Aidan Gillen

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

If your life story is inadequate, a young Dave Allen is advised early in the course of his own, it’s up to you to improve it. Or, to quote the Irish c(...)

“I don’t know if anybody else looks back at their life and wonders, ‘how did I get here?’ But for me, there was a definite, Camille before the car acc(...)

The Gloaming Live at the National Concert Hall in March 2018. Photograph: York Tillyer

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof leads the names joining Ryan Tubridy on Good Friday’s Late La(...)

Michael B Jordan, Tray Chaney, Larry Gilliard Jr and JD Williams in season one of The Wire. Photograph: HBO/The Guardian

When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was s(...)

The Young Offenders

It’s still so young as a medium: not even a century old. But so much has happened to television recently, it’s hard to say how we’ll be watching it by(...)

Irish actor Charlie Murphy with director David Caffrey on the set of series four of Peaky Blinders. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/A Caryn Mandabach and Tiger Aspect Production

The new season of Peaky Blinders has lived up to expectations. The fourth season’s opener was a quintessentially Peaky episode, with meat hook attacks(...)

Stone cold: Charlie Humman in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I will say the following in favour of Guy Ritchie’s King Arfur. It’s a much better Assassin’s Creed film than Assassin’s Creed. If you want to see peo(...)

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) go on a wander round Braavos

After more hype than a Conor McGregor fight, Game of Thrones rumbled busily back on to our screens, with an episode that didn’t exactly have us prais(...)

The Dead Smock Alley *** It’s not difficult these days to make contact with The Dead. James Joyce’s perfectly wrought short story, also exists as(...)

Aidan Gillen will read James Joyce’s The Dead, with Fergal Murray providing musical accompaniment, in Smock Alley, Dublin, this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We are in the Cobalt Cafe on North Great George’s Street at a window table on which there is a white paper napkin with the word “reserved” scrawled i(...)

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