Alan Simpson

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Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

Senator  Al Franken (centre) and his wife Franni Bryson with others:   Mr  Franken will be resigning after being accused of sexual harassment. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Alan Simpson was appalled by the injustice of it all. Back in 1991, during the incendiary Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, the salty Republican s(...)

Had the Garda decided to prosecute actor Stephen Fry for blasphemy – and in truth no-one believes there was really any prospect that they would do so (...)

Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett in ‘Steptoe and Son’: sitcoms no longer capture and dictate the zeitgeist

One half of a legendary cultural partnership died earlier this week. Alan Simpson and Ray Galton met as tuberculosis patients in the late 1940s. It’s (...)

Mark Rylance with his award for Best Actor at the Baftas in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

BBC Two’s period drama Wolf Hall was one of the big winners at this year’s British Academy Television Awards. The popular series, directed by Peter(...)

Ruairí Donovan and Asaf Aharonson’s Ghosts deals with  onstage obscenity

Obscenity is a volatile currency; something that has the power to shock or offend one day can be considered practically quaint another. For that reaso(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Nevill Johnson in Kerry. Photograph courtesy of the estate of Nevill Johnson

I first met Nevill Johnson in the late 1980s when he was exhibiting at Tom Caldwell’s gallery in Fitzwilliam Street. We found much common ground – lif(...)

A friend of Eileen Colgan’s reached for Maisie Madigan in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock (...)