Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlon joins cast for new Channel 4 comedy about Northern Irish ex-pats in London

'London Irish' written by Derry playwright Lisa McGee

Ardal O’Hanlon will perform at this year’s Féile an Phobail
Ardal O’Hanlon will perform at this year’s Féile an Phobail

A new near-the-knuckle Channel 4 comedy about Northern Irish pals growing up in London will star Father Ted actor Ardal O'Hanlon.

The comic actor has just finished filming his role in the forthcoming series London Irish, which is to be screened this autumn.

O'Hanlon - best known for his role as naive Father Dougal in the hit 1990s comedy set on Craggy Island - stars as the father of the family in the new show.

He said: "London Irish is a fresh, cheerfully outrageous, no-limits comedy. There isn't a taboo that goes unexplored. I'm delighted to play Da, who's oblivious to all that. The writing is fearlessly funny and the cast ridiculously charismatic."

His children in the new show, Conor and Bronagh - played by Kerr Logan and Sinead Keenan - are at the centre of the story, along their fellow ex-pat friends Patrick (Peter Campion) and Niamh (Kat Reagan).

The series has been written by Derry playwright Lisa McGee, who has also written for TV shows such as BBC3's Being Human and Channel 4's girl-band comedy drama Totally Frank.

It has been accused of “racism” because it depicts London’s Irish population as binge-drinking, English-haters suffering from a permanent hangover.

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