This coronavirus lockdown isn’t all bad for parents. Yes, for most of us, it’s a nightmare trying to juggle childcare, work, and downing half-a-pack of Custard Creams in the kitchen without getting caught.
In 2015 plans by Irish scriptwriter Hugh Travers to develop a comedy series commissioned by Channel 4 about Ireland’s Famine drew the ire of public opinion which led to an online petition with almost 20,000 signatures expressing outrage at its apparent trivialisation.
‘The Queen of Big Brother’, ‘The Princess of Bermondsey’, two of the many monikers bestowed upon former Big Brother contestant and reality TV star, Jade Goody. A polarising character, who was demonized by the very machine that helped create her.
RTÉ broadcaster Olivia O’Leary will be at the Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering in Waterville, Co Kerry, over the next few days. Originally from Borris, Co Carlow, Olivia also presents The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 and does a radio column every Tuesday for the Drivetime programme.
A crucial detail to emerge from the ongoing row in the UK about the BBC taking away free TV licences for over-75s concerns the age of people who actually watch TV. The average age of a BBC1 viewer, it turns out, is 61, and a year older for BBC2. In other words, a large proportion of the Beeb’s customers do not pay for the service, hence the decision to make Grandma stump up for the Antiques Roadshow.