Maggie Smith

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Paul Howard with the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly statue in Dublin city centre. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

1. Where Ross Doesn’t Drink Heineken (1998) It all started in the autumn of 1997. I was in the Sunday Tribune newsroom one Friday evening talking to (...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speaks in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: EBS via AP

Jean-Claude Juncker blew a gasket in the European Parliament on Tuesday when hardly any MEPs turned up for a session reviewing Malta’s EU presidency. (...)

Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’: ushered in an era when faithfulness to the text was seen as a virtue in itself

Back in 1999, David Hayman, a young producer then working on Antonia Bird’s arthouse cannibal flick Ravenous, swallowed hard and persuaded Warner Brot(...)

 Liz Smith who at 85 was named best actress at the British Comedy Awards for her portrayal of Nana.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sue Johnston has revealed how Liz Smith “loved being recognised” by fans as she praised the “extraordinary” late actress in a touching tribute. Royl(...)

Fred and Joanna Madden in the drawing room of Hilton Park house, in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

An industrial-sized pot of soup is simmering away on a large stove in the kitchen of 300-year-old Hilton Park house in Co Monaghan. Beside it, Joanna (...)

Annesbrook house

Heritage runs deep through the land around Annesbrook House outside Duleek in Co Meath. A Bronze Age burial site was discovered in the early 1900s and(...)

Daniel Craig  as James Bond in the film Spectre.

If you want to drop a plumb line into the soul of England today, you could do worse than to watch the two biggest-grossing films in Britain last weeke(...)

Behind bars: Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt as Bates  and Anna in Downton Abbey

It has been recommissioned for a sixth series – and why wouldn’t it when the viewing figures are so huge? It’s as much a cultural phenomenon as a t(...)

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 (...)

Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston (R), Anna Gunn (C) and Aaron Paul (L) hold awards at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

American Hustle, the 1970s caper comedy from the director David O. Russell, took the top prize, for best ensemble, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards i(...)

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