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Love/Hate set to return for fourth series after runaway global success

GANGLAND drama Love/Hate will return for a fourth series.

The hit crime series has been given the go-ahead by Montrose chiefs after viewing figures hit a phenomenal 820,000 last Sunday -- a massive 20pc jump.

But despite the increase, bosses have ruled out allocating any increase for the budget.

The popular programme has been sold to Scottish TV and is now broadcast around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the Middle East.

A DVD and box set of the latest series is due to be released in time for the Christmas market on December 17. RTE has also teamed up with EMI Ireland to release Love/Hate on December 14, a new album with the best songs from the series.

The CD mixes modern urban music from Jay-Z, Kelis and Tinie Tempah, with classic tracks from Nina Simone and Amii Stewart.

Actor Lawrence Kinlan, who plays Elmo, said the cast were stunned by the success of the series.

Lawrence was brought up near Talbot Street in Dublin, and said that he helped some of his fellow actors to research their roles.

"For anyone who is not familiar with that background, it's hard to access," he said. "I know a bit and can pass information on."

And star Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays kingpin Nidge, said that he brushed up on his Northside accent by watching movies.

"I grew up in Dublin but I just watched The Commitments and other Roddy Doyle films to get used to it again," he said.

Sunday's episode featured one of the most violent scenes, with Tommy (Killian Scott) being attacked by Nidge after admitting his fling with Georgina (Eve Macklin).