‘Bandits on brink of UK TV stardom

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick’s Rubberbandits are on the brink of bagging a television show in the UK as a result of the storming success of a series of online segments called ‘Comedy Blaps’ for Channel 4’s website.

Limerick’s Rubberbandits are on the brink of bagging a television show in the UK as a result of the storming success of a series of online segments called ‘Comedy Blaps’ for Channel 4’s website.

But, despite reports to the contrary in the national media last week, no deal has as yet been done with Channel 4 for a TV pilot.

A source close to the band said: “Obviously we are hugely delighted with how things are going with Channel 4 and the online Blaps - but we are talking to lots of production companies and lots of TV channels about stuff for the future and nothing is nailed down as of yet”.

An official spokesman for the band refused to confirm or deny the reports, except to say that “things are going extremely well in the UK” for the plastic-bag wearing rappers.

Channel 4 remain the front runners to sign the ‘Bandits up for a TV pilot and are meeting with management this week. However, the duo are also thought to be in discussion with other British stations regarding a potential pilot or series.

This time last year the ‘Bandits were caught up in a whirlwind with the release of their song ‘Horse Outside’, which has clocked up over 8 million views on You Tube and thrust the ‘Bandits into the spotlight - and narrowly missing out on a Christmas number one last year.

The first in a series of online ‘Blaps’ went live last Thursday and the Limerick duo are already streaking ahead of the other participants in the online Channel 4 series.

The ‘Bandits first offering was filmed in Limerick and Shannon in September by Fr Ted director Declan Lowney.

Any future television pilot or series is expected to feature Lowney, who coincidentally directed the episode of Fr Ted that was filmed in Limerick’s Theatre Royal in the mid-90s and, according to the source close to the band, his involvement “legitimises the whole thing” given his background.

The duo are to release their long awaited debut album on December 2 and are likely to perform a Christmas show in Limerick.