Give My Head Peace – Series 6 – The Drugs Don’t Work

Give My Head Peace is a light-hearted take on the conflict in the Occupied Six Counties of Ireland. Comedy, especially dark humour, is a coping mechanism and the Irish of the Six were in need of an effective means to deal with their pain. This sit-com, as much as it has been criticized, is one […]

Catherine Tate Show – Granny And The Ugly Baby

Any readers who come from large families, such as those found across Ireland, will know of at least one member who is crude and liable to say the wrong thing at the most inappropriate time. Usually it’s a man, but not always. Sometimes the worst culprit might be a woman, an old woman. It’s incongruous […]

Benny Hill – Benny’s Quickies (1976)

In the 1970s, no one who had access to Thames Television and a TV in The Celtic Isles would have missed The Benny Hill Show. The bawdy humour shown was of its time, but was so socially acceptable that even children got to stay up to watch it. The Tory party apparently haven’t manage to […]

Give My Head Peace – Series 6 – Intimidation

As bad as the conflict in the Occupied Six Counties of Ireland was (and is), there was always a dark sense of humour to accompany the violence. Such an approach is a coping mechanism in face of trauma. It often means that local people will laugh at things while others might find such behaviour wholly […]

Republic Of Telly – Irish Mammies (Irish Satire)

The Irish among you will understand the Cult of the Irish Mother. It is a religious belief system that extends across the globe wherever mothers are found, but has its idiosyncrasies in each culture. In Ireland, regardless of whether you are from Ulster, Munster, Leinster or Connaught, you will be familiar with the ways of […]