RTE premiered their much anticipated 1916 drama Rebellion last night, which you would have wanted to have been hiding under a rock on Mars not to have heard about at this stage. Ads were all over the telly box over the festive season and there seem to be billboards of it all across the country. So did it live up to the hype?
Thankfully, so far so great for the period drama, with writer Colin Teevan (who was also behind last year's Charlie) taking the bold move in not focusing the story on the main players of the Rising we are used to hearing about, but rather deciding to take a closer look at those in the background of this historic point in Irish history.
In just its first hour, it successfully managed to create engaging characters (with the womens' stories very much at the forefront), showcase some high quality production values, and offer us a different perspective on a time that we only really know the bullet points about from our secondary school books. Oh and the opening scenes of Michael Collins of course.
So what did the good people of Twitter think about it? Well, there was a LOT of Love/Hate references....
— Alexandra Ryan (@SweetLikeAli) January 3, 2016
— neil o'toole (@notoole) January 3, 2016
Slow start to Love Hate Days of Future past will be interesting to see how they weave old Nidge and new Nidge #Rebellion
— Oisin Langan (@oisinlangan) January 3, 2016
Surprised no-one's mentioned that there's a lot of the same actors from Love/Hate in #Rebellion, no wait 463688 people have, my bad...
— Tom Flynn (@tomflynnphoto) January 3, 2016
Once people got passed that however, (and it didn't take long in fairness) it seemed to be going down well...
Loving #Rebellion. Brilliant to see so many talented women in lead roles too. Looks great as well.
— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) January 3, 2016
#Rebellion was extremely impressive. Huge congrats to all involved
— Will Leahy (@willleahy) January 4, 2016
#Rebellion was brilliant Great t see women recognised for central role in Rising Bheadh níos mó Gaeilge go deas le clois i Scoil Éanna áfach
— GCL Stair (@gclstair) January 4, 2016
#Rebellion I enjoyed the opening episode,love the fact that the story revolves around the women, and strong positive ones at that.
— Jimmy Allen (@JAllenTightrope) January 4, 2016
— Sebastian Thommen (@sebthommen) January 4, 2016
While there's always a comedian...
2016 version of #rebellion. Goes to storm GPO..Gets stopped 20 times by charity workers asking if you have a minute to chat..Rising fails.
— Mark Farrelly (@MarkFarrelly131) January 3, 2016