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‘Leaving Again’

A new documentary with YouTube star Stephen Byrne re-sitting his Leaving Cert airing tonight on RTÉ One.

Melanie O’Connor writes:

Nine years after broadcaster Stephen Byrne sat his Leaving Cert, he decided to do the unthinkable and sit the exam all over again!

In this personal and honest one-hour documentary, 27-year-old Byrne returns to school to attempt the same seven subjects he studied the first time around.

He describes his 2009 Leaving Cert year as one of the worst year’ of his life. He had moved school, was coming to terms with his sexuality…

…Mix that with a normal helping of teenage angst and you’ve got a recipe for Leaving Cert disaster

‘Leaving Again’ on RTÉ One at 10.15pm.

11 thoughts on “Expecting Different Results

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I couldn’t really improve on my results, so it would’ve been a complete waste of time for moi.
      Sorry, you were saying?

      1. Brother Barnabas

        same – in fact, my LC results were pretty much the high point of things for me. all pretty much went downhill after that.

    1. shortforBob

      We’re so used to RTÉ just grabbing someone from the cafeteria that a Youtube personality almost seems like an improvement. Almost.

      Your tv licensing money at work.

  1. A Person

    Seriously “I didn’t like my LC”… Who did? But lets make a tv show out of it and throw sexuality into the pot. Another snowflake.

  2. The Dude

    Overt propaganda is by its nature a failure, according to the notorious Nazi spin doctor, Dr. Goebbels.

    Instead, Goebbels emphasised keeping the people amused by distractions – with key messages occassionally contained covertly. The BBC produced a very good documentary about this some years ago that is well worth a view: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=1197s&v=oGIWugzkUEc

    RTÉ succeed in neither keeping the people amused or distracted – and God forbid they might anymore produce anything that is of any intellectual substance. The recent ‘documentary’ series on people with the name John Paul who were born in the year of the last papal visit is another good example of mind-numbingly dull and substance-less production.

    From what I understand there are a few alright journalists in RTÉ – yet the impression that one gets is that they are inclined to self-censor, in order that they continue to advance in their careers. And so supposed consent is manufactured.

    Yet while RTÉ skimp on commissioning indigenous made productions of meaningful quality, according to a recent report in the Irish Independent, they are happily paying €279,000 per episode of Eastenders – which they broadcast at the same time that it is freely available on BBC.

    RTÉ are a disgrace and an insult to the Irish people. The propaganda tax is an unjust onerous burden subsidisizing an increasingly obsolete platform of ever dwindling standard. That propaganda tax needs to be abolished – and RTÉ as an entity sold off, while the lands at Montrose and elsewhere could be used for better civic purposes, such as for housing redevelopment.

    1. postmanpat

      An electrician once told me than when he was a young apprentice working on the electric systems in OrTeeE for a few weeks, that even the graffiti on the toilet doors was The Phoenix level self censored banter for dorks. The tragic thing is, most people in this country do actually watch “specials” like my name is John Paul and “comedy” staples like Republic of Telly, and not ironically either. They’re the same type of people who would buy tickets to a Neil Delimare concert and actually go out of there way to travel to and laugh at his wry observations and then go out and buy Gift Grub CD compilations every Christmas. Mrs. Brown broke into the British zeitgeist on the backs of a disturbingly significant Irish fan base who found a man dressed as a elderly woman original and funny in and of itself plus when he/she said “arse” it was the most side splitting s**t you ever saw. The genius of Brendan O’Carroll knows no bounds, Meet me at Coppers and I Keano are theatrical hits. This, is the discerning caliber of a high proportion of Irish drones. You might think no one is watching Vogue on Oh my Gawd Dating or Damo and Ivor on the Loike, but they are, and in there thousands , week after week, If you work in an office you do be hearing people talking about the next day. Its just sad. But at the same time if you shut it all down overnight , no one would care or really be that upset. (Except for the charlatans riding the gravy train that is) the passive drones would just follow something else shiny that makes noise as long as its not mentally challenging.

      1. shortforBob

        “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

        ― George Carlin

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