I first saw this on RTE Television back in '82 on first release. I saw a few episodes when Channel 4 (UK), ran it later in the year. I seem to remember at the time that it was a three party production involving FR3 France, Channel 4 UK, and RTE Ireland. It was indeed tri lingual with subtitles for the foreign dialog.
Though the series was quite popular at the time, and drew very good viewer ratings on RTE, it didn't get much approval from the critics. Citing poor editing, bad acting, historical inaccuracy's, amidst the criticisms. None of this though changes the fact that it remained popular with viewers. And of course being a period of Irish history that was not covered by popular media, it attracted all the more attention. And of course not forgetting the excellent soundtrack produced by The Chieftains & The RTE Concert Orchestra.
I have seen many posts on various forums from people looking for this title on DVD, but as far as I am aware, the reason why it hasn't thus far become available, is due to licensing issues between the three countries. So in the meantime, I guess we just wait until this has been resolved. I certainly for one will be looking forward to it's release on digital media of whichever format.
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