With ‘The Panel’ returning for its eight season and going on a nationwide tour, we talk to regular panelist and comedian Mairead Farrell about movies…

It has lately become clear that one weekly 45-minute television show simply cannot provide enough wry commentary to cover such a troubled and diverse nation, so ‘The Panel’ is returning to our screens an eighth series in the autumn,

The Panel intends to get an unfair head start by embarking on a summer tour. The regular participants in this dangerous conclave are Colin Murphy, Neil Delamere, Andrew Maxwell, Dermot Whelan, Ian Coppinger, Mairead Farrell, Pamela Flood and Aoibhinn Ní Shuillibheann.

We met up with regular panelist and comedian Mairead Farrell to talk movies.


Q: Tell us about the last movie you saw?
A: ‘Sex and the City’ – the ladies action hero movie! Won’t give the plot away but they’re having a lot of sex and they’re in a city. But no one told me they’d all won the Lottery?? Carrie writes a few paragraphs a week and lives in 500 quid shoes, 800 quid dresses and 100 quid bags.

Q: What is your favourite Irish movie and why?
A:Any movie other than ‘Once’ . It was called that for a reason it should only be watch ‘Once’! If I want to see a musical I’ll rent Oliver.

Q: What is your favourite movie of all time?

A:’Gone with the wind’

Q: What movie could you never sit through again?
A:’Once’, the title says it all!

Q: Describe your ideal movie cast…
Colin Farrell as the leading male
Me as leading lady (married to leading male)
Roy Keane as supporting male (who has an affair with leading lady)
Angelina Jolie as the token “mummy” -not mother but an actual mummy, one that’s wrapped up from head to toe in bandages so no one can see her.
Goldie Hawn as my ma
Donal Sutherland as my dad
I think it could be a great movie…


Q: Have you ever cried during a movie?

‘The Notebook’ – I had to take two Solpadine after it , my head was killing me from crying


Q: Favourite movie snack?

Big dirty bag of minstrels hmmmm

Q: Favourite TV programme?
Desperate housewives and Prime Time of course.

Q: Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?
Ben Stiller – we look very alike with out our make up on, same height and can do a good model pose for photos.


The Panel is going on tour later this summer and will be coming to a town near you. The Panel Live not only preserves all the fun and insight of the television show, but it allows audiences outside the mighty reach of the M50 the chance to experience the show in all its intimate, spontaneous and uncensored mischief.

Dates Include…

June 14th Millennium Forum Derry
June 16th Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone
June 17th UCH Limerick
June 18th Dun Mhuire Theatre Wexford
June 22nd National Concert Hall Dublin
June 23rd Glor Theatre Ennis
June 24th INEC Killarney

For Ticket Prices enquire at the venue; to visit ‘The Panel’ website click HERE.