Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world.

MUSIC NEWS

Despite being better-known these days for his ongoing drug addictions rather than his music, Pete Doherty has been in the news with two lighthearted tales this week. 

First up, we heard that the Libertines singer had been hospitalised after a cut he got from a hedgehog spine had become infected; and then NME reported that evidence of Doherty’s truly shameful past had emerged. 

A fan of QPR, he had even edited a fanzine dedicated to the club.

Robert Plant

GIG WISE

The mention of a Saving Grace gig may not have you scrambling online for tickets, but the sight of a ‘Robert Plant’ in the lineup of musicians will probably pique the interest of some. 

Tickets went on sale this morning for a gig at the Everyman in Cork on July 22 by the former Led Zeppelin singer and his fellow band-members. 

It forms part of a six-date tour of Ireland that also takes in Theatre Royal, Waterford, on July 19; and Helix, Dublin on July 25.

Another upcoming Cork gig is the addition of The Academic to the Live at the Marquee roster for June 27, a measure of the Westmeath indie-rockers’ rise over the past year or so. 

Ballydehob in West Cork hosts its jazz festival over the weekend, with Paul Dunlea and his Little Big Band featuring on a bill that’ll also feature a street parade through the town.

FILM TIPS

Today’s releases include Long Shot, a romantic comedy that’s been getting a general thumbs-up from the critics, not least for the performances of a cast that includes Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. 

Tolkien also opens this weekend, with Nicholas Hoult playing the Lord of the Rings author in the early part of his life. 

Our in-house reviewer gives it three stars out of five.

Emma Willis

ALL AND SUNDRY

Cork actress Emma Willis, below, returns to her hometown next week to perform at the Everyman in Spotless, alongside Ciara O’Callaghan (Fair City’s Yvonne Doyle), from Tuesday to Thursday. 

The annual choral music extravaganza in Cork continues until Sunday, with numerous events throughout each day. 

Highlights include Chamber Choir Ireland’s performance at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral this evening; the Fleischmann Internantional Gala tomorrow at City Hall; and the Closing Gala on Sunday.

ON THE TELLY

The Tommy Tiernan Show returns for a third series tomorrow night, with the prestigious Saturday night slot a recognition of the format’s success when other chatshows really do feel well past their sell-by date. 

As ever, the presenter won’t know who he’s interviewing until they walk out on set.

After the excitement of the Battle of Winterfell a few days ago, the next major TV event comes on Sunday with the final episode of the current series of Line Of Duty

Dedicated fans should switch over to Sky Arts immediately after the 90-minute episode for a South Bank special on show creator Jed Mercurio. 

We’ll hear about his previous careers as a doctor and a trainee airforce pilot, and go behind the scenes on the latest series of the gripping cop thriller. 

Sky Atlantic drama series Chernobyl looks decent on Tuesday, complete with Irish cast-members Jessie Buckley and Barry Keoghan. 

Finally, the many people who complained about last week’s Game of Thrones being too dark haven’t had much sympathy from the show’s director of photography. 

“A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Fabian Wagner told Wired. 

“A lot of people also, unfortunately, watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”

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