Monday 26 August 2019

RTE insists there are 'no plans to bring back Love/Hate' despite reports

Some of the stars of RTE’s hit TV show ‘Love/Hate’
Some of the stars of RTE’s hit TV show ‘Love/Hate’
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in Love/Hate
Peter Coonan as Fran, Robert Sheehan as Darren, Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Killian Scott as Tommy in a publicity shot from Love/Hate Series 3
Robert Sheehan as Darren in Love/Hate
Aiden as John Boy in Love/Hate
The infamous scene in Love/Hate
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The question of whether or not Love/Hate will return for a sixth season has raged since the fifth series wrapped in a blaze of blood and bullets.

The hit RTE show, written by Stuart Carolan, came to a natural conclusion in November last year as crime kingpin Nidge was shot in the chest in his own back garden by rival Patrick.

However, since it was not clear whether or not the character, played by Tom Vaughn Lawlor, had actually died, fans speculated the door had been left open for more tales from the Dublin crime underworld.

Reports today suggesting that a sixth season is "in development", however, have been quashed by RTE who issued a statement saying, "There are no plans to bring back Love/Hate at this time".

Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan, left and Love/Hate actor John Connors
Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan, left and Love/Hate actor John Connors

The Irish Mirror report that Jane Gogan, RTE Television Head of Drama, had confirmed the series would return with a focus on Nidge's killer Patrick and his Traveller family.

"RTÉ can confirm that Love/Hate will not return to screens in 2015," Gogan reportedly said in a statement. "A sixth series is currently in development with the writer and creator Stuart Carolan and Octagon Films."

While RTE states there are no plans to bring the series back "at this time" it may still return to the state broadcaster in the future.

Patrick, played by John Connors, would be the natural centre around which a new series could revolve as Tom Vaughn Lawlor previously stated he would not return to the show should another season be written.

"The last five years working on Love/Hate have been an incredible and unforgettable journey for me," he wrote in a statement.

"I’ve had the privilege of working with a brilliant cast who I’ve learnt a huge amount from, a tireless and talented crew, a visionary director, an amazing group of producers from Octagon and RTE, and in Stuart Carolan a world class writer."

He added that he was "looking forward to the new challenges ahead".

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