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Irish famine programme protest planned at Channel 4 HQ

London demonstration is planned for January 17

By Joanne Sweeney

Protesters against Channel 4's proposed new comedy programme about the Irish famine have failed to see the funny side of the idea - as a demonstration outside its London headquarters is being planned.

Hungry the comedy - which is still in development - has caused controversy since its writer - Dubliner Hugh Travers -  mentioned it in a recent press interview.

Mr Travers had described it as a 'Shameless' style sitcom based in famine stricken Ireland.

Campaigner Austen Harney, chair of CRAIC (Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities) is organising the event for Saturday, January 17.

He told the Irish Post: It's outrageous that Channel 4 thinks it can get away with making a joke of the millions of people who died or were displaced as a result of the famine.

“Myself and fellow CRAIC campaigners feel we have no other choice but to express ourselves peacefully in a demonstration at their London offices.

"We encourage anyone else who is offended by this to join us," added the Race Relations Secretary of  for the South East region of the TUC.

The demonstration will take place outside Channel 4's Horseferry Road headquarters and will feature a range of speakers yet to be finalised.

Earlier this year the 31-year-old writer from Dublin's play Lambo was adapted for an award winning radio production.

The writer was given an open commission by Channel 4 after they read another of his scripts.

The Great Famine took place between 1845 and 1852, resulting in the deaths of over one million people to die and millions to emigrate.

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