Writing the history of women’s programming at Telifís Éireann: A case study of Home for Tea

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Wait, Morgan
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Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
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The history of women’s programming at the Irish television station Teilifís Éireann has long been neglected within the historiography of Irish television. Seminal studies within the field have focused quite specifically on the institutional history of the Irish station and have not paid much attention to programming. This is particularly true in regards to women’s programmes. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by demonstrating a methodological approach for reconstructing this lost segment of programming using the example of Home for Tea, a women’s magazine programme that ran on TÉ from 1964 to 1966. It was the network’s flagship women’s programme during this period but is completely absent from within the scholarship on Irish television. Drawing on the international literature on the history of women’s programmes this paper utilises press sources to reconstruct the Home for Tea’s content and discourse around it. It argues that, though Home for Tea has been neglected, a reconstruction of the programme illuminates wider themes of the everyday at Teilifís Éireann, such as a middle-class bias and the treatment of its actors. As such, its reconstruction, and that of other similar programmes, are exceptionally important in moving towards a more holistic history of the Irish station.
Television , Women’s television , Women’s programming , Ireland
Wait, M. (2021) 'Writing the history of women’s programming at Telifís Éireann: A case study of Home for Tea', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 20, pp. 38-53. https://doi.org/10.33178/alpha.20.04