Sunday 26 January 2020

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


Will Millard
Will Millard

Ed Power

The musical - Matilda

Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly weave stage musical gold with this often sweet, occasionally sour, adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel about a little girl with extraordinary powers.

Until April 28, BGE Theatre, Dublin


The gig - The Unthanks

Folk music with a North of England twist, courtesy of these Northumbria sisters, performing with accompaniment from the Orchestra of Ireland - with the Abbey Theatre as backdrop.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Abbey Theatre, Dublin.


The lol - Milton Jones

Surreal one-liners arrive in a staccato flow courtesy of a veteran stand-up whose persona is one half late 70s Doctor Who, one half Home Counties Jerry Seinfeld having an emotional breakdown in real time.

Wednesday, Town Hall Galway


The podcast - The Habitat

Hurrah - a podcast that doesn't a) revolve around a gruesome murder and b) feature a folksy narrator chronicling proceedings from a cutesy first person perspective. Instead, this is the account of a real-life experiment in which scientists spent five months in a mocked-up Martian base in Hawaii.


The TV show - My Year with the Tribe

A mini-scandal was rumbled when Will Millard visited the Korowai people of Papua, Indonesia, only to discover that a previous BBC series exaggerated the degree to which the forest-dwellers live high in the air in tree-houses. That's not the only big revelation as Millard learns that he and the tribes people are not as different as he had initially suspected.

Sunday, 9pm, BBC Two


The box set - Lost In Space

Nobody cares about the original 60s series - doomed to be forever overshadowed by its contemporary Star Trek. Nor are feelings very strong about the 1998 film starring Matt LeBlanc. But Netflix has nonetheless decided to reboot the saga of an all-American family stranded somewhere in the further reaches of the galaxy, with House of Cards' Molly Parker and 90s indie queen Parker Posey starring.

Available now on Netflix

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