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Published on April 25th, 2010 | by Niamh

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‘An Crisis’ TG4 series

‘An Crisis’ is a new tv series which started on TG4 a few weeks ago airing on Wednesday nights at 10.30pm, repeats Saturday at 8.40pm.

‘An Crisis’ is set in the office of a small organisation called ACT (An Comhairle Teanga) and is centred on their wrangles and fights to keep funding during the Big Crisis-cutbacks in public sector funding. Along the way we are treated to some strange and funny moments seeing the inside workings of the department. At one point in episode two, in order to suit people’s personal wishes and to get a formal meeting over and done with, they are reduced to having a meeting with some Ulster Scots in Spanish with translations being done to Ulster Scottish and Irish for the various parties.

I’ve never worked in the public sector but from some stories I hear and things I read, this might not be verging too far on the ridiculous (or even the fictional!).

The man in charge of the department, Setanta de Paor, is played wonderfully by Risteárd Cooper. No good story would be complete without a ‘bad guy’ which in this case happens to be a woman called Caoimhe (played by Kate Nic Chonaonaigh), sent by the Minister to evaluate the organisation and make recommendations.

‘An Crisis’ has been nominated for six Golden Nymph Awards this year, the Golden Nymphs being the awards handed out at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. The festival has been running for 50 years celebrating the best of tv programming “to recognize television as an exceptional means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge”. The winners are to be announced on 10 June this year.

Details of those nominated:

‘Outstanding Actor’ in a Comedy Series: Risteárd Cooper (Après Match, The Big Bow Wow, Bittersweet) and Conor MacNeill (Fifty Dead Men Walking, Five Minutes of Heaven)

‘Outstanding Actress’ in a Comedy Series: Norma Sheahan (The Clinic, Savage, Ondine) and Michelle Beamish (Rasai Na Gaillimhe, Seacht)

Outstanding International Producer of a Comedy TV series: Martha O’Neill ( The Ballad of Kid Kanturk, On Home Ground, Middletown) and Micheál O’Meallaigh (If I should fall from Grace: The Shane McGowan Story, Striapacha)

Outstanding European Producer of a Comedy TV series: Martha O’Neill ( The Ballad of Kid Kanturk, On Home Ground, Middletown) and Micheál O’Meallaigh (If I should fall from Grace: The Shane McGowan Story, Striapacha)

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2 Responses to ‘An Crisis’ TG4 series

  1. How come RTE can’t do comedy as funny as this? Or funny at all.

    An Crisis is very good

  2. Niamh says:

    It seems good so far alright Richie – do RTE even do any comedy series? None spring to mind though I don’t watch too much tv any more 🙂

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