There they are, the original Dáithí Ó Sé and Claire Byrne. Derek Davis and Thelma Mansfield ruled Irish television throughout the 80's and 90's. They brought a blend of all kinds of everything from 3pm every weekday on RTE1. It featured fantastic stuff like music and interviews, interior design, gardening, automobile maintenance, knitting, arts etc. etc. A large part of the Gammagoblin's formative years were spent watching Live at 3 after coming home from school. I must say though, even I couldn't stick the OAP specials they had on every Monday. No OAP specials for Daithi and Claire though, oh no. OAP have to take what they're given these days.
Since then RTÉ have constantly been chaning afternoon programming. Be it "The Afternoon Show" or now "The 4 O Clock Show, incorporating The Daily Show", it seems that they are desperately trying to recapture the magic that Live At Three. I say they should just bite the bullet and bring it all back. Bring back Derek, bring back Thelma, bring back the old features. Even bring back that 1980's Japanese influenced set design! We have the massive debt and poverty like we had in the 1980's, isn't it time we brought back the television programming now too! Think of it: watching Live at 3 again, this time on the huge 3D LED television screens that we bought on hire-purchase which we now can't afford to pay back. Ah yes, I'm getting teary eyed at the prospect.
This post has been in the making for a few weeks but I've decided to finalise it before Christmas so that I can call it a Christmas present to a certain mega fan of Derek Davis. You know who you are.