Thursday 14 December 2017

Boyzone star Keith muscles his way into crime drama

Keith Duffy in 'Love/Hate'
Keith Duffy in 'Love/Hate'
Characters Denise and Debbie overdosing in Sunday's episode
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

The latest episode of 'Love/Hate', which saw the exit of actress Susan Loughnane and the introduction of Boyzone's Keith Duffy, enjoyed a surge in viewing figures.

A total of 872,200 people watched the RTE crime drama, up 166,200 compared with the previous week.

Loughnane's character Debbie and actress Silvia Napoleoni's Denise die of a heroin overdose.

Sunday night's episode also welcomed father-of-two Duffy to the action, playing gym owner and drug dealer Mark, an associate of Nidge's gang.

The 39-year-old singer will feature in the finale of season four this week.

Duffy said that as a fan of 'Love/Hate', he was thrilled to get a part in the production, despite fears of a negative reaction from the audience.

"I love the show, I'm a huge fan of the show, and I know there are diehard 'Love/Hate' fans out there thinking, 'Why did they put him in there?'

"I have such a well-known face and am known for other things, but I am such an ambitious actor.

"It's a huge show in Ireland, I'm an Irishman and I'm a Dub and so when the audition came along I said, 'Why not me?'," he said, speaking to Ray D'Arcy on TodayFM yesterday.

"I did have to do special training (for this).

"As you know, I do triathlons all the time and I keep quite fit. But for that role he was a competing bodybuilder, so I had to put some muscle on," he added.

Last Sunday's episode showed Janet, Nidge's mistress, take a more central role.

"She's running a brothel so she's not oblivious to the dark stuff," actress Mary Murray (34) said.

"She also knows now that there are certain things she can't ask Nidge. Yes, she stills loves him, but she is playing her own game and is not going to be downtrodden by Nidge," Murray said.

Season five of 'Love/Hate' is in development, with RTE hoping to go into production in mid-2014.

Irish Independent

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