The Rubberbandits are snapped up Channel 4 for online series

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

FRESH FROM their success filming episodes for MTV in the United States, Limerick’s Rubberbandits, together with the director behind Fr Ted, have been commissioned to create a new mini-series for Channel 4.

FRESH FROM their success filming episodes for MTV in the United States, Limerick’s Rubberbandits, together with the director behind Fr Ted, have been commissioned to create a new mini-series for Channel 4.

The plastic-bag wearing duo have teamed up with Declan Lowney, the BAFTA award winning director of Fr Ted and Little Britain, and Sideline Productions, to create a series of online segments called ‘Comedy Blaps’ for Channel4.com and E4.

The segments will be filmed in late August/early September, and a spokesperson for the group said the series of segments - four of which have been initially commissioned - would be “similar to the stuff they have done (already), but more about the characters and their lives, so you will get to find out a bit more about Blind Boy and Mr Chrome”.

The spokesperson added that having Lowney on board - who interestingly directed the Fr Ted episode that was filmed in Limerick’s Theatre Royal many years ago - was “fantastic, amazing for us, a big deal”.

The ‘Bandits themselves confirmed the exciting news to the Leader.

“This is what we are up to at the moment. Channel 4 want us to confuse the British public with the help of Declan Lowney who directed Father Ted in exchange for the Queen’s shilling. Ah go on so...for the laugh,” said the irrepressible duo.

The ‘Bandits are also currently starring in a series of online videos for MTV, detailing their adventures in New York, and which have been watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers across the Atlantic.

Their immediate focus on the domestic front is an upcoming gig at the Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival in Stradbally, with the duo set to play an early-evening show at 5pm on Saturday, September 3, along with a “secret, late-night show” afterward, according to the duo.

Channel 4 comedy editor Fiona McDermott said they were “stunned and impressed by the number of submissions and the amount of new talent that was brought to our attention” through the selection process for the ‘Blaps’ series.

The ‘Bandits were selected from some 500 ideas submitted to the process, which will air before Christmas.