Moone Over Ireland

A new comedy brings a bit of Éire to Britcom Saturday Night.
October 10, 2014
 
Sean and Martin pose for the camera, wearing the same woolen hat stretched across both of the heads.

Chris O'Dowd as Sean and David Rawle as Martin.

While our annual Great Britcom Vote gives WILL-TV viewers the chance to select a favorite British comedy for our schedule, it also allows me to test-drive some new shows. The winner of our last Vote was old standard The Vicar of Dibley (returning this January), but I was charmed by a relative newcomer, the coming-of-age misadventures of Moone Boy.

Strictly speaking, Moone Boy is an Irish comedy (Ircom?). It’s a semi-autobiographical story co-written by comedian Chris O’Dowd, whom U.S. audiences may recognize from the hit film Bridesmaids. O’Dowd plays Sean, the imaginary friend of 11-year-old Martin Moone. With Sean’s fitfully helpful advice, Martin navigates the perils of growing up.

It puts me in mind of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story, with less Ovaltine and more men in woolen knit caps.  It’s nostalgic without overlooking that childhood can be a time of overblown traumas and ridiculous schemes.

Moone Boy joins the Britcom Saturday Night schedule on November 8 at 8:30 pm, following As Time Goes By. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

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