Date Published: 18-May-2011
The politically correct mandarins at the BBC reckon that we have too many male detectives on the box, which is the pathetic reason they’ve dropped the stylish Italian Aurelio Zen for a variety of modern day Miss Marples.
At the same time, the head honchos at ITV finally abandoned its long relationship with Taggart – although in fairness, they gave it another 17 years after Taggart himself had shuffled off to his eternal reward.
Indeed Jim Taggart – brilliantly depicted in all of his misery by the late Mark McManus – might have still had his name over the door, but a generation only remember Mike Jardine and Jackie Reid as the main protagonists, or even more recently when the main role as handed over to DCI Mark Burke.
So killing off a programme called after a detective who has been dead since 1994 is one thing – but calling a halt to a series because we have too many male detectives on the box is a different matter entirely.
They seem to forget that women have found Rebus, Morse or the Frosts, Taggarts and Crackers of this world every bit as entertaining as the rest of us – right back to Poirot, Petrocelli, Columbo, Joe Mannix, Jim Rockford and Theo Kojak as a matter of fact – and that female crime solvers have been, well, a little less believable.
Of course there was Cagney and Lacey, and we’ve had DI Jane Tennison, Angie Dickinson in Police Woman, as well as Patricia Cornwell’s brilliant Kay Scarpetta. But against that, there was Jessica Fletcher, Nancy Drew, Hetty Wainthrop, Charlie’s Angels – not to mention the Scarecrow’s sidekick Mrs King.
Purdy was a big draw in the New Avengers, but Steed solved the crimes; and when Laura Holt set up her detective agency she knew she had to have a man’s name over the door – hence Remmington Steele. Similarly Moonlight had Bruce Willis’ David Addison as the loose cannon and Cybil Shepherd’s Maddie Hayes as the rock of sense.
Irrespective of your desire for gender balance, the reality is that male detectives have left a bigger mark on the small screen than their female counterparts who – with obvious exceptions – were either there for their looks or their entertainment value.
But regardless of the detective’s gender, there are key ingredients that remain the same when it comes to a successful series these days. Some might even call them clichés.
The first inescapable fact is that murders rarely occur in ones – and quiet areas with a high profile detective in town have a conversely frightening serious crime rate. A television series needs a crime spree or the whole thing would be hard to sustain for twelve or fourteen episodes.
But it never ceases to amaze at how quickly the most innocuous of sylvan suburban settings can suddenly turn into Los Angeles with a death rate higher than sub-Saharan Africa.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.