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Phil Lynott: Scealta On Old Town
RTE Player, until January 30 Back in 1982, RTE’S Anything Goes took on the making of a video for Phil Lynott’s single, Old Town — a stroke of fortune, given that his record company didn’t think much of the track — and shot footage of Lynott at the Ha’penny Bridge, playing the trumpet in Herbert Park, sitting at the bar counter in The Long Valley pub, strolling along Grafton Street and the Great South Wall in Ringsend.
These scenes have now been turned into an excellent half-hour documentary, capturing all the magic of the man, and interspersed with recollections from those who knew him, including Brush Shiels from Lynott’s first band Skid Row; Thin Lizzy band member Eric Bell; Jim Lockhart from Horslips; and Aonghus Mcanally, a presenter on Anything Goes, as well as Philomena, Lynott’s mother, who talks about giving birth to him in England, in a home for unmarried mothers, where she was spat at, beaten, and called “nigger lover”. She sent Lynott home to be brought up in Crumlin when he was six; by the time he was 19 he had formed Thin Lizzy, appeared on Top of the Pops with Whiskey in the Jar when he was about 22 and released The Boys are Back in Town by 26.
Ten years later, at 36, he was dead. Watching that 1982 footage now, his talent and charisma are all the more extraordinary. Channel4.com, series 1&2 This gentle, good-natured satire started in 2011 and ran to five series, up to June 2018. Focused around the regular Friday night dinner in the home of North London middle-class secular Jewish family, the Goodmans, it is written by Robert Popper (and based heavily on his own upbringing).
The family consists of father Martin (Paul Ritter), mother Jackie (Tamsin Greig), elder son, musician Adam (Simon Bird), and younger son, estate agent Jonny (Tom Rosenthal). Various others are regular droppers-by, including lonely neighbour Jim, Jackie’s best friend, Val, and Jackie’s mother, Grandma Nelly.