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Jo Jordan, Lisa Murphy, Danielle Meagher, Virginia Macari and Roz Flannagan. Photo: Tony Gavin

Jo Jordan, Lisa Murphy, Danielle Meagher, Virginia Macari and Roz Flannagan. Photo: Tony Gavin

Jo Jordan, Lisa Murphy, Danielle Meagher, Virginia Macari and Roz Flannagan. Photo: Tony Gavin

THE stars of the hit programme Dublin Wives still haven't been paid their fee – even though it amounted to just €125 an episode.

The last programme in the eight-part reality series was aired in early January on TV3.

Speaking about the delay in payment, Lisa Murphy, one of the cast of the reality show said: "I'm extremely disappointed."

While her co-star Jo Jordan said: "We were to be paid €1,000. I know it's small, but it's still our money. "

One of the segments of the hit show, which was produced by Straywave Productions, featured New York city.

 

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And Jo said that the cast paid for their own flights.

"We had a low budget but we never asked for anything, we paid for everything ourselves, even our flights to New York, we paid for, but it did give us opportunities," she admitted.

"We were to be paid in September 2012 after filming aired, then we were told January, as it was not being aired till then."

Meanwhile, Danielle Meagher, who was also a member of the cast, said that she had thoroughly enjoyed her experience, working with Straywave.

She said that: "The remuneration was never the motivation for me, and whenever Straywave get paid then the cast will get paid.

"I trust the boys entirely and I know when the production house and post-production get paid, then cast will get paid.

"I've worked in TV previously and it's a little naive to think the cast get paid before the money actually comes in," she said.

Series producer John Norton of Straywave said that: "As agreed with all cast members, they will be paid once all final payments have been received.

"That is normal practice within TV shows.

"We have a great cast and have a very good relationship with them during filming and beyond.

 

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"We look forward to the opportunity to working with them all again."

In relation to the delay in payment, he explained: "We have to complete final contractual deliverables, as is routine practice after the final air date in January – this process can take several months."

He said that they are completing the final phase of this for TV3, and hence "will receive final settlement upon completion."

Dublin Wives' performed well for the station, with one episode attracting more than 262,000 viewers. The reality show was first broadcast in May last year.

fdillon@herald.ie


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