Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Return of the Mac

Many who tuned in for last night's Panorama will be unfamiliar with the work of chubby, lugubrious reporter, Darragh MacIntyre. No relation to the smaller, chubby, comedian Michael, nor a distant cousin of Kim Bodnia, who plays Villanelle's minder, he is in fact the older brother of former BBC News pin-up boy Donal.

Darragh, from County Kildare, graduated in history and politics at University College Dublin. He worked as a reporter in New York, London and Belfast, and then as the Ireland producer for BBC national news. After a career break in north-west Donegal, Darragh returned to Northern Ireland - and broadcasting - in 2002. He's been ploughing away on Spotlight, the Northern Ireland current affairs show ever since.

Last night he was well supported by a large production team, perhaps spending a little of the likely overseas sales in advance. He made the most of a rainy Florida, bought-in night time shots of New York, and dark London mews streets, with odd close-ups of door handles.  Very noir.

Many, however, would have played the email from Prince Andrew to Ghislaine Maxwell, asking about Virginia Roberts, higher in the narrative.

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