A recruiting tool for the IRA, they said.
It wouldn’t be shown again.
They were wrong.
Tara O’Brien writes:
For the first time since its original broadcast in 1966, RTÉ is to screen the 8-part drama Insurrection over consecutive nights beginning on RTÉ One from Friday 18 March.
Originally produced and broadcast by RTÉ as part of the 1966 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion 1916, Insurrection was set in the style of a special TV News report depicting the events of the Rising as they unfolded day-by-day.
With a stellar Irish cast including Ray McAnally (top) as the studio presenter and such luminaries of stage and screen as Anna Manahan, Jim Norton, Ronnie Walsh and Kathleen Watkins with legendary Abbey actor Eoin O’Suilleabhain as Padraig Pearse, Insurrection was written by Hugh Leonard and produced and directed by Louis Lentin and Michael Garvey.
Err, it’s one of the most famous programmes produced by RTE, hardly hidden
and shown yearly after every 1916 commemoration
Read the release, Insurrection hasn’t been shown on TV since 1966.
I know, my comment was more directed to rotide’s assertion that the programme was not hidden. For an unhidden programme it hasn’t seen the light of day much now has it?? There was little to no reference to it in reeling in the years, which we can all agree is the most comprehensive show for all old rte crap.
When was it last broadcast.
Saw some footage of ‘The Spike’ years ago.
Would be interested to see it again.
the president missus is in it!
deadly…was hoping they would show this…. will be interesting to see how it compares to the recent RTE drama on the risiing…. i actually have forgotten what it was called.
‘Insurrection’ was taken…
Nice one, it’s been shown a few times recently but haven’t been able to make the showings despite really wanting to see it. Hope it lives up to the reputation now.
It wasn’t shown on telly as the agreements drawn up by RTE with the actors at the time did not specify the rights to re-broadcast on TV. It could be screened outdoors / at events as this was a loophole.
This is why RTE was trying to track down the actors involved – http://m.rte.ie/ten/news/2015/0305/684804-insurrection-search-for-cast-members/
Presumably now they’ve all been paid off they’re able to show it on tv again.
http://www.theirishstory.com/2010/11/18/a-tv-pageant-%E2%80%93-the-golden-jubilee-commemorations-of-the-1916-rising/#.UsQsi7TFnbo An article here on RTÉ’s coverage of 1966.
RTE have spent the last 50 years trying to supress and avoid mention of 1916
and censor any music or song associated with Irish Freedom or the Rebellion
The time has come to clear them out too, just what the 1916 Irish Volunteers
set about, as well as an economic revolution we need a cultural one too.
Fantastic! Will they bring it out on DVD?
Best news coverage of anything IRA ever.