11 February 2003
The Film: Daredevil
In 1964, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Bill Everett created 'Daredevil: The Man Without Fear'. Attorney Matt Murdock took his place alongside other Marvel stalwarts such as The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men and Spider-Man. Although Murdock is blind, his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. Now we have the movie, starring Ben Affleck as the masked vigilante, Jennifer Garner as his beloved antagonist Elektra and Colin Farrell as Bullseye, the ruthless assassin with the Dublin attitude.

Paul Freaney, Brian Finnegan and Brenda Power discuss 'Daredevil'

The Book: The Speckled People
The Dublin-born novelist and short story writer Hugo Hamilton began life as Johannes O hUrmoltaigh, the child of a German mother, who had come to Ireland to escape the devastation of the Second World War, and an Irish father, a passionate nationalist from County Cork. Now Hamilton, whose most recent novels are 'Headbanger' and 'Sad Bastard', has given us an account of his childhood in South Dublin in the 50s and 60s.

The panel discusses Hugo Hamilton's 'The Speckled People'

The Show: The Good Father
Galway-based writer Christian O'Reilly has published short stories as well as writing for theatre, radio and television. His short, 'The Kiss of Life', was nominated for Best Short Film at the recent Irish Film and Television Awards. The Druid production of his play 'The Good Father' has now set out on tour, featuring Derbhle Crotty and Aidan Kelly in the roles they created under Garry Hynes' direction. It is the story of Tim and Jane, who meet in a kitchen at a party one New Year's Eve. Later that night, they end up doing what lonely strangers sometimes do, but that isn't the end of it and the consequences shake both their lives to the core.

The panel discusses 'The Good Father'

The Film: The Hours
The American Michael Cunningham received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for his novel 'The Hours', now a film starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, written by playwright David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. It takes as its starting point Virginia Woolf's novel 'Mrs Dalloway', which relates a day in the life of its heroine and interweaves the stories of three women: Woolf herself, Laura, a 1950s housewife who is reading Woolf's book and a New Yorker, Clarissa Vaughan, a modern version of Mrs Dalloway, like her throwing a party and, like her, wondering where her life has gone.

The panel discusses 'The Hours'

The Performance: Handel's Ariodante
Opera Theatre Company has had considerable success with their productions of Handel's operas and their current production, 'Ariodante', visits Cork and Kilkenny this week before travelling to Limerick, Belfast, Galway, Mullingar and Derry. It's a tale of sexual deception, manipulation and madness, which director James Conway has set on the bleak and windswept Scottish coast amongst a strict Reformist community.

Watch the performance

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