pan Pan’s brilliant alternative take on ‘Hamlet’ at the Abbey; while Ver(...)

Nicole Silverberg and Rachel Wenitsky of Reductress

Zany or dark? Smart or dumb? Gently reassuring or wickedly disturbing? The festival has it all

Infinite non-comedic possibilities: Ed Aczel

Don’t laugh at Edward Aczel’s awkward attempts at comedy – he’s trying not to be funny. But, as his new stand-up show, ‘Is Ed Acze(...)

Prof Ian Robertson and Jennifer O’Connell in ‘Stressed’

Watching this nervy RTÉ documentary, my blood pressure spiked before the ad break

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tobin on RTÉ’s Prime Time debate with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photograph: RTÉ

Prime Time review: A relatively calm affair that worked hard to maintain balance

Manchester: The Night of the Bomb: “I can just beat him,” 15-year-old Eve (left, with her sister, Amilia) says about the suicide bomber. “He doesn’t matter”

This documentary doesn’t need its thriller-movie structure. The human stories amaze

Derren Brown: your mind is not your own

Review: The greatest illusion in this masterful show is the appearance of free will

Transgendered people may be legally recognised but they’re not necessarily understood

Aisling O’Sullivan and Brian Doherty in Annabelle Comyn’s production of ‘The Wake’, by Tom Murphy, at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Murphy gave the Irish canon a series of masterpieces. Peter Crawley assesses his drama

Road trip: the B&B show that follows Daniel and Majella O’Donnell is back for third series

‘People have no idea what I put up with,’ seethes Majella, in a new ‘B&B Road Trip’ series

Patrick Melrose paragon of upper-crust London, trying to go clean in New York

Benedict Cumberbatch plays privileged but miserable uppercrust addict Patrick Melrose

Ryan O’Shaughnessy representing Ireland with ‘Together’ backstage at the 63rd Eurovision at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Miguel A. Lopes

The maddest song won Eurovision 2018, restoring some sanity to the crazy contest

Daniel Monaghan and Marie Ruane in The Good Father

An unlikely couple face up to parenthood, and Maeve Binchy’s evergreen story

Who is in charge of the USA, Luke is asked? “Putin,” he shoots back immediately. “I mean, Donald Trump.” This kid will go far

A Channel 4 documentary that watches children at play makes for shuddering viewing

Jeremy Clarkson: ‘I can feel the word “hate” being stencilled on my back by the audience’

TV Review: The new host – self-aware, regretful, helpful – doesn’t seem quite himself

Cork farmer Paula Hynes lives with the Maasai in ‘The Hardest Harvest’. Photograph: RTÉ

Cork farmer Paula Hynes encounters drought, hyenas and death among the Maasai

Marie Mullen as the  ‘brilliantly delusional grandmother’, Shalome in On Raftery’s Hill

Marina Carr’s bleak topical tragedy is like the fresh jolt of a recurring nightmare

Rory O’Connell: No showmanship, product-placement or experimental genre-hopping formats here

The ever-polite Rory O’Connell presents honest recipes with donnish enthusiasm

Cyprus Avenue: Stephen Rea is in David Ireland’s provocative comedy on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre

Stephen Rea stars in David Ireland’s scabrous comedy; the Abbey’s O’Casey returns

The new series opens with  a shocking, weird reset

Review: Free of the book that inspired season one, the makers seem paralysed by liberty

Season premiere. The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld

Review: Series two of the sinful – but cerebral – entertainment keeps us guessing

‘I’m not Claire Byrne,’ says Baz Ashmawy. But he might be more dangerous

The goodtime guy’s anti-gambling crusade is more valuable than a current affairs expose

“You are like a scar that won’t fade,” Danielle tells Aisling

One of the freshest, funniest shows on TV absorbs everything jittery about modern Ireland

“I can never tell anyone about this,” says Tara Flynn, with light irony. Instead, she makes a song and dance about it.

Tara Flynn’s splendid one-woman show and Stephen Sondheim’s roll-call of political killers

Nicholas Pound as the Proprietor in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

Musical seems too haunted by JFK’s assassination to be able to properly hold its nerve

Adam Byatt, Aveen Bannon, Pamela Flood, and Ross Golden-Bannon

‘Healthy Appetite’ asks chefs to cook healthily. They should have called it ‘Dinner is Ruined’

Stephen Lawrence, murdered 25 years ago in a racially-motivated attack

The programme is called ‘Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation’. But did it?

North Korea’s principal exports were once minerals, metalwork and arms. These days, it’s slave labour

Building sites in Europe, Russia and China are mass-exploiting workers from North Korea

The precarious overcrowding of 1997 has alleviated, down from almost 800 prisoners then to 650 now.

Back to the Joy: Donald Taylor Black revisits the prison 21 years after his original documentary

Wickedly good: Matilda the Musical at the  Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Like its protagonist, Matilda the Musical is not afraid to be clever, while Beckett’s words are put to music in Gare Saint Lazare’(...)

'Like Alison Spittle, few on her show recognise themselves as ‘culchies’ – there’s always somewhere smaller.'

‘Culchie Club’ Review: If there’s such a place as the real Ireland, this show does not find it

Pan Pan: 'The Importance of Nothing'

Fishamble bring Maz and Bricks, unlikely allies with different views on life, back into the street protests of contemporary Dublin

'National Treasures' presenter John Creedon warmly identifies with several items of bric-a-brac left lying about the place

Review: Everything here tells a story. Just because something has no value, it insists, does not make it worthless

Two lovelorn souls come to an open-mic night looking for an audience, but only one is allowed to find it

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

Review: When Patrick Kielty was 16, his father was murdered. He could have sought revenge. Instead, he chose comedy

Kiss Me First: ‘Nothing hurts here. That’s the point.’ Photograph: Channel 4/Axis

Review: To feel or not to feel, that is the question in this Channel 4 and Netflix co-production

Aidan Gillen as comedian Dave Allen in Dave Allen at Peace: while he looks the part, he’s not a atural comic actor

Review: The intentions of this biopic are honourable, but Allen, you feel, would have told it so much better.

Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Katie McCann and Finbarr Doyle in Tryst at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

An engaged couple get more than they bargained for in Tryst; a Tipperary teenager wrestles with fickle popularity in Test Copy

Sammy Kamara, Madeline Appiah, Idris Elba and Jimmy Akingbola in ‘In the Long Run’. Photograph: Sky

‘In the Long Run’ review: Show based on creator’s childhood is largely 1980s nostalgia

Greg (Christopher Eccleston) and Brenna (Kerri Quinn) in ‘Come Home’

‘Come Home’ review: Engrossing BBC-RTÉ thriller with Christopher Eccleston and a fine cast

Tara Fay offers nuptials in dismal, rainy Ireland. Bruce Russell  other promises vows in exciting, sunny somewhere-else

TV Review: ‘My Big Day: Home or Away?’ pits two wedding-industry pros against one other

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