Peter Foott

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The Young Offenders with Chris Walley, Hilary Rose and Alex Murphy was a BBC Three commission in association with RTÉ. Photograph: Vico Films/BBC

In a sign that nobody knows anything, least of all the people who run massive media organisations, the BBC has decided that BBC Three should be a prop(...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

Characters Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley), Star O’Keeffe (Penny and Nola Richardson), Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) are back from a third season of the show. Photographer: Miki Barlok

For all of Normal People’s talking points, the breakout star from this year’s biggest drama appears to be the chain worn by its male lead Connell – it(...)

The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

There has been an almighty turnover on Netflix since we last compiled this list, with more than half of our favourite films that time around disappear(...)

Rick and Morty: a show of mind-bending nihilism

In the olden days, people worried about young people watching too much television. Now that we’re all addicted to status updates and online fascism, w(...)

Jock (Chris Walley) and  Conor (Alex Murphy) in The Young Offenders

The return of the Young Offenders represents a rare twinkle of sunlight in these dark days for Irish broadcasting. Gay Byrne has passed away while RTÉ(...)

Hits of 2018: Cant's Cope Won't Cope, Finding Joy, Taken Down, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip,   Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me and  Young Offenders

What are you looking at? It’s a question that’s been keeping television station bosses up at night for another year, receiving reports of an ever-dwi(...)

Paul Linehan: “Morrissey has an uncanny ability to highlight life’s injustices with a dry sense of humour and sinister undertones”

Current favourite podcast? I love that podcasts are like radio stations where you can choose the subject you’re interested in. I have an app called P(...)

 Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ: “A properly funded RTÉ can deliver an exciting offering to the Irish public.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Played for dark laughs, there is a moment in coming-of-age comedy The Young Offenders when a dropped hammer takes a comically long time to bounce off (...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy are exquisitely cast as Jock and Conor

If you’ve already met Conor and Jock, the delinquent stars of Peter Foott’s glorious coming-of-age caper The Young Offenders, you shouldn’t be surpris(...)

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