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UK version of Law & Order disappoints

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LAW AND ORDER is one of the longest running series on our televisions and one of my own personal favourites.

So I waited with excited anticipation to the UK version of this popular crime drama but boy was I disappointed.

It airs on UTV on Wednesday nights and stars Bradley Walsh (ex-Coronation Street), who tries too hard to be a mix of Frost and Colombo but it so doesn’t work.

Even the pace of Law & Order UK isn’t the same as the US one which is New York based. It appears to be the same programme but it isn’t.

Though this is based in London, there is no sense of a metropolitian location. It is almost as small-time as Midsomer Murders.

Over the years the US series has had a few cast changes – I used to traumatised every time. I thought it was never going to be the same after Chris Noth (Sex and the City and currently in The Good Wife) left but I got used to the new crews as they came and went. That’s because the storylines were good.

Now, the storyline in the UK episode I saw last Wednesday wasn’t bad as storylines go but there was something stilted about the gowned and wigged barristers in the court room scenes and Bradley wearing the mac threw me off completely.

Even his mannerisms, the way he half turned and the way he crouched was a nod to Columbo.

The pity of it is that there was probably no need for him to do this. I liked him very much in Corrie.

And it works the other way around too. The American versions of The Office and Shameless were awful. I couldn’t even look at them.

It was chalk and cheese and maybe Law & Order only works when it’s based in the Big Apple.

Of course, cops in the States can carry guns and maybe that takes the edge off the British cops and gives a tamer tone to the UK series.

The upside is that it’s one less series I have to commit to and as the evenings get longer and brighter, that’s not a bad thing.

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Comedian Shane for city show

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Comedian Shane Clifford.

Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.

It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.

Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.

Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.

 

 

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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall

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Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at  8pm.

Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It  features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.

This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.

Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.

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Music festival set to return after a successful debut

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Billy Owens of Galway Simon Music Project accompanied by Aboriginal singer Jesse Lloyd as they sing The Galway Shawl during a visit by Jessie to An Taibhdhearc to meet with members of the project during the Songs from an Open Road Festival. Jessie, who is an artist, musician, singer and activist, collaborated with well-known musician Steve Cooney for her concert as part of the festival. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).

Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.

There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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