Tuesday 25 July 2017

7 things we learned from new RTE series Missing You

Series about friends and family keeping in touch across the world via technology

Missing You, RTE One - Gemma Flood and her son Lucas with mum Ann on Skype
Missing You, RTE One - Gemma Flood and her son Lucas with mum Ann on Skype
Missing You: Anne and John Joe Flood with Gemma Flood and son Lucas on Skype
Missing You: Joanna Golden with husband Fazel Patel
Cole Delaney and sister Romy
Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

Missing You, which began on Wednesday night, is a new six-part series about the Diaspora. But there’s a twist: this show explores how the Irish abroad are using new technology to better deal with this long-familiar situation.

Here are some things we learned in Wednesday’s opener:

     RTÉ reckon this might be the first TV programme to be filmed solely on Skype-style video-calls. We see the interactions of a number of families and friends, through that first-person POV of the computer/device camera.

    And – perhaps surprisingly – it works rather well. You’d almost expect beforehand that this visual approach would quickly get boring, but Skype et al seem to give a more intimate view to the TV audience. You really do feel as if you’re there, involved in these conversations. (Coincidentally, it also reminded me a bit of that recent horror movie Unfriended, also shot via computer screen. Check it out on Netflix, it’s not bad…)

    Missing You casts its net far and wide for these stories: everywhere from the exotic likes of Libya, Boston, the Netherlands, France, London, Cyprus, New Zealand, the US, South Korea and Abu Dhabi, to the more domestic surrounds of Laois, Cork and Dublin. 

    The biggest geographical distance separating loved ones is – quick calculation here on the back of a fag packet – that of Gemma Flood, currently living in Sydney, and her family back home in Pearse St, Dublin. To further complicate matters, she’s about to have her first baby with her Colombian partner Alé. And her parents are about to give her some shocking news that might just change everything…

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Missing You: The Flood family

    The most colourful story probably belongs to Joanna Golden. She has eight kids, has lived in Libya for five years and runs an English school there. She met her new husband online; amazingly, they say they got married half an hour after meeting. And he lives in England.

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Missing You: Joanna Golden with husband Fazel Patel

    Meanwhile love also struck for Cork student Holly Austin, who went to America on a J1 and came back with a US soldier by her side. Except, of course, she didn’t come back at all.

    Funniest moments? The conversations between Arizona-based Dub Ken Scully and his pals Sam, Jeff and John, who live in Capel Street. There’s a lot of good-natured slagging, bitchy comments and a worrying degree of care and attention given over to choosing a new pair of trousers… In other words, good crack.

Missing You, RTE One, Wednesdays at 8.30pm. 

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