RTÉ\'s latest co-production lacks life. The problem is an uninteresting and uninspired local story that lacks the drama of the Water Charges or the Corib gas pipeline protests. A rural town is divided with the arrival of a Norwegian firm\'s plan to build wind turbines of the coast of Count Cork. The shows characters are not bad, but they are one dimensional, there might have been an opportunity for The South Westerlies to be something more that a series with a very blunt plot or they could have gone down the road of a lighthearted drama like ITV\'s Doc Martin. As a drama looking to explore local politics, national politics and international trade, it has no bite. The series is billed as a Comedy-Drama.
Time, a new prison drama from the BBC, has started filming in Liverpool. The three part series will star Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. The series is written by Jimmy McGovern for BBC ONE and produced by BBC Studios. The series follows two different men in the British penal system. Mark Hebden (Bean) is a teacher in prison for the death of a man in an accident. Eric Reid (Graham) is a prison officer working in a understaffed prison trying to protect and care for those in his charge.
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, T.D., today (September 10th, 2020) announced the setting up of an Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce. Martin has put RTÉ\'s former Executive Director of Radio to lead the Taskforce. Clare Duignan has held key leadership roles at RTÉ for over 20 years, and since leaving the broadcaster has been a member of the Board of The Irish Times, The Chester Beatty, Fáilte Irleand, Business to Arts and Ireland Reaching Out. The composition of the taskforce will be announce in the coming days.
BBC Northern Ireland have announced their autumn line up today, 10th September 2020. They hope to bring some fun and escapism to audiences. Focusing on fresh comedy, light-entertainment and new faces. Shane Todd will cast an eye over the BBC NI archive in Previously with Shane Todd, mentalist Joel Mawhinney is set to uses his skills in Life is Magic and well known faces will be seen on This Sporting Life and Gloria - My Life on TV.
Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, died on Saturday following his battle with colon cancer. He had been diagnosed in 2016 and battled it for the last four years. He continued to work during his fight, working on many films during this time, from Marshall to Da 5 Bloods. He continued to work through out his surgeries and chemotherapy. He died surrounded by his wife and family. May he rest in peace.
As part of the new season on TV RTÉ today drop the RTÉ News NOW brand and replaced it with RTÉ News. The mobile phone application and the linear television channel will now simply be known as RTÉ News. The change took place at Mid-night on the 31st of August. The change is small with a few new features on the News app but the TV channel remains pretty much the same, RTÉ unable or unwilling to change the format of the channel, instead announcing the dropping of a word from one of their brands.