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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

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