Friday 24 March 2017

James Dempsey: It’s too early to give Movie Show the flick despite critical savaging

Daniel Craig.
Daniel Craig.

EVERYONE’S a critic, so they say. That’s what the makers of RTÉ2’s new weekly film review programme, The Movie Show, are waking up to this morning after last night’s second episode followed in a similar vein to the previous week’s debut.

Over a decade after Dave Fanning’s fast-paced forensics of the week’s cinematic fare was cancelled by Montrose management, The Movie Show has returned to our airwaves in a very different guise. Gone is Fanning, his tiny set and his direct interaction with the camera. Instead, this version sees a seven-person team guide us through the week’s offerings: two presenters, who introduce a team of three roving reporters (providing the bants with whichever stars are currently on a press junket) and two film critics, whose already short reviews are interrupted by successive clips or chats with either or both of the presenters.

The programme receives considerable funding from a car brand, which retains the rights for direct product placement and maintains some editorial input into the show’s output. This is part of a move by RTÉ to reduce costs but continue to provide home-produced television, and is known in the industry as advertising funded programming. AFP is responsible for the corner shop in Carrigstown becoming a Spar, a brand which also funds the kitchen heroics of television cook Donal Skehan.

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