Monday 22 January 2018

Have yourself a Savage little Christmas. . .

'Why Are The Irish So Ugly?', 'Why Is Ireland The Worst Place To Be Irish?', 'What's So Awful About The Irish family?'

You'd never have guessed these are titles of programmes in an upcoming RTE comedy series.

But then Montrose has never been the same since they let comedian Dave McSavage in.

Last year his IFTA-nominated comedy The Savage Eye became one of the most watched shows on RTE Two.

Now he's back to examine a new range of topics including media, education, politics, the family and even Christmas in a 'Savage Eye Christmas Special'.

But what will surprise many is just who Dave has found to expound on these subjects.

Legendary American playwright Sam Shepard will feature along with Butcher Boy author Patrick McCabe, who will talk on why artists need to get out of Ireland.

While several heavyweight media pundits, including journalists Sam Smyth, Liam Fay, John Drennan and Fintan O'Toole, will get getting stuck into other topical subjects.

Joe Duffy will also be back, or rather we mean a lookalike who gets turned on by his callers, as well as his President for Life 'Mary Robinson', and a number of garda recruits in Templemore undergoing training.

It's the Savage Eye Christmas Special I'm still trying to get my head around, Dave being no fan of Christmas.

Dave's antipathy to Yuletide is deeply felt: "It starts with the blanket bombing advertising coming up to Christmas, people feeling obliged to return to families they don't get on with, the unresolved grievances, everybody shoved together and the children out of control."

Sounds like he's planning a heart-warming special for Christmas Day on RTE.

An earlier edition in the series takes a close look at the Irish media.

"Did you know the Irish buy more newspapers and watch more films than anybody else in the world?

"That's because we exist on the most western outcrop of Europe, so we need to try and make ourselves feel that we're not being left out.

It's all based on a paranoia, really."

The Savage Eye returns to RTE2 later this year.

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