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Caught in the Act

Season 10, Ep. 1

Film censorship in Ireland is a hundred years old today. What were Irish cinema goers watching in 1923, and what would the Censor keep them from watching in the future? Find out in this bumper birthday episode.

 

·       Discover which elderly TD was the most avid cinema goer in parliament.

 

·       Find out why soft carpets were an issue for one Deputy Film Censor.

 

·       Learn how the Mothers’ Union compared cinema to demonic possession.

 

·       Welcome our new ‘Censorship Bingo’ card: the ‘Don’ts’ and ‘Be Carefuls’ list.

 

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