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Autumn TV: ones to watch

The shows are listed in alphabetical order. Previews by Peter Crawley, Laura Slattery, Hannah J Davies, Phil Harrison, Luke Holland, Ellen E Jones and(...)

Brendan Phelan with his children Talia and Alana and wife Sabina Bonnici.

It starts with a bump in the night, or frisky afternoon delight if you’re that way inclined. When getting busy under the sheets has an end game that l(...)

‘The awful banter is something else,’ writes Donald Clarke

“I don’t have time for that alpha-male stuff right now,” somebody says. Ha ha! You’re in the wrong place, sister. The first spin-off from The Fast and(...)

Cannes catch: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in Robert Eggers’s extraordinary film The Lighthouse

Our first five-star review from Cannes 2019 The Lighthouse ★★★★★ Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman(...)

 Tanya Sweeney  at home in Stoneybatter, Dublin: “I shall report back from the other side. I just hope there’s even one tiny Lucille Ball moment in there somewhere.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Last week, I visited the newborn son of my neighbours, and nearly embarrassed myself by tearing up a little immediately (and then overcompensating wit(...)

Gillian Anderson: said to be taking on the role of Margaret Thtacher. Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images)

Gillian Anderson is to follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Patricia Hodge and Jennifer Saunders by taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, accor(...)

Fifty Shades Freed

Isn’t it awful how snark has taken over the world? All these “bad sex” and “worst dressed” lists. Such rejoicing in the negative just contributes to t(...)

The Marks & Spencer’s store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The annual orgy of Christmas advertising is about to explode onto our TV screens – and it promises to be every bit as lavish as last year despite the (...)

The picture would be close to unbearable without the presence of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren.

Paolo Virzì’s grey-pound drama distinguishes itself in at least one regard. It’s some achievement to make a film about the twilight years that oozes b(...)

Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Look, it’s only fair. Hollywood has aimed undemanding, patronising films at kids for generations. It can only be right that older people now get their(...)

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