Maxine Peake  plays a middle-aged Leeds woman drawn into an unlikely dalliance with a widowed shoe-fetishist

Alan Bennett occupies a sacrosanct place in English drama and the original Talking Heads, which aired in two runs in 1988 and 1998, is revered as a cl(...)

Irish actor Eve Hewson in BBC’s new period drama The Luminaries. Photograph: Kirsty Griffin

Opium! Gold! Astrolabes! Fancy hats! Olde-timey sidearms! Colonialism! Sailboats! It’s the olden days again on the British national broadcaster. And t(...)

The Accident: Eiry Thomas, Sarah Lancashire and Joanna Scanlan in Jack Thorne’s new drama

Halfway through chatting with Jack Thorne in homely lounge in a London hotel, he looks behind me and addresses a passerby. “Hello. I was just talking(...)

Siobhán Finneran, Sacha Parkinson and Molly Wright

It’s not unknown for films concerning the same subject to open within a few weeks of one another. It is, however, rare for such a particular issue as (...)

The Young Offenders

It’s still so young as a medium: not even a century old. But so much has happened to television recently, it’s hard to say how we’ll be watching it by(...)

Iguana: the animial features in the Bafta Must See Moment on TV in 2016, which went to footage of an iguana being chased by snakes from David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II series

The Bafta for TV’s “must see moment” of 2016 went to breathtaking footage of an iguana being chased by snakes. The footage, from David Attenborough’s (...)

Rising time: Roger Casement and John Devoy feature in ‘1916’

The very name of this three-part documentary is like a proclamation. By calling it 1916 (RTÉ One, Wednesday) the film-maker Bríona Nic Dhiarmada appea(...)

So we’re back in Happy Valley (BBC One, Tuesday) after a wait for a second series that seemed interminable. Nearly two years is a long time in TV, esp(...)

They’re with the band: stars of ‘Eipic’,  Fionn Foley, Cian O’Baoill, Fionnuala Gygax, Roisin Ni Cheilleachair and Daire O’Muiri. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

When the final appraisal of 1916-related TV programmes is done, Eipic (TG4, Thursday) will surely be the most lateral. In the drama, set in a fictiona(...)

Hits and misses: Brendan O’Carroll in Mrs Brown’s Boys

Even the most flapperphobic viewer can see the appeal of Downton Abbey (UTV) on Christmas Day. Nothing much happens that we haven’t seen versions of b(...)

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