TV Watch with Bernie Ni Fhlatharta
Imagine the pitch to the agents. We want your client (celebrity) to travel with us to the Austrian Alps to take part in extreme sport activities.
Then there might have been some discussion about fitness levels and probably insurance cover. It didn’t matter that they hadn’t skied before. In fact, the more injuries, the more entertaining.
Oh, and eliminations will be decided via a jump onto the icy slopes.
This is The Jump, the latest competitive show on Channel 4 involving celebrities, who obviously are a bit idle and need the publicity. Watching some of them scared out of their wits at heights and tackling either the Slalom or the Skeleton, the Bobsleigh or Speed Skating, you would wonder how desperate some of them were to agree to it in the first place.
The Jump was shown nightly on Channel 4 during the week and I hate to admit it but it was kind of addictive.
Having tried to ski once and not mastering it, I am drawn to Winter sports and am looking forward to the start of the Winter Olympics this weekend.
As the week went on and we saw more and more injuries from concussion (Melinda Messenger) to cracked ribs (Steve Redgrave) to a broken wrist for some fashion writer I had never heard of, it appeared to be a litany of disasters.
It was a bit confusing when the producers brought in two other celebrities (X Factor winner, Joe McElderry and investigative reporter, Donal MacIntyre) to keep the numbers up for the eliminations. I also felt it was unfair, especially when the two made it to the final (which was on last night) ahead of others who had been there from the start.
I felt particularly sorry for singer, Ritchie Neville, who made it to the semi-final and did so well considering he had never skied in his life. It just shows, it can be done with proper instruction.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer
Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.
She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.
Maeve is involved with Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.
She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.
“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.
“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”
Mystery of Wolfe Tone’s death
Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, February 2, with The Murder of Wolfe Tone, the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, leader of the 1798 Rebellion and the man who is regarded as the founding father of Irish republicanism.
In this audio-visual show featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and a vast array of songs, Paddy works to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in Dublin’s Provost’s Prison in November 1798 when 35-year-old Tone was found dead in his cell.
Tickets for The Murder of Wolfe Tone, which starts at 8pm are €20/18, plus a €1 booking charge. They are available at tht.ie, 091-569777 and at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.
Funnyman Neil brings latest show to Athenry
Comedian Neil Delamere will bring his new show, Delamerium, to the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on Saturday, February 18.
Audiences can expect hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as Neil tries to makes sense of the world around him.
Neil is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well-known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTÉ and BBC, as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.
His shows have received stellar reviews and resulted in several platinum-selling DVDs, while Neil has also written and presented comedy documentaries including programmes on the Vikings and St Patrick which won IFTA and Celtic Media awards.
He also presented a series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, on RTÉ 2.
He’s a regular on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular panel show, The Blame Game, as well as being a panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and has featured on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.
According to the Irish Times, ‘no TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit’, while the Scotsman awarded him five stars during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, stating: ‘You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.’
He continues to tour at home and abroad and audiences can catch his latest show, Delamerium, on February 18 in Athenry.
Tickets for Delamerium are available from the hotel or at ticketsolve.ie