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Reeling In The Years Helped Us Remember The Wonderfully Woeful Year That Was 2010

Reeling In The Years Helped Us Remember The Wonderfully Woeful Year That Was 2010
By Eoin Harrington

It was a big night for RTÉ on Sunday, as we were at long last treated to the debut the 2010 episode of Reeling in the Years and the beginning of a new season. The show was voted the country’s favourite home produced show in an RTÉ Guide poll in 2008, so expectations were naturally high.

The first episode could hardly have gotten off to a stronger start. In the leadup to the premiere, one of the clips people were looking forward to seeing most was the iconic “man slips on ice” shot – and the legendary Reeling in the Years editors only went and opened the entire episode with that very shot.

The episode went from strength to strength from there, with so many storylines that we had either forgotten about or exiled from our memories. We'd completely forgotten how big of an event Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll's wedding was - but Huberman was a touch taken aback by her feature in the episode.

There were sporting memories aplenty, as Irish football fans were reminded of the guilty joy of England being cheated out of a goal against Germany at the World Cup. (Producers also hilariously made the final scoreline harsher on England)

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There was also a reminder of one of the great solo hurling performances in recent memory.

There was so much packed into the half-hour episode – with the Chilean miners’ rescue and the opening of the Aviva Stadium completely slipping our minds in the buildup to the episode. We were also treated to several clips from the iconic first season of Love/Hate.

The soundtrack didn't fail to deliver either - though it definitely leant into the cheesy side of 2010, there was something beautiful about the man slipping on ice, soundtracked by 'Misery' by Maroon 5. A truly groundbreaking moment of television.

The most abiding reaction on Twitter, though, was one of shock and disgust at how badly the country suffered in the fallout from the financial crash. Many were given unwanted reminders of the relentlessly grim year that 2010 was, with a financial crisis marked by mass unemployment, a deepening housing crisis, and ultimately the arrival of the IMF into Ireland to effectively take over the financial running of the country.

It was a bittersweet look back on what was, all in all, a fairly shite year for the country – but we’re looking forward to the weeks ahead, even if the fortunes of the Irish soccer team are only destined to dramatically deteriorate over the course of the 10 episodes. Surely the next few episodes of Reeling in the Years can't be as grim as 2010, right?

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