Thursday, October 11, 2007

INSIDE POLITICS - RUNNING MATE ON TG4


I haven't seen it yet. But according to those who have, it's brilliant. Ann Marie Hourihan bigged it up in her column in the IT today. It's 'Running Mate', the new drama series about politics on TG4. It's set in the Kerry Gaeltacht, too, which is no bad thing visually.

De réir dealramh, tá an tsraith seo ar fheabhas. Dar le Ann Marie, is mór an náire é nach bhfuil mórán aird á thabhairt don saothar i measc pobal níos leithne.

In fact, there have been a couple of amazing films and series in Irish that have been neglected because they have been shot in the national language. They include Bob Quinn's Poitín, his son Robert's 'Cré na Cille' and series like CU Burn and the excellent soap (or 'sobal' as Gaeilge - soap + pobal!) Ros na Rún.

Pé scéal, if you want to catch up on this excellent series, you can watch all the episodes on the web. All you have to do is follow this link and click on the 'drama cartlann' link. You will see all the past episodes in that online archive.

3 comments:

Dan Sullivan said...

I've been watching it and it is very, very good but I'd hold off on the brilliant label as there are some jarring jumps in the story line especially in the 3rd episode and some of the campaigning is quare relaxed altogether and I think they could have done a little more with the 3 other candidates. Still, top marks for ambition and I'd rate it 7 stars out of 10 for now.

Now if you want brilliant politcal campaigning look out for this http://www.whydemocracy.net/film/3

It was on the beeb last night, and it is on PBS apparently on October 2rd and it could well end up on youtube or somewhere like that afterwards.

Harry McGee said...

OK, I'll suspend judgement until I see it Dan. I'm going to check it out tonight. I never got into the West Wing properly and am going to get the first of the box sets to see what I'm missing and what the other anoraks in Leinster House (primarily Paul O'Brien of the Examiner, Fionnan Sheahan of the Indo and Dave McCullagh from RTE) are going on about!

Dan Sullivan said...

I have all 7 series of the WW, the introduction of Bartlet is one of the best of a character in any series ever, and keeping in mind that he wasn't intended to be in the series that much as it was mean to be focused around the staff hence the west wing.