Money, Money, Money

Reality Bites Reality Bites

RTÉ Two, Thursday 15 December 2011, 10:00pm

The 40-minute documentary aims to explore in a fresh and unique way the catastrophic impact of the financial crisis in Ireland; what happened, how and why did it happen, the impact on the Irish psyche and what the future holds - in other words, could this happen again?

It's an attempt to explore the Irish and their relationship with money, the collective madness that gripped the country - and indeed, most of the world - the historical context for the Irish experience and the national and personal psychological impact of going from abnormal poverty to abnormal wealth and back again.

The documentary aims to be a highly original take on Ireland's difficulties, written and presented by former solicitor, Keith Farnan, who left law to broach controversial and political topics, through stand-up.

Describing his brand of comedy as 'seriously funny', Keith uses comedy to question major social issues in a fresh innovative way that is accessible to a wider audience - in short, he makes people think about serious issues through humour. Keith has now made a name for himself as one of the most thought-provoking comedians around, tackling issues such as the Death Penalty in America and race and gender relations, through his thought-provoking one-man stand-up shows, which have toured both nationally and internationally. His latest show, 'Money, Money, Money' on which this documentary is based, ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and explores the Irish financial problems, the country's attempt to take itself not just out of recession but depression, and questions where do we go from here.

This documentary will combine excerpts from Keith's stand-up show, intercut with serious interviews with experts and commentators on the subject, along with some pieces to camera and archive footage.

Our key contributors in the show, include Fintan O'Toole, David McWilliams, Mick Wallace, Senator Shane Ross, along with well known politicians, writers, charities etc. The comedic part of the programme comes from Keith's stand-up, riffing on the issues and finding humour -sometimes grim humour - in the nuts and bolts details of what actually took place.



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