June 21, 2013

Why Everyone Wants to Claim Irish Roots

Melanie McDonagh, London Evening Standard


Ireland is a foreign country in theory but it’s not really for most Brits — it’s more like Scotland. Mrs Brown’s Boys has inherited the mantle of Father Ted in reinforcing a gentle stereotype — yet both series were made for an Irish audience — and playing with the national caricature is something the Irish do well. Think George Bernard Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island.

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