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Series/Newsreel titleCASSIDYS, THE
Episode/Item titleBirthday, The
Production companyGraph Films
Radio Telefís Éireann/RTE
Country of originIreland
Northern Ireland
CastEd Byrne (Barry Cassidy), Alison McKenna (Emma Cassidy), Sinead Keenan (Lisa Cassidy), Niamh Daly (Maeve Dillon), Amelia Crowley (Yvonne Montgomery), Tom Farrelly (Robbie Molloy), Mark O'Regan (Stephen).
Colourcol
Soundsound
Release date2001
TX channelRTE
TX date01/10/2001
CopyRTE
SummarySix-part comedy series.
ReferenceIrish Times (Magazine), 22 Sept 2001: 12-14, ‘Laughing Cassidys’, review of the first live recording of the Irish sitcom The Cassidys. It includes comments from the writer Brian Lynch and the Irish stand-up comedian Ed Byrne who plays the character of Barry in the sitcom (Shane Hegarty).

Irish Times (Magazine), 29/9/01:55, TV preview of the first episode of the RTE sitcom The Cassidys starring the Irish stand-up comedian Ed Byrne (Lorna Kernan).

Irish Times (Magazine), 29/9/01:55, ‘Broadcast News’, short news item on the launching of RTE's sitcom The Cassidys, at the N2 Comedy Night launch in Vicar Street, where an optomistic Darragh Byrne, the producer of the sitcom, paid tribute to the cast (Maire Kearney).

Sunday Times (Culture), 30/09/01: 63, TV preview of the Irish sitcom The Cassidys, starring Alison McKenna, Ed Byrne and Sinead Keenan.

Sunday Tribune (Art Life), 30/09/01:10, ‘RTE stops clowning around with homegrown comedy’, review of the Irish sitcom The Cassidys. It gives a brief outline of the main characters and a negative critic of the first episode, referring to the script as lame and not funny with stereotypical characters (Sinead Egan).

Sunday Times (Culture), 07/10/01: 24, ‘Relatively awful’, review of the first episode of The Cassidys; criticises feeble script and compares it with Upwardly Mobile (Liam Fay).

Sunday Tribune (Art Life), 07/10/01:11, ‘You win some, you lose some’, review of the Irish sitcom The Cassidys, dismissing it as a second-hand dire comedy, which isn't funny (Paddy Murray).

Sunday Business Post (Agenda), 07/10/01:10, ‘Bachelors Walk ambles gently along’, review of the first episode of the Irish sitcom The Cassidys. It gives a brief synopsis of the action, criticising its weak characterisation and lack of comedy, claiming it needs much improvement (Jonathan O'Brien).

Sunday Times (Culture), 14/10/01:14-15, ‘Calling time on a comedy of errors’, article on the Irish sitcom The Cassidys, including an interview with RTE's entertainment commissioning editor Billy McGrath. He defends the sitcom, which has been receiving bad reviews from the media (Liam Fay).
LanguageEnglish

Contact: irishfilm@tcd.ie | Last updated: Nov 27 2006.