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Saturday 17 November 2018

Simpsons writers reveal their roots here

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Simpsons mania will grip the nation next week with a new Irish-themed episode to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Producers of the hugely popular series admitted to the Herald that they were feeling the pressure to live up to the humorous expectations of the Irish public.

Executive producer of the show, Al Jean, said: "Ireland is a country with a great sense of humour so we don't want to let anyone down.

"Many of the writers like myself are Irish American and have been to Ireland many times before. I've been there three times."

The episode will be shown first on Irish and British Sky TV on March 17 -- the first time an episode of The Simpsons will be premiered outside the US.

In the Name of the Grandfather is expected to give Irish tourism a major boost as it features some of the country's biggest tourist attractions.

Mr Jean revealed that Grampa has always longed to return to Ireland to have a beer in O'Flanagan's pub and Homer sets about making his wish come true. However, a drunken Homer and Grampa end up buying the pub and mayhem ensues. "I think it's terrific. We wanted it to be an affectionate love letter to Ireland," said Mr Jean, who also got married here.

The episode features famous Irish landmarks including the Giant's Causeway, Blarney Castle and the Guinness Brewery. Irish actor Colm Meaney features as the voice of special guest character Tom O'Flanagan.

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