Emmanuel Kehoe

Emmanuel Kehoe

Mrs Brown’s Boys meets the Troubles: Lots of energy, not enough laughs

Mrs Brown’s Boys meets the Troubles: Lots of energy, not enough laughs

As in Mrs Brown’s Boys, there are wee moments in Derry Girls that transcend slapstick to make points, but these are repeatedly overwhelmed by overstatement, credulity-straining scenarios and some frankly coarse acting

Peeling away the layers of a family’s murder

Peeling away the layers of a family’s murder

Reviewed This Week Claire Byrne Live: Her Name Is Clodagh: RTÉ One This Time: BBC One Now You Se...

TV: A slow and tawdry slice of real-life crime

TV: A slow and tawdry slice of real-life crime

In Dirty John, Debra Newell (Connie Britton), who is four times divorced and a successful businesswoman, falls for John Meehan (Eric Bana), a practised, brazen conman who presents himself to her as a doctor/anaesthesiologist who served in Iraq

Bannon takes a wide-eyed look at where the other half live

Bannon takes a wide-eyed look at where the other half live

Reviewed This Week Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes: RTÉ One Das Boot: Sky Atlantic Dermot Ban...

TV: Reclaiming Ireland’s old revolutionary shibboleths

TV: Reclaiming Ireland’s old revolutionary shibboleths

In The Irish Revolution (RTÉ One), there are no leisurely academic interpretations. It’s very visual. The small army of historians, veterans and new recruits are there only to interject strategic, pithy and illuminating observations

Arrogance drags Britain towards the brink

Arrogance drags Britain towards the brink

Reviewed This Week Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil: BBC Two Deutschland 86: RTÉ Two Shooting ...

TV: Shining a light on a sensitive issue

TV: Shining a light on a sensitive issue

Prime Time entered the debate with, rather surprisingly, only one trans person talking about their experience

Katie packs a punch while Kondo packs it away

Katie packs a punch while Kondo packs it away

Reviewed This Week Katie: RTÉ One Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Netflix Escape at Dannemora : Sky...

TV: A historical drama out of step with its subject

TV: A historical drama out of step with its subject

The new five-part series dealing with events of the War of Independence does not entirely deal with ordinary people ‘caught up’ in the war

Sculpting a classic into a small-screen work of art

Sculpting a classic into a small-screen work of art

Reviewed This Week Les Misérables: BBC One The ABC Murders: BBC One Life After the Rising: RTÉ ...

Screen and screen again

Screen and screen again

Top five entertainment shows Funny Girl: The Musical Sky Arts, 8pm, today, December 23 The bitter...

Travelling back in time to a big day in Irish history

Travelling back in time to a big day in Irish history

Reviewed This Week Election 1918: RTÉ One Taken Down: RTÉ One In 1966, RTÉ produced Insurrecti...

TV: Parallel history in an imaginary Poland

TV: Parallel history in an imaginary Poland

1983 (Netflix) imagines a world in which Solidarity failed, following a series of devastating terrorist attacks

In the old West, the Coens print the legend

In the old West, the Coens print the legend

Reviewed This Week The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Netflix My Brilliant Friend: Sky Atlantic The Ko...

TV: The human cost of a shameful stitch-up

TV: The human cost of a shameful stitch-up

Whistleblower – The Maurice McCabe Story (RTÉ One), was, quite simply, a very accomplished and absorbing documentary