The people and town of Castlerea in Roscommon star in the opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.

This opening sequence for this episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ features the bustling town of Castlerea in County Roscommon. People conduct their daily business using various modes of transport, although a nun prefers to push her bicycle.

A Dwan's lorry laden down with crates of bottles goes by. Two young boys are also on the back of the lorry, one of whom is drinking a bottle of cola. A man standing on the back of a tractor salutes the camera.

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 show ran for nine series until 1980.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 11 December 1975.