Tuesday 12 December 2017

Last season of Love/Hate? I'm half way through Series 6 - writer Stuart

Stuart Carolan
Stuart Carolan

Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan has quashed rumours last night that the fifth series of Love/Hate will be the last.

Carolan (inset) is currently developing plot-lines for the sixth series and says RTE will decide to give it the green light depending on the ratings of series five.

"We are developing a sixth series at the moment so it's not over, no," he told the Herald.

"But RTE could turn around and say 'We don't want it' - you never know."

He was responding to reports that the fifth season of the hit show would be the last.

"I have loads of ideas for a sixth series and think the fifth series is solid but I don't want to jinx it. People might hate it, you can never be 100pc about it."


Given that Love/Hate is the highest rating drama RTE has ever produced, with over one million viewers watching last season's finale, it seems unlikely they would cancel the series.

The new season kicked off last night with an episode filled with fist fights, flights to Spain's Costa del Crime and cold blooded murder

Carolan was speaking at the premiere of '71' at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin's Smithfield which stars several Love/Hate actors including Charlie Murphy who plays Siobhan, Killian Scott aka fizzy orange-loving gangster Tommy and Barry Keoghan who played notorious cat killer Wayne.

Set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles the film tells the story of a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast.

IRA assassin Lizzie (Caoilfhionn Dunne) is whacked in Love Hate
IRA assassin Lizzie (Caoilfhionn Dunne) is whacked in Love Hate

The recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating landscape.

The film stars Jack O'Connell best known for his role in E4 series 'Skins' and '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Charlie Murphy plays the part of Brigid and spent weeks perfecting her Belfast accent.

"I do my best although I might slip back into a Wexford accent from time to time," she joked.

"A lot of the movie was shot at night so I felt like a bit of a vampire working on this one. I was stuck with a load of boys again but I don't mind that," she laughed.

Murphy is currently starring in Mark O'Rowe's 'Our Few and Evil Days' at the Abbey Theatre.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Peter Coonan as Fran in Love/Hate series 5, episode 1
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Peter Coonan as Fran in Love/Hate series 5, episode 1

"We had the opening last week which is always a bit nerve wracking but now we are into the swing of it."

The play also stars King Nidge himself Tom Vaughan Lawlor.


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