All 3 episodes of The Pope’s Children are now available to view online:
All the episodes are in two parts. Please note that over slow Internet connections, the film clips may take some time to download.
Due to bandwidth constraints, content is available to site members only (it is free to join) and clips are not of a very high quality.
The WonderBra effect on Irish Life
Coming to RTE in November
If you have questions or comments on episode two, please go here.
Based on his Number 1 best selling book ‘The Popes Children’ David McWilliams authors a three-part series examining the economic and social landscape of Ireland in 2006.
David introduces us to ‘The Popes Children’ a new Irish generation; they are young, sassy and successful. We meet DIY Declan, Low GI Jane, Breakfast Roll Man, Yummy Mummy and the HiCos – the elete whose distance from deckland and the new middle class is measured by their cool sophistication and their ability to feel equally at home on the Boulevard Saint-Michel and on Hill 16.
The first programme in the series explores our current state as the hedonists of Europe. We are boozing, eating, shagging, shopping, spending, playing hard and working even harder. Ireland is richer now than any of us would have thought possible ten years ago. We have more money in our pockets than almost anybody else in Europe this year alone we will spend 75 billion on consumption which equates to about â‚¬20,000 for every man, woman and child.
David explains how we have been pushed together and lifted up in a sort of ‘Wonderbra economics’ effect, which has allowed us to display our rather impressive material cleavage. The economic success of Ireland as split the classes into two tribes. These are the HiCos and the Decklanders.
The first episode of “In Search of the Pope’s Children” will be broadcast on RTE1 at 9.30pm on Monday, November 6th 2006.
Just wondering will the series be repeated on TV, we forgot about it,
I will find out for you and post up details if it is. We are also looking into making it available online also if RTE are agreeable to this, but no word back yet on that.
Hey David, As a 50 something, I remember all the bad ol times, I parented alone from 1988 and because I chose to stay at home, I found myself outside the ‘system’ there was no social welfare payment for a man parenting alone.. They finally awarded me Deserted Wife’s Allowance, Im now safely returned to male stardom.. I really enjoyed the first programme, excellent summarisation, tho I would agree that something needs to be said about social exclusion, perhaps it is addressed in a future programme.. On Q&A you and Alison were refreshing and gave the show a great upload,… Read more »
you should buy it
Is there any chance you guys can make the series viewable online like so many of RTE’s programmes are? If RTE aren’t going to do this for you could you make it available on this web page? Just I personally don’t own a television and watch all my news & current affairs programmes from http://www.rte.ie/news/TVindex.html
Really enjoyed episode one. Like many have posted previously, if possible please make these episodes available online as I work abroad and I will miss the next two episodes.
I was in hospital and missed the show.
I am still in.
Would it be possible to get a copy of the first episode as I wanted to see it as I have read the great reviews.
Also, a family member featured in the show who has since passed on so it would be a nice keep sake.
I will forward whatever payment is necessary.
Hi David, Just seen your new website now for the first time. Would like to request you do all you can to get permission to view your “Pope’s Children” series on-line. I just emigrated from Dublin to Melbourne in the last two years and will return within the next 3 three years. While doing the opposite of most ex pats who are jetting in Ireland to set up home I have travelled the opposite way mainly because of the economic benefits we have been experiencing and the way the world has opened up to us all. I know there are… Read more »
Excellent book, very insightful economic viewpoint and nicely categorised (if a little condescending at times). Was keenly awaiting the TV series, glad to say it did not disappoint.
Keep it up slugger.
Hi All, thanks for all the comments. The DVD of the entire series will be available on Dec 8th. I’ll keep you posted. Kind Regards, David
I don’t pay my TV licence to buy rte programmes on DVD
Excellent work. I particularly enjoyed how you highlighted the culture of enterprise in the younger generation. I always cringe whenever I hear certain people criticise the supposed “decadence” and “apathy” of the youth. It’s ironic considering that young people support the vast majority of these critics. Cheers!
Three days till the dvd, will be queing outside HMV, see you there
Sure thing mum! Rich xxxx
my son alan is very interested in your workings. he is an economics graduate from DIT and applauds your work with great dignity. I was wondering would you be able to sign a copy of the DVD for him and also his economics book as this would really make his Christmas. He feels that your dealing of the topic of MAcroeconomics is concise clear and very accurate. He would delve at the opportunity to have a one on one with you.. Is this possible? Many thanks David. I wish you and yours a very happy christmas. Thank you, Ursula Devine.-South… Read more »
I was the fella in the mini convertable who you classed as the cosmo’s of society… Nice one son!
I haven’t seen the series as I live outside of Ireland but am hoping to buy the book soon as friends have recommended it to me. The best thing about Ireland at the moment and your analysis of the situation there, David, is that there is so much focus on the younger generation in their 20s and 30s. I live in the UK and discussions around the economy here are entirely dominated by the older generation due to demographics. It is great to see an economist in his 30s (I think??) supporting the economic cause of the younger working-age, family-rearing… Read more »
Saw this episode repeated last night, was unaware of it until then.
Very interesting documentary, informative, well made/produced, great editing, yadda yadda.
What I’m really interested in is the choice of music. Where would I find a list of songs in this soundtrack (one song in particular I’m looking for, but don’t remember the name and can’t recall how it goes)?
just finished your second book sent to me by my son.;ust as entertaining as your first but scarier!!!!I am for the first time in my life,at the age of 50 something one of the dispora,having moved to The Cayman Islands in 2006 to work.I still own a house in Dublin and am hoping that when i do retire it will be worth more than a packet of Tayto and a breakfast roll!!!! While i agree with the idea of reinventing the culture of old(i too spent 3 summers in the gaeltacht in Annagry in Donegal which i recall fondly) and… Read more »