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Love/Hate helps RTE to €4.4m profit

copies of the Love/Hate box set flying off the shelves helped RTE's commercial arm achieve a 10pc increase in pre-tax profits last year to €4.4m.

While revenues from general DVD sales fell by 30pc across Ireland last year, the public could not get enough of Nidge's desperate efforts to maintain his criminal enterprise.

Three separate Love/Hate titles ranked as the top three best selling TV DVDs of 2013.

According to the directors' report attached to the accounts just filed by RTE Commercial Enterprises Ltd, the popularity of Love/Hate series 4 resulted in RTE player usage increasing by nearly one third for the period September to October.

The sale of Love/Hate DVDs contributed to revenues at the firm increasing by 6.5pc from €21.7m to €23.1m in the 12 months to the end of December. RTE does not disclose the revenues generated from the sale of the Love/Hate DVDs.