Dr Sheehan’s original study, Irish television drama, appeared in 1987. It traced 25 years (1962–87) of Irish society in a process of social transformation and the role of television drama in a struggle to define the nature of that process. This book is a sequel, advancing the story another 15 years (1987–2002). From Fair City to Family to Father Ted, it examines television drama in the time of the Celtic tiger, striving to come to terms with the flux of Irish life in an increasingly globalized world, in a time of significant changes in the climate of broadcasting.
Dr Helena Sheehan is senior lecturer in communications at DCU. She is the author of Marxism and the philosophy of science (1985, 1993) and Irish Television Drama (1987).