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Killian Scott, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Peter Coonan and Brian F O Byrne

Killian Scott, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Peter Coonan and Brian F O Byrne

The kidnapping scheme from Sunday night's episode of Love/Hate

The kidnapping scheme from Sunday night's episode of Love/Hate

Fran chases  Kellie

Fran chases Kellie

Fran catches up with Kellie

Fran catches up with Kellie

The Weldon family held in ghost estate

The Weldon family held in ghost estate

The cast of Love/Hate, both alive and dead, with Tom Vaughan Lawlor (centre) after his performance in the Mark O'Rowe play 'Howie The Rookie' at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Left to right: Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gillen, Tom Vaughan Lawlor (Nidge),
Laurence Kinlan, and Peter Coonan

The cast of Love/Hate, both alive and dead, with Tom Vaughan Lawlor (centre) after his performance in the Mark O'Rowe play 'Howie The Rookie' at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Left to right: Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gillen, Tom Vaughan Lawlor (Nidge), Laurence Kinlan, and Peter Coonan

On our sceens soon: Aaron Heffernan

On our sceens soon: Aaron Heffernan

Aoibhinn McGinnity as Trish in Love/Hate

Aoibhinn McGinnity as Trish in Love/Hate

BACK ON OUR SCREENS: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge in 'Love/Hate'

BACK ON OUR SCREENS: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge in 'Love/Hate'

Peter Coonan as Fran in Love/Hate. Photo: RTE

Peter Coonan as Fran in Love/Hate. Photo: RTE

Nidge talks on the phone to wife Trish as he hides out in a hotel in an episode from a future episode of the show

Nidge talks on the phone to wife Trish as he hides out in a hotel in an episode from a future episode of the show

Teen actress Kelly Thornton, who has joined the show's cast

Teen actress Kelly Thornton, who has joined the show's cast

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, right, and director Mark O’Rowe

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, right, and director Mark O’Rowe

TRUE GRIT: Producer of 'Love/Hate' Suzanne McAuley

TRUE GRIT: Producer of 'Love/Hate' Suzanne McAuley

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Killian Scott, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Peter Coonan and Brian F O Byrne

LOVE/HATE has proved it is still a television phenomenon, with a massive 970,600 viewers tuning in to watch the season four opener.

Nearly one million people tuned in to RTE One last night to see the return of gangland favourites Nidge, Tommy and Fran, as the high-octane drama returned to Irish screens.

And figures were so high that they beat last year’s series climax, when Darren Treacy got shot point blank by Lizzie, which 953,000 fans watched.

Furthermore, an additional 23,700 people watched the season premiere on RTE’s +1 channel.

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