Jean-Luc Picard is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise, most seen as the Captain of the starship USS Enterprise-D. He appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the feature films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis, is planned to feature as the central character in a forthcoming Star Trek show, he is portrayed by actor Patrick Stewart. After the success of the contemporary Star Trek feature films, a new Star Trek television series featuring a new cast was announced on October 10, 1986. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry named Picard for one or both of the twin brothers Auguste Piccard and Jean Felix Piccard, 20th-century Swiss scientists. Patrick Stewart, who has a background of theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company, was considered for the role of Data. Roddenberry did not want to cast Stewart as Picard, since he had envisioned an actor, "masculine and had a lot of hair". Roddenberry's first choice was Stephen Macht, it took "weeks of discussion" with Robert H. Justman, Rick Berman, the casting director to convince him that "Stewart was the one they had been looking for to sit in the captain's chair".
The other actors considered included Patrick Bauchau, Roy Thinnes and Mitchell Ryan. Stewart was uncertain why the producers would cast'a middle-aged bald English Shakespearean actor' as captain of the Enterprise, he had his toupee delivered from London to meet with Paramount executives, but Roddenberry ordered Stewart to remove the "awful looking" hairpiece. Stewart's stentorian voice impressed the executives, who approved the casting. Roddenberry sent Stewart C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels, saying the Picard character was based on Hornblower, but Stewart was familiar with the character, having read the books as a teenager; as the series progressed, Stewart exercised more control over the character's development. By the time production began on the first Next Generation film, "it was impossible to tell where JeanLuc started and Patrick Stewart ended", by the fourth film, Stewart stated: I find myself talking a lot about Picard and one of the things that I've come to understand is that as I talk a lot about Picard what I find is I’m talking about myself.
There was a sort of double action. In one sense Picard was expanding like this and at the same time he was growing closer and closer to me as well and in some respect I suppose had some influence on me. I became a better listener than I had been as a result of playing Jean Luc Picard because it was one of the things that he does terrifically well. However, Stewart stated that he is not nearly as brooding as his alter ego. Stewart stated, "One of the delights of having done this series and played this role is that people are so attracted to the whole idea of Star Trek... several years after the series has ended... I enjoy hearing how much people enjoyed the work we did... It's always gratifying to me that this bald, middle-aged Englishman seems to connect with them". Stewart has commented, he has noted the "regular presence of Trekkies in the audience" whenever he plays theater, added: "I meet these people afterwards, I get letters from them and see them at the stage door... And they say,'I've never seen Shakespeare before, I didn't think I'd understand it, but it was wonderful and I can't wait to come back.'"
A new Star Trek series was announced by CBS All Access, Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart in July 2018. Stewart has been cast to reprise his role as Picard; the series is set to release near the end of 2019. Jean-Luc Picard was introduced on television in 1987, in the debut episode "Encounter at Farpoint" of Star Trek:The Next Generation. In this science fiction television show, he is the captain of a manned spacecraft of the fictional organization Starfleet as it visits various exoplanets and aliens, it is set in the late 24th century, Jean-Luc must balance the challenges of people and technology. As a character in the Star Trek franchise, Picard appears in various books, computer games, films throughout the 1990s and a variety of merchandise, he is portrayed as being moved by a desire to explore the universe and with a strong sense of duty, however he has misgivings about not having a family. The close-knit crew of the Enterprise provides his main friendships; some of his interests, as presented by show include space exploration, Shakespeare and earl grey tea.
Famous episodes featuring the Jean Luc Picard character include "Best of Both Worlds", "Yesterday's Enterprise", "Family", "All Good Things...", "Inner Light". Actor Patrick Stewart noted of the character "During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how ‘The Next Generation’ brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science and leadership.." Jean-Luc Picard was born to Maurice and Yvette Picard in La Barre, France, on 13 July 2305. As a child, he dreamed of joining Starfleet, he and the rest of his family speak English, with English accents—the French language having become obscure by the 24th century, as mentioned in the Next Generation episode "Code of Honor". Suspiciously, Picard has a number of British habits, including the regular consumption of Earl Grey tea, a fondness for Shakespeare, which he performs - authentically enough given the origins of The Bard, riding horses with English ta
Philip Ryan, professionally known as Philip Chevron, was an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist and record producer. He was best known as the lead guitarist for the celtic punk band The Pogues and as the frontman for the 1970s punk rock band The Radiators from Space. Upon his death in 2013, Chevron was regarded as one of the most influential figures in Irish punk music. Chevron grew up in a suburb of Dublin. Beginning in the late 1970s, he was lead singer and co-founder of the punk rock group The Radiators from Space, receiving some critical acclaim but little widespread popularity or financial success. Following a temporary breakup of the band in 1981, he lived in London for a while and befriending Shane MacGowan through time spent working together at a record shop. Following the release of the Pogues' 1984 debut album Red Roses For Me, he was invited to join the band on a short-term basis as cover for banjo player Jem Finer's paternity leave, he took over as guitarist following MacGowan's decision to concentrate on singing—thereby becoming a full-time member of the band in time for the recording of its second album, Rum and the Lash.
