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Killinaskully to hit the big screen? Pat Shortt says movie version of hit show a possibility

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Pat Shortt in character for his hit show Killanaskully

Pat Shortt in character for his hit show Killanaskully

Pat Shortt in character for his hit show Killanaskully

COMIC Pat Shortt has said that his hit comedy ‘Killinaskully’ could be set to hit the big screen – although dashed fans hopes of a return to TV screens in the near future.

Shortt told The Star that RTE no longer has the budget to commission a new series of the show: “Killinaskully was an expensive project so from the point of view of TV, it’s not a runner for RTE.

“We did it during the boom years when there was some money in TV but RTE couldn’t finance it now”, he continued.

However the actor hasn’t ruled out a jump to the big screen for the show: “There has been interest in doing a film and we’re talking about that at the moment,” he said.

Discussions of a movie are only in an early stage, with the actor revealing: “We need the right script and lots of other things need to be in place but a movie could happen.”

He also revealed that former cast members have expressed their willingness to return to the famous fictional village: “I met Paraic Breathnach - who played Jacksie Walsh in Killinaskully - at a funeral recently and he was saying how he’d love to do it again.”

Shortt is also considering pitching TV shows to UK stations, and praised fellow comic Brendan O’Carroll for opening the door: “It’s brilliant, Brendan O’Carroll’s success with Mrs Browns’ Boys has opened the doors for Irish comedy the same way Father Ted did back in the ‘90s.”