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BREAKING CHINA to air on RTÉ ONE Thursday April 17th 2014 at 10.15pm


This series follows the adventures of Irish-American writer and comedian Des Bishop as he moves to China for a year in order to learn mandarin and eventually attempt to perform a one-man stand up comedy show for a Chinese audience.

There are a couple of problems though – the locals are unaware of the subtleties of western style comedy and are laughing for all the wrong reasons. Is Des’ attempt to explore comedy in a foreign country and a strange culture a task too far?

Part reality, part travel, part humour, Des' new Chinese project will follow his move to Beijing, his fumbling first steps in Mandarin, his adventures with the local kids. His Chinese host family will encompass the quirks of an intriguing nation that is changing at a blistering pace.

Des will go to Chinese university, share everyday life with the family and explore the wider China beyond. He plans to set up his own comedy club in a Beijing city venue and with luck build a loyal following and a successful business. By journey’s end he even hopes to make his name on Chinese television which attracts the largest audiences on the planet.

HERE WAS CUBA wins awards at IFTA & Salem Film Festival

Editor Emer Reynolds has won awards at the Salem Film Festival and Irish Film & Television Awards for Best Editing. 

Shot on location in Russia, Cuba and the US the film tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how human beings grappled with the most dangerous two weeks in human history. Countless events outside anyone’s control threatened to ignite a nuclear holocaust that could have ended human civilization.

HERE WAS CUBA was funded by the Irish Film Board, PBS, MEDIA and produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland.  


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