Banter & Barry's Tea Present...
"99 Channels - The State of Irish Television"
PATRICK FREYNE (TV Critic, Sunday Tribune & Today FM)
CICI CAVANAGH (Fade St)
DEREK O'CONNOR (Script Writer - The Salon, Young & more)
DARREN SMITH (Kite Entertainment)
Reading the Subtitles: Jim Carroll (On The Record/The Irish Times)
Thurs 24 February
Doors 7.30pm, zapping starts 8pm (no ad. breaks)
BANTER: 99 Channels
Grab the remote-control and curl up on the sofa as BANTER turns on the telly.
99 Channels: The State Of Irish TV is about what makes it to our HD-ready plasma screens every night of the week and, in particular, the homegrown shows which define the Irish channels.
RTE and TV3 may spend a good few bob on buying in shows - well, the shows that Sky Atlantic didn't grab first - but it's the Irish produced shows which always provokes the biggest reaction. Irish shows for Irish people? Despite what many viewers may think as they scream, tweet and throw things at the screen, these shows are a reflection of Irish culture and society. And there's definitely a market for domestic shows of every ilk - both here and, sometimes when you get the format right, out foreign.
99 Channels: The State Of Irish TV will probably not make you rush out to buy a TV licence, but it may well stop you flicking over to Setanta.
The talking heads: Patrick Freyne (TV critic, Sunday Tribune and Today FM's Last Word), Cici Cavanagh (Fade Street), Derek O'Connor (scriptwriter - The Salon; Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum; Roy and Popcorn) and Darren Smith (managing director Kite Entertainment - Celebrity Bainisteor, Anonymous, Just For Laughs, I Dare Ya etc). Reading the subtitles: Jim Carroll
Banter's TV special takes place on Thursday February 24th at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1). Doors open at 7.30pm and the discussion gets underway at 8pm-ish. Admission is 5 euro in advance or 7 euro on the door.
The teletext: Banter is a series of informal discussions on pop culture stuff which kicked off in July 2009. All events are chaired by Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll and Banter is presented in association with Barry's Tea.
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