Friday 22 September 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

 

Phil Collins
Phil Collins
Body and Soul
Crystal Maze
Ed Power

Ed Power

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out?

The garden party

Body and Soul

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Body and Soul
 

The little festival with the big heart returns, with the fairytale grounds of Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, once again the backdrop. Headliners include pop boffins Metronomy (Friday), Broken Britain, agit-proppers Sleaford Mods (Saturday) and Canadian synth queens Austra (Sunday).

Today until Sunday, Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath

The comeback king

Phil Collins

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Phil Collins
 

You can't hurry Phil Collins, who has spent the past decade in retirement and tending to his collection of Alamo memorabilia. But the Genesis drummer-turned-people's pop star is back and has recovered from a nasty fall earlier in his tour. With effervescent punk-pop veterans Blondie and Phil's old Genesis mucker Mike Rutherford (aka Mike and the Mechanics) supporting.

Sunday, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

The joker wild

Tommy Tiernan

The enfant-terrible of Irish stand-up, Tiernan has carved an unlikely career out of saying the unsayable. He plays one of his biggest Irish gigs of the year, with 4,000 or so expected to catch him this weekend.

Saturday, Live at the Marquee, Cork

Staying in?

The podcast

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Crime podcasts are killing it at the moment and here's another to sate your appetite for dark deeds and murky cover-ups. From BBC Radio 5, Beyond Reasonable Doubt revisits the case of Michael Peterson, whose wife was found dead at the foot of their stairs in 2001.

The TV show

The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special

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Crystal Maze
 

A long time ago, in a television galaxy far, far away - yes, we're talking about the 90s - people would gather every weekend to watch a strange bald man natter about crystals. Now The Crystal Maze is back, with new host Richard Ayoade and an arsenal of traps and puzzles.

Tonight, 9pm, Channel 4

The box set

GLOW

Mad Men's Alison Brie and podcast king Marc Maron star in a new period dramedy from Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan. It's the 80s and a down-on-her-luck actress is recruited to an all-female wrestling league, the "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling".

>>> Read about GLOW's real-life inspiration

Available now on Netflix

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