Brendan Grace - Thanks for the Memories is a highly emotional and fitting goodbye to one of the greatest Irish entertainers of all time. The three part series documents the final months of Brendan's life as he prepared to put on the biggest party in town. Brendan Grace – Thanks for the Memories starts Monday, 30th September at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.
In February of this year, Brendan Grace set out on a challenge. He decided to return to the Olympia stage for one night only – with a Variety show with a difference. He planned to devise and stage a show with the Forget-Me-Nots choir, (an inclusive community choir for both those suffering with dementia and their families and friends), and a number of his showbiz friends and this series would go behind the scenes to document the emotional journey to opening night.
However everything changed when the unthinkable happened and Brendan got sick and suddenly the series changed focus and went from a documentary about a man fighting to put on a show, to the story of a man fighting for his life.
Brendan did not win his cancer battle and passed away on 11th July. But, the story did not end there. He continued shooting the documentary right up until his final breath, determined that the show would go on. And it did!
His family took up where Brendan left off and with the help of Brendan's friends and fellow performers the show will go on. The series will feature Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, Foster and Allen, Mike Denver, Paddy Cole, David Soul, Sandy Kelly, Lisa Lambe and countless others.
With poignant interviews, hilarious interactions and brilliant use of archive, Brendan Grace Thanks for the Memories is a warm, life affirming series that will leave the audience laughing and crying in equal measure.