Monday 24 September 2018

Love/Hate season 5: RTE One release teaser trailer

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in Love/Hate
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in Love/Hate
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

LOVE/HATE is set to return with a bang – and it seems there’s plenty keeping kingpin Nidge occupied in the fifth series.

Fans of the gangland drama have been given a first glimpse at what to expect in the upcoming run and if the trailer is anything to go by, Fran-the-man is no longer in the good books.

Love/Hate will be back on TV screens on October 12.

A sneak-peak released by RTE shows actor Fran (Peter Coonan), looking slightly concerned for his welfare, while Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor) is scrambling to stay in control and is looking toward pipe-bomb maker Patrick (John Connors) to help reassert his authority.


The programme will pick up just two weeks after the end of the last season – a first for the show, which has traditionally resumed a year later.

Season four’s finale saw paranoid Nidge hand himself over to gardai. However, the bald criminal will not be in custody too long, as it has been revealed he flees to Spain for a stint before returning to settle some business with the gang.

The trailer also shows Nidge’s wife, Trish (Aoibhinn McGinnity), let loose on the dancefloor before walking home in the middle of the night a little worse for wear. Monaghan native Aoibhinn told the Herald her character will enjoy a freer role this time around.

“I’m the most excited I’ve been throughout to see this season, I think it’s very dramatic and strong this year,” she said. “Trish gets out and about more, too; she’s isolated and has been lacking in female friendships.

“She has to lead a very secretive life, so it’s nice that she gets out with the likes of Charlie, who plays Siobhan.”

And the actress hinted that there may be more scenes in which she sports sultry outfits in the bedroom.


“You have to keep in mind you could be in lingerie, so you just try to always be ready – and fake tan is very handy, too,” she said.

Meanwhile, creator Stuart Carolan told the Herald that he’s looking forward to the reaction from viewers.

The former radio producer admitted he’s not sure yet how to end the programme.

“A huge amount of people weren’t happy with the ending of different shows like The Sopranos – there’s no right or wrong, all you do is try to get the one that feels right,” he said.

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