Love/Hate (TV series)

Love/Hate is an Irish dramatic television series broadcast on RTÉ Television. The show aired between 2010 and 2014 on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.[1] The show depicts fictional characters in Dublin's criminal underworld.

GenreCrime drama
Created byStuart Carolan
StarringAidan Gillen
Robert Sheehan
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Killian Scott
Peter Coonan
Charlie Murphy
Ruth Negga
Brían F. O'Byrne
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes28 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Simon Massey
Suzanne McAuley
James Flynn
Jane Gogan
Production location(s)Dublin
Camera setupSingle-camera, RED
Running time50 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)Octagon Films
DistributorRTÉ Television
ITV Studios
Original networkRTÉ One
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release3 October 2010 (2010-10-03) 
9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
External links
Production website

The show is mostly filmed in Dublin, with some scenes shot in bordering counties. Since its release, it has grown in popularity with series 3 attracting close to one million viewers on several occasions.

In November 2014 RTÉ stated that a sixth series would be made, but the show would be taking a year-long break in 2015.[2][3] However, in November 2015 RTÉ stated that there were no longer plans to make a sixth series.[4] In 2017, actor John Connors confirmed that production of Love/Hate had ceased and there would be no more seasons aired.[5]


The story is set in Dublin's criminal underworld. The first season introduced John Boy, criminal kingpin, and the four friends Darren, Nidge, Robbie and Tommy as members of his gang. The show has also featured Ruth Negga, Ruth Bradley, Killian Scott, and Chris Newman. The story focused on rivalries within the criminal milieu and the psychological effects of violence on the Darren character. It is directed by David Caffrey and produced by Simon Massey, Suzanne McAuley, and James Flynn.[6] The first series began broadcasting on 3 October 2010 at 21:30. It was repeated on Thursday nights at 23:10 on RTÉ One and placed on the RTÉ Player for three weeks after broadcast. The second series began broadcasting on 6 November 2011 at 21:30.

The fourth season began broadcasting on 6 October 2013.[7] The opening episode of season four attracted 970,600 viewers on RTÉ One.[8]

Each episode cost approximately €600,000 to make.[9]


Introduced in season 1

Introduced in season 2

  • Peter Coonan as Francis "Fran" Cooney (Series 2–5)
  • Mark Dunne as Adrian "Ado" Kenny (Series 2–5)
  • Susan Loughnane as Debbie (Series 2–4)
  • Ian Lloyd Anderson as Dean (Series 2–5)
  • Gavin Drea as Luke
  • Denise McCormack as Linda Cooney

Introduced in season 3

  • Jimmy Smallhorne as Christopher "Git" Loughman
  • Jason Barry as Daniel "Dano" Loughman (Series 3–4)
  • Seán McGinley as Tony (Series 3–4)
  • Eve Macklin as Georgina Loughman
  • Patrick Murray as Paddy
  • Jim Murray as Ray
  • Caoilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie (Series 3–5)
  • Siobhan Shanahan as Donna (Series 3–5)
  • Stephen Cromwell as Gary Creed
  • Mary Murray as Janet Hartigan (Series 3–5)
  • Lynn Rafferty as Nadine (Series 3–5)[10]
  • Stephen O'Brien as Terry (Series 3–5)

Introduced in season 4

Introduced in season 5


Commissioned by RTÉ Drama, it is produced by Octagon Films. The producers are Simon Massey, Suzanne McAuley, and James Flynn.[6] Shooting for the first series began on 12 October 2009. The show is written by Stuart Carolan and initially directed by David Caffrey.[6] The director of photography is Donal Gilligan and the show was filmed on the RED camera, a digital cinema camera, now the Arri Alexa. The production designer is Stephen Daly and the costume designer is Aisling Wallace Byrne. The show is edited by Dermot Diskin.[6]

The second series began filming in late March 2011 on location in Dublin.[11]

On 12 December 2011, RTÉ.ie reported that a third series was in development.[12] On 17 January 2012 this was confirmed by RTÉ.[13]

On 18 December 2012, Irish Independent reported that "filming for the fourth series of Love/Hate is expected to get underway early in the New Year". The first episode of the fourth series was broadcast on 6 October 2013.[14] In November 2013, RTÉ released Love/Hate season 4 on DVD.

In September 2014, series 5 began airing on RTE1. it received high acclaim for its grittier storyline, something that some fans believed had been missing from the fourth series. The series finale was watched by over 1 million viewers and got rave reviews for ending it on a shocking cliffhanger, which included the killing of fan favourite Nidge. The show was officially cancelled in 2017 when John Connors confirmed there would be no more episodes produced, despite early reports that the show would return for a sixth series following a year long hiatus. The fifth series was released on DVD the day after the finale episode aired.


