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New Perspectives on Irish TV Series

Identity and Nostalgia on the Small Screen


Edited By Flore Coulouma

Within the growing field of television studies, little work has yet been done on the Irish context. This volume aims to fill this gap by offering new and compelling studies of contemporary Irish TV series. Fictional TV series, which constitute an autonomous genre within the broader cultural phenomenon of TV broadcasting, are explored here as paradigmatic representations of Irish popular culture. This book investigates the vast number of series produced in Ireland over the past two decades, focusing on their cultural impact at a time when American and British dominance have led many critics and viewers to underestimate the significance of Irish programming. The essays collected here reveal a distinctly Irish culture of TV fiction series, in both the Irish and English languages, and examine some of its finest examples, from Father Ted to Love/Hate and Sin Scéal Eile.


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5 Ireland according to "The Savage Eye": Shifting Satirical Paradigms and the Reconfiguration of National Stereotypes (Thierry Robin)


Thierry Robin 5 Ireland According to The Savage Eye: Shifting Satirical Paradigms and the Reconfiguration of National Stereotypes abstract The Savage Eye (RTÉ, 2009–2014) is a satirical programme whose original and caustic tone stands out from the recent production in Irish entertainment. The purpose of this article is to analyse its original hybrid format and to show how the series reveals shifting national stereotypes of Irish identity in the twenty-first century, relying on social psychologists Peter Glick and Susan Fiske’s ‘stereotype content model’ theory. The Savage Eye points to the contemporary evolution of stereotypes of Irishness, following the reconfiguration of society’s current challenges, from religious disaffection to immigration, high technology, language policies, and the demise of the Celtic Tiger. Introduction The Savage Eye is an Irish satirical show originally broadcast on mainstream public TV channel RTÉ Two from 2009 to 2014.1 The show comprised four short series of six to seven weekly episodes aired after 10 p.m., as well as Christmas specials. It was produced by Bl!nder F!lms, a production company known for its cutting edge material, be it social, political or artistic – the docu- mentary on Irish gay icon and drag-artist Pandora-Panti-Bliss, The Queen of 1 The Savage Eye, written by David McSavage, John Colleary, Patrick McDonnell, Dermot McMorrow (Bl!nder F!lms/RTÉ, 23 November 2009–9 June 2014). 92 Thierry Robin Ireland, released in 2015 to coincide with the referendum on gay marriage,2 is an example of Bl!nder F!lms’ creative and political...

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