The centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has prompted a number of high-profile commemorative projects by the Irish public service TV channels. These have varied in genre from high-budget period drama to straight documentary, to personal history and a smattering of the irreverent and sometimes puzzling.
While the live coverage of the various commemorative Easter 2016 events has been universally hailed, feedback on some of the other output has been mixed, particularly in drama. Audience and media reviewers have sometimes been left wondering what the creators and broadcasters are trying to achieve – Historical accuracy? Homage? Revisionism? Political correctness? International sales?
How can a broadcaster in such a situation discharge the varied and sometimes conflicting responsibilities it faces?
Panellists present clips of recent 1916 centenary output in TV Drama and Factual and discuss the content with two leading historians. Did audience and critical reaction compare with expectations?
Watch Pádhraic Ó Ciardha (Chair, Celtic Media Festival) chair a panel discussion with Adrian Lynch (Channel Controller, RTÉ ONE), Dr Maura Cronin (Senior Lecturer , History, Mary Immaculate College Limerick) and Micheál Ó Meallaigh (Commissioning Director, TG4) at the Celtic Media Festival in the Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan on Thursday 21st of April 2016.