Hollywood (California) should never be allowed to re-make movies like Casablanca or Gone With The Wind.
In the 1970s they did re-make the classic John Ford western, Stagecoach, with Bing Crosby in the role of the boozy doctor.
Nor should Holywood (County Down) re-make classic Political Dramas from the 1960s like Unionist Outreach. I am old enough to remember Terence O’Neill talking patronisingly about Catholics and sipping tea while visiting convents. It was O’Neill’s defining role. He was never quite the same afterwards.
Of course Sean Lemass the Taoiseach made a cameo appearance in the 1960s production. I dont think Simon Coveney the Irish Agriculture Minister has quite the same star quality.
Of course Ian Paisley made an appearance in the 1960s and effectively upstaged everyone with that throwing snowballs at Stormont slapstick. In 2012, I would have liked to see the Paisley role go to Jim Allister.
Of course the Belfast Telegraph loved Terence O’Neill. Even producing helpful little cut out coupons where readers could show support for O’Neill. History does not record if Peter Robinson completed a coupon. I suspect he didn’t.
Can we be that long before the Tele is asking us all to show support for Robbo? Indeed can be far off that Robbo will gaze into TV cameras to ask us all “What kind of Ulster do YOU want”.
Indeed “Unionist Outreach” is only relevant if you re-make the sequel “Ulster at the Crossroads”.
Reviews have been mixed. Mick Fealty on Stratagem-O’Toole seems convinced. But Brian Walker (wonder if he is any relation to film critic Alastair Walker….also a Norn Iron journo who went to London) seems more suspicious. He likes his unionists to be a bit more “conservative” and doesnt seem to like the DUP very much.
Will this one run and run?