Arts and entertainment options to fill your time this week

Idris Elba in Luther.

Whether you’re couch-bound or want to get out and about, Des O’Driscoll offers some arts and entertainment options over the next few days.



Tomorrow, BBC One, 9pm

Fans of Idris Elba’s detective series should be aware that the entire four-part series runs from Tuesday to Friday this week.

It promises to be a particularly dark adventure for the unconventional cop. He tries to track down a depraved killer in London, as well as dealing with the revenge of nemesis George Cornelius.



Netflix sprung a surprise by dropping one episode of Charlie Brooker’s series last Friday.

Its new feature is that the show is somewhat interactive, allowing you to make choices about the plot.


Tomorrow, Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Put your prejudices aside about Ben Stiller. As well as his screen personas, he’s also a decent director, and is the main man behind this eight-part thriller, based on a real-life prison break.

Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano play the two criminals on the run, while Patricia Arquette is the prison officer who helps them.



Opens tomorrow

We’re claiming this as an Irish film, simply because Yorgos Lanthimos has again collaborated with Element Pictures, the Dublin-based firm that also helped the Greek director with The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

This time around, he’s also roped in Olivia Colman and Emma Stone for a tale set in 18th century England during the reign of Queen Anne.


As befitting the holiday period, there are several decent options to entertain younger cinema-goers.

Among them are Mary Poppins Returns, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse. Teenagers can also check out Aquaman and Bumblebee, both of which carry a 12A rating.



Tomorrow, Cork Opera House

Liam Ó Maonlaí and co lead the New Year’s Eve celebrations at a gig that also features support from Cork singer-songwriter Clare Sands.


Everyman, Cork, Sunday

With the Senate still in recess, Frances Black gets a chance to switch back to her music career and play a few gigs with her old comrade Kieran Goss.

As well as the Cork gig, the duo are also at the INEC in Killarney on Saturday.


Aladdin, at Cork Opera House, runs until January 20; Cinderella, at the Everyman, in Cork, is on until January 13; and Sleeping Beauty, in the INEC, Killarney, runs January 3-5.



Crawford Gallery, Cork

There are several strands to the exhibition of work by Ireland’s ‘strangest genius’.

Watercolours, stained glass, and a recording of a poem being read by Fiona Shaw all feature.

While you’re in the Crawford, the other exhibition, ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’, is also well worth checking out.


National Gallery, Dublin

The gallery’s annual display of watercolours by JMW Turner is complemented this year by another exhibition, ‘Canaletto and the Art of Venice’.

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