In the Name of the Fada
|In the Name of the Fada|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|Original language(s)||English and Irish|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Peer Pressure Productions|
|Original channel||RTÉ One|
|Original release||13 March 2008|
In the Name of the Fada was a show that aired on RTÉ from 13 March to 17 April 2008, documenting Irish-American comedian Des Bishop and his pursuit of fluency in the Irish language. The show was a 6-part mini-series in which Bishop spends a year living in Tír an Fhia, which is one of many Gaeltacht regions in Ireland. Bishop aims to be able to perform a stand-up comedy act as Gaeilge (in Irish) by the end of the stay. The theme tune is Floating by Jape.
Episode 1 (Aired date: Thursday 13 March 2008) As a native New Yorker, Des decides to go in search for a true rite of passage into Ireland by learning Irish in Connemara's Gaeltacht.
Episode 2 (Aired date: Thursday 20 March 2008) Des becomes more accustomed to the life and language of the Conamara Gaeltacht. He takes part in a Gaelic football match and sits the Foundation Level Leaving Certificate paper.
Episode 3 (Aired date: Thursday 27 March 2008) Struggling with Irish grammar, Des turns to Hip Hop for help.
Episode 4 (Aired date: Thursday 3 April 2008) Inspired by a trip to "Oireachtas na Gaeilge" in Westport, Des visits different Gaeltacht areas.
Episode 5 (Aired date: Thursday 10 April 2008) Des returns to the States and discovers that he's not the only American struggling to learn Irish.
Episode 6 (Aired date: Thursday 17 April 2008) The big night finally arrives. Is Des ready for his first comedy gig in Irish?