Tag Archives: TG4

Gafa sna Líonta

A new TG4 documentary by Midas Productions that asks: why, despite having the richest fishing waters in Europe, are Ireland’s fishing industry and fishing communities swimming against the tide?

Via TG4:

Gafa sna Líonta tells the stories of those struggling to make a living and to make ends meet on our coastline.

Filmed in the fishing towns of Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Heilbhic, this immersive documentary chronicles the challenges each season brings on sea and on land for our coastal communities.

Frank and honest interviews with the fishermen who find themselves trapped by quotas and who are heavily policed by Irish and EU regulations give this documentary a here and now approach to an ongoing problem concerning one of our richest natural resources.

The documentary features just some of the many types of fishing taking place our shores by our native fishermen.

From Pelagic to Potting, Seining to gillnetting, the documentary offers just a taste of the life of a fisherman and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Gafa sna Líonta on Wednesday 8th January 2020 on TG4 at 9.30pm.

Fear Darb Ainm Harris

A documentary exploring Richard Harris’ extraordinary life on TG4 on New Year’s Day.

Linda Ní Ghríofa writes:

Produced by Dearg Films and featuring exclusive interviews with some of Hollywood’s elite, including Clint Eastwood, Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Duvall, Ridley Scott, Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne and Stephen Rea, this documentary explores Harris’ fascinating and colourful life both on and off screen.

Fear Darb Ainm Harris on TG4 on New Year’s Day at 9.30pm.

‘Saol an Mhadra Bháin’.

(‘The Secret World of Working Dogs’)

A two-part bilingual documentary series on TG4 which tells the stories of people “whose lives are dramatically changed and improved by their newly established partnerships with their Working Dog”.

Deirdre Ní Choistín writes

This unique and heart-warming series brings us into the homes and lives of those living with serious health challenges as we capture how these amazing animals transform their lives.

Over two episodes, Saol an Mhadra Bháin reveals the unique bond between human and dog and shows the difference working dogs can make for those living with visual impairment, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, severe scoliosis and muscular dystrophy…

Take that, cats.

‘Saol an Mhadra Bháin’ on Wednesday  November 27 and December  4 at 21:30 on TG4.

Staying in anocht?

Via TG4:

TG4 will air ‘A Jar with Brendan Behan’ tonight at 20:30 in memory of actor and comedian Niall Tóibín who passed away this week.

‘A Jar with Breandan Behan’ is a one man show from 1970 starring Niall Tóibín as Behan.

The film was only aired once before on Irish television, on TG4 earlier this year. Directed by Bergette Pierre who at the time was a researcher in RTÉ, and produced and shot by Godfrey Graham.

Tóibín was known for his portrayal of Behan, starring in ‘Borstal Boy’ many times in the Abbey Theatre and Broadway and winning a Tony Award for it.

This is a rare chance to see this one man show from 1970 where Niall Tóibín plays Brendan Behan, as only he can.

A Jar with Brendan Behan’at 20.30 on TG4.

Previously: Tóibín There

For your consideration.

‘Ceol Chogadh na Saoirse’.

Sundays at 9.30pm on TG4 from November 17.

Via TG4:

With 17 new original recordings of songs associated with the Irish War of Independence and Civil War from some of Irelands greatest up and coming talent, “Ceol Chogadh na Saoirse” explores the complex relationship the Irish people have with these songs and how it changed over the last 100 years.

In a pioneering four part television series, produced by Imagine Media for TG4, “Ceol Chogadh na Saoirse” examines the works of notable song writers such as Peadar Kearney and Brian O’Higgins before progressing through the Ballad Boom of the 60s, taking us right up to the modern day…


He’s back.

Hector USA: Ó Chósta go Cósta on TG4

Linda Ní Ghríofa writes:

Ireland’s most famous intrepid traveller Hector Ó hEochagáin  (top with the Blind Boys of Alkabama] opens our eyes to “His America” as he takes on the road trip of a lifetime from Coast to Coast as he treks across the Southern States from Savannah on the Atlantic to San Diego on the Pacific.

Hector USA will be road tripping from Georgia through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana into Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before finishing up on the Pacific seaboard in California.

Covering 8 states and more than 5000 miles on the road, it will be one helluva awesome adventure with Hector taking us to a world only he can access.

Any excuse

On TG4 Thursdays from tomorrow 9.30pm.


On TG4 at 9.30pm.

RTÉ’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Orla O’Donnell will present the story of Amy Dunne on Finné.

Amy became pregnant when she was 16 and took the State to court as she wanted to travel to the United Kingdom for an abortion after learning her foetus had anencephaly.

Amy spoke to Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One this morning (top) and her interview can be watched back in full here.

Finné: The Story of Amy Dunne aka Miss D (RTÉ)

Staying in tomorrow?

Journalist and filmmaker Paddy Hayes writes:

I have an important documentary going out tomorrow night on TG4 called Finné: Sophia Murphy

Sophia, who was a guest on RTÉ One’s The Late Late Show’ last Friday, tells a raw unflinching story of childhood abuse by her father, and is keen to get her message of survival to others who may be suffering out there.

In spite of everything hers is an inspirational tale. She is the most inspirational and unembittered person this old hack has ever met, and I think and hope that the documentary does her justice.

Finné: Sophia Murphy at at 21.30 on TG4.

Pic: TG4