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The Bailout Virgin Media TV Player, until October 24, episodes 1&2 Looking back, it is hard to believe that just 10 years have passed since the distinctly scary days of 2008, when the country wobbled on the very edge of financial collapse. Ten years since the fateful September night, when Brian Lenihan issued an unconditional guarantee of Ireland’s banking debts, entirely unaware of how huge and black-hole-like those debts were.
This two-part drama gives us a fast and furious view of those days. It has been adapted by Colin Murphy from his own play and directed by Conall Morrison (director of the original Fishamble theatre production), and John Comiskey. Declan Conlon plays Brian Lenihan, and Denis Conway is Brian Cowen, in a clever exploration of the chaotic events of late 2008, when every day brought more bad news, and never any certainty that, even then, we knew the full extent of our problems. This is very obviously adapted from a play — indeed, the staging stays true to the original incarnation, with one set being adapted for different purposes (the Dail, the Taoiseach’s office, TV studios etc) — and therefore the feel can be deliberately clunky at times. But there is no denying that this is a compelling revisiting of strange and traumatic events.
Indian Summers Channel4.com, series 1-4