Seeing is believing... Alessandro Nivola as Lee Berger. Photograph: C4/Playground

Review: Lucy Kirkwood’s miniseries is an artful exploration of the difference between image and meaning

That they meet is a matter of convenience, but the two women will soon have something unsettling in common

In Gary Duggan’s play everyone has a partner in this world, whether known or not

In Our Veins: Exhaustively told, but given charming performances and admirably quick motion. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Lee Coffey brings a century of working-class Dublin to life through one dock worker

The Borrowers: a frugal affair

In RTÉ’s new programme about credit unions, we get a rare thing: a series of loans with very little interest

Game of Thrones: setting up for the endgame. Photograph: HBO

The first episode of the final series of Game of Thrones concentrates on matters of survival

Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh in Beginning. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin Will Show You How is a grim portrait of despair; Beginning is a tale of connecting

Sandra Oh in Killing Eve.  Photograph: Aimee Spinks

The multi-Bafta-nominated show brings creeping moral unease to its bad romance

Photograph: Mihaela Bodlovic

The trouble with polemicists, in David Ireland’s satire, is that they might mean what they say

‘Derry Girls’

In the season finale, Lisa McGee’s girls once again turn their backs on history

Fleabag: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the final episode. Photograph: Luke Varley/Two Brothers/BBC

Fleabag series 2 review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s masterly series caught us in a warped relationship

Actor Barry McGovern:  he  long resisted the label of “Beckettian actor”, but over the years  has stopped protesting. “Now I just accept it graciously”

Barry McGovern’s solo-show adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Watt is returning to the stage

For comic effect Francis Brennan dons some Asian-themed headgear

TV review: The fastidious hoteliers do their best amid glum huts, concrete slabs and scrap metal

War Horse is at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin from April 10th to 27th

The acclaimed production is back in Dublin; plus: Stones in His Pockets is revived again

Dublin Will Show You How: the play’s existence is a more positive outcome of collaboration than anything it depicts

Tracy Martin’s play, based on real women’s experiences, can arouse pity, resistance, anger or a numb sense of helplessness

Beginning, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin: Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Eileen Walsh and Marty Rea give exquisite performances in David Eldridge’s play

Abandoned just before broadcast by Jennie, Partridge steered the ship straight onto the rocks

Series review: Alan Partridge, the new Emperor of England, knows he’s naked

The competing playwrights with Gavin Kostick and Jim Culleton of Fishamble at the start of the A Play For Ireland process. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

The Alternative wins Fishamble’s project, which seeks to buck trend for shorter productions

One of Kinvara’s “Traught mermaids”  in Vitamin Sea

Review: The swimmers in this drifting RTÉ documentary find peace while all at sea

Vicky McClure, Martin Compson and Adrian Dunbar

Is its maker Jed Mercurio spending too much time on his other show, Bodyguard?

The seasoned GAA pundit Marty Morrissey and the comedian Bernard O’Shea just can’t get enough of each other

Review: This buddy-comedy-meets-makeover-show eventually takes the joke too far

Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, John Olohan and Jane Brennan in Druid Theatre’s  Richard III. Photograph:  Robbie Jack

Peter Crawley’s analysis: It was a big year for villainy as Richard III took top honours

Table talk: Druid Theatre’s Furniture

Sonya Kelly’s wonderfully funny Furniture on tour; John Connors considers Ireland’s Call

In the absence of Attenborough’s godly authority, they’ve gone for a ‘cooing-tourist’ presenter style

The Miami Showband, killed in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

In the absence of transparent answers, intricate theories become very seductive

Beg, steal or borrow? Clare Monnelly in Charlie’s a Clepto

In Clare Monnelly’s debut play, a misspelling spins her protagonist into a life of petty crime, but it’s the play’s subtle borrowi(...)

Actor Owen Roe winner of the Special Tribute Award at the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The actor will be honoured at this year's Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Amateur film-makers Emma, Anita, Sarah and Sarah-Louise

Channel 4 – who else? – asks concerned parents to make porn they can be proud of

Serial killers Rosemary and Fred West

‘House of Horrors’ show investigates how killers went undetected despite alarm bells

Charlie’s a Clepto: Clare Monnelly populates a north Dublin neighbourhood with a gallery of distinctive characters

Clare Monnelly pivots through a range of characters in this revival of her artful debut

Clare Dunne, already an accomplished actor, is now making another mark as a writer.

Clare Dunne’s exuberant debut, and a challenging moral puzzle at the Gate

Ricky Gervais in After LIfe: slovenly, hard-drinking and misanthropic

Review: His character dabbles in heroin, befriends sex workers and assists a suicide

‘Loneliness pays,’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge shrugs

Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Coleman, Fiona Shaw and Andrew Scott shine

Dearbhail McDonald hosts Fertility Shock

TV Review: The programme veers from global economics to the presenter’s frozen eggs

The Country Girls runs in the Abbey Theatre until April 6th. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Abbey Theatre stages O’Brien’s subversive classic as a much safer journey and Blue Raincoat re-re-imagines adventures in Wonderlan(...)

Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County courthouse on June 3rd, 2005. Photograph:  Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Part 2 of the unflinching documentary is a reckoning for Jackson’s fans and defenders

The Children: Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan dazzle in Lucy Kirkwood’s play

Leaving Neverland: Wade Robson said Michael Jackson was one of the ‘most gentle, loving, caring people’ he knew

Channel 4 documentary is a gruelling watch dismantling the aura the singer created

James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan)

Review: The Channel 4 comedy gives its characters a normal life in difficult times

Barman Chris McCaffrey

Review: ‘A hard border wouldn’t upset me,’ says one contributor to RTÉ’s Bordering on Brexit

The Examination: Willie White in Brokentalkers’  politically sly and artfully provocative piece

The irreverent company’s absorbing production interrogates the Irish Prison Service

Louis Theroux really knows how to pick them

A documentary about consent on US campuses is too sensationalist to teach us anything

Peat: Curtis-Lee Ashqar and Kwaku Fortune in Kate Heffernan’s play. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Two boys dig up more than anyone bargained for in Kate Heffernan’s subtle play

The Examination draws from real testimonies from current and former prisoners

A witty play about weighty matters; and a prison drama drawn from real life

The Country Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The Abbey’s new take makes Edna O’Brien’s novel safe for any syllabus

Peter Andre is among the vaguely recognisable figures who come together to binge on carbs and trans fats for three weeks

Peter Andre and friends go on an overfeeding diet in the interests of ratings – I mean, science

Your opinion on Child Genius is likely to be much the same as your response to seeing an 11-year-old in a bowtie: it’s either cute or oddly sinister

Channel 4 spends as much time scrutinising the children’s families as it does testing intellects

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge with  co-host Jennie played by Susannah Fielding on This Time with Alan Partridge. Photograph: BBC/Baby Cow/Colin Hutton

‘Guess who’s back in the big time?’ he gloats in hilarious first episode of new show

Hamnet, Dead Centre’s brilliant co-production with the Abbey

Meet Shakespeare’s lost son at the Project, and don’t be late for your own funeral in Cork

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

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