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. The show depicts fictional characters in Dublin's criminal underworld.
|Created by||Stuart Carolan|
Brían F. O'Byrne
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||28 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Simon Massey|
|Camera setup||Single-camera, RED|
|Running time||50 minutes (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||Octagon Films|
|Original network||RTÉ One|
|Picture format||16:9 (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||3 October 2010 –|
9 November 2014
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. However, in November 2015 RTÉ stated that there were no longer plans to make a sixth series. In 2017, actor John Connors confirmed that production of Love/Hate had ceased and there would be no more seasons aired.
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. 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.
- Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nigel "Nidge" Delaney
- Killian Scott as Thomas "Tommy" Daly
- Aoibhinn McGinnity as Patricia "Trish" Delaney
- Charlie Murphy as Siobhán Delaney
Introduced in season 1
- Robert Sheehan as Darren Treacy (Series 1–3)
- Chris Newman as Robbie Treacy
- Ruth Bradley as Mary Treacy (Series 1–2)
- Aidan Gillen as "John Boy" Power (Series 1–2)
- Brian Gleeson as Hughie "Cueball" Power
- Ruth Negga as Rosie Moynihan (Series 1–2)
- Peter Campion as Stephen "Stumpy" Doyle (Series 1–2)
- Laurence Kinlan as Eric "Elmo" Creed (Series 1, Series 3–5)
Introduced in season 2
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)
- Stephen O'Brien as Terry (Series 3–5)
Introduced in season 4
Commissioned by RTÉ Drama, it is produced by Octagon Films. The producers are Simon Massey, Suzanne McAuley, and James Flynn. Shooting for the first series began on 12 October 2009. The show is written by Stuart Carolan and initially directed by David Caffrey. 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.
On 12 December 2011, RTÉ.ie reported that a third series was in development. On 17 January 2012 this was confirmed by RTÉ.
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. 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.
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. Series 2 was shown on UK freeview channel Spike, 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.
|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, and has won eight Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), seven of them in 2012. The second series was met with critical acclaim.
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."
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. Gardaí are not prohibited from acting by the Garda Code. However, there was an inquiry into his appearance on the show.
|1||3 October 2010||21:30||#4||400,000|
|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|
Awards and nominations
Love/Hate won "Best TV Show" in the Listeners' End of Year Poll on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show in 2011.
|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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