Thursday 19 April 2018

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

Sitcom: Bridget and Eamon
Sitcom: Bridget and Eamon
Bernard O'Shea, Jennifer Zamparelli, and Keith Walsh in Bridget & Eamon, RTE 2
Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

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

The series – which was created by and stars Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea – has been snapped up by US streaming service Hulu, the same company that bought gangland crime series Love/Hate.

Jennifer and Bernard are delighted the series, set in 1980s rural Ireland, has gone global.

However, Jennifer revealed that some people had to use the subtitle option as they “couldn’t understand what was going on”, given the strong regional accents and uniquely Irish turn of phrasing.  

Bernard O'Shea, Jennifer Zamparelli, and Keith Walsh in Bridget & Eamon, RTE 2
Bernard O'Shea, Jennifer Zamparelli, and Keith Walsh in Bridget & Eamon, RTE 2

“I’ve been getting tweets from people saying, ‘I had to turn on the subtitles’.

“It’s amazing. We don’t care if they put it into a bottle and send it to America, we just want to get the introduction over there, it’s great. 

“Look at Mrs Brown’s Boys and the success of that? So I think I kind of knew it could [do well outside Ireland].”

They have also sold the award-winning show to UK station Gold – and RTE bosses have signalled they want a third series.

Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea
Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea

“We’re in an office and myself, Bernard and Jason are writing all the time or bouncing ideas around anyway, so we’re ready for the green light. We’ve other ideas on the go as well.”

Separately, she admits she’s “sad” her former programme Republic Of Telly got the axe.

“But it was probably the right time to move on. I don’t think it’s the end of Kevin McGahern or anybody who was on the show. It’s sad because it was a great place to go and The Rubberbandits, Damo and Ivor, and Bridget & Eamon all came from there.

“I think RTE will come up with another vehicle to harness new comedy talent. I learned so much on Republic Of Telly.”

Jennifer said that the show was her big break into Irish TV .

“I had no comedy background and went onto that show, working with the best writers, producers and stand-ups, so you pick up so much. It’s like a training ground,” she said.

“I hope RTE will come back with something better. Look at how well comedy is doing now.”

The 2fm presenter was speaking at the Dublin Castle launch of tour bus service DoDublin, formerly Dublin Bus sightseeing tours.

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