Crime drama 'Love/Hate' debuted on British TV last night, with some viewers struggling to understand the Dublin accent
Season one of the show aired in the UK for the first time last night on Channel 5.
In a review of the series posted online prior to the broadcast yesterday, 'Guardian' columnist Mark Lawson called 'Love/Hate' "a powerful and compelling show".
Lawson wrote positively of how the writers rooted the drama in the "trends and tensions" of modern Irish culture, praising in particular how it deals with the country's rapidly fading religious beliefs.
However, he also noted many of the actors – including Robert Sheehan, – are too attractive and polished to be playing the dark, gritty characters.
As the show was broadcast last night Twitter reaction was swift and positive.
One Twitter user noted the characters’ thick Dublin accents as difficult to understand.
“Anyone watching Love Hate with subtitles?!” Daniella Chaudry wrote, “Can’t understand an effing word!”
However there were plenty of mentions for the “gorgeous” Darren.
“How beautiful are Darren’s eyes?!” one Twitter user wrote.
“Really want to see Darren out of Love Hate #Ch5 after a haircut n a shave [sic]”, another tweeted.
The suspense has already begun for many as Hayley Niner tweeted, “Light bedtime viewing... not”.
“V.good drama, lively, curious, gamey,” Twitter user Matthew Broughton wrote.
The Valleys reality TV star Anna Kelle said she’s a fan of the show, writing: “Ooh loved #LoveHate tonight. Gonna be addicted [sic].”
Although in the minority, others criticised aspects of the award-winning drama.
“Bebo, Bluetooth?!” Twitter user Sam Orgill tweeted, “You’d swear this came out in 2004 and not 2010 #lovehate.”
Actress Susan Loughnane, who plays the drug-addicted prostitute Debbie in 'Love/Hate', says she's both nervous and excited about potential success across the pond.
"I'm not in the first season, so I have a couple of weeks to chill out. I really enjoy my anonymity over there so it'll be different having people know me, if they do," said the actress, who lives in London.
"I like being able to wander around without being recognised. It starts the minute I get off the plane (in Ireland)," she said.
Susan has been approached everywhere from the pub to the supermarket, with one fan who was particularly sympathetic to her character asking her for a hug.
"You can't complain though, it's such a blessing to be involved in something people react so strongly to," she said.
Lawson said RTE had a long way to go in catching up with Scandinavia and New Zealand's standard of TV drama but he was interested to see what it would produce next.
Additional reporting Denise Calnan