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After another 10 years of digital encroachment and data collection, the hidden self is now fully exposed. It is a valuable resource that is harvest(...)

What drama: Ireland’s Fittest Family host Mairead Ronan (centre) with coaches (from left); Derval O’Rouke, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Anna Geary and Davy Fitzgerald.

Ireland’s Fittest Family (RTÉ1, Sunday) begins with 15 families of exactly four members each striding confidently into the future as though animated b(...)

Elizabeth McGovern: ‘I did feel like a fish out of water for a long time. I don’t anymore.’ Photograph: Aaron Richter/New York Times

The British period drama Downton Abbey launched in a nice teatime telly slot on ITV in 2010, looking decidedly out of place on a medium then defined b(...)

Ricky Gervais in After LIfe: slovenly, hard-drinking and misanthropic

Everyone is very concerned about Tony, a man affected by personal tragedy. Once, the protagonist of After Life (Netflix, now streaming) was apparently(...)

A scene from ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

In November 1993, 11-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo was abducted by the Sicilian Mafia in order to silence his father, a gangster who had become a “penti(...)

Even for urban ducks, they seem extraordinarily relaxed around humans

I came home one night recently to find that, as usual, the ducks were outside our door, waiting to be fed. For readers who missed the opening dispatch(...)

Donald Trump: bearing grudges is what his supporters do best. They want a tale of resentment and revenge. Photograph: Eric Thayer/New York Times

The word “character” has two opposite meanings. On the one hand it suggests the inner essence of a person, the fixed truth behind all surface impressi(...)

Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery Netflix, September 25th In the 1960s, Star Trek viewers had the swashbuckling Kennedyesque James T Kirk exploring the universe on(...)

Alan James Burns, ‘Entirely Hollow Aside from the Dark’, at Keash Caves, Co Sligo

Entirely Hollow Aside from the Dark – Alan James Burns Keash Caves, Keshcorran, Co Sligo, July 28 & 29 entirelyhollowasidefromthedark.com Don’(...)

David Simon on Donald Trump: “I’ve never seen a more astonishingly ill-equipped human being to lead a nation.” Photograph: Matt McClain/Washington Post via Getty Images

Television creator David Simon is in Ireland this weekend for a public discussion with Richard Ford and Fintan O’Toole about US president Donald Trump(...)

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