International broadcasts

The series is only available to view in Ireland on the RTÉ Player for limited time only. In the United Kingdom, seasons one and two aired on Scotland's ITV franchise, STV.[15]

RTÉ International and the programme's producers signed an international broadcasting deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. ITV Global will help market and distribute the show internationally.[16]

The series is expected to air on television in the US, with a broadcast date yet to be confirmed.[17] Series 1–3 are now available to view via U.S. Netflix, which were added on 18 September 2013.

Also in the United Kingdom season 1 and 2 have been purchased by Channel 5, giving the series a UK-wide broadcast. The first season aired on 24 July 2013.[18] Series 2 was shown on UK freeview channel Spike,[19] following a repeat run of the first series.

In October 2013, it was announced that streaming company Netflix has bought the show and will make it available to its subscribers. The first three series have also been bought by TV markets in Brazil, Israel and Singapore joining Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.[20]

DVD releases

Title Region 2 Region 4
Love/Hate – Season 1 29 October 2010 (2010-10-29) 7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)[21]
Love/Hate – Season 2 12 December 2011 (2011-12-12)[22] N/A
Love/Hate – Season 3 17 December 2012 (2012-12-17)[23] N/A
Love/Hate – Season 4 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11) N/A
Love/Hate – Season 5 10 November 2014 (2014-11-10) N/A


Season Episodes Originally broadcast
Season premiere Season finale
1 4 3 October 2010 24 October 2010
2 6 6 November 2011 11 December 2011
3 6 11 November 2012 16 December 2012
4 6 6 October 2013 10 November 2013
5 6 5 October 2014 9 November 2014


Love/Hate has been well received,[24] and has won eight Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), seven of them in 2012.[25] The second series was met with critical acclaim.[24]

On the eve of the third season, The Irish Times hailed the show as "the best drama RTÉ has produced."[26]

The Guardian (UK) praised the show, comparing it to The Wire and The Sopranos, saying "what makes Love/Hate distinctive is the way in which the scripts ... [root] the mobster genre in the trends and tensions of contemporary Irish culture."[27]


The programme has attracted criticism for its graphic and explicit portrayals of rape and its effects.[28]

An actor playing an undercover Garda (Kieran O'Reilly) was revealed to be a real member of the Garda National Drug Unit, leading to an internal Garda investigation.[29][30] Gardaí are not prohibited from acting by the Garda Code.[29] However, there was an inquiry into his appearance on the show.[31]

Viewership ratings

Episode Date Time Viewer
Rank (#)
Demographic (15+)
1 3 October 2010 21:30 #4 400,000[32]
2 10 October 2010 21:30 #9 405,000
3 17 October 2010 21:30 #8 434,000
4 24 October 2010 21:30 #24 383,000

The second series of Love/Hate was the most watched TV show in Ireland in 2011.[33]

970,600 viewers tuned in to watch the series four opener on 6 October 2013.[34] while the Season finale on 10 November 2013 attracted over one million viewers.[35]

The fifth series opened with over 976,400 viewers tuning in on 5 October 2014.[36]

Awards and nominations

Love/Hate won "Best TV Show" in the Listeners' End of Year Poll on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show in 2011.[37]


Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
2011 Actress in a Lead Role (TV/FILM) Ruth Bradley Season 1 Won
Drama Series/Soap Suzanne McAuley Season 1 Won
Director Television David Caffrey Season 1 Won
Writer Television Stuart Carolan Season 1 Won
Actor in a Lead Role Television Robert Sheehan Season 1 Won
Actor in a Supporting Role Television Brian Gleeson Season 1 Won
Actress in a Supporting Role Television Ruth Negga Season 1 Won
Director of Photography Donal Gillian Season 1 Won
Editing Dermot Diskin Season 1 Won
2012 Best Drama Suzanne McAuley & Steve Mattews Season 2 Won
Director, Television Drama David Caffrey Season 2, episodes 1–3 Won
Writer, Television Drama Stuart Carolan Season 2 Won
Actor, Television Drama Aidan Gillen Season 2 Won
Supporting Actor, Television Drama Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Season 2 Won
Supporting Actress, Television Drama Denise McCormack Season 2 Won
Editing, Film/Television Drama Isobel Stephenson Season 2 Won
Original Score, Film/Television Drama Ray Harman Season 2 Won
Production Design, Film/Television Drama Stephen Daly Season 2 Won
Sound, Film/Television Drama Brendan Deasy, Mark Henry, Fiadhnait McCann Season 2 Won
2013 Best Drama Suzanne McAuley & Steve Mattews Season 3 Won
Director, Television Drama David Caffrey Season 3, episodes 1–6 Won
Writer, Television Drama Stuart Carolan Season 3 Won
Actor, Television Drama Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Season 3 Won
Actress, Television Drama Charlie Murphy Season 3 Won
Supporting Actress, Television Drama Susan Loughnane Season 3 Won
2014 Writer, Television Drama Stuart Carolan Season 4 Won
Supporting Actor, Television Drama Peter Coonan Season 4 Won


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