Category: TV & Radio

As an avid collector of ironies, I hit the jackpot last week. Liberal media commentators were horrified that Pope Francis didn’t see a problem with slapping children for corrective purposes, but actively argued for aborting more children by widening Irish abortion laws! The latest wave in this debate started Wednesday of last week with a…

It’s understandable that so many religious programmes are concentrated on Sundays. Some may feel it puts religion in a media ghetto, but in a way it’s also showing sensitivity to the Lord’s Day. On last Sunday morning’s Sunday Sequence (BBC Radio Ulster), Audrey Carville presented a timely item on the morality of paying hostage takers: should…

Last week felt like ‘Same-Sex Marriage Week’. Monday evening saw the start of a new series on RTÉ 1, Claire Byrne Live. I thought it was rather bizarre to start the show with Colin Farrell making the case for same-sex marriage. He was obviously sincere, but ‘Hollywood star favours gay marriage’ sounds more like a…

Having lost some of its programmes to UTV Ireland, TV3 had to fight back with some stronger programming and the twice-weekly drama Red Rock was flagged as its foray into original soaps. Describing it as a soap actually does it something of an injustice, as it’s better than that. The atmospheric visuals immediately put it…

Morning Movie: The Nun’s Story RTÉ 1, Sat, Dec 20, 7.55am  (1959) Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch. Director: Fred Zinnemann. Gabrielle Van Der Mal gave up everything to become a nun. But her faith and her vows are forever being tested. In Concert: Sing Noel! A Christmas Concert EWTN, Sat, Dec 20, 11am & Christmas Day…