Monday 17 December 2018

Crime does pay as cash-strapped 'Love/Hate' gets support of strangers

Aoibhinn McGinnity (Trish)
Aoibhinn McGinnity (Trish)
Tom Vaughan Lawlor (Nidge)

Laura Butler

THE producer of award-winning drama 'Love/Hate' has revealed that the series takes advantage of the "goodwill" of others due to its shoestring budget.

The RTE programme costs approximately €600,000 per episode to make, and producer Suzanne McAuley said that discussions about financial and time constraints were constantly on the agenda.

"It's a very intricate jigsaw that you have to put together with limited resources. A lot of the time I'm with the various heads of departments trying to figure out how we can make such a thing work with a tight budget and timeframe.

"But the goodwill has been enormous. And this season, we have had access to a prison, a cemetery and a church," she told the 'RTE Guide'.

An average audience of 936,900 tuned in to watch the third episode of season four on Sunday night – 56,900 more viewers than the previous episode.

The latest instalment showed newcomer Peter O'Meara, who plays bankrupt dentist Andrew, try to cut a deal with kingpin Nidge by importing drugs for the gang.

O'Meara said: "I was unaware of 'Love/Hate' until I went online and saw clips on YouTube, and was blown away."

Irish Independent

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