'Dream to be part of Allen film' - McLynn
Pauline McLynn said that it's a dream come true to be part of a new biopic about the life of the late Irish comedian Dave Allen as he was one of her comedy heroes.
A co-production between RTE and the BBC, the programme will see Game Of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen stepping into the lead role of the famous funnyman.
The actress said that it was going to air around Christmas time and added that she was always a huge fan of Allen, who passed away in London in 2005.
"He was one of my heroes, so I was thrilled to be a part of that. We didn't have much in the way of stations back then but we could see Dave Allen on English television just saying things and making fun of the Catholic Church," she said.
"It was like, 'OMG, how's he getting away with that?'
"Him and Hall's Pictorial Weekly kept the country sane as it was then, just sending up all the powers-that-be.
"He was just one of the greats.
"I met him once at a comedy awards ceremony in London after Father Ted had won a few things. We were both getting our coats at the door on the way out. I had a few words with him and he was wonderful. He was just this handsome, suave, older man with the glint in his eye.
"I'd say I made no sense at all. Not only was I full of wine but also full of admiration and gratitude. So I didn't cover myself in glory but he was very nice."
She will also be back on our screens in the second series of Painting The Nation, which sees seven amateur painters completing a series of weekly tasks in a bid to win the overall show.
"I'd have been very disappointed and amazed if they hadn't brought it back. It's the sort of show that people love. Even people who don't paint are interested to see them going at it, they all have a rare talent," she said.
The winner will go on to have their work exhibited in the State Art Collection.