ON THE TELLY: While the return of Alan Partridge has led to household splits not seen since the Civil War (for the record, we’re former loyalists who’ve gone over to the anti-Coogan side), one show for your diaries next week should be series two of Fleabag (Monday, BBC Two).
Phoebe Waller-Bridge gained a cult following for the first run in 2016 of the rather hardcore tale of a young woman’s life in London, and since then she’s also shown her talent by writing Killing Eve. There’s added incentive for Irish people, given that the new series also features Fiona Shaw and Andrew Scott.
For a film choice on the same night, Film4 has the charming Hunt For The Wilderpeople, while Derry Girls is back for a new series on Channel 4 on Tuesday. Soft Cell documentary Soft Cell: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye is on BBC Four tonight.
MUSIC NEWS: As part of its remit to promoting music in this country, the Irish Musicians Rights Organisation (IMRO) runs the Live Venue of the Year Awards, and earlier this week awarded the venue of the year prize to the Sugar Club in Dublin. Other big winners included Live at St Luke’s, Cork, which won the Munster prize.
Next up on the awards roster is the Choice Music Prize on Thursday with one of the strongest and most diverse list of 10 albums of recent years. Villagers are an obvious favourite, but they won it in 2013, perhaps leaving the door open this year for Kojaque.
Finally, RIPs this week to Mark Hollis of Talk Talk, and Andy Anderson, drummer with the cure from 1988, whose sticks and brushes you’ve probably heard on such tunes as ‘Love Cats’.
GIG WISE: Body & Soul (June 21-23) tends to be more about the overall experience than the headliners, but this year’s lineup reveals a fairly solid roster.
For the electronically-inclined, there’s a large slab of Teutonic quality in the shape of both Modeselektor, and Kruder & Dorfmeister; as well as American singer Santigold, and Cork act Talos. More to be announced.
Ariana Grande has added a third date, September 25, to her 3Arena appearances after the other two gigs sold out.
Fancy a shot at immortality? Cork band Serengeti Long Walk will take you as close as you’re likely to get, at the White Horse in Ballincollig tonight, when they record a live album. Band on stage at 9.30pm and admission is free.
FILM TIPS: The Cork French Film Festival launches on Sunday and runs until March 10 with a programme that’s mostly made up of contemporary offerings, but also has a showing of Cyrano De Bergerac, starring Gerard Depardieu.
Mainstream releases slow somewhat after the pre-Oscar rush, but several of last weekend’s big winners are still in cinemas. Among them is Green Book, which took the best picture prize — much to the surprise of many. New films out today include Irish horror The Hole In The Ground, starring Seána Kerslake.
From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has the excellent Can You Ever Forgive Me?; and Destroyer, the crime thriller for which Nicole Kidman has been getting plenty of praise.
Next Thursday at St John’s College, Cork Cine Club is showing highly-rated Japanese film Shoplifters.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Dylan Moran is to play a number of dates in Ireland from June, beginning at Vicar Street in Dublin in June, and finishing at Cork Opera House (September 6-7).
International Women’s Day is next Friday, March 8, and the Everyman in Cork is marking it with a performance of Seahorse, a lighthearted play about being a woman in modern Ireland.