Irish comedy star Ardal O’Hanlon has just wrapped filming on the new Channel 4 comedy London Irish, the broadcaster has announced.
Written by Derry born Lisa McGee, whose own experience of London life has more than prepared her to write a tale or two about young Irish friends living in London.
Channel 4 announced the comedy in February which follows the hard-drinking, hard-living ex-pat community of Northern Irish 20-somethings in London.
The series comprising six half hour episodes, follows four friends who discover that is isn’t easy navigating their way through London life, particularly when they’re too drunk to know where they’re going, or remember where they’ve been. If there had been a plan, it wouldn’t have been this. They have shit jobs, no money, and are surrounded by English people. In fact there’s only one thing worse than living in London with the English. And that’s living in Ireland with the Irish. That doesn’t even bear thinking about.
Ultimately, it’s a show about young people, who value having the craic above everything else. The characters are children of the peace process, living in one of the greatest cities in the world and they want to have a good time. Yeah they’re screwed up, they drink too much, they swear too much…but I really hope people watch the show and think, “I don’t half want a night out with that lot” and love watching these four characters as much as I love writing for them. – Lisa McGee
The show will air in the autumn with Ardal playing Da to Conor and Bronagh, brother and sister, played by Kerr Logan and Sinead Keenan alongside their two friends, Packy – Patrick to his mother – (Peter Campion) and Niamh (Kat Reagan). Ma is played by Tracey Lynch.
London Irish is a fresh, cheerfully outrageous, no-limits comedy. There isn’t a taboo that goes unexplored. I’m delighted to play Da who’s oblivious to all that. The writing is fearlessly funny and the cast ridiculously charismatic. – Ardal O’Hanlon
O’Hanlon is best known in the UK for sitcoms Father Ted and My Hero.