Fade Street

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Fade Street
Genre Reality television
Created by Steve McCormack

Louise Johnson

Louise Johnston
Danielle Robinson
Vogue Williams
Clare Cara Cavanagh
Melina Skvortsova
Opening theme "Those Girls" by Talulah Does The Hula[1]
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12[2]
Running time 22 minutes
Original network RTÉ 2
Picture format HD
Audio format Stereo
Original release 11 November 2010 (2010-11-11) – 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14)
Related shows The City
The Hills
External links
Website www.rte.ie/tv/fadestreet/

Fade Street is a reality television show produced by RTÉ Two in Ireland. The format is loosely based on the style of American reality-TV shows such as The Hills and The City. It follows the personal lives of a group of Dubliners, aged 20 to 29.[3] The show's participants work in a variety of jobs, several of which are associated with the Dublin-based Stellar magazine.

According to RTÉ, the show is unscripted and responses are spontaneous. As in The Hills, many scenes in the show are manipulated by the show's creators. The characters are not given lines or a script, but instead react genuinely to the situations into which they are placed. Bystanders present during filming have called the reliability of this assertion into question, claiming the show's participants regularly do several retakes of scenes if the creators are not happy. In an RTÉ interview the cast denied allegations that the show is scripted, claiming that learning lines would be too difficult; Cici (one of the show's main characters) said, "it's completely unscripted".[4] The soundtrack, featuring songs used in the show coming from up-and-coming (or established) Irish music artists, is central to the series.[5] In August 2011 the show was renewed for a second season on RTÉ 2 Television, with the webisodes-portion exclusion on RTÉ Player.[6]


  •      Main cast
  •      Secondary cast
Cast Member Notes
Louise Johnston Louise, 22, is from Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. She is studying economics in UCD but her ultimate dream is to get into event management. Louise is very interested in fashion, likes to socialise, and works part-time as a night-club hostess.[7]
Danielle Robinson Danielle, 21, is from Wexford. Dani was studying sociology in Waterford but has taken a year out to explore other career opportunities in Dublin. Dani is a Body piercer, a vegetarian, and is very interested in Politics.[8]
Vogue Williams Vogue, 24, is from Howth, Dublin. She studied from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment of Robert Gordon University which has been awarded as the Best Modern University of UK, situated in Aberdeen, Scotland.[citation needed] But, due to her passion for music, she chose to actively pursue her career as a DJ. She has performed at the 2009 Oxegen music festival. Vogue has also worked as a model for Stellar magazine.[9]
Claire 'Cici' Cavanagh Cici, 20, is from Palmerstown, Dublin 20. She studied fine art in DIT for her BA Fine Art degree. She also models with Assets agency. She loves art, music, and fashion.[10]
Diarmaid Maher Diarmaid, 27, is from Waterford. He graduated from UCC with a First Class Honours degree in Business Information Systems. He has represented London in Gaelic Football and was also selected to play Australian Rules football for London. Diarmaid was voted 2nd in Stellar Magazine's 'Ireland's Hottest Bachelor 2010' feature, having been nominated following an appearance on UK Living's 'Dating in the Dark Park' TV show. Diarmaid was also previously selected as a finalist in the 'Face of Ireland' competition and currently works as a model for Assets and Prima.[11] He is a columnist for Stellar magazine, authoring a monthly 'Dear Diarmaid' feature as well as providing fashion commentary.[12]
Paul Furlong Paul is Danielle's ex-boyfriend from Wexford. He has a job in Wexford and dislikes the fact that Dani has gone to Dublin to gain more job opportunities, feeling she won't be able to spend enough time with him in Wexford. Paul is now in a serious and committed relationship with Dublin athlete Orlaith Moran
Julia Doherty Julia, 23, studied fashion design in NCAD, hoping one day to set up her own menswear label in London.[13]
Kevin 'Kev' Breen Kev, 23, is from Dublin. He works as a photographer and is a member of the band Kid Karate.[14]
Steven Gannon Steven, 22, is from Dublin. He works as a photographer and plays drums in a band called Kid Karate.[15]
Ger Murphy Ger, 27, is from Cork. Ger is the lead singer of the Cork band J90.[16]
Shane Lennon Shane, 27, is from Limerick. Shane is a carpenter, a model, and an aspiring actor.[17]
Shireen McDonagh Shireen, 24, is from Ballinteer. She works as an account manager and is a model.[18]

Critical reception [edit]

The show received poor reviews from critics, but the show's producers say Fade Street is aimed at twenty-somethings.[19] Rosemary MacCabe of The Irish Times described the show as "awful and brilliant in equal measure" and quoted William Butler Yeats, noting "a terrible beauty is born".[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  2. ^ RTÉ News http://www.rte.ie/tv/fadestreet/content/imtv-awards.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Fade Street Interviews". RTÉ entertainment. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  5. ^ ": RTÉ TV Sales; Fade Street :". Tvsales.rte.ie. Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  6. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.facebook.com/Fadestreet}}
  7. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  8. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  9. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  10. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  11. ^ "45 Young Models Have One Foot On The Stardom Ladder". [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  13. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  14. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  15. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  16. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  17. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  18. ^ "RTÉ Television: Fade Street". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  19. ^ "Celtic cub TV may be out of step with climate". The Irish Times. 2010-11-11. Fade Street has been in the main rubbished by most television critics and in internet chat rooms. However, the ratings figures indicate that it is appealing to its target demographic of young viewers. 
  20. ^ "Fash Mob » A discussion for down-time: Fade Street". Irishtimes.com. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2011-02-26.