Chevron wrote the songs "Thousands Are Sailing" and "Lorelei" among others. He left The Pogues in 1994 following problems with drugs and alcohol. In 2003, he reformed The Radiators with ex-Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan, they released the album Trouble Pilgrim in 2006. In years, he became The Pogues' unofficial spokesperson and visited online forums, answering questions from fans. In 2004, he oversaw the remastering and re-release of The Pogues' entire back catalogue on CD, he toured with The Pogues, who reunited after a reunion tour in 2001. Chevron was gay and penned the anti-homophobia song "Under Clery's Clock", first performed in 1987 when The Radiators reformed for one gig, an AIDS benefit in Dublin, released as a single in 1989. In June 2007, The Pogues' website announced. In early 2008, the website announced that Chevron had recovered, that his hearing had returned to pre-treatment levels, he embarked on the March 2008 tour of the United States and sang "Thousands Are Sailing" at each performance.
By 2009, Chevron was free of cancer. However, in May 2013, it was announced that Chevron was terminally ill, his last public appearance was at the Olympia Theatre for a fundraiser in August of the same year. Chevron died on 8 October 2013 in Dublin at age 56. See The Pogues and The Radiators From Space Songs From Bills Dance Hall. Life in the Folk Lane. Father's Lying Dead on the Ironing Board Shocking Stockings Tall Boys – Fun Time The Prisoners – The Wisermiserdemelza And 7 Lash Lariat and the Long Riders – Bitter Tears.
Leprechaun is a 1993 American comedy horror film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Jennifer Aniston in her film debut. Davis plays a vengeful leprechaun; as he hunts them, they attempt to locate his gold to vanquish him. The film was meant to be more of a straight horror film, but Davis injected humor into his role. Re-shoots added increased gore to appeal to older audiences, it was the first film produced in-house by Trimark to be theatrically released and grossed $8.6 million in North America against a budget of less than $1 million. Reviews on release were negative and focused on the film's acting and directing, all of which were criticized, it is the first entry in the Leprechaun horror film series and was followed by six sequels and a remake. Leprechaun is broadcast on Saint Patrick's Day. In 1983, Dan O'Grady returns to his home in North Dakota from a trip to his native Ireland, where he stole the pot of gold from a leprechaun. After burying the gold, O'Grady discovers that the evil leprechaun has followed him home and murdered his wife.
O'Grady uses a four-leaf clover to trap it inside a crate. Before he can burn it, he suffers a stroke. Ten years J. D. Redding and his teenage daughter Tory rent the O'Grady farmhouse for the summer. Contract workers Nathan Murphy, his 10-year-old brother Alex, their dimwitted friend Ozzie Jones help re-paint the farmhouse. While looking around the basement, Ozzie hears the leprechaun's cry for help and mistakes him for a little child, he brushes the old four-leaf clover off the crate. After failing to convince the others that he met a leprechaun, Ozzie spots a rainbow and chases it, believing that he will find a pot of gold at the end. Alex accompanies him for fear. A bag of one hundred gold pieces magically appears before Ozzie. After Ozzie tests the gold and accidentally swallows a piece, they stash it in an old well and plot to keep it for themselves, hoping to fix Ozzie's brain. At the farm, the leprechaun lures J. D. into a trap by imitating a cat and injuring his hand. Tory and the others rush him to the hospital, the leprechaun follows on a tricycle.
