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‘The Centre’ TX tonight RTÉ2 10pm
24 Mar 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
‘The Centre’ is a brand new sit-com for RTÉ Two. Produced by Waka Productions in association with Baby Cow Productions (‘Moone Boy’, ‘Alan Partridge’), ‘The Centre’ follows the daily life and tribulations at St Bartholomew’s Community Centre, a grim local authority building in the heart of Fieldstown, Dublin. The community centre hosts a number of unusual programmes and is staffed by several quirky individuals.

The series features an ensemble cast of some of Ireland’s top female comedy talent, including Yasmine Akram (‘Sherlock’), Katherine Lynch (‘Single Ladies’), Norma Sheehan (‘Moone Boy’), Sue Collins (‘The Nualas’), Helen O’Brien (‘Mrs Manning’), Jennifer Maguire (‘Republic of Telly’), Hilary Rose (‘The Fear’), and Denise McCormack (‘Love/Hate’). Gary Cooke (‘Apres Match’), Johnny Ward (‘This Must be the Place’) and Steve Wall (‘Moone Boy’) also star.

For the series, comedian and character actor Katherine Lynch will be reprising one of her most infamous roles, the traveller Bernie Walsh. Lynch has been determined to emphasise, however, that this series will not be focused on her: “This is not about me. It is an ensemble piece. It’s about all the girls in the show.”

Warren Meyler, who has worked closely with Lynch throughout her career and is one of the writers and producers of ‘The Centre’ as well as executive producer of Waka TV, also emphasises the collaborative effort behind the show: “‘The Centre’ is an ensemble piece and Katherine is part a cast of nine… As always it was fantastic working with Katherine, as was the case with all our actors, we genuinely lucked out with a talented bunch.”

Meyler also expresses praise for the director of the series, Peter Foott, stating he is “an amazingly talented director who threw himself into the project 100%, and brought the energy and comic smarts we needed to take the script from the page and on to the screen.” He continues: “The Centre was an amazing experience with a cast and crew second to none, and great support and enouragement from our commissioner Eddie Doyle, station controller Bill Malone and all the team at RTE.”

When asked about his hopes for the series, Meyler expressed great enthusiasm: “Our greatest expectation is simply that it makes people laugh and after that everything is a bonus.” Glen Killane, Managing Director of RTÉ Television has also been enthusiastic about the RTÉ’s output of comedy in general, stating “comedy is a big area for us. Not so long ago RTÉ was considered a bit of joke when it came to comedy - and not in a good way. We weren't developing comedy but I think that has changed.”

‘The Centre’ was directed by Peter Foott and produced by Waka Productions and Baby Cow Productions. The six episodes of the series were written and produced by Warren Meyler and Marion Cullen. Casting for the show was by Waka TV with additional casting by Alison Crosbie. The DoP was Cian de Buitlear, while Eoin McGuirk and Julian Ulrichs edited the series in Reelgood, Baggot Street, Dublin. Sound was produced by Rob Flanagan, Peter Blayney and Paul Naughton. The series is supported by the BAI Sound and Vision II Fund.

The first episode of the six-part series will air tonight on RTÉ Two at 10pm.

See a trailer for ‘The Centre’ here:






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