After a self imposed three year tv exile Hector Goes... is a new four part series starring
Hector Ó Huckleberry to be broadcast on RTÉ One starting on January 7th. On the
surface these will be pretty straightforward stories: Hector Goes Hunting - with dogs and
guns and foxes and such; Hector Goes Holy - with priests and Holy Mountains and
religion and the like; Hector Goes Country - the smaller the town, the bigger the crowd;
and Hector Goes Traveller - with no big dresses, no bare knuckles and no bonfires (the
bit about the bonfires is a lie).
In and of themselves we'd like to think there'd be a good level of interest in any of
these as simple straightforward stories. And then there's Hector. Hector doesn't walk
around the car, kicking the tires and banging the doors. Hector is more of a jump in
behind the wheel and take the thing for a spin type of a guy. We won't spend a huge
amount of time in a camouflaged hide slowly approaching the water hole. We'll be
more diving in and striking out for the opposite shore. We'll be immersed. We'll be
embedded. The resulting stories will be told in a bold, informed and entertaining way.
And whisper it quietly....we might actually learn a thing or two about ourselves. Add
Hector to any situation and the stories become slightly less straightforward, slightly
more layered - we're already in deeper than we thought but that's ok, we can still feel
the bottom with at least one toe. Now let's start to peel away the layers....
Episode 1: Hector Goes Holy
From the top of Croagh Patrick to the top of Croke Park Hector travels backwards in time and forwards along the road in an effort to find out whatever happened to God, whatever happened to going to mass and what exactly have the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church done for us?
Episode 2: Hector Goes Traveller
Enough with the big dresses and the bare knuckles and the sulky races - what Hector wants to know is whatever happened to the Irish traveller? Are there any left out there? And if there are any out there, well, could they please tell Hector what being an Irish traveller actually means? So circle the wagons, throw another log on the fire, take a seat and listen up. You're about to learn a thing or two.
Episode 3: Hector Goes Country
"The smaller the town, the bigger the crowd". Hector dives into the world of Country and Western music - Irish style - in the company of Mike Denver, Ireland's answer to Garth Brooks. With the help of a few country music giants he prepares for his debut performance in the C&W hotbed that is Castleblayney. Thanks for dancing!
Episode 4: Hector Goes Hunting
Is it really impossible to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds? Or more exactly to root for the fox and hang with the hounds? Well if anybody can Hector can. From Wicklow to Limerick with gun cocked and horses shod Hector immerses himself in the really rather beautiful world of hunting and shooting. More pheasant anybody?