Claire Danes

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Carrie (Claire Danes) from ‘Homeland’, which costs US network Showtime a reported $3 million (€2.5 million) per episode to make and which is shown on RTÉ2 for €5,000 an hour.

How much does it cost to make an hour of television? It was hard not to feel all hope crawl under the desk to die when this question was asked seven-e(...)

Someone has to be crazy on Homeland. The Showtime series, which begins its seventh season on Thursday on RTE Two, has always remained true to the cent(...)

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

“I don’t think 10 years ago I would have been able to set a show in Derry,” says Lisa McGee, the writer who’s put the city front and centre of comedy (...)

Tom Hanks at his office in Santa Monica, California. Photograph: Jake Michaels/The New York Times

Lovely, lovely Tom Hanks – whom only a heel could dislike – has just published his first collection of short stories. If we know anything about Hanks (...)

‘Look into my eyes. Watch the show. Tell your friends.’

Homeland has the sort of survival instincts that Jack Bauer would kill for (actually that’s setting the bar quite low; Jack would kill to skip the qu(...)

Director Pedro Almodóvar with Julieta stars Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez

A group of us – me, Pedro Almodóvar, his assistant Lola and his translator – are huddled around a table in one of Soho’s swankiest hotels. We’re tryi(...)

 David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles this month. The two are reprising their X-Files characters Mulder and Scully with a six-episode revival on RTÉ. Photograph: (Brinson+Banks/The New York Times

In 2016 it is easy to forget there was a time when television was not so hot. In this golden age, successful film actors, writers, directors and prod(...)

Homeland Tuesday, RTÉ Two, 9pm You just can’t keep a good agent down. The indefatigable Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is back and facing a whole new(...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

Sesame Street has a long-running tradition of getting celebrities in to shoot the breeze with beloved Muppets like Elmo, Big Bird, the Count, and of c(...)

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