Friday 26 May 2017

Joe Duffy to helm special 1916 edition of Liveline as part of RTE's centenary celebrations

Broadcaster Joe Duffy and his mother Mabel with children dressed in 1916 costume at the launch of his book on O’Connell Street in Dublin
Broadcaster Joe Duffy and his mother Mabel with children dressed in 1916 costume at the launch of his book on O’Connell Street in Dublin
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is to helm a special 1916 edition of Liveline as part of RTE’s centenary celebrations.

Amateur actors and historians will take on the personas of men and women living through the Rising and will phone in and ask Joe for his help and guidance.

“We are going to recreate as if it is happening on the day with people ringing in from town, shopkeepers saying ‘my shop has been raided’, mothers saying ‘My children have gone missing’,” Duffy explained.

RTE unveiled their centenary programme in the National Gallery last night.

Big budget drama, televised street parties, and Hollywood names litter the programme. Taken star Liam Neeson will voice a three part documentary on 1916, while Bob Geldof will examine the life and works of W.B Yeats in a BBC co-production He’s So Modern.

The Rubberbandits Guide to the Rising will see Blindboy Boatclub and Mr Chrome retell the historic events, reality documentary 1916 Children will see a group of kids experience the lifestyle of their ancestors while large scale public events such as Reflecting the Rising will encourage the public to enjoy outdoor theatre shows, concerts and street art taking place in Dublin city. 

Drama Rebellion is the most expensive production and stars Sarah Greene, Charlie Murphy and Brian Gleeson.

Outgoing Director General Noel Curran admitted it is the most ambitious programme the station has ever launched.

“We have been planning this since 2012,” Curran said. “We wanted to make sure that we have as many perspectives as possible.”

Curran admitted the programme had been expensive to piece together. “We are not putting a figure on it. But obviously this programme is only something you could do with public funding.”

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