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Here’s what to expect from Graham Linehan’s new Irish sitcom

The Walshes was partially filmed in Dublin, co-produced by RTÉ, and drawn from your 1980s childhood.

FATHER TED CO-CREATOR Graham Linehan has finished production on a new Irish sitcom, which will be co-produced by RTÉ and the BBC.

Called The Walshes, the three-part series was written by Linehan with London-based Irish comedy group Diet Of Worms.

The show highlights the home life of the Walsh family, living in the fictional west Dublin suburb of Strollinstown. It’s based on Diet Of Worms’ web series Taste Of Home, which recreated a family’s home videos from the 1980s.

So what can we expect?

Uncannily accurate Irish-mam-and-dad rig-outs

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Here are parents Tony and Carmel, played by Niall Gaffney and Philippa Dunne. LOOK AT THAT GILET.

Beautiful 1980