Joe vs. Carole
Sky Atlantic/Now, Friday, March 4
Joe Exotic may not be getting out of prison any time soon, but this new drama may provide an outlet for fans of the Tiger King. His nemesis Carole Baskin is just as prominent in a series based around their rivalry.
Star Trek: Picard
Amazon Prime Video, March 4
Patrick Stewart, 81, and co return for ten more episodes, with his character Picard having to travel back in time to the 21st century in a desperate attempt to save Earth. Hopefully, he succeeds.
The Way We Were
Monday, March 7, RTÉ One
New four-part run of the series uses a combination of pundits and archive footage to reflect on life in Ireland in the 20th century. First up is a look at courtship and sexuality, from the Catholic Church-dominated decades right up to the introduction of divorce and decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Virgin Media One, Monday, March 7
The world’s longest-running soap opera begins a new chapter with a move to three hour-long episodes at 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Abi Webster features prominently in the upcoming episodes, with Kevin finding out about her one-night stand, and the fall-out seeing her back on the drugs and badly injured in a terrible car accident.
Disney+, March 11
Despite the waning pandemic, it looks as if non-cinema releases are here to stay, with Pixar’s major animation premiering on the Disney streaming service. It follows 13-year-old Mei Lee, a teenager who turns into a giant red panda.
Netflix, March 18
A new season of of the London crime drama has the Summerhouse crew raking in piles of cash, but as ever, facing various issues to stay on track. Returning cast include Ashley Walters, Little Simz and Irish actress Lisa Dwan.
Amazon Prime Video, March 18
Another film being released via a streaming network. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star in an erotic thriller about a couple whose marriage is on the rocks and allow each other see other people. But then some of those lovers are found dead.
Netflix, March 25
A second season of the innovative period drama arrives without fan favourite Regé-Jean Page, but the fun and games continue without him. Much of the focus this time around is on Lord Anthony Bridgerton as his search for a wife shows promise with a new arrival from India.
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls
Amazon Prime Video, March 25
Over eight weeks, we’ll follow the American pop star as 10 women move into the ‘Big Grrrls House’ in the hope of being chosen for the dance crew on her world tour.
Virgin Media One, tbc
The West Cork-made adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel is a darkly-funny murder mystery with a stellar cast that includes Siobhán McSweeney, Brenda Fricker, and Conleth Hill.
- Des O’Driscoll
Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood
From author Margaret Atwood comes a brilliant collection of funny, erudite, endlessly curious, uncannily prescient essays.
Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama by Bob Odenkirk
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk’s memoir is an honest account of the highs and lows of showbiz and what it was like to reinvent himself as an action film star at 50.
These Days by Lucy Caldwell
In this heartbreaking novel, sisters Emma and Audrey try to survive the horrors of the Belfast Blitz, four nights of bombings, during World War II.
Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
Fans of country legend Dolly Parton will love her foray into fiction with this story of a star on the run, which is complemented by an album of 12 original songs made for the novel.
Wilde by Harlan Coben
Wilde has uncovered a major break in a case that may hold the key to revealing his origins. But it links him with a present-day disappearance and a presumed suicide.
The Truth Will Out by Rosemary Hennigan
An actor lands the leading role in a hugely successful but controversial play based on the true story of a mysterious death.
Wild Shores by Richard Nairn
An ecologist’s nature memoir brings you on a journey around Ireland’s coastline by boat, by foot and sometimes by air to visit the best remaining wild places.
I Am Amy Dunne by Amy Dunne with Orla O’Donnell
Amy Dunne, who was known as Miss D during a High Court case in 2007 in which she fought for her right to travel for an abortion, reflects in this memoir on the culture of shame she lived through.
French Braid by Anne Tyler
Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is a perceptive journey into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s right up to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Empty Room by Brian McGilloway
Dora Conlon wakes one morning to discover her 17-year old daughter Ellie has not come home after a party and she takes it upon herself to find her daughter – even if it means taking justice into her own hands.
- Denise O’Donoghue
Whelan’s, Dublin; Monday March 7
Endlessly subverting popular culture, gender and musical expectations with a refined but deeply experimental cocktail of rock, psychedelia and modern electronica, Yves Tumor is going to go down in history as a game-changing figure for music, both independently and in the mainstream, by the time all is said and done. If you can get a ticket, bear witness.
Cyprus Avenue, Cork; Tuesday March 8
Ireland’s new queen of country Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson combines ramshackle country music with broader pop and disco influences, and a knowingly detailed aesthetic.
Power of Dreams
Cyprus Avenue, Cork; Sunday March 13
With the 30th anniversary of breakout album Immigrants, Emigrants and Me serving as an opportunity for Dublin indie outfit Power of Dreams to reunite, the band will have a deep well of both catalogue and new tunes to draw on, performing in Cork as part of an Irish tour with a new line-up and promoting upcoming extended-player ‘Baby Boy’.
Cork Opera House; St Patrick’s Day
A one-time resident of Kinsale, Tori Amos brings over thirty years of a songbook that’s covered the broad spectrum of alternative and subversive sounds over the years, from the chart peaks of drum ‘n’ bass-inflected ‘Professional Widow’, to a visceral depiction of sexual assault in ‘Me and a Gun’.
The Mary Wallopers
Vicar Street, Dublin; St. Patrick’s Day
After a difficult Covid-19 period that saw Dundalk DIY balladeers The Mary Wallopers make the best of it with streams and postponed touring, the thought of banging out working-class tunes in a Vicar Street headliner on Paddy’s night must surely be the best way to come back with a bang. Sold out gigs in St. Luke’s in Cork on the following two nights, too.
Whelan’s, Dublin; Friday March 18
Landing somewhere between post-punk, alt-rock and Kevin Shields-esque sonic excess, and revelling in the density that two drummers and three guitarists will grant a band, Thumper are one o