TV Review: Bringing it all back to a troubled Homeland
There comes a time in every relationship where you have to simply call it quits.
There comes a time in every relationship where you have to simply call it quits.
Nadiya’s facial expressions have won her legions of fans online, while Tamal has been the crumpet many Twitter users wish to devour.
How much longer can Homeland get away with it? The first season was superb, a lesson in how to get a a television audience in a headlock and keep them in that position for 10 weeks.
I like what they've done with Studio Four," said Ray D'Arcy as he began his new Saturday night chat show on RTE One. Most people at home were surely thinking: Have they done anything with Studio Four? Because the set doesn't look all that different from the one used...
The murder of Karen Buckley in Glasgow last April would seem too raw in the memory to warrant a documentary, but that didn't stop TV3 from opening its Disclosure series with a retelling of the ghastly story.
The four-part crime drama, Clean Break, has been talked up by RTÉ as a successor to Love/Hate, but it's only so in scheduling terms - certainly on the evidence of its first episode it's as far removed from that ratings winner as any crime series could be.
Who would be a chat show host? Yes, I know. There are some perks that go with the job - the adoration of millions of women. And the money. Never forget about the money.
Any death is sad, and any murder is a terrible tragedy for the victim, their friends and family, and indeed the entire society. This goes without saying.
Ray D’Arcy announced in advance that his new chat show wouldn’t be “reinventing the wheel”. Fair enough. Nobody expected it to. What you would expect, though, is that the wheel would at least have a little air in its tyre.
We can probably take it that every crime-themed drama RTE makes from now on will be touted as “the next Love/Hate”. Mercifully, Billy Roche’s four-part tiger kidnapping yarn Clean Break puts plenty of clear water between it and Stuart Carolan’s Dublin gangland saga.
Airing in the same Sunday night time slot as Love/Hate, RTE's new crime caper has been heralded as spiritual successor to its top rating cops and robbers romp.
It's all about taking taxis. There was a moment of illumination earlier this year during the BBC series The Super Rich and Us, when the presenter Jacques Peretti was suggesting to one of the super rich that the famous trickle-down theory didn't really work - that if anything...
What's the point of UTV Ireland? It offers a 5.30pm news show so lacking in either urgency or personality that viewers are encouraged to wait 30 minutes for RTÉ's news bulletin. The night-time news is just as lacklustre, comes an hour after RTÉ's and directly competes with...
To the chintzy strains of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Daniel O'Donnell made his dance-floor debut on Strictly, pirouetting across the shamrock-strobed BBC studio with a mixture of grace and raw-knuckle terror.
Why does a soap opera ever decide to do a live show? Why do producers insist on putting those poor unfortunate actors through the immense physical and psychological strain of performing under a needless pressure?
Remember the 1980s? Big hair and big shoulder pads for the ladies, skinny ties and jackets with turned-up collars and sleeves for the men. Rubik’s Cubes, Cabbage Patch Dolls, mullets, boom boxes, breakdancing, He-Man, Care Bears, leg warmers and all the other...
It's Patisserie week and there are only five contestants left – Flora, Nadiya, Tamal, Ian and Contestant Paul are battling it out in the quarter final.
Few viewers can have failed to notice the advert for tonight’s live episode of Coronation Street. UTV and ITV have been airing it repeatedly practically every evening since the beginning of September.
David McWilliams delivered an impassioned attack on government economic policy on Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide, airing on RTE1 last night.
Review of episode one of series six of Downton Abbey which broadcast last night on ITV and will air on TV3 on Tuesday at 10pm. WARNING: SPOILERS
In its Sunday night classic drama slot, BBC1 followed a lacklustre version of Lady Chatterley's Lover with a much more successful adaptation of JB Priestley's 1945 play, An Inspector Calls, directed by Aisling Walsh.
TV3's blanket coverage of the Rugby World Cup has just begun, and to get us in the mood for this game-changing triumph over RTÉ, the commercial channel offered Ireland's Call, a 45-minute documentary about the creation of Phil Coulter's official anthem.
F**k Cancer was the cheekily titled latest instalment in RTE Two’s Reality Bites series.
It’s Victorian Week!
Daithi Keane, who's the creator/director of TG4's ambitious new four-part drama An Klondike, has described the HBO series Deadwood as "a big influence", though "huge" would be nearer the mark.
Up to last weekend, you probably never encountered the words "Daniel O'Donnell" and "six-pack" in the same sentence, but it was the man himself who brought them together on the launch night of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1).
TV scheduling is an art in itself. A sort of high-wire balancing act, it's all about getting the right strand of programmes to run in an order which will keep the viewer tuned to that channel for as much of the evening as possible.
It’s the week every contestant dreads, because there’s one thing you don’t want on the Great British Bake Off and it’s a soggy bottom. This occurs when the underneath of the pastry doesn’t cook properly, and is slightly damp. Not ideal.
One of the year's most anticipated TV events took place last night as Stephen Colbert presented his first Late Show.
You know what’s wrong with the Late Late Show? It’s too long.
