Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English?


Series 1 - Episode 3 Ireland



Al Murray’s odyssey of odium takes him to Ireland and probably the best episode of the series so far. He’s certainly not short of material, and there’s a lot of sober meditation on Oliver Cromwell, the potato famine and more recent Troubles. But there’s fun to be had as well, and it helps that Al’s comedy companion Andrew Maxwell is as charming as he is thoughtful about his own nation’s story.

Alongside battlefield visits there’s even some Irish dancing to cheers us up, plus an optimistic consideration of Ireland’s new-found Celtic Tiger confidence and the two nations’ steady move towards a more respectful and equal relationship.


The award-winning comedian and history fanatic finds out what lies behind England's greatest feuds with closest neighbours Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and France. Joining up with Andrew Maxwell, he focuses on Ireland.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Al Murray
Contributor Andrew Maxwell