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DVDs and Downloads: Snatch, Castlevania and Shirkers

New to download, stream or buy on dvd/blu-ray: SNATCH Season One (Cert 15, 450 mins, Spirit Entertainment, available on Amazon Video/iTunes and other download and streaming services; from October 29 on DVD £24.

Radio review: Reading to cope with mental health issues

Nuala McCann
Front Row – Reading and Mental health Radio 4 When he was in his twenties, Stig Abell went through a time when he would wake up in the middle of the night shaking uncontrollably and desperately anxious.

TV review: Butterfly raises a subject which must be addressed

Billy Foley
Butterfly, UTV, Sunday at 9pm Is it possible that gender identification disorder is the real human rights issue of our time? Same sex marriage and language rights may be top of the political agenda, but I suspect that the damage being done to people who feel they have been born in the wrong body is of a greater order.

Beloved BBC show Blue Peter celebrates 60 years

Georgia Humphreys
WHEN Blue Peter first aired in 1958, no one could have predicted it would still be going 60 years later: today, the world's longest running children's show will celebrate this historic birthday with a one-hour live special on CBBC.

Radio review: The adored son who killed his mother

Nuala McCann
The Hospital always Wins Documentary on One RTÉ 1 In 2005, Laura Starecheski began recording at Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital – the largest state psychiatric care institution in New York City.

TV review: Assad, Syria and the banality of evil

Billy Foley
Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, BBC 2, Tuesday at 9pm Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” after studying Adolf Eichmann at his trial in the early 1960s.

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