Sunday 19 November 2017

Germans tune in to Cecelia Ahern's series... but she'd love an Irish show

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Eimear Rabbitte

More than six million people tuned into watch her first two productions for German TV and now Cecelia Ahern has been asked back for more.

The Dublin author has been given the green light to pen another drama series for German public broadcaster ZDF, the Herald can reveal.

All going well, it looks like it could be a regular gig for the daughter of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who has just finished writing her latest novel.

Romantic-comedies Zwischen Himmel und Hier (Between Heaven and Here) and Mein ganzes halbes Leben (My Whole Half LIfe) were screened as part of the network's Heart series.

"I am writing another TV production for them so hopefully that will be ready for the autumn," Cecelia told the Herald.

"I am hoping it will be a regular thing; it always depends on the audience but we were really happy with the last one.

"I am just going to write this, if they don't like it I'll write another; that's the nature of development it can be a bit of a pain," she added.

Cecelia (32) was also behind US TV series Samantha Who, starring actress Christina Applegate, which ran for two seasons.

However, the mum of two also revealed that she has ambitions to create her own Irish TV series for RTE or TV3.

"I have been in all these countries like Germany and America, but I have never had an Irish show so that would be a goal of mine," she told this newspaper.

"There are people that I would love to work with and then there are stories that I want to tell."

The trendy mum stepped out in a black, lace Dolce & Gabbana dress for the CARI summer lunch at the upmarket Shelbourne Hotel, to raise funds for the children's sexual abuse charity.

The event, organised by Cecelia's mum and charity patron Miriam, was also attended by her sister Georgina, pal Jane Given, Virginia Macari and other fashionistas.

Jane Given, the former wife of footballer Shay Given, made a rare public appearance when she turned out in a sheer lace dress by Peter Pilotto, which comes with an eye-watering €1,483 price tag. 

(The Herald)

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