Category: TV & Radio

Tapping into education for everyone

There’s usually a positive response when people whose background becomes an obstacle to education manage to access it despite the challenges, and sometimes later in life. Last Friday night’s Nationwide (RTE 1) was quite uplifting, focusing as it did on the Trinity Access Programme (TAP). We heard from several people, young and older, who had…

ITV’s gamble on Cleaning Up pays off

People say we have a toxic relationship with all sorts of things, but gambling has to be up there as one of the most serious scourges. TV drama Cleaning Up (UTV, Wednesdays and Virgin Media 1, Mondays) makes for uncomfortable viewing as Sam (Sheridan Smith) unravels due to her addiction to all sorts of gambling.…

Strange juxtaposition of grace and violence

I have mixed feelings about boxing as a sport – it can teach self-discipline, focus the energies of the young, enhance physical fitness, but there can be a brutality about it that is unnerving. Katie (RTÉ1, Tuesday) was an impressive documentary from Ross Whitaker that followed the career of Irish boxer Katie Taylor. It was full…

Little Resistance to RTE’s new offering

Sometimes a programme arrives with mighty hype and fails to live up to the high expectations, then sometimes you just about stumble upon a modest show that exceeds the low expectations. RTÉ’s War of Independence drama Resistance (RTÉ1, Sunday nights) was preceded by much hype. Now two episodes in, it is better than I expected.…

Usual hamper of goodies for festive fun

There’s so much interesting stuff in the media over Christmas, but it’s the one time of the year when I find I have less time and inclination to engage, what with all the wonderful goings-on in the world of family, friends and Church community. However, I was impressed by a Nationwide (RTÉ1) programme leading up…

The pick of the Christmas season

Matinee: Gandhi RTÉ1, Saturday, December 22, 12.55 pm (1982) Director. Richard Attenborough. Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud.  Gandhi’s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. Life On The Rock EWTN, Saturday, December 22, 3.30 pm Pat Kenny discusses the extraordinary…

Bio soars as Nightingales fail to lift off

I’m reluctant to praise a drama series based on the first episode – too often I’ve done this only to find the series deteriorating (dramatically or morally!) in or after the second episode. One interesting new drama, with some religious elements, is Mrs Wilson (BBC1, Tuesdays), two episodes in at the time of writing. This…