TV review - Bird of the Antarctic

You’d have to feel sorry for Charlie Bird. Twenty years ago, he’d heard of Tom Crean, long before anyone else had. Before the Kerry-born Antarctic adventurer featured in a Guinness ad, or in a one-man show, or had a society formed in his honour,or be

16th April, 2011

Now, when Crean, the unforgotten man of Antarctic exploration, is in danger of eclipsing (at least in Ireland) the memory all the other brave souls who struggled and died on those early expeditions, Bird gets his chance in Charlie Bird on the Trail of Tom Crean (RTE One). It’s a bit like arriving at the party when everyone has just called for their taxi home.

‘‘Long before he was fashionable for many people,”...

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