The Blizzard of Odd
|The Blizzard of Odd|
|Created by||Colin Murphy|
|Theme music composer||Phil Chevron|
|Opening theme||"Television Screen" by Centipede on the Roof.|
|Country of origin||Republic of Ireland|
|Running time||30 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original channel||Radio Telefís Éireann|
|Original run||4 February 2001 – 2005|
|[dead link] Website|
The Blizzard of Odd (2001-2005) was an Irish comedy television programme broadcast on RTÉ, presented and written by Irish comedian Colin Murphy. The half-hour show (including commercials) was aired usually on Tuesday nights at 22:25 on the RTÉ Two channel.
The programme incorporated a number of segments such as Boggle Box, reviewing the week's television programmes, Made in Ireland, which features clips from various Irish B-movies (including low budget Irish pornography films, which Murphy dubbed "Lepraporn"). Also "reviewed" in comical fashion were bizarre cult material such as recurring favourites Vampyros Lesbos and the Leprechaun film series, plus other segments which varied from week to week.
On one occasion Murphy was reviewing Star Trek, in particular the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The High Ground" However, he was unable to show any clips of it, as the episode was banned from broadcast in Ireland and the UK due to a positive reference to Physical force Irish republicanism. Murphy got round the ban by reading out the script of the offending scene, attempting to play both characters (Jean-Luc Picard and Data).
While the show was very cheaply produced – the set for later seasons was simply a white backdrop onto which Murphy occasionally brought props – it remains a cult favourite among sections of the viewing public in Ireland. It is on an indefinite hiatus and hasn't aired since 2005. Although it has been removed from the RTÉ website, the show has yet to be formally cancelled or renewed, leaving it in a state of limbo.
In 2005 clips from low-budget 1997 movie Space-jacked were aired on the show. The film featured two actors from soap opera Fair City; Mick Nolan who plays Ray and Ciara O'Callaghan who plays Yvonne. O'Callaghan was noted at the time for appearing naked.
- Lorna Nolan (2008-08-23). "DEATH BECOMES HER: Yvonne Doyle returns to bury her ex-husband and stir things up around Carrigstown". Evening Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
- Murphy's lore with a large dose of venom — Irish Independent TV review, 20 November 2004
- RTE knows what to do with cleverness — Sunday Independent TV review, 25 November 2001
- The Blizzard of Odd at the Internet Movie Database
- The Blizzard of Odd official site archived copy from the Internet Archive
- RTE Presspack