Alex and Ozzie visit a pawn shop to see if the gold is pure, the leprechaun kills Joe the shop owner for stealing his gold. The leprechaun returns to the farmhouse, where he searches for his gold and shines every shoe that he finds. After leaving J. D. at the hospital, the group drives back to the farmhouse. Finding it ransacked, Nathan checks outside, where he is injured by a bear trap set by the leprechaun. After finding a shotgun in the farmhouse, they shoot the leprechaun several times; when this has no effect, they attempt to flee the farm, but their truck's engine has been sabotaged by the leprechaun. After ramming the truck with a go-kart, the leprechaun terrorizes the group until Ozzie reveals that he and Alex found the pot of gold. Tory gives it to the leprechaun. Believing the worst to be over, they leave for the hospital. While counting his gold, the leprechaun discovers. Thinking that they have tricked him, he menaces them until Ozzie tells them about O'Grady, taken to a nursing home after his stroke.
Tory visits the home to learn. At the nursing home, the leprechaun pretends to be O'Grady. After he chases Tory to an elevator, the leprechaun throws O'Grady's bloodied body down the shaft as Tory flees. Before dying, O'Grady tells her. Tory returns to the farmhouse, where she searches for a clover until she is attacked by the leprechaun. Alex sets a trap near the well, but the leprechaun kills him. Ozzie reveals that he swallowed the last gold coin, the leprechaun critically wounds him trying to get it. Before the leprechaun can kill Ozzie, Alex takes a four-leaf clover Tory has found, sticks it to a wad of gum, shoots it into the leprechaun's mouth, taking away his power; the leprechaun falls into the well. Nathan pushes the leprechaun back into the well and blows up both the well and the leprechaun with gasoline; the police arrive, Tory is reunited with her father. As the police investigate the remains of the well, the leprechaun vows he will not rest until he recovers every last piece of his gold.
Warwick Davis as The Leprechaun Jennifer Aniston as Tory Redding Ken Olandt as Nathan Murphy Mark Holton as Ozzie Jones Robert Hy Gorman as Alex Murphy David Permenter as Deputy Tripet William Newman as Sheriff Roy Cronin Shay Duffin as Daniel O'Grady Pamela Mant as Mrs. O'Grady John Sanderford as J. D. Redding John Voldstad as Joe Mark Jones, the writer-director, had a career in American television shows. Desiring to make a film, he decided. Jones was inspired by the Lucky Charms commercials to create a leprechaun character, only his twist was to turn the character into an antagonist. Jones was further influenced by the film Critters. Jones brought the concept to Trimark, who were looking to get into film distribution. Leprechaun became. Entertainment Weekly quoted the budget at "just under $1 million". In an interview with Fangoria, Jones stated that he began writing the script in 1985 and spent a long time developing the Leprechaun character, which he envisioned as a "horrible, murderous creature", but which became a more comedic and developed character
Après Match is an Irish comedy show screened after competitive Irish soccer matches on RTÉ. It is performed by Risteárd Cooper and Gary Cooke, it grew out of Barry Murphy and Risteárd Cooper's Frank's Euro Ting sketches which first enlivened RTÉ's coverage of Euro'96 for which Rep. of Ireland had failed to qualify. Barry Murphy had performed similar football-related sketches on RTÉ in 1994. "Après Match" proper was born when Gary Cooke joined the duo and soon became a fixture following each of Ireland's qualifying games for the 1998 World Cup. The show mocks famous Irish, soccer stars and pundits including Bill O'Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy, Johnny Giles, Liam Brady, Frank Stapleton, Colm Murray, Graeme Souness, Jackie Fullerton and Pat Jennings as well as pundits from the British channels, including Richard Keys, Andy Gray, Jamie Redknapp, Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill, Gordon Strachan, Terry Venables, Ian St John, Jimmy Greaves, Trevor Brooking, Brian Clough, Kevin Keegan, Barry Davies, David Coleman, Brian Moore and Gabby Logan.
They mock Irish television and radio personalities such as Marian Finucane, Miriam O'Callaghan, Vincent Browne, Tom McGurk, David McWilliams, Brent Pope, George Hook, Joe Duffy, Pat Kenny and Gerry Ryan. As of 2010, they have added politicians such as Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan and Joan Burton to their repertoire; the Après Match team have sold out venues all over Ireland including Vicar Street, the Olympia Theatre and the Gaiety Theatre. Après Match performed sketches on RTÉ Two after many of the matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup; as well as mocking the usual broadcasters, the team interviewed football fans in Germany. There were a number of sketches following a mock attempt at a takeover by the Gaelic Athletic Association Head Assimilator of Foreign Games of the Match of the Day studios at BBC Television Centre in London and a Father Ted parody of FAI officials and Irish manager Steve Staunton. For the third place play-off match between Germany and Portugal, the team took over full studio coverage, as well as half-time and full-time analysis, as they had done for the corresponding match of the 2002 World Cup.
