Culture vulture: What not to miss this week
Shane on you crazy diamond
Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration
Nick Cave, Johnny Depp and Glen Hansard are among the rock 'n' roll outlaws paying tribute to The Pogues singer.
Monday, NCH, Dublin
Look who's Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring
As the thoroughly soggy Last Jedi demonstrated, epic film-making isn't as easy as it looks. For a reminder of how to do these things properly, Dublin's Sugar Club is screening the extended editions of all three of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings films across consecutive Sundays.
Sunday, 3pm, Sugar Club, Dublin
Getting jiggy with Kit
This Is The Kit
Kate Stables is an English folk singer but not in the annoying Mumford and Sons way. She specialises in music as bleak and breathtaking as an early morning ramble across the moors.
Tuesday, Cyrpus Avenue, Cork and Wednesday, Whelan's, Dublin
Audible's true-crime podcast about the Sophie Toscan du Plantier killing is still a month away. In the meantime, there is this new Radiolab offering about individuals from everyday walks of life who keep a terrible secret. Outrageously, I wasn't asked on to discuss my collection of Chris de Burgh b-sides.
The TV show
We're obviously all in the grip of Game Of Thrones withdrawal symptoms, with news that the swords and sorcery bonkbuster won't be back until 2019. To keep us ticking over, we have Jez Butterworth's batty recounting of the Roman invasion of Celtic Britain, with orgiastic druids and Kelly Reilly in pagan warpaint.
Thursday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
The box set
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
David Letterman and his terrifying beard come out of retirement for a monthly interview series kicking off with a chin-wag with former US President Barack Obama.
Available on Netflix now