Broadcast on 28 May 1976 Hall's Pictorial Weekly looks at an ancient cure for toothache which involves drinking "unbaptised" whiskey. The only problem is that you have to start taking it before the toothache starts.
Introduced by Frank Hall the sketch shows an American reporter (Michael Twomey) interviewing Mr McCarthy (Frank Duggan) about the benefits of whiskey as a cure for toothaches.
Frank Hall's amusing and satirical series began on 29 September 1971 with the full title 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator' which became known as 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.
The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in the lives of viewers throughout the country. Regarded as RTÉ's flagship comedy show, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, cartoons and spoof television formats.
The programme ran for 9 series until 1980. In the RTÉ Guide on the week of its first transmission, Frank Hall wrote
the form and content of Hall's Pictorial Weekly should be impossible to forecast until the last moment. It should be as varied and absorbing as life itself...I have an inexhaustible interest in the lives and times of the people who live in our country towns and villages; no event is too small to capture my attention, no community too out of the way... This programme is intended to be about you, your town, your friends, your local interests.
(RTÉ Guide, September 24, 1971, Vol.8, No.9, p.2)