Category: TV & Radio

Childishly trying to push boundaries

The trailers for the new comic drama series The Dry (RTÉ One, Wednesdays) looked promising as were the first few minutes, with recovering alcoholic Shiv trying to engage in conversation with a guy in the airport drinking morning pints. But he accused her of being “an f——religious nut”. Then they launched into a shouting match…

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When pro-choice is not very pro-choice

There is much debate about single-sex schools versus mixed schools, with our current arrangements favouring choice and diversity of school models. I listened with interest to the discussion on Drivetime (RTÉ Radio One, Wednesday) when Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (Labour) was very much against single-sex schools. His view was based on equality arguments, but presenter…

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Hope from the ashes for Lent and Ukraine

At least two big occasions demand our attention this week – Lent and the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Songs of Praise (BBC One, Sunday) covered both of these really well. The programme came from the Lincoln area, with presenter Sean Fletcher, who described Lent as a time when people challenge themselves,…

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Pro-life season in the USA

It’s pro-life season in the USA, with the Marches for Life in Washington and on the East Coast. The EWTN channel is broadcasting a range of pro-life programmes for the occasion. One of the best was Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (EWTN, Saturday), a new documentary from Canadian Kevin Dunn. Comprised of four personal story vignettes…

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