A satirical look at equal pay for women. Hall's Pictorial Weekly Reporter (Frank Duggan) asks Paddy Joe (Michael Twomey) to give his opinion on what is wrong with the EEC.
Sure we haven't had a days luck nor grace since we went into it
He also points the finger at the EEC as the cause of bad weather in Ireland and for raising the question of equal pay for women,
Sure that was never heard of when we were running our own affairs
His main objection to the notion of equal pay for women is that it's not an Irish idea and was thought up by one of those "French heretics". He goes to attack the French and their treatment of women.
This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' was broadcast on 25 March 1976.
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 it’s 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)