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Channel 4 says Rubberbandits pilot has ‘series potential’

The Rubberbandits in a scene from their new pilot for Channel 4, to be broadcast on November 30. Picture: Ken Coleman

The Rubberbandits in a scene from their new pilot for Channel 4, to be broadcast on November 30. Picture: Ken Coleman

  • by Alan Owens
 

THE Rubberbandits’ long-awaited television pilot for Channel 4 is to be broadcast later this month.

The broadcaster has unveiled details of the half hour show, which it says has “series potential”. Channel 4 has notably lauded the Limerick duo as “one of most unique comedy talents around”.

The pilot episode was made by the duo themselves and Irish production company Sideline, under the control of Fr Ted director Declan Lowney.

The commission came on the back of the success of the series of online comedy ‘blaps’ the duo made for Channel 4 last year. It is the first Irish written and performed comedy to be commissioned by Channel 4 since Fr Ted in the mid-90s.

The pilot will form part of a wider series called 4Funnies, which comprises of a number of thirty minute transmittable shows.

Acting head of comedy Nerys Evans said Channel 4 were aiming to support these “stars of tomorrow as early as possible in their careers and given a crucial platform to bring them to the wider attention of comedy”.

A spokesman for the plastic-bag wearing duo said: “This is the only show I can think of where the main characters, write, score, make prosthetics and perform every character. The scope of what these two Limerick lads have done in this show is truly remarkable”.

Blind Boy Boat Club, one half of the Rubberbandits said “it was a laugh making tv for the craic and tans, despite the fact that our cameras were haunted by the ghost of Dickie Harris”.

Fiona McDermott, Channel 4 commissioning editor added: “We always hoped that the comedy blaps would provide the perfect stepping stone for inspiring new talent to find their feet and hone their craft and that’s exactly what’s happened with the Rubberbandits”.

The Rubberbandits’ pilot airs on November 30 at 11pm.

 

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