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Love/Hate taking a year out but not dead yet - writer Carolan


Stuart Carolan

Stuart Carolan

Stuart Carolan

Stuart Carolan

Tom Vaughan Lawlor

Tom Vaughan Lawlor

Stuart Carolan

LOVE/Hate will not be returning to our screens next year, but creator Stuart Carolan hasn't ruled out working with the characters again.

RTE's head of drama Jane Gogan confirmed yesterday that while a sixth season was currently in development, it will not be aired any time soon.

A development deal is in place with Octagon films, but anxious fans shouldn't hold their breath.

The man behind the gangland drama said it was exhausting making a show for €600,000 an episode that looked and felt like a US hit produced with a €4m budget for each instalment.

While the tight-knit crew were "magnificent", everyone was working to the point of collapse to get the show out.

And after such a dramatic end, they needed time to think about the next move, said Carolan.

"If we looked at Love/Hate again, we'd have to do it in a very different way," he said. "You wouldn't be able to sustain the pace we've done it at."

Carolan said only days after the finale aired that reaching the end of a season was "like coming out of a war".

The death of King Nidge at the end of season five left viewers wondering what would come next for the stars of the Dublin underworld drama.

Now it seems their future - those that still have one - has yet to be decided.

"To go again is tough," said Carolan. "I look at all those actors and I'd love to keep writing for them in different ways, but the current incarnation of Love/Hate is, I think, over."

Carolan would usually begin writing for the next season by December, but he admitted he has "nothing left in the tank".

Killing off his lead character was always the plan, but it will still take time to get used to.

"It's a massive thing with the end of Nidge, because he became the show," he said.

The former journalist hinted that he might turn his hand to documentary, but he's refusing to rule anything out.

"You have to be not afraid of walking away from it, but equally not afraid of coming back," he said.