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5 Legendary Irish TV Programmes That We’ll Never Forget

While Father Ted will forever be cherished in the hearts of every man, woman and child from Ireland, Irish television has produced numerous shows that have somehow been forgotten by most.

Here is a list of 5 shows that have somehow gone under the radar of the modern Irish audience.

How Low Can You Go?

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We were all OBSESSED with this show back in the day. It portrayed three Irish lads – Mark O’Neill, Michael Hayes and of course, Baz Ashmawy jetting off on adventures across the globe trying on the smallest budget known to man.

Their adventures took them to sex shows in Amsterdam, campervan trips across Australia and lap dance’s in Las Vegas.

This was the best and most hilarious travel show to ever air on RTE, and we really feel like the three lads should get together and film another series, don’t you?

Foreign Exchange 

Foreign Exchange was an Australian television programme broadcast in December 2004 and it is well remembered by 90’s children as one of the most compelling TV shows ever seen on RTE.

It starred Lynn Styles as Hannah O’Flaherty, a feisty Irish girl, and Zachary Garred as Brett Miller, a sun-drenched Australian boy. The pair are brought together from opposite sides of the world, due to a transfer portal.

The series also includes a very young and a very ripe looking Robert Sheehan – the main reason why every single girl watched it.

Love Is The Drug 

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This five part series was all the rage back in the day, and it starred some of the best Irish actors while they were just starting out, but they have since gone on to establish incredibly successful careers.

The memorable series divulges into the love lives of three brothers who are trying to balance life and love and women all in the one go.

Allen Leech, Ruth Negga and Chris Newman all star in it and without these three main characters, it wouldn’t of been half the show it was.

Bachelor’s Walk

RTÉ’s award-winning Bachelors Walk proved that Ireland could make comedy-drama’s on par with anything being produced on the other side of the Irish Sea. First broadcast in October 2001, the show ran for three years and ended with a Christmas Special in 2003, it was perhaps the first Irish show that portrayed a modern, cosmopolitan Ireland and was as nuanced and sophisticated as anything else on television at the time. The programme revolved around Barry (Keith McErlean) who was always on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, Raymond (Don Wycherley) the film critic and Michael (Simon Delaney) the would-be barrister and the house they shared on Dublin’s Bachelor’s Walk.

 

Pure Mule 

Pure Mule takes a modern day look at the goings on in a small rural town in Ireland. It’s a midlands market town, unnamed, but utterly familiar. Each of the six episodes is a self-contained story focusing on the weekend of one particular character with themes covered included binge drunkenness and casual sexual intercourse.

Although the focus moves from one character to another with each episode, they weave in and out of each other’s stories as the series progresses. In each story, disillusion and fear hover behind smug bravado as the characters desperately signal for attention.

At times sexy, violent, comical and mournful, the series expresses the frailty and longing that is at the heart of each booze-fuelled weekend.  This drama was rich in language, loss and the edgy exchanges that can turn a night out into one of magic or misery.

Pure Mule deserves credit for not attempting to portray any life changing events or shoehorning drama into the script.

Instead, it portrayed a realistic depiction of small town Ireland, letting real life situations provide entertaining and fascinating television.

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