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Nothing but love for crime phenomenon as Love/Hate goes out in blaze of glory

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 17/12/2012 | 05:00

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Nidge (left), and Robert Sheehan, who plays Darren, in the 'Love/Hate' season finale
Dano opens fire
Tom Vaughan Lawlor's Nidge was seen under incredible pressure in final episode.
Viewers last night saw Nidge on the receiving end of a vicious attack by paramilitaries.
Darren dies - Like in the first two series, a main character was killed in the series' last episode.

THE much anticipated finale of 'Love/Hate' was watched by an estimated one million people.

But while the whole of Ireland was consumed by the end game which saw gang leader Nidge betray fellow gang member Darren in a bloody hit – the actor who played the fallen hood, Robert Sheehan was oblivious to the fuss over in the UK.

"I'd already seen that final episode and I was very happy with it; 100pc happy," Sheehan told the Irish Independent from his home in London.

Another key player who didn't tune in last night, was cast member Laurence Kinlan, hitman Elmo, who opted for a night out in Dublin seeing group Mumford & Sons at the O2.

Tweeting after the broadcast that fellow cast member Sheehan was "too gorgeous for telly anyway", he added: "Will miss Robbie (Robert Sheehan). Can't wait for the next series."

Sheehan and Kinlan's co-star, fellow actor, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who played Nidge in the series, was also removed from the mania generated in Ireland by the end of the third season, as he is also based in the UK.

Which left actor Jason Barry to find out just how popular 'Love/Hate' has become in Ireland when he returned to Dublin this weekend from LA to celebrate his 40th birthday.

"I hadn't experienced it before until I went for a drink with my Mum and Dad and brother to the local pub. I walked in and literally within about 20 minutes there were hordes of people wanting photographs. Within that hour and a half I really felt the power the show has had in the last six weeks. It was phenomenal.

"I have had a little fame before but within 20 minutes there was people photographing," said Barry, who plays IRA gun man 'Dano' in the series.

The actor, whose last high profile role was in 'Titanic' as Leonardo Di Caprio's Irish friend, Tommy Ryan, revealed he had never watched 'Love/Hate' before being cast in the role earlier this year.

"I was aware of the show but it happened so fast that I didn't get a chance to watch it. But then I thought I wouldn't watch it because I didn't want to know who anybody was because then when I had scenes with them I would just meet them as Dano meets them," he said.

Wanting fans to share the drama of last night's finale together, 'Love/Hate' creator Stuart Carolan urged them to watch it live.

The most watched drama in RTE history, it looks likely to spawn the station's biggest selling DVD with pre-orders of 75,000 copies for the box set of all three seasons, which is due to hit the shops today.

Irish Independent

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