On the box

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - This Week -

For­mer Ire­land rugby player Don­n­cha O’Callaghan, left, presents a new fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment show. Each child must per­suade and then men­tor an adult to per­form with them. The kids men­tor their cho­sen adult to a point where they’re ready to per­form with them on TV. We’ll see top young per­form­ers in the coun­try take to the stage in pow­er­ful solo per­for­mances and then meet their stu­dents: mums, dads, grans and grand­dads, aun­ties and un­cles who have agreed to face their fears and take to the stage with them. Laura Whit­more’s pa­ter­nal ances­try re­veals that many of her an­ces­tors were brick­lay­ers and stone­ma­sons. Her fam­ily story takes us on on a jour­ney through the Fe­nian upris­ing of 1867, to the var­i­ous in­dus­trial dis­putes and lock­outs in Dublin in the early 20th cen­tury, the deadly Span­ish flu epi­demic of 1918 and to a Geor­gian house in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam square where her great-grand­mother worked as a ser­vant. In the first episode of the new se­ries, Donal Ske­han cooks quick and easy recipes which can be cre­ated in a mat­ter of min­utes. Just what’s needed on a busy week­night. First-time di­rec­tor Edv­inas Maci­ule­vi­cius has cap­tured a se­ries of pow­er­ful, first-per­son tes­ti­monies from the cast, all of whom are in their early 20s, about their own men­tal health strug­gles.

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