Humour is a very subjective thing, and with something I think is funny, others may remain untickled. That being said I find W1A (BBC 2, Friday nights) hilarious. But then it is a send up of the media so I’m in my zone and with my tribe. The target of the satire is political correctness, hipster culture and self-absorption in the...

It’s quite a while since I saw a documentary as moving and impressive as Ministry of Hope, RTÉ’s new series on the work of lay chaplains.  The programme concentrated on Margaret Sleator in the Mater Hospital, Catherine Black in Shelton Abbey open prison and Philip McKinley, Church of Ireland chaplain at DCU.  Margaret Slater...

In some circles, especially among young people, the contribution of the Catholic Church to science and the arts is a well-kept secret.Fr Andrew Pinsent of the Ian Ramsay Centre for Science and Religion, and Fr Marcus Holden from the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate have done more than most to remedy this (e.g. through their talks and the booklet...

Last week I reviewed some of the new programmes on Newstalk, but even then trouble was brewing on one of the regular shows, George Hook’s High Noon. The controversy reached ridiculous levels last week, culminating in the suspension of the presenter.There were lots of toys being thrown out of prams, followed by the mob with torches and...

So, Newstalk has shuffled around some of its presenters, though to what effect or purpose I’m not really sure.Drive has been replaced by The Hard Shoulder, and while I’ll miss Sarah McInerney from the evening show I’m not too enamoured of Ivan Yates taking over the slot. He is too laddish for my liking and is lowering the tone of...

The floods that dominated the media last week were described by one commentator as biblical and apocalyptic – an understandable exaggeration.While there was sadness and tragedy, there were moments of heroism too. One anchor on CNN News last Tuesday said the weather events showed “the worst of Mother Nature and the best of human nature...

When a drama is scheduled to run for four consecutive nights you know the broadcaster thinks it’s offering something special.And so it was with The State (Channel 4), which finished on Wednesday of last week. It was sad, disturbing, absorbing, and the recent terrorist attacks made this story of people joining ISIS all the more topical and...

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