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|Caption||Jim FitzGerald in 'The Spike' (1977)|
FitzGerald, James (1929 - 2003)
Jim FitzGerald as the Caretaker, during the filming of the RTÉ Television drama series 'The Spike', in 1977. FitzGerald was a former producer and Head of Drama at RTÉ. He was also a theatre director in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s. He was appointed Telefís Éireann's Head of Drama in the early 1960s.
'The Spike', a 10-part drama series written by Patrick Gilligan, was set in a co-educational, post-primary school in a working class area of an Irish town. Only 5 episodes of 'The Spike' were ever shown by RTÉ, after massive controversy erupted over a nude scene in which a woman modelled for an art class. The first episode was broadcast on 26 January 1978. Noel O Briain was the series producer. The RTÉ Guide of 20 January 1978 published a three-page article about the series.
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(01/Jan/1977 - 01/Jan/1977)