Wednesday 16 January 2019

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What not to miss this week

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead

Ed Power

The play

The Approach

Following his hit Howie The Rookie, Mark O'Rowe's latest is a psychological thriller about three women whose seemingly disparate problems are revealed to have more in common than first meets the eye. With Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O'Sullivan. Everyman Cork, from Tuesday.

The gig

Paul Draper

Mansun's Attack Of The Grey Lantern was one of the great lost records of the 90s. Too clever for Britpop, it was an album out of phase with its times and doomed the band to a slow unravelling (though it actually topped the UK charts). Now frontman Draper (right) performs the overlooked classic in its entirety, augmented by material from his solo career. Workman's Club, Dublin, tonight.

The film

The Hills Have Eyes

Rednecks go on the rampage in this 1977 classic from gore maestro Wes Craven. A suburban family is stranded in the Nevada desert and set upon by cannibalistic hillbillies with less than hilarious consequences. Tonight, Light House Dublin, 11pm.

The podcast

Empty Frames

A true crime podcast with a difference in that there's no body to puzzle over. The mystery revolves around the 1990 disappearance of 13 priceless paintings from a Boston museum, including works by Vermeer and Rembrandt.

The TV show

The Walking Dead

Your favourite zombie caper is back after one of its most controversial half-seasons yet. Poor Carl Grimes is seemingly not much longer for this world having been nobbled by a walker - but what about Rick's uprising against evil Negan? Fox Monday, 9pm.

The box set

Black Lightning

Black Panther is set to become one of the most successful superhero movies ever. Its message of black empowerment and racial diversity is echoed in this DC adaptation, about an African-American high school teacher forced to resurrect his old crime-fighting alter-ego. Netflix now.

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