Documentaries on RTE

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Documentaries on RTE

Postby Dave Mooney on Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:51 pm

There's a few documentaries on RTE that should be of interest to many ofus here.

Bella and Ferg were by today and told me that the 'Cromwell in Ireland' one is out on the 9th. RTÉ One at 10.15pm.
CROMWELL IN IRELAND examines that great nemesis of Irish history: Oliver Cromwell.

Starring Owen Roe as Oliver Cromwell, Declan Conlon as Hugh Dubh O’Neill and Catherine Walker as Elizabeth Price, Cromwell in Ireland is directed by two-time IFTA winning director Maurice Sweeney and presented by leading historian Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú.

Check out the 'Behind the scenes', Boyd and Lynn get a good write-up. ... cenes.html
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Re: Documentaries on RTE

Postby Nerva on Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:57 pm

Thanks Dave!

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Re: Documentaries on RTE

Postby rinuccini on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:34 pm

Only saw the second episode of this, but was a bit dissapointed and felt it could have been done a lot better. I remember during the filming there was a lot of good footage that didn't seem to have made it. Instead nearly half or more was taken up with 'talking heads' with the re-constructions (which are the most visually appealing) consigned to a minor role. I've seen these progrmmes done so much better with one narrator (IE Scharma) and the actors telling the story, quoting original sources. The abundance of talking heads all pretty much repeating what the previous speaker had said, meant that the program moved along at a snails pace. With moments where the tension could have been built (such as when we were waiting for the New Model to come storming through the breach at Clonmel) were just 'flat'.

Personally felt this was an opportunity lost.
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