Jim Carroll

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Never mind the Namas, here’s the new RTE TV schedule!

Behold, dear readers, what the national broadcaster will be providing for you in the coming months. There is a recession on and RTE have responded to it in the best way they know. Yes, they’ve given Dave McSavage a show. …

Thu, Aug 13, 2009, 14:39

   

Behold, dear readers, what the national broadcaster will be providing for you in the coming months. There is a recession on and RTE have responded to it in the best way they know. Yes, they’ve given Dave McSavage a show.

The Savage Eye is (and I must stress that I am quoting from the press release here and elsewhere below) “a satirical and often surreal examination of subjects close to the hearts of the Irish people with Dave McSavage”.

If that doesn’t get your juices flowing and send you off to your local post office to buy a new TV licence, Sarah & Steve probably will. “From the makers of Dan & Becs, this new comedy focuses on a couple from Tallaght and their struggling relationship.”

Unfortunately, there’s more – lots more. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. How about Victoria and Shane’s Garden which “follows rock wife Victoria Mary Clarke as she tries to get husband Shane McGowan to live The Good Life”? Or Charlie Bird’s American Year where the viewer goes “behind the scenes with RTÉ Washington Correspondent Charlie Bird through an extraordinary year in American and Global Politics”. Let’s hope Charlie manages to get a year out of the visa. And I am assuming that shows like Podge & Rodge’s Stickit Inn, Karl Spain Wants To Rock! and PJ’s Big Ride were commissioned just because of the titles.

RTE – still Recycling TV from Elsewhere