Getting Out

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The opening scenes from the 'mockumentary' series 'Paths To Freedom'. Jeremy and Rats leave prison.

  • Title
    Getting Out
  • 1st Broadcast
    13/11/2000
  • Contributor
    Prison Warden (Simon Delaney)
    Jeremy Fitzgerald (Brendan Coyle)
    Raymond Doyle (Michael McElhatton)
    Deirdre O'Kane (Helen Fitzgerald)
    Ian Fitzgibbon (Director)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:45
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Paths To Freedom
  • Clip title
    Getting Out
  • Extended description

    RTÉ Television commissioned a number of new dramas which came to air from 2000. 'Paths to Freedom' was the first of these to attract both critical and public acclaim. Filmed as a documentary this comedy drama written by Michael McElhatton and Ian Fitzgibbon follows two prisoners who are released from Mountjoy Prison on the same day.

    Brendan Coyle plays Jeremy a middle class gynaecologist who ended up in prison for drink driving and Michael McElhatton plays Rats a habitual offender who are the subjects of the fly on the wall documentary.

    The opening title sequence from episode one sees Jeremy and Rats leaving prison. Jeremy is met by his wife Helen (Deirdre O'Kane). There is no one to meet Rats who tries to get back into the prison to make a telephone call.

    A Grand Pictures Production for RTÉ.

    © Grand Pictures

  • Information

    RTÉ Television commissioned a number of new dramas which came to air from 2000. 'Paths to Freedom', 'Bachelor's Walk', 'On Home Ground' and 'The Clinic' were all part of this new wave of drama production. 'Paths to Freedom' was the first of these to attract both critical and public acclaim.

    'Paths to Freedom' is a six-part comedy-drama series filmed in the style of a fly-on-the-wall documentary. It follows the experiences of Rats (Michael McElhatton) and Jeremy (Brendan Coyle) on their release from Mountjoy Prison. Rats, an unemployed part-time musician and poet from Dublin's inner city, and Jeremy, a southside consultant gynaecologist, are filmed as they try to make their way back into society. 'Paths to Freedom' was written by Michael McElhatton and Ian Fitzgibbon. It was directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and produced by Grand Pictures for RTÉ. © Grand Pictures.

    In 2003 a feature film 'Spin the Bottle' followed the fortunes of Rats as he was released from prison yet again.

  • Local keywords
    Mountjoy Prison, Prisoners, Prison Guards, Grand Pictures, Mockumentary, Comedy, Drama, Prison
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Two (Network 2)
  • Production year
    1999
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    PXD3/00059
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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