Sunday 15 September 2019

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Photo: Getty Images
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Photo: Getty Images

Ed Power

The film - 12 Monkeys

Terry Gilliam's temporal whirlpool of a movie, with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt drawn into a conspiracy spanning decades and continents. The film was deemed somewhere left of bonkers on release in 1996 and feels every bit as brave and weird today.

Saturday and Tuesday, Palas, Galway


The gig - Snow Patrol

Stadium rock's soppiest superstars have been missing in action since 2011's Fallen Empires. They return with a new album, Wildness, and an intimate Irish tour.

Saturday, Cork Opera House, Cork; Monday, INEC Killarney; Tuesday, Olympia, Dublin; Wednesday, National Opera House, Wexford


The musical - Titanic the Musical

It's two decades since Leonardo Di Caprio expired having guided Kate Winslet to floating debris (come on Kate - there was more than enough space for the two of you). Now, BGE Theatre welcomes the touring production of the Tony-winning Titanic the Musical, drawing on the experiences of real passengers aboard the doomed liner.

From Tuesday, BGE Theatre, Dublin


Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose
Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose

The podcast - Alice Isn't Dead

The latest aural creepshow from the crew behind HP Lovecraft-meets-David-Lynch smash Welcome to Nightvale. A trucker is searching for his missing wife - a straightforward premise that opens the door on a deluge of Americana weirdness.


The TV show - Patrick Melrose

Benedict Cumberbatch is the titular hero of Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels. Born to privilege but treated appallingly by his parents, Melrose is far from top of the toffs and, as we are introduced, is trying to numb his spiritual pain with horse tranquilliser levels of pills and booze.

Sunday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic


The box set - Safe

King of the whodunnit Harlan Coben has teamed up with Netflix for this missing teenager mystery set in a gated community in England. The plot is beyond addictive - though the casting of Dexter star Michael C Hall as a mild-mannered British surgeon is bizarre.

Now available on Netflix

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