Wednesday 21 August 2019

Stefanie Preissner confirms new series of Can't Cope, Won't Cope to air on RTE and BBC

Nika McGuigan (left) and Seana Kerslake in comedy-drama Can't Cope, Won't Cope
Nika McGuigan (left) and Seana Kerslake in comedy-drama Can't Cope, Won't Cope

Sean O'Grady

Stefanie Preissner has confirmed that the upcoming second series of Can't Cope, Won't Cope will be back on BBC Three next year as she gets to work on two new TV projects for America and the UK.

The comedy drama starring Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan as Cork girls Aisling and Danielle who move to Dublin and live a party lifestyle after graduating from college was well received by critics and picked up by the BBC.

"It will be on BBC Three, but I think RTE get to play it first. I found out that it sold to the BBC on Twitter, I have no control over those things," Stefanie said.

The Cork woman is in the early stages of working on two new shows, one for Channel 4 and the other for American audiences.

"I'm working with Channel 4 at the moment on a new series and I'm working in the States with First Look Media on a series set in New York," she said.

"The Channel 4 one is with Parallel Films in the UK, it's really brilliant.

"We get to lean more heavily into the drama so I'm loving working on that."

Speaking about Can't Cope, Won't Cope, Stefanie said the series will continue to tackle the issues people face in Ireland today.

"Season one was very of its time and Dublin has changed in that time. It's been interesting to keep my pulse on what's happening in Ireland," she said.

"We're filming in Dublin for five weeks and Vancouver a little bit. The girls split up at the end of season one.

"We're going to see that for Aisling it's not easy to find a new place to live. We have a housing crisis. We saw her family in season one and they'll be back a lot.

"We're dealing with the issues Ireland is facing now.

"Childcare, homelessness, socio-economic stuff about women, their access to health and jobs. Aisling is trying to get a new job. It's going to be a very relevant, current series."

Stefanie previously wrote for theatre and had never considered a career in television until an insider asked her if she had any ideas that would work for the small screen.

"A producer came and asked me if I'd ever thought about writing for television," she told the Herald.

"I said 'no' and she said, 'Do you have any ideas?'

"I said I had this idea of two girls who move from Cork to Dublin and have this crazy party lifestyle.

"She said, 'Let's try and make it happen', and it happened.

"I'm very aware that I'm speaking from a place of massive privilege and that's not how a lot of people get into television."

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