Charlie (TV series)

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Based onCharlie Haughey
Written byColin Teevan
Directed byKenneth Glenaan
StarringAidan Gillen
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Peter O'Meara
Lucy Cohu
Risteard Cooper
Gavin O'Connor
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
CinematographyPeter Robertson
Editor(s)Nathan Nugent
Running time72 minutes (1hr 12mins)
Original networkRTÉ
Original releaseJanuary 4 (2015-01-04) –
January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18)

Charlie is a historical drama broadcast on RTÉ Television. The show premièred on 4 January 2015 at 21:30 on RTÉ One and on RTÉ Player.[1] The show depicts the central figure of Irish politics in the 1980s, Charles J. Haughey. This drama is based on real events, exploring the emergence of modern Ireland through the rise and fall of Charles J Haughey.[2]


The drama is set in democratic Ireland in the late 1970s. Charlie Haughey is the Taoiseach of Ireland, (portrayed by Aidan Gillen) and his loyal servant, P.J Mara (portrayed by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor). The main focus of the drama is on Haughey and his circle, and the drama largely remains true to life while capturing the excitement and menace that was in the air.[3]



  1. ^ "RTÉ One's new drama Charlie to air on 4 January 2015". RTE Press Pack. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Charlie: First Review". Irish Independent. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ "So after all the hype was episode one of Charlie actually any good". The Journal. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.