You can binge on all of the 10 episodes of Narcos that have just been made available by Netflix, but that's not how some of us watch television and so I contented myself this week with the opening instalment.
Screened over two successive nights, Recruits (RTÉ1) consisted of roaring and shouting and effing and blinding for the best part of a hundred minutes. Meanwhile, Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week (BBC2) consisted of roaring and shouting and effing and blinding for the...
As HL Mencken once pointed out: "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
No sugar, no gluten… no craic? Bake Off goes free-from to accommodate the rising trends in gluten and sugar free breads and treats, and it’s a tricky one.
Christopher Booker’s lengthy and divisive 2004 book The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories argues that every piece of fiction ever written — every novel, every play, every film, every television drama and situation comedy — uses one of seven set plots to tell its story.
The X Factor returned tonight, minus Louis Walsh but with new judges Rita Ora and Grim Rickshaw (is that his name? – we'll look it up later) and debutante presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack. What did these changes portend? Here are seven take-aways from episode one of...
An Andy Warhol silkscreen of Mona Lisa, made in his New York factory premises in the mid-1960s, recently sold at a Christie's auction for $50m. "I made that painting", Gerard Malanga told presenter Stephen Smith in the engaging A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol (BBC4).
The cheerleading narrator of The Saturday Night Show (UTV Ireland) assured us that the evening in question was "the biggest night on TV, the night for entertainment, the night when all the stars come out to play".
Netflix's ongoing reinvention as a home of original programming has yielded patchy results of late, with shows such as Sense8 and Bloodline suggesting the streaming juggernaut hasn't quite unlocked the secret of great television. However, it takes a significant forward step with...
I once had the dubious pleasure of being ballyragged by an Irish comedian of the female persuasion. The poor dear was livid at a bad review I'd given her and the irony was that her diatribe against me was far, far funnier and inventive than any stand up set she had ever performed.
If last week had an unofficial Irish theme, this week’s episode was all about weather.
Show Me a Hero (Sky Atlantic) is a six-hour mini-series created by David Simon, best known as the man behind The Wire, which is routinely cited by its devotees as the best television drama ever made.
In all my years of watching/enduring The Rose of Tralee (RTE1), I've never been so struck as this week by how so many of the contestants presented themselves as conservatively Catholic in their beliefs and allegiances.
One of the great advantages of being an independent station with a low budget is that they can throw some new talent into the mix.
With Ray D'Arcy recently reintroduced to RTE listeners after his defection to dastardly Denis's Today FM, it was good to be reminded also of the singular television presence with which he'll soon be gracing our humdrum lives.
The hapless Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid appeared at the outset of Brits Behind Bars: Cocaine Smugglers (Channel 4) in that familiar footage of them standing forlornly at Lima airport while being quizzed by Peruvian customs officers.
It's the fag end of one of the worst summers many of us can remember. The early optimism of spring eventually succumbed to the gloomy realisation that having enjoyed two decent summers, we were now back into the usual Irish weather - where the only difference between the rain is that it is a bit warmer at this time of the year. Which is nice, if you're a duck.
Well, that was disappointing, wasn’t it? And for those of us who lauded True Detective’s first season as one of the strangest, cleverest and best TV shows of all time (picture me coughing while pointing to myself), the just-ended follow-up was also a little embarrassing.
Not content with a column in The Sun, occasional appearances on Question Time and that near-constant stream of nasty tweets, professional wind-up merchant Katie Hopkins has gone and got herself a talk show.
I must admit, I am partial to the odd cookery show. But saying that you like these programmes is a bit like saying you like eating - it's something which must be done, but you don't want to spend the day doing it.
Go Sandy! Team Sandy! #SandyFTW! Our best beloved baking show has begun a sixth series and it’s already obvious who to back for the final.
Author and journalist Gene Kerrigan has written a brilliant...
Speaking at the launch of his latest film 'The Lobster', Colin...
Cecelia Ahern - Books Are My Bag
The new trailer for Girls to men Channel 4's new show which is...
Can these Americans tell the difference between a 'session mott' and an 'eejit'.
Americans try to guess what Irish advertisements are for and it...
Let's Play video of Rainbow Six: Siege's beta multiplayer.
EP revellers grapple with tents and baggage as they pitch up on...
All the on stage action from last night's awards
The full complement of 2015 Roses.
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'Shibboleth', in case you didn't know, is a custom or belief distinguishing a particular group, especially a long-standing one regarded now as obsolete. Stacey Gregg's new play, set in the Belfast of today, is...
They might have carefully timed it. As the Government moves to criminalise the buying of sex,...
Christina Caffrey, at 22 months the youngest victim of the...
The top talents of Irish radio were honoured at the 2015 PPI Radio...
Tom Hiddleston says films like High-Rise appeal because humans are "fascinated by extremity".
One Direction have announced Perfect as the second single to...
Ever thought about just getting away from it all?
Variety is the spice of life - and they don't get more varied...
It's not everyday you're told that you are the next Disney princess.
Rudimental landed straight in the number one spot with their...