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25 Mar 2010 |


Risteárd Cooper
April will see TG4 air a new six part office-based comedy series based in a State Irish language organisation. The series chronicles the strange world of ACT (An Chomhairle Teanga), an Irish language organisation that seems to be following policies that are quite unusual.

’An Crisis’ follows the downward spiral of ACT and its current director Setanta De Paor played by Risteárd Cooper (Aprés Match). Setanta is the guardian of the Irish language but is about to grapple with fate in the form of cutbacks in Government spending, media scrutiny of very questionable projects that have been previously sanctioned and a new Minister who has some scores to settle with him from their schoolboy days together. Other scandals arise from ACT’s proposal for an unusual method to increase the ratio of Irish speakers, trips abroad of dubious benefit and a strange choice in film-funding.

Setanta’s hit-woman is Caoimhe played by Kate Nic Chonaonaigh (The Clinic). While nobody is quite sure what Setanta actually does, there is little doubt about his colleague, Donncha Crowley’s (Rásaí na Gaillimhe) Muiris. Muiris has been working on his crossword in the offices of ACT for the best part of twenty years now and he has no intention of going anywhere. Receptionist Aoife played by Michelle Beamish (Rásaí na Gaillimhe, Seacht, Eden) is in the job of her dreams.

Other cast members include Norma Sheahan (Ondine), IFTA nominee Don Wycherley (Zonad), Barry McGovern (Na Cloigne), Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (Kings) and Bríd Ní Neachtain (Cré na Cille).

The series was written by Antoine Ó Flatharta (Anseo) whilst the series’ director is IFTA winner Charlie McCarthy (Pure Mule). The producer for Wildfire Films is Martha O’Neill (On Home Ground). ‘An Crisis’ has received funding from the Sound and Vision scheme of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

‘An Crisis’ shows on TG4 at 10.30pm on Wednesdays from April 7th

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