Monday 19 February 2018

Break out the sodastream... Bridget & Eamon gets a second series on RTE2

Bernard O'Shea and Jennifer Zamparelli in Bridget & Eamon
Bernard O'Shea and Jennifer Zamparelli in Bridget & Eamon

Sean O'Grady

Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O'Shea have a busy few months ahead as their hit show Bridget & Eamon has been renewed for a second series.

The former Republic of Telly stars set off on their own last year when they brought their popular 1980s Irish couple to RTE2 screens.

Debuting to healthy ratings, RTE bosses have given the go-ahead to the creative pair to work on the second series.

Writing on social media, Zamparelli shared a photo of herself and O'Shea with co-writer Jason Butler in what looks like a brainstorming session for the upcoming series.

"And so it begins. Bridget & Eamon, series two, with Bernard O'Shea and Jason Butler," she wrote alongside the snap.

RTE confirmed the good news for the pair following Zamparelli's post.

"We're happy to confirm that the second series of Bridget & Eamon will be returning to RTE2 later this year," a spokesperson for the station told the Herald.

Mum-of-one Zamparelli previously hinted they were in talks to return for another series after the first was well received by audiences - although it drew mixed reviews from critics. She said they will continue to draw on Irish experiences in the 1980s for the next batch.

"We only did six episodes and a lot of series are longer now. There's a lot more to do with them - we wouldn't change it too drastically. We're sticking in the '80s for now," she said.

She added she has received advice from her mother on how to play the role of Bridget.

"My mum watched one of the scenes where Eamon keeps making me get up to change the channels, and said 'I'd have been more angry in that scene'. She directs theatre so she gives me little tips," she said.

Meanwhile, Republic Of Telly continues to do well following Zamparelli and O'Shea's departure from the programme after six series. Replacement Joanne McNally has been a fan favourite - but she has admitted she's yet to meet Zamparelli in person.


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