Saturday 16 December 2017

Great, but did we really have to see a graphic rape?

THERE was one issue that we really should have been discussing last weekend, but didn't. In reality, there was only one hot topic. In the long run, an average audience of 630,700 viewers tuned in for the return of 'Love/Hate' – 15,000 or so more people than voted to pass the Children referendum.

It's a long time since everyone got so excited about telly. Long gone are the nights when we all settled down in front of 'Murphy's Micro Quiz M', and watched in real time rather than on Real Player.

Last Sunday, however, saw the return of that national collective anticipation – followed by the biggest national collective gasp since Miley fumbled with Fidelma in the haybarn. 'Love/Hate', the event we were all waiting for, strutted up like a pockmarked pigeon in a pair of skinny jeans, gripped us by the throats and spat in our faces. Almost a week later and Ireland is still rattled.

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