Robert Harris: taking a more nuanced view of the second World War. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

“Britain is the only European country to come out of the war feeling better about itself than when it went in,” says Robert Harris, when I ask why the(...)

Julia Stiles, ‘a fascinatingly flat actor’, as Georgina Clios in Riviera

Even the extravagant playgrounds of the world’s mega rich are not so well guarded that – with enough wicked intent – someone cannot sneak in and leave(...)

Helen McCrory as  tough-talking, chain-smoking, whiskey-swilling human rights lawyer Emma Banville

What does Fearless (TV3, Wednesday, 10pm) have to be afraid of? The answer, to judge from the opening episode of this new drama series created by Pat(...)

Amy Huberman and Jason O’Mara arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Michael Chester

Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary has won best picture at the Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) for film and TV drama. The statuettes were h(...)

Michael Gambon in the earlier Gate production of Eh Joe. Photograph:  Anthony Woods

The outgoing director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, has released details of the last elements of his programme. The festivalfeatures work by th(...)

Michael Colgan: he has forged indelible associations between the Gate and the works of Beckett, Friel and Pinter and  boosted the careers of Conor McPherson, Selina Cartmell and Wayne Jordan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There is an anecdote that Michael Colgan, outgoing artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, likes to share with any acquaintances considering (...)

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(...)

Alan Rickman.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed(...)

Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

Andrew Scott: ‘Ever since I’ve done Sea Wall it has influenced all of the work I’ve done. That relationship with the audience, that idea of it being live.’ Photograph: Kevin Cummins

‘This may be him now,” says Howard Rombough, the hotel PR manager, as a sleek car rolls up to the door. It is not him. We are waiting by the entrance (...)