Rick O’Shea: ‘I love Cate Blanchett, I can watch her in anything.’ Photograph: Eric Luke
Rick O’Shea: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I read about 80 books each year, but this week, the one I really want to read is The Escapists. It’s a graphic novel based on t(...)

Smith & Williamson’s co-chief executive David Cobb

UK investment group Smith & Williamson has given its Irish management the task of doubling the size of the business, as the group prepares to floa(...)

Set against the Roman conquest of Britain, Britannia depicts warring, face-painted Celtic tribes in thrall to otherworldly druids, while Roman forces play politics. Photograph: Sky

As with any finite resource, the world has already begun to worry about what will happen when we run out of Game of Thrones. The question clearly trou(...)

David Morrissey as Aulus Plautius, the leader of the invading Roman army, in Britannia

You hear David Morrissey before you see him: his low, slow, booming voice is clearly an actor’s projection, speaking of Rada training and a theatre ca(...)

In all cases the injuries occurred during the tackle phase of play. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Specialists at Tallaght hospital in Dublin have identified a new type of injury in teenage rugby players. The discovery of a specific type of hip fra(...)

US blues legend BB King performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux in 2011. Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

Tributes have begun flooding in for blues legend BB King, who has died at the age of 89.His lawyer Brent Bryson said that King, who suffered from diab(...)

Connected: Alanna, Nicole, Elayne, Venetia, Anna and Kate

If you’re going to boast you may as well boast big, and Connected (RTÉ Two, Monday-Thursday) says it’s “a time capsule of what life is like for women (...)

Ready, steady, bicker: Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson are the judges on The Taste

If The Taste (Channel 4, Tuesday) proves a hit for Nigella Lawson, it will be a case of revenge being a dish best served with a spoon. In the new cook(...)

Earthbound

Lovelorn Joe Norman (Rafe Spall) is working in a comic book store when he first meets he meets Maria (Jenn Murray), a lively, pretty blonde with a (...)

Welcome to the Punch

Writer-director Eran Creevy made an impressive debut in 2009 with Shifty, a gritty urban thriller shot on a shoestring that earned him a reputation(...)