Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sinead Kennedy’s new TV show to seek out ‘The Only Gay in the Village’

Published 20/08/2016 | 10:17

Sinead Kennedy at The Irish Premiere Screening of Ted 2 at The Savoy Cinema,Dublin.
Sinead Kennedy at The Irish Premiere Screening of Ted 2 at The Savoy Cinema,Dublin.

Winning Streak host Sinead Kennedy is to front a new RTE documentary, The Only Gay in the Village.

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The show follows Sinead as she travels around the country meeting men and women and hearing about their experiences of being gay in rural Ireland.

The film, which is part of the Reality Bites series, comes a year after Ireland made history when it became the only country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage.

A source on the show said the series will delve into the realities, good and bad, of being LGBT in modern Ireland.

Attitude

“It explores whether the marriage referendum changed attitudes and whether life has changed, or are people facing the same discrimination and challenges?”

Sinead has worked on other documentaries, including last year’s Skin Deep, which took a look at modern Ireland’s fascination with tattoos.

Dublin comedian Emma Doran will also be bringing her unique brand of humour to the small screen this autumn in My Perfect Debs on RTE Two.

She had audiences rolling in the aisles with her pregnancy-themed stage show, Mammy Needs a Drink, in which she gained a reputation as the hilarious stand-up comic.

After giving birth to her third child, Emma will finally get to go to her debs – which she was forced to miss first time around due to pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Kamal Ibrahim will front a new show all about the thrills and spills of pageant Miss Nigeria Ireland.

The former Mr World, who was once dubbed “The world’s most desirable man”, will travel to his ancestral home of Nigeria to explore his African heritage as well as the world of beauty pageants in the capital Lagos.

Kamal, who was born in Limerick to a Nigerian father and Italian mother, will explore what it means to young Nigerian women in Ireland vying for the coveted title.

The annual beauty pageant gives young Nigerian women a platform to be ambassadors and role models for their community.

Kamal has plenty of experience in the often catty and frenetic world of beauty pageants. He hosted the Mr World competition with singer and former model Myleene Klass in 2012, and also from 2013 when he hosted the Miss World competition live from Bali.

Drama

Rising star Nika McGuigan, the daughter of boxer Barry McGuigan, will star in RTE’s new comedy drama called Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope about entitled “millennials” from Cork.

Amy Huberman and Norma Sheahan will also appear in the series, which will be premiered internationally at Irish Screen America in Los Angeles and New York this September.

The series was penned by award-winning playwright Stefanie Preissner, who also makes an appearance among the cast.

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