A short but worthy season of The Leap of Faith (RTÉ Radio 1), came to a low key end last Friday night.This last episode included an interesting item on the Jehovah’s Witnesses. David Dunlea of the Jehovah Witnesses in Ireland and presenter Michael Comyn discussed the oppression of the Witnesses in Russia where it seems they’ve now been...

Last week I wrote about some good British dramas on TV. They tend to put American dramas in the shade – the latter are marred too frequently by embarrassing corniness. I’ve been following Designated Survivor on Netflix and after a promising start, dramatically speaking (US President and Congress blown up in a terrorist attack), it...

It was a week of high drama, in reality and in fiction. The absorbing crime drama Line of Duty came to the end of its fourth series on BBC 1 last Sunday night and what an impact! This show has been consistently the best crime drama that I’ve seen on TV in the last few years – best for intricate plotting, engaging characterisation and a...

It was another week of controversies on hot social and political topics.News and current affairs programmes dealt extensively with the controversy about the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to a site at St Vincent’s. Inherent in most debates was the unchallenged assumption that there was a clash between best medical...

Easter is one of those times of the year when there’s a brief increase in religious programming – mostly the usual biblical epics, comprehensive coverage of the religious ceremonies and vigorous debates about the Good Friday pub-opening ban.One of the best this year was the film Bronx to Bradford: Friars on a Mission on BBC 1, Holy...

The new census figures released last week have caused a stir, and among the aspects heavily reported have been those related to religion. I’ve noticed a concentration (even satisfaction in some quarters?) on the drop (since 2011) in the percentage of the population identifying as Catholic (from 84% to 78%) along with the 10% figure for...

I’d love to be completely in the dark about the personal opinions of radio presenters, I’d love them to respectfully ask the hard questions of all sides in a particular debate, to be so well informed that they know what questions to ask, and to know the information that will blow prejudice and ignorance away. OK, time to wake up and...

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