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Coogan's only codding as he joins Moone cast

Published 13/01/2012 | 05:00

Alan Partridge creator Steve Coogan was the centre of attention yesterday as he took to the streets of Boyle, Co Roscommon, for filming on Chris O'Dowd's new TV series 'Moone Boy'. Photo: John Dardis
Alan Partridge creator Steve Coogan was the centre of attention yesterday as he took to the streets of Boyle, Co Roscommon, for filming on Chris O'Dowd's new TV series 'Moone Boy'. Photo: John Dardis
Comedian Johnny Vegas getting into character as a wrestler
Steve Coogan and director Declan Lowney in Boyle, Co Roscommon
Chris O'Dowd on the 'Moone Boy' set yesterday

'Alan Partridge' star Steve Coogan was adopting a west of Ireland accent yesterday.

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The Manchester-born comic marched around the streets of Boyle, Co Roscommon, as he joined the filming of Chris O'Dowd's new TV series 'Moone Boy'.

And if the election posters for the late Brian Lenihan senior seem confusing, that's because the story line is set during the 1990 presidential election campaign, in which Mr Coogan plays Frankie Feehily, local fish factory owner and would-be Mary Robinson supporter.

"Steve's character is very much the top dog in the town, which is why they were filming him marching up and down the street, slapping locals on the back and kissing their wives," said a source.

Mr Coogan's production company, Baby Cow, is co-producing the six-part autobiographical series.

It follows the story of 11-year-old Martin Moone, played by young Leitrim actor David Rawle, growing up in small-town Ireland at the end of the 1980s.

Giving the background to the presidential plot line, Mr O'Dowd revealed: "My character's mum and dad are divided in the race. My dad backs Brian Lenihan and is putting up his campaign posters around Boyle, but my mum supports Mary Robinson.

"The only problem is that there's no Labour support for Mary Robinson, because where I grew up is such a big Fianna Fail county.

"So the Mary supporters go and see Steve's character, the owner of a local fish factory to ask him for money for Mary's campaign. But he wants something in return."

Another English comic also joined filming in Boyle yesterday. Johnny Vegas plays a wrestler called 'Crunchie Haystacks'.

Co-written by Mr O'Dowd and Nick Murphy, 'Moone Boy' is directed by Wexford-born Declan Lowney, who also did 'Father Ted'.

Ken Sweeney

Irish Independent

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