David Caffrey

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Taken Down was divided between its female leads, a wooden Lynn Rafferty and a magnificent Aïssa Maïga

Good TV drama takes us to places we ordinarily never see. The best kind makes it feel vividly real. Despite the suggestion of its title, Taken Down (R(...)

Aïssa Maïga plays the stoic Abeni Bankole in Taken Down

Here’s an arresting idea for a police procedural: a murder mystery where the suspects are already in prison. At least, that’s the forcible impression(...)

John Connors: “I went home to my mother and said, ‘What’s a knacker?’ And I could just see the dread in her face.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When John Connors was a seriously depressed young man he ended up in an acting class. He had recently admitted that he was suicidal to his brother who(...)

Finding an audience: Amy Huberman on the set of her RTÉ / Treasure Entertainment comedy ‘Finding Joy’.

It’s that time of year when there’s nothing on except repeats and Love Island. And Sharp Objects and The Affair, if you have Sky. And Picnic at Hangin(...)

Crime novelist Jo Spain is writing ‘Taken Down’, an RTÉ drama produced by Suzanne McAuley’s Spiral Pictures.

RTÉ has commissioned a new six-part contemporary drama from the makers of Love/Hate and Irish crime novelist Jo Spain. The series, called Taken Down(...)

 David Caffrey:   “I think my kids were embarrassed because I was sitting next to them.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Album As a kid, when other people’s parents were listening to the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, my dad had an eight-track in his car and he liked pip(...)

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(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

Bell X1 performing on stage in Derry last night. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Outside on Great James Street in Derry, the rain is lashing. Inside The Glassworks venue last night Foy Vance is pouring his heart out with equivalent(...)

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