Sunday 21 January 2018

Frank Kelly not amused by comic's 'tribute'

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

'HALL'S Pictorial Weekly' creator Frank Hall would be "outraged" by a new RTE sketch show which name-checks the title of his satirical classic.

Frank Kelly, who starred in 10 series of the award-winning comedy broadcast on RTE TV from 1971 to 1980, does not believe his former colleague would be flattered by the reference.

Going out on Thursday at 10.15pm on RTE One, 'Irish Pictorial Weekly' is a new-four-part sketch series, with a cast including Apres Match's comedians Barry Murphy and Gary Cooke.

Mr Murphy described the decision to name-check 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' in the title of his new comedy as "the ultimate tribute" to Hall, who died in 1995.

However, while he wished the new production well and praised the talents of Murphy, veteran comedy actor Kelly doubted if Hall would appreciate the reference.

"I would say he would be outraged. It was his great achievement. I would say at the very least he (Hall) would be dismayed by this," Mr Kelly said.

Irish Independent

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