Thursday 19 July 2018

From sketch to series to film - Bridget & Eamon movie could be on the cards

Jennifer Zamperelli and Bernard O'Shea at RTE Studios in Donnybrook Dublin for the launch of the new series of Bridget and Eamon. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Jennifer Zamperelli and Bernard O'Shea at RTE Studios in Donnybrook Dublin for the launch of the new series of Bridget and Eamon. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Sean O'Grady

Jennifer Zamparelli has revealed she and Bernard O’Shea have been approached about turning Bridget & Eamon into a film.

The comedy series, born as a sketch on Republic Of Telly, is currently in its third series and is as popular as ever with viewers.

While she doesn’t know for sure how long it would take for a film to happen, the RTE star was confident the show will be back again for series four.

“We have been approached. It’s about getting the right time and the right script,” she said.

Sitcom: Bridget and Eamon
Sitcom: Bridget and Eamon

“The break is quite nice at the moment. You spend a lot of time on it. Filming 12-hour days and writing all the scripts.

“We have done our third season and UK Gold want another one, so it’s great.”

The series has also attracted an audience further afield.

As well as airing in the UK,  it has been shown on US streaming service Hulu.

Jennifer previously revealed some people had to use the subtitle option as they “couldn’t understand what was going on”, given the show’s strong regional accents and uniquely Irish turns of phrase.

Jennifer and Bernard both present alongside Keith Walsh on 2fm’s Breakfast Republic, which has seen an increase in its listenership in the most recent JNLRS figures, when it was up 11,000 listeners to 179,000.

The Dubliner admitted she reckons the reason they have enjoyed continued success is because they “stopped giving a s**t” and relaxed on air.

The radio presenter, who is mum to daughter Florence, is pregnant with her second child and is due in January.

Thinking back to when she first found out she was pregnant, Jennifer revealed she kept the news to herself for quite a few weeks while her co-workers wondered why she suddenly seemed ill.

“This pregnancy has been very difficult, I’m not going to lie,” she told the Herald.

“You’re trying not to vomit all over the microphone. I became a very good liar, I think they thought I had a drinking problem for the first few weeks when you want to keep it to yourself,” she told the Herald.

“It’s hard when you’re working with people to do that but you want to keep it yourself for a while first.”

The former Republic Of Telly star said she and husband Lau Zamparelli are “50-50” when it comes to sharing parenting duties, but it can be difficult with their work schedules.

“He’s in the States at the moment with work. It’s a real partnership,” she said.

“We look at each other’s schedules to try and accommodate. It’s tough with childcare and especially with the hours we work.”

Jennifer was speaking at the launch of Pregnacare’s Keeping Mum campaign.

RTE comedy series Bridget and Eamon has gone Stateside – with subtitles


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