Friday 22 September 2017

Love/Hate? It’s love for British audiences as 750,000 tune in to first episode

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

ALMOST three quarters of a million UK viewers tuned in to watch hit Irish drama Love/Hate’s debut on British TV last night.

Season one of the award-winning RTÉ show aired on Channel 5 at 10pm, beating rival Channel 4 in the audience share stakes.

The crime drama’s viewing figures totalled at 738,000, according to figures obtained by the Irish Independent.

Channel 5 also confirmed that they will be broadcasting the second season of Love/Hate next year.

The show was positively received last night, with the Guardian columnist Mark Lawson calling Love/Hate a “powerful and compelling show”.

Lawson praised in particular how the drama deals with the country’s rapidly fading religious beliefs.

Similarly, the reaction on social media to the show was swift and positive last night, although one Twitter user noted how the characters’ thick Dublin accents are difficult to understand.

“Anyone watching Love Hate with subtitles?!” Daniella Chaudry wrote, “Can’t understand an effing word!”

Predictably, there were plenty of mentions for the “gorgeous” Darren, played by Robert Sheehan.

“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.

Although in the minority, others criticised aspects of the award-winning drama.

“Bebo, Bluetooth?!” Twitter user Sam Orgill said, “You’d swear this came out in 2004 and not 2010 #lovehate.”

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