A Christmas special was broadcast on RTÉ Two on St. Stephen's Day 2006; this edition featured highlights of Après Match sketches from 2006, including sequences from the previous summer's World Cup. The stars of the show interviewed the real RTÉ analysts including Ray Houghton, RTÉ commentator George Hamilton and Sky Sports' Chris Kamara. TV3 sports broadcaster Trevor Welch was lampooned, including having his vowels drawn out as he was interviewing fans from participating countries such as Costa Rica and Germany; the broadcast featured extended highlights of the stars covering the third place play-off of the World Cup between Germany and Portugal. The trio marked their tenth anniversary with three weeks of sketches during UEFA Euro 2008; the tournament marked their biggest contribution yet to RTÉ's coverage of a major tournament. For the first time, Après Match had its own producer, Gráinne O'Carroll, production team; the real O'Herlihy said that Après Match has played a significant part in what have been impressive viewing figures for a tournament that, in the absence of Ireland and England, he thought might not have generated much interest.
He said: For O'Herlihy keeping his composure proved difficult and he was sent over the edge by the Frankly Speaking interview with Fernando Torres, when Frank Stapleton asked the player if it was difficult for him having the hopes of all of Spain resting on his shoulders "seeing as they're quite slopey". The rest of the panel had difficulty keeping their composure too, with the parodies on Andy Gray and Richard Keys of Sky Sports "often rendering a tearful Graeme Souness speechless"; the highlights were broadcast as a TV Christmas special the following December. The team returned to RTÉ Two with brand new sketches and material for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Footballer Andy Reid made a guest appearance in two sketches. Sunderland A. F. C.'s Stadium of Light was used in one sketch. Dietmar Hamann and Osvaldo Ardiles, the newest pundits in RTÉ's World Cup team made appearances in the Après Match line up. For the 3rd place play-off match between Germany and Uruguay, the whole show was Après Match, was followed by a "special edition" of Après Match in which the real RTÉ panel discussed Après Match.
The team returned for a new round of sketches for the Euro 2012 tournament. They got off to a start with the sketch of the Irish showband Crystal Swing. Nearly all sketches after that featured Bill, Eamonn and Liam. During the tournament it featured more "Best of Apres Match" than new material; the team returned with brand new sketches for Euro 2016. They started off with a sketch that included the match between Ireland and England at Euro'88 when Ray Houghton scored the winning goal. After the Ireland-Sweden match, they returned once again with a sketch that included the football analysts in the RTÉ studio, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy, as well as presenter Darragh Maloney. After the Irish victory over Italy, the crew created a satirical sketch, a parody of the TV3 studio, who are RTÉ's main competitor. In addition to their football sketches, the trio parodied the Irish political situation in 1982 when two general elections happened in a programme called Après Match Presents Election'82, which aired on RTÉ One on 24 February 2016.
The trio spoofed classic Ireland soccer matches in a series entitled Après Match of The Day. A second series of Apres Match of The Day began on Monday 6 March 2017 in which the trio introduced their own version of the 1979 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final between Dublin and Kerry and the mass that took
A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers. BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots five days a week. Most of the listeners would be housewives. Thus, the shows were consumed by a predominantly female audience; the first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, Em, which aired on the NBC Blue Network at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 27, 1931. A crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative.
Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode". In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic. You spend more time with the minor characters. An individual episode of a soap opera will switch between several different concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run independent to each other; each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines, but not always all of them. In daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time; when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes end on some sort of cliffhanger, the season finale ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast. Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more to feature the entire cast in each episode, to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market," noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues; the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas and moral conflicts. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family; the storylines follow personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as'chance happenings, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found from EastEnders to Dallas. Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are English. However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are attractive, seductive and wealthy.
Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, are set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in those two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedic elements affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them; this diverges from US soap operas. UK soap operas make a claim to presenting "reality