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Joe versus Carol

Sky Atlantic/Now, Friday March 4

Joe Exotic may not be getting out of prison anytime soon, but this new drama could provide an outlet for Tiger King fans. Equally prominent is his nemesis Carole Baskin in a series based on their rivalry.

Star Trek: Picard

Amazon Prime Video, March 4

Patrick Stewart, 81, and co return for another ten episodes, with his character Picard having to time travel to the 21st century in a desperate attempt to save Earth. Let’s hope he succeeds.

The way we were

Monday 7 March, RTÉ One

The new four-part series in the series uses a combination of expert and archival footage to reflect on life in Ireland in the 20th century. First, a look at courtship and sexuality, from the decades dominated by the Catholic Church to the introduction of divorce and the decriminalization of homosexuality.

Coronation Street

Virgin Media One, Monday March 7

The world’s longest-running soap opera begins a new chapter by moving to three-hour episodes at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Abi Webster is featured prominently in future episodes, with Kevin finding out about her one-night stand and the fallout seeing her back on drugs and badly injured in a horrific car accident.

turn red

Disney+, March 11

Despite the waning pandemic, it looks like non-theatrical releases are here to stay, with Pixar’s first major animation on the Disney streaming service. It follows 13-year-old Mei Lee, a teenage girl who transforms into a giant red panda.

Little Simz in Top Boy.

Boy Top

Netflix, March 18

A new season of the London crime drama has the Summerhouse crew raking in heaps of cash, but as always, they face various issues to stay on track. Returning cast members include Ashley Walters, Little Simz and Irish actress Lisa Dwan.

deep waters

Amazon Prime Video, March 18

Another movie released through a streaming network. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star in an erotic thriller about a couple whose marriage is on the rocks and allowing themselves to see other people. But then some of those lovers are found dead.

Bridgerton

Netflix, March 25

A second season of the innovative period drama arrives without fan favorite Regé-Jean Page, but the fun and games continue without him. This time around, the focus is largely on Lord Anthony Bridgerton, as his search for a bride shows promise with a new arrival from India.

Lizzo watch out for big grrrls

Amazon Prime Video, March 25

For eight weeks, we’ll follow the American pop star as 10 women move into the ‘Big Grrrls House’ in hopes of being cast as part of his world tour dance crew.

    Siobhan McSweeney in Holding.
Siobhan McSweeney in Holding.

Holding

Virgin Media One, to be confirmed

The West Cork-directed adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel is a dark and funny murder mystery with a stellar cast that includes Siobhán McSweeney, Brenda Fricker and Conleth Hill.

BOOKS

Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood

1st of March

From author Margaret Atwood comes a brilliant collection of funny, erudite, endlessly curious, and oddly prescient essays.

Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama by Bob Odenkirk

1st of March

The memoir of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk is an honest account of the ups and downs of showbiz and what it was like to reinvent himself as an action movie star at 50 .

Those Days by Lucy Caldwell

3rd of March

In this harrowing novel, sisters Emma and Audrey attempt to survive the horrors of the Belfast Blitz, four nights of bombing, during World War II.

Dolly Parton's run, Rose, run.
Dolly Parton’s run, Rose, run.

Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

March 7

Fans of country legend Dolly Parton will love her foray into fiction with this story of a runaway star, which is complemented by an album of 12 original songs made for the novel.

Wilde by Harlan Coben

the 17th of March

Wilde has uncovered a major break in a case that may hold the key to revealing its origins. But she links it to a current disappearance and presumed suicide.

The Truth Will End by Rosemary Hennigan

the 17th of March

An actor lands the lead role in a hugely successful but controversial play based on the true story of a mysterious death.

Wild Shores by Richard Nairn

March 24

An ecologist’s nature memoir takes you on a journey around the Irish coast by boat, on foot and sometimes by plane to visit the best remaining wild places.

  Amy Dunn.
Amy Dunn.

I Am Amy Dunne by Amy Dunne starring Orla O’Donnell

March 24

Amy Dunne, who was known as Miss D during a 2007 High Court case in which she fought for her right to travel for an abortion, reflects in this memoir on the culture of shame that she lived.

French braid by Anne Tyler

March 24

Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is an insightful journey into one family’s journey from the 1950s through to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brian McGilloway’s Empty Room

March, 31st

Dora Conlon wakes up one morning to find her 17-year-old daughter, Ellie, hasn’t come home from a party, and she takes it upon herself to find her daughter – even if it means taking the law into her own hands.

concerts

Yves Tumor

Whelan’s, Dublin; Monday March 7

Continually subverting popular culture, genre and musical expectations with a refined yet deeply experimental cocktail of rock, psychedelia and modern electronica, Yves Tumor would go down in history as a revolutionary figure in music, both independent and mainstream, until all is said and done. If you can get a ticket, testify.

CMAT.
CMAT.

CMAT

Cyprus Avenue, Cork; Wednesday March 9

Ireland’s new country queen, 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

As the 30th anniversary of the album Immigrants, Emigrants and Me is an opportunity for Dublin indie band Power of Dreams to reunite, the band will have both a back catalog and new material to draw upon, producing in Cork as part of an Irish tour with a new line-up and promoting the next extended player “Baby Boy”.

Tori Amos

Cork Opera House; St. Patrick’s Day

Former Kinsale resident Tori Amos brings over thirty years of a songbook that has spanned the wide range of alternative and subversive sounds over the years, from the chart-topping ‘Professional Widow’ to drum ‘n’ bass influences. , to a visceral depiction of sexual assault in “Me and a Gun.”

The Mary Wallopers

Vicar Street, Dublin; St. Patrick’s Day

After a tough Covid-19 period that saw Dundalk DIY balladeers The Mary Wallopers make the most of it with postponed streams and tours, the idea of ​​banging working-class tunes in a headliner of Vicar Street on Paddy’s Night must surely be the best way to come back with a bang. Sold out concerts at St. Luke’s in Cork the following two nights as well.

Thumper.
Thumper.

Thumper

Whelan’s, Dublin; Friday 18th March

Landing somewhere between post-punk, alt-rock and Kevin Shields sonic excess, and reveling in the density that two drummers and three guitarists will bring to a band, Thumper is one of those bands whose excursions Post-Covid will see them hastily regain their momentum, as they release their debut album ‘Delusions of Grandeur’.

Lucy Dacus

Olympia Theatre, Dublin; Monday March 21

A third of American indie supergroup Boygenius (alongside Phoebe Bridgers) and an established singer and songwriter, Lucy Dacus’ upcoming Dublin excursion has been pushed back to the Olympia Theater due to overwhelming demand for tickets – a sign that its star is rising internationally.

The cats

Olympia Theatre, Dublin; tuesday march 22

Australia has been a hive of DIY, psychedelic and garage-rock activity in recent years – and there’s no more viral example of the country’s rock ingenuity than irreverent punks The Chats, whose single “Smoko” evoked more than just a smile from genre fans around the world, but millions of views and streams.

Skinner

Workers’ Club, Dublin; Thursday March 24

Dublin post-punker Skinner and his band hold a mirror up to the seedy details of growing up and becoming an adult in the 21st century. Last year’s long-running album ‘Gunge’ sees this mix of Dublin no-wave and post-punk come alive amid the pressures of the housing crisis.

Mango x Mathman

Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick; Thursday, March 31st

Drawing inspiration from both Dublin city’s dance-music culture and Ireland’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, duo Mango and Mathman have worked hard from raves to NCH ​​in Dublin and at the Barbican Theater in London.

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