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It's pout of order, says 'Dublin Wives' star, paid a paltry €125 per episode

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 11/01/2013 | 05:00

The stars of Dublin Wives are paid €125 per episode.
Jo Jordan and right, Lisa Murphy
The cast of 'Dublin Wives', Danielle Meagher, Virginia Macari, Lisa Murphy, Jo Jordan and Roz Flanagan
Roz Flanagan

THE cast of reality show 'Dublin Wives' were paid just €1,000 each to appear in the eight-part reality series despite their glamorous lifestyles and top ratings for TV3.

First broadcast last May, this week TV3 aired a further four episodes about the ladies who lunch.

Not all are happy about their paltry fee which works out at just €125 an episode.

"If I was to do another season, I would certainly not be doing it for that kind of money. I would want an awful lot more than that," 'Dublin Wives' star Danielle Meagher told the Irish Independent.

But series producer John Norton has defended the wages as a 'token fee' paid to Meagher and co-stars Virginia Macari, Roz Flanagan, Lisa Murphy and Jo Jordan.

He said: "There really isn't that much money to be made doing reality TV in Ireland. We work with tiny budgets compared to similar reality series in the UK and US."

Macari, Flanagan, Murphy and Jo Jordan, also paid the cost of their own flights to New York in an episode of the show broadcast in the summer.

Costing TV3 just €15,000 for each half-hour episode, 'Dublin Wives' has performed well for the station, its first returning episode on Monday night drawing an average audience of 262,000 to the station.

This compares with new TV3 drama 'Deception', whose budget is 13 times bigger at €200,000 per hour-long episode, but whose audience for the first installment on Monday night, only drew 50,000 more viewers to the station with 311,000 tuning in.

Meagher who runs Dublin's DermaFace Clinic, said that "money had not been a motivation" for getting involved but described as "naive" some of the press interviews given by her fellow cast members, and said she would want a change in the line-up before getting involved again.

However plans for a second season of 'Dublin Wives' are on hold until TV3 appoints a successor to departed director of programmes, Ben Frow.

"There is no guarantee the new incoming director of programmes of TV3 will want 'Dublin Wives'. They may want to commission their own series," said a source.

Irish Independent

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