IRISH WANTS AN AFFAIR.
The Irish Writers Guild (IWG) has called on the BBC to air the first episode of its new series about the working conditions of Irish screenwriters.
IWG Ireland president Patrick McNeill said the first series should air in November, and called for the programme to be produced in English.
“The IWGL’s members have long called for an episode of The Good Night, The Bad Night to be broadcast in Irish, to help highlight the importance of Irish-language television, and to educate the public on the plight and dangers of Irish talent,” he said.
The series, which will air on Channel 4 on October 13, will look at Irish film and television production, and features an interview with two of Ireland’s best-known actors, Michael Shannon and Martin O’Neill. “
An episode should also help to provide the audience with a deeper understanding of the importance and the risks associated with Irish talent and how we, as a country, can be more responsive to them.”
The series, which will air on Channel 4 on October 13, will look at Irish film and television production, and features an interview with two of Ireland’s best-known actors, Michael Shannon and Martin O’Neill.
“I’ve had my fair share of abuse from the Irish media in the last couple of years.
I’ve never been more shocked and angry than I was during a call-out last year,” said Michael Shannon.
“There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed.
But it’s very important to know where we’re going.”
“There’s a lot more that needs to be done in Ireland.
It’s a country that’s always going to have its problems and we’re not going to be perfect.
We have to be vigilant.”
Mr McNeill added: “But it’s a question of how we do it.
BBC Northern Ireland said it was “very supportive of any programme that raises awareness of the need for change”. “
It’s a good idea to put it in English.”
BBC Northern Ireland said it was “very supportive of any programme that raises awareness of the need for change”.
A spokesperson said: “We’re always looking for ways to further improve our services and make our programmes better for our audiences.”
We’re currently developing a series about Irish people who make a living writing, producing and producing on our television and radio services.
“This is part of our ongoing focus on the needs of those working in this industry.”
Irish actors have long criticised their working conditions, with the Irish Film Institute of Ireland (IFI) stating in 2014 that they were “a disgrace”.
The organisation said that while they were often paid more than their counterparts in the UK, Irish actors faced higher levels of unemployment and homelessness, which in turn resulted in lower pay.
The IFI also said that actors in Ireland were being paid less than their UK counterparts.