Anchored by Frank Hall and set in the office of a mythical small newspaper, combined a mixture of social and political satirical sketches with bizarre rural news items.
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Frank Hall ...
 Himself - Editor (1970-1982)
Patrick Daly ...
 Various Characters (1970-1982) (as Pat Daly)
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 Various Characters (1970-1982)
Eamon Morrissey ...
 Various Characters (1970-1982)
Paul Murphy ...
 Various Characters (1970-1982)
Michael Twomey ...
 Cha (1970-1982)
Frank Duggan ...
 Miah (1970-1982)
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Anchored by Frank Hall and set in the office of a mythical small newspaper, combined a mixture of social and political satirical sketches with bizarre rural news items.

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1970 (Ireland)  »

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The Minister For Hardship sketch was left in black and white on the DVD The Best Of Hall's Pictorial Weekly Volume 1 which had been entirely in color otherwise. Words on the screen which were not present when the sketch was first broadcast claimed that it was in black and white for reasons of economy, a joke because when the sketch was first broadcast Ireland's economy was very weak but it was booming when the episode which contained it was coloured in and released on DVD. See more »

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Background Information correction - User Review
9 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

In the user review, the commentator has mentioned that the characters were based in the fictitious village called "Ballykilferret". That would be incorrect but it's easy to see how the mistake is made as Ballykilferret is the place where Gobnet O'Lunacy (a Frank Kelly radio character) was supposed to hail from.

Anyway the villages of the local politicians in Hall's Pic were Tooreendoheneybeg (Cha and Moya) and Ballymagash which was famous for the antics in its urban district council with Councillor Larry Hooligan (Eamonn Morrissey). Let's not forget the Cork Mothers of Seven and Barney and Beaney and "boys, oh boys!".

They used to do skits on the Riordans too, and I remember something about the EU butter mountain being featured satirically. There was also the Minister for Hardship, Minister for Gate Posts and Telegraph Poles. A great play was made on the Ferenka dispute in the late 70's in Limerick with Redmond MacSeamus of the Sub-Marine, Port and Wine Tasters Union (Marine Port and Dock Workers Union) and its dispute with Farouka Limited. It was hilarious.


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