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New Perspectives on Irish TV Series

Identity and Nostalgia on the Small Screen


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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2 Father Ted: Priests on Screen and Irish Self-Images


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2    Father Ted: Priests on Screen and Irish Self-Images


Father Ted (1995–1998) invites us to look back to Ireland’s earlier priests on screen: to the more dignified and more daunting avatars of the priest in Irish society. It also invites us to reflect on the proliferation in Father Ted of scenes in which priests spend their time viewing fictional TV priests on their living room TV screen, confined in a reworking of the traditional British sitcom set of the hopeless domestic interior. What are we to make of this proliferation and of the repeated performances for the media?

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