STEPHEN FRY’S CAMEO on TG4′s soap opera Ros na Rún will air on BBC2 tonight as part of the actor and writer’s documentary series Planet Word.
Fry travelled to Galway late last year to shoot his small speaking part, after the scriptwriters gave him cúpla focal to say. Fry plays an English tourist who ends up in Ros na Rún’s local pub Tigh Thaidhg. His lines include ‘níl ocras orm’ and ‘slán go foill’.
Fry’s experience with the Irish language forms part of an episode called ‘Identity’, during which he details how Ros na Rún is attempting to keep the language alive.
Speaking to TCD’s Phil Society last year Fry said that he found that felt that it was a “proud thing” for Irish people to be able to speak the language, and that it was a “symbol of one’s commitment to the very nature of your culture and identity”. But he also said that the “terrible rolling tide of English and its power” couldn’t be denied:
Planet Word featuring Ros na Rún will be broadcast tonight on BBC2 at 9pm