Tuesday 24 April 2018

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Al Porter
Al Porter

What not to miss this week.

The show

RTE Concert Orchestra Presents: Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark

The famed RTE Concert Orchestra is performing John Williams' iconic score from the hit Steven Spielberg film tonight and tomorrow night at Dublin's National Concert Hall. The movie will play on a 39-foot screen, while the fabulously talented musicians play live alongside it. The cheaper tickets are sold out, but you can still get some for both shows from €48.50 per person. See ticketmaster.ie for more.


Sky Cats Laugh Comedy Festival,

The annual Cats Laugh comedy festival takes place in Kilkenny from today until Monday night, and there's a veritable smorgasbord of funny on offer. All of Al Porter's stand-up gigs are sold out, but there's still lots on offer, from Republic of Telly's Joanne McNally to David O'Doherty and Jason Manford, and just being in Kilkenny over the weekend is the craic. Tickets are available from thecatlaughs.com.

The event

Forbidden Fruit

The grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham will be overrun with festival goers this weekend as Forbidden Fruit returns for yet another June bank holiday weekend. The Sunday day tickets are sold out, but you can still snap up a pass for today, tomorrow (€59.50 each), or the entire weekend (€119). Dizzee Rascal, Tame Impala and Underworld will all take to the stage.

The TV programme

Top Gear

Let's give Chris Evan and Matt LeBlanc another chance, shall we? It was never going to be the same without Clarkson and co, but it's still a fantastic show with incredibly high production values. We know, we miss Richard too.

The radio show

Marty in the Morning

RTE Lyric FM is broadcasting several of its show live from the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park this weekend, and Marty Whelan's Saturday morning programme is easy listening at its finest for a bank holiday weekend - plus he'll be interviewing Neven Maguire. Catch Marty from 10am.

The box-set

Orange Is The New Black

Series four of the prison dramedy is back on June 17, so if you've never indulged in OITNB, now is the time to catch up on Netflix. The female inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary make for compulsive viewing, and they're worth the €7.99 subscription fee alone.

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