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Revealed: Cast of RTE’s Exiles hired and paid to emigrate to Vancouver

Published 07/06/2015 | 10:50

Same old same old: The producers of 'Fade Street' bring you 'Exiles: Vancouver' on RTE, starring l-r Nicola, Dylan, Sean, George, India and Jade
Same old same old: The producers of 'Fade Street' bring you 'Exiles: Vancouver' on RTE, starring l-r Nicola, Dylan, Sean, George, India and Jade

The cast of RTE’s new reality programme Exiles were hired and paid to emigrate to Canada even though the premise of the show was to capture the lifestyle of the “modern Irish emigrant”, it has been revealed.

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The cast of the series, which follows the lives of six Irish people who move to Vancouver, did not have to pay for flights or accommodation to the city as the bill was picked up by the show’s production company.

According to The Sunday Times, several cast members confirmed that, before being offered a part in the series, they had no plans to move to Vancouver.

Exiles cast member Dylan Townsend, who is a brother of Irish actor Stuart, revealed that he applied for a Canadian visa after an interview for the show.

Aspiring singer George Hutton also revealed that producers approached him to take part in the show after hearing him sing with his band Anuna.

The new show, which follows three Irish men and three Irish women as they try to land their dream job in Canada, is produced by Straywave Media.

Stephen McCormack, chief executive of Straywave Media revealed that planning and casting is the key to good television.

“Its primary purpose is to be a TV show and then document certain things, which are true, and obviously there are always constructs. For example, you have to take people’s time. You also have to clear locations. So at the heart of all television there’s a construct,” he told The Sunday Times.

“Fade Street was constructed reality. We specifically stated that was scripted, with elements of reality. With this one, definitely their words and their actions, none of that was scripted.

Exiles is already on its third episode, and airs on RTE 2 on Thursday nights.

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