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Banter’s TV special

Pass the remote-control and move up the sofa, it’s Banter on the telly. 99 Channels – The State Of Irish Television is the next Banter discussion panel and will be held, like all our Banter chinwags, at the Twisted Pepper …

Wed, Feb 9, 2011, 09:50

   

Pass the remote-control and move up the sofa, it’s Banter on the telly. 99 Channels – The State Of Irish Television is the next Banter discussion panel and will be held, like all our Banter chinwags, at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street), Dublin on Thursday February 24.

The bit from the RTE Guide: 99 Channels – The State Of Irish Television is about what makes it to our HD-ready plasma screens every night of the week and, in particular, the homegrown shows which define the Irish channels.

RTE and TV3 may spend a good few bob on buying in shows – well, the shows that Sky Atlantic didn’t grab first – but it’s the Irish produced shows which always provokes the biggest reaction. Irish shows for Irish people? Despite what many viewers may think as they scream, tweet and throw things at the screen, these shows are a reflection of Irish culture and society. And there’s definitely a market for domestic shows of every ilk – both here
and, sometimes when you get the format right, out foreign.

99 Channels – The State Of Irish Television will probably not make you rush out to buy a TV licence, but it may well stop you flicking over to Setanta.

The talking heads: Patrick Freyne (TV critic, Sunday Tribune and Today FM’s Last Word), Vogue Williams (Fade Street), Derek O’Connor (scriptwriter – Celebrity Salon; Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum; Roy, Doris/Magee and Popcorn) and Darren Smith (managing director Kite EntertainmentCelebrity Bainisteor, Anonymous, Just For Laughs, I Dare Ya etc). Reading the autocue: Jim Carroll

Doors open at 7.30pm and the discussion gets underway at 8pm-ish. Admission is 5 euro in advance or 7 euro on the door. You can sign up to the invite list here.

The teletext: Banter is a series of informal discussions on pop culture stuff which kicked off in July 2009 and is presented in association with Barry’s Tea.

Future Banters for that diary you got for Christmas and haven’t used yet include Young Guns Go For It (the good news about new Irish businesses in 2011 – March 10), the Climate Change Banter (an evening with the Climate Wise Women and guests – April 11) and the Sonar Story (the inside story of the world’s leading electronic music festival, as told by the people who made it all happen – April 28)