GRIPPING: Gangland drama back filming on streets of city
FANS of hit RTE series Love/Hate will be glad to know that filming for the third series is now under way.
The gangland drama, which attracted close to a million viewers for the last episode in the second series, will be back on the small screen later this year.
The cast and crew of the drama were back on the streets yesterday, filming from 11am to dark.
Our pictures show Laurence Kinlan, who plays gang member Elmo, in a south inner city flat complex with a female newcomer.
Actors Tom Vaughan Lawlor, who plays new gang leader Nidge, and Robert Sheehan, who plays henchman Darren, are expected to join the set this week.
The second series attracted an average of 530,000 viewers and picked up seven IFTA awards, including best actor for Aidan Gillen and best supporting actor for Tom Vaughan Lawlor, while Denise McCormack was named best supporting actress for her portrayal of tragic gangsters' moll Linda.
Although details of the new script are under wraps, Tom warned that Nidge could be following in in the footsteps of John Boy, who was gunned down in a pub in a double-cross by his trusted lieutenants Nidge and Darren.
"We saw him staring at the CCTV while suiting up to be the new leader and paranoia is rife with him, just like it was with John Boy," said the Dubliner.
"What I also thought was very clever was a scene in the sixth episode, where Nidge is playing pool discussing funeral songs and he says he'd like to hear Guns N' Roses song Welcome To The Jungle played.
"Then later on we see him playing a video game and that track is on in the background. That definitely lends to the suggestion that I'm next in line to fall."
Meanwhile, Ruth Negga (29), who plays Robert Sheehan's love interest in the programme, is currently said to be filming alongside Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in new contemporary political thriller called Coup. The actress flew to the UK to start work on the production earlier this month.