'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' takes a wry look at the general election. With predictions and analysis from Garda Patrol, political commentators, and election candidates.
Beginning with some advice from the Garda Siochána on Garda Patrol. Ban Garda Sabrina 'Legs' Brannigan, (Paul Murphy), provides tips on how to cope in the run up to the election.
During the election period, you may observe numbers of strange men in your locality behaving in a suspicious manner, i.e. pretending to be interested in your problems. Well, there's no call for alarm. These individuals are only candidates. They are harmless until elected.
It is best is to promise election candidates anything to get them away from your front door.
Elections are a busy time for political reporters.
Tom Cat Doogan Editor of the Irish Pest, (Pat Daly), is interviewed by a reporter, again played by Paul Murphy, in grounds of RTÉ. The disinterested reporter yawns his way through Tom Cat Doogan's political analysis.
When all votes are in, we will have a government of some sort.
Munster correspondent Tom McSwooney, (Frank Duggan), interviews Councillor Paddy Joe Cannavaun P.C. of Tooreendohenybeg, (Michael Twomey) who is seeking election for the Multi Channel Farmers Party (MCFP) in Cork. Asked if he was pleased with the size of his rally. Paddy Joe tells him he is pleased with his Raleigh bicycle and sings a bar of his campaign song, which he predicts will be in the Top 20 in the charts.
The row in Leinster House is wicked,
How do little Liam stick it?...
This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' was broadcast on 25 May 1977.
Frank Hall’s amusing and satirical series began in 1971 with the full title ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator’. It became known as ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’. The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in lives of viewers throughout the country.
Writing in the RTÉ Guide Hall said,
Ideally, it seems to me, the form and content of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ should be impossible to forecast until the last possible moment. It should be as varied and as absorbing as life itself.