Don't forget: THIS is on RTE Two at 10.50pm tonight. Hopefully I'll catch it after attending Tainer Bang's 'First Episode of Season Five Premiere' L Word Party, which is going down (so to speak) at 7.30pm tonight in the Apartment In The Sky.
Anyway, here's the (not gay) preview I wrote on the former for the Trib yesterday.
Is RTE ready to roar?
Monday, RTE Two, 10.50pm
"You must forgive me for awaiting this new RTE series with a certain amount of trepidation. And by ‘certain amount’, I mean a consignment of trepidation the size of say, a small African country. Not that I won’t give it a chance, of course, but the fact does remain that the majority of home-grown programming (and indeed, the majority of all programming, and feck it, the majority of EVERYTHING) is rather rubbish.
RTE are especially good at commissioning that specific type of TV rubbish, the type of rubbish that aims to depict ‘real life’, be ‘cutting edge’, hell, ‘modern’ even. This usually happens when a drama or sitcom of sorts is based around ‘young people’. We haven’t seen a programme like this in a while, due to the catastrophe of nuclear proportions that was ‘The Big Bow Wow’, which remains the most cringe-inducing, horrendous and desperate drama series ever to be broadcast on terrestrial television. While that was so excruciatingly embarrassing and just downright awful it almost came full circle as satire (and, as a result, I kind of hated it, loved to hate it, and then just loved it), you can see why only now have the shockwaves halted enough for another twenty-something-life series be unleashed.
‘Roaring Twenties’ aims to be the antithesis of ‘The Big Bow Wow’. The visual landscape of modern Dublin that formed the backdrop of the latter has been dropped in favour of the charmingly scruffy townie suburb of Rathmines. Instead of accountants, noodle bar owners and business types, we have an artiste (note the ‘e’, har har) and his journalist girlfriend, Mary Fitzgerald (doesn’t she write for the Times?), a student (well, this is Rathmines) and a mysterious layabout. Plus, it’s a sitcom, so no overwrought drama then, although, it’s not as if RTE have the best record at commissioning sitcoms either (‘Leave It To Mrs O’Brien’, anyone?), but there is a sort of hope here, as instead of a scattered team of writers or people who have been around the block to the point of becoming stale, ‘Roaring Twenties’ is written and co-directed by a couple of recent graduates of Ballyfermot Film School - Steven Stubbs and Ray Sullivan."
(c. The Sunday Tribune)