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Connie (Saskia Reeves) has decided she wants to leave the uptight Douglas (Tom Hollander)

This isn’t the worst time in history to be middle-aged. Coronavirus stalks care-homes and strong-arms the elderly into glorified hibernation. Young pe(...)

Kevin Barry became a symbol of callous British oppression. The ballad, Kevin Barry illustrates that quite clearly. It quickly became a Republican anthem.

“In Mountjoy Jail one Monday morning,/High upon the gallows tree,/Kevin Barry gave his life/For the cause of liberty”. This year marks a century sinc(...)

Steve Coogan: ‘I don’t like doing the easy stuff that just pays well. I like risking failure.’ Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty

‘The decisions I make on comedy aren’t made on a whim. That whole history between the British and the Irish runs through me,’ says Steve Coogan, as(...)

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Appropriately for a film set within the Murdoch empire, the title has a sticky double-meaning that would have appealed to Kelvin MacKenzie, former edi(...)

If the Johnson family had stuck to showbusiness like the Osmonds, Marx Brothers or von Trapp family, the world would be a better place. Yet the Tories, in their terror, have elevated a cavorting charlatan to the steps of Downing Street. Photograph: Reuters

Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first World War, titled The Sleepwalkers. Though Cla(...)

Baby Sussex: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry show off their son at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

And so it came to pass. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the newest British royal baby, was shown off this afternoon at Windsor Castle. As her hu(...)

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

On the day of Alan Partridge’s final broadcast on the BBC in This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC One, Monday, 9.30pm) – perhaps, once again, for the ve(...)

John Cooney at an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A book on John Charles McQuaid is where this John Cooney interview begins. Published in 1999, the Ruler of Catholic Ireland written by the Ulster scru(...)

Come Out Ye Black and Tans: the rabble-rouser was sung by The Wolfe Tones. Photograph: Terry Thorp

It has been swirling around the head for nearly a week. After decades of never hearing Come Out Ye Black and Tans, I’m going around humming it to myse(...)

Last night’s episode of the spoof magazine show featured Steve Coogan playing an Irish farmer named Martin Brennan. Screenshot: BBC

Once upon a time, the idea of hearing Come Out, Ye Black and Tans on primetime BBC One was unthinkable. However, that is precisely what came to pass o(...)

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