Friday 22 September 2017

'Bridget and Eamon are small-minded people with notions' - Jennifer Zamperelli

Gráinne Loughran

Bridget and Eamon star Jennifer Zamperelli has compared the titular characters of the RTE show to Katie Hopkins.

"Bridget and Eamon probably share the same views like Katy Hopkins, they’re small-minded, people with notions, racists, say stupid things. They’re a satirical version of her,” says Jennifer Zamperelli, star of Bridget and Eamonn.

Speaking to journalists at the launch of the second season of their hit comedy series Bridget & Eamon, comedy duo Jennifer Zamperelli and Bernard O’Shea had no holds barred.

Discussing the nostalgia inherent in the show, they say that Ireland has completely changed since Bridget and Eamon’s day."It brings us back and then the Trump thing happens and we wonder, have we come that far?” says Jennifer.

Mark Huberman, Jennifer Zamperelli, Edwin Sammon, Bernard O'Shea and Aoibhinn McGinnity at RTE in Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Mark Huberman, Jennifer Zamperelli, Edwin Sammon, Bernard O'Shea and Aoibhinn McGinnity at RTE in Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

“The whole nostalgia of the 80s is a big character in the show, the whole smoking thing, driving without seatbelts, drink driving, they have millions of kids, it’s kind of unbelievable."

The pair also spoke of their new UK deal, the changes they've made to their writing process and their nerves ahead of season two.

"The UK deal has been brilliant. We didn’t expect it because we made an Irish programme, a very Irish programme, so the fact that it travelled was a huge surprise," said Jennifer.

Mark Huberman and Aoibhinn McGinnity will join the cast playing visiting American couple Mikey and Barbara.

“They were terrifying to work with because they knew their lines,” says Bernard.

Speaking on the appeal of the series, Jennifer added “Bridget is a bit of every Irish mammy. She’s a bit of my mam, a bit of my sister, a bit of my neighbour three doors down."

Bridget & Eamon will return to RTÉ2 on Monday November 14 at 9.30pm.

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