Category: TV & Radio

This week we were reminded several times of the great work done abroad by Irish missionaries and lay volunteers over the years, an ongoing legacy we can be proud of. On Today With Sean O’Rourke, RTÉ1 Tuesday of last week, two award-winning missionaries impressed. Sr Cora O’Richardson had lived a full life – had studied…

Documentary may not be the most popular genre, but done well can have quite an impact. Powerful and well-made as it was, it’s hard to see what effect The Disappearedwill have (RTÉ 1 Monday, BBC 4 Tuesday, last week). Darragh MacIntyre certainly re-opened the controversy about the people were ‘disappeared’ in Northern Ireland in the…

I finally caught up with TG4’s series Pobal ag Guílast Sunday night. A review of Ireland’s relationship with religion, it started well with coverage of last year’s Eucharistic Congress but unfortunately it then fell back on lazy film making, stereotypes and clichés. And so there were lots of black and white clips of former Archbishop…

Another unbalanced programme about the Crusades

If the Inquisition is Exhibit A in the case against religion and more specifically the Catholic Church, then the Crusades are probably Exhibit B. A few nights ago BBC 2 aired the first of a new three-part series about the Crusades kicking off with the First Crusade. I was hoping for a slightly more balanced…