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Filming commences on new RTÉ2 comedy produced by Deadpan
18 Apr 2016 : Seán Brosnan
Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’
Production has begun on a brand new six-part female-centred comedy-drama series, ‘Can't Cope, Won't Cope’.

Produced for RTÉ2 by Deadpan Pictures, ‘Can't Cope, Won't Cope’ follows two Cork twentysomethings, Aisling and Danielle, whose relationship and lifestyle starts to spiral out of control. Fuelled by mad nights out and bolstered by a sense of entitlement, these girls are running away from the reality that's hurtling toward them.

The series, currently being filmed at locations around Dublin, features rising stars Seána Kerslake (IFTA-nominee for ‘Dollhouse’) and Nika McGuigan (‘Traders’) as Aisling and Danielle. A strong supporting cast is headed up by Amy Huberman in her first project for RTÉ since ‘Your Bad Self’, ‘Norma Sheahan’ (‘Bridget & Eamon’) and Eileen Walsh (‘Pure Mule’, ‘Catastrophe’).

The six-part half-hour series is written by Stefanie Preissner (‘Solpadeine is my Boyfriend’), produced by Ailish McElmeel (‘Burning Wishes’) and directed by Cathy Brady (E4's ‘Glue’).

RTÉ head of Comedy, Talent Development and Music Eddie Doyle said: "Can't Cope, Won't Cope is a funny, engaging and realistic comedy-drama that explores the issues faced by young Irish women today. Starring two up-and-coming actresses, and written, directed and produced by women, the show aims to capture what life is really like for young women as they navigate their way through all the drinking, dating and drama of their 20s.”

‘Can't Cope, Won't Cope’ is commissioned by RTÉ2 with the support of BAI and Section 481 and with Content Media representing international rights. Transmission will be on RTÉ2 this autumn.

Producer Ailish McElmeel said: “It’s so exciting to bring an achingly truthful and funny series to the screen. Stefanie’s writing truly is the ‘voice of her generation’ and with the multi-award winning Cathy Brady at the helm we really are in new territory in terms of the Dublin we’re exploring and the young women we’re representing - depicting post Celtic tiger cubs very much at odds with the world they find themselves.”

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