Famine historian and author Tim Pat Coogan is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of such a series being released.
“It does seem an unsavoury thing, with such agony, and it being such a horrendous thing that still has a bad effect on relationships between Ireland and England,” said the multi-award winning historian.
“You really would have to be talking about making jokes about Belsen and Auschwitz and the gas chambers to make it an equivocal thing in our lifetime.”
“Murder, genocide, people dying, retching with their faces green from eating weeds, their bowels hanging out of them- no passage of time will make that funny,” said Mr Coogan.
The Irish famine has been described as the greatest demographic catastrophe of 19th-century Europe. More than a million people died in the Famine, and 1.5 million fled; by 1901 Ireland’s population had dropped from 8.2 million to 4.5 million.
Set to be titled Hungry, the series remains in writing stage.
(Pic below : Burying the Child, by Lilian Davidson)