The Continuing Story of Irish Television Drama: Tracking by Helena Sheehan

By Helena Sheehan

Dr Helena Sheehan's unique examine, Irish tv dram a, seemed in 1987. It traced 25 years (1962-87) of Irish society in a technique of social transformation and the position of tv drama in a fight to outline the character of that technique. This publication is a sequel, advancing the tale one other 15 years (1987-2002). From reasonable urban to family members to Father Ted, it examines tv drama during the Celtic tiger, striving to return to phrases with the flux of Irish existence in an more and more globalized global, in a time of vital adjustments within the weather of broadcasting.

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He had hardly settled back to home and hearth with Rita when he had an affair with Linda, who had a baby, who then married Barry. Then Bela took up with Cliodna, separated again from Rita and took up in succession with Irene, Tamara, Pauline, Gina and Tess. Anne took up with Paul, Jack, Frank, Shay, Liam, Dermot, Philip, Clancy, before going off to work on a cruise ship. As to Paul, who could remember all those between Bernie and Anne in the early days and Helen and Nicola and Niamh in more recent years ?

The escalating costs of drama production made co-production more imperative. Also legislation required commissioning independent production. RTE was required to invest a certain percentage of its production budget (up to 20% by 1999) in independent production. The Independent Production Unit was set up in 1994 and commissioned a number of programmes in a number of genre, including drama. Even co-productions came to be outsourced to independent production companies. The independent sector was building up in Ireland in the 1980s and grew even more rapidly in the 1990s.

Factual errors to do with the names of characters and length of time a series has been on air do not inspire confidence. The suggested characters and storylines are clichés. Further, although it is obviously a matter of conflicting perceptions, I do not find the character of Eunice credible or interesting and find the acting style disruptive as it seems more appropriate to panto than to television. The portrayal of the relationship between Kay and Malachy, however, I believe, was subtle, credible and mature both in the way it was written and acted.

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