Love/Hate (TV series)

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Love/Hate
Genre Drama
Gangster
Created by Stuart Carolan
Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Killian Scott
Peter Coonan
Charlie Murphy
Aoibhinn McGinnity
Laurence Kinlan
Jason Barry
Susan Loughnane
Sean McGinley
Robert Sheehan
Mark Dunne
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Simon Massey
Suzanne McAuley
James Flynn
Jane Gogan
Location(s) Dublin
Camera setup Single-camera, RED
Running time 50 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) Octagon Films
Distributor RTÉ Television
ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel RTÉ One
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 3 October 2010 (2010-10-03)  – present
External links
Website
Production website

Love/Hate is an Irish crime drama series broadcast on RTÉ Television. The show premièred on 3 October 2010 at 21:30 on RTÉ One and on RTÉ Player.[1] The show depicts fictional characters in Dublin's criminal underworld.

The show is mostly filmed in Dublin city and county, with some scenes shot in bordering counties. Initial viewer reaction towards early episodes was mixed; with some critics hailing it as a major shift in programming production by RTE, with others criticising it for its strong scenes of violence and also for glorifying such acts of criminality. Since its release, it has grown in popularity with series 3 attracting close to 1 million viewers on several occasions.

Series five of the show will contain six episodes and will air starting on 5 October 2014, with the final sixth season scheduled to air in 2015. The fifth series began filming on 18 March 2014 and will last three months with several weeks of production taking place in Spain.[2][3][4]

Description[edit]

The story is set in Dublin's criminal underworld. The first season introduced John Boy Power, a drug trafficker played by Aidan Gillen, and Darren Treacy, played by Robert Sheehan, and 'Nidge' Delaney, played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, 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.[5] 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 third season was broadcast from 11 November 2012. The opening episode of the third series had an average audience of 630,700 viewers which represented a 35% share of the available audience; the reach was 970,600.[citation needed] The fourth season began broadcasting on 6 October 2013.[6][7] The opening episode of season four attracted 970,600 viewers on RTÉ One.[8]

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

Cast[edit]

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Production[edit]

Commissioned by RTÉ Drama, it is produced by Octagon Films. The producers are Simon Massey, Suzanne McAuley, and James Flynn.[5] Shooting for the first series began on 12 October 2009. The show is written by Stuart Carolan and initially directed by David Caffrey.[5] 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.[5]

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.

Broadcasts[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

The series is only available to view in Ireland on the RTE 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] It has also been suggested that the series will be remade for US audiences similar to other European dramas like The Killing and Wallander. 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]

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.[19]

DVD releases[edit]

Title Region 2 Region 4
Love/Hate – Season 1 29 October 2010 (2010-10-29) 7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)[20]
Love/Hate – Season 2 12 December 2011 (2011-12-12)[21] N/A
Love/Hate – Season 3 17 December 2012 (2012-12-17)[22] N/A
Love/Hate – Season 4 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11) N/A

Episodes[edit]

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 6-7 5 October 2014 TBA

Reception[edit]

Evening Herald reviewer Pat Stacey gave the series two stars, stating that it was too slick and the actors were too clean cut to be believable as Dublin gangland criminals.[23] The Irish Times agreed that the series had "slick production values and a top-notch cast" but "The problem with Love/Hate is that Gillen's gang just don't seem hard enough; they're soft around the edges, with a script that makes them too nicely spoken" and asked that there be "more hate, less love" over the course of the next three episodes.[24] The Connacht Sentinel's Dave O'Connell also noted the strong drama but that the cast was far too good looking for Dublin Gangland.

It has been well received,[25] and has won eight Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), seven of them in 2012.[26] The second series was met with critical acclaim.[25]

On the eve of the third season, The Irish Times hailed the show as "the best drama RTÉ has produced."[27]

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."[28]

Controversy[edit]

The programme has attracted criticism for the effect its graphic and explicit portrayals of rape have had on those who have themselves been raped.[29]

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.[30][31] Gardai are not prohibited from acting by the Garda Code.[30] However there will be an inquiry into his appearance on the show.[32]

Broadcaster Joe Duffy criticised the show's portrayal of working-class people.[33]

Viewership ratings[edit]

Episode Date Time Viewer
Rank (#)
Viewers
Demographic (15+)
1 3 October 2010 21:30 #4 400,000[34]
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.[35]

In the fourth series of Love/Hate, 970,600 viewers tuned in to watch the season four opener on 6 October 2013.[36] while the Season finale on 10 November 2013 attracted over one million viewers.[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Love/Hate won "Best TV Show" in the Listeners' End of Year Poll on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show in 2011.[38]

IFTA[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sixth season of Love/Hate will be its last". Irish Independent. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mary breathes a sigh of relief as new season Love/Hate scripts arrive". Herard. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Love/Hate: Nidge actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor confirms October 5 return date for nation's favourite crime drama". Irish Mirror. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
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  6. ^ "'Love/Hate' springs surprise on fans with return in three weeks". Irish Independent. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Love/Hate writer worried about Gardai reaction to their onscreen portrayal". Irish Independent. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Almost a million viewers watch Love/Hate opener". Irish Independent. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Crime does pay as cash-strapped 'Love/Hate' gets support of strangers". Irish Independent. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4927337/?ref_=tt_cl_t7
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  16. ^ "Geneva Has Time for 'Love/ Hate'". 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
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  37. ^ "King Nidge brings in a million". Independent.ie (Independent News & Media). 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
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