Myanna Buring, JulianRhind Tutt And RussellTovey in Banished

New BBC2 series: Banished to a land Down Under

Russell Tovey enjoyed his time in Australia working on Jimmy McGovern’s major new TV drama, writes Susan Griffin

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Scene + Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Reginald D Hunter’s series, Songs of the South, is essential viewing for music fans tomorrow night (BBC Two, 9pm), and this second episode is all the more attractive because it is followed by a new documentary on James Brown. 

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Spandau Ballet: Their break-up led to a bitter and costly court case.

Spandau Ballet cut a long story short

Spandau Ballet put a bitter breakup behind them to hit the road again, writes Ed Power

 

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Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman in The Boy Next Door.

Jennifer Lopez: Tempted by the younger man in the Boy Next Door

JENNIFER Lopez enters the room clutching a frothy coffee, her famous curves poured into an all-black ensemble and her skin glowing like a woman half her age.

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Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham is between rock and a hard place

Scott Gorham and his bandmates felt uncomfortable releasing new music as Thin Lizzy, so they’ve taken to the road under the Black Star Riders moniker, writes Ed Power.

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Bryan Burroughs in Beowulf: The Blockbuster.

Bringing Beowulf back to life

THIS retelling of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon narrative poem, is a vehicle for a father to communicate with his nine-year-old son.

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Live Music Review: Rumer at the Academy, Dublin

Like the too-perfect smile of a 1950s housewife, Sarah Joyce’s upbeat pop offers glimmers of something darker just beneath a flawless surface. 

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A file picture of Elaine Coakley and Kathleen Hurley of Backwater Artists Group in happier times, before their Arts Council funding was cut.

Cork artists’ group suffer funding cut

CELEBRATING 25 years, the Backwater Artists Group (BAG) in Cork has plenty to shout about. It is one of the largest artists’ studio groups in Ireland. But a technical glitch in the application for funding has resulted in zero money from the Arts Council this year.

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Cara O'Sullivan and Jung Soo Yun in Faust, at the Everyman.

Theatre Review: Faust

Everyman Theatre Cork.

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UCC’s John Fitzgerald is well versed in the world of poetry

Being a late bloomer in his writing hasn’t prevented the rapid progress of UCC’s John Fitzgerald, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Why camp comedy really suits Al Porter

Though only 22, the suave Tallaght man is already making an impact, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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Fitting tribute to one of Ireland’s great art educators

Jacqueline Stanley tells Alan O’Riordan about the legacy of her late husband Campbell Bruce, former professor of fine arts at NCAD

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Cork enjoys French connection as Mathieu Amalric returns to Leeside

Mathieu Amalric once spent time in Cork nursing a broken heart, but now the star is back on Leeside to present his new film writes Marjorie Brennan

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Movie reviews: Cake, Project Almanac, The Wedding Ringer

Cake ****
Project Almanac ****
The Wedding Ringer ***

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What to watch on TV this week

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey return for a third season of House of Cards on Netflix from Friday.

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Book review: The Great Race

The Great Race
David Hill
Little, Brown, £25 

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Books for children

The Hog, The Shrew And The Hullabaloo
by Julia Copus and Eunyoung Seo
(Faber and Faber; €8.80) 

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Book review: Time and Time Again

Time and Time Again
Ben Elton
Bantam Press: €16.99;
Kindle, €3.58

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Book review: Cameron’s Coup: How The Tories Took Britain To The Brink

Cameron’s Coup: How The Tories Took Britain To The Brink
Polly Toynbee and David Walker
Guardian Faber Publishing, €14.99;
ebook, €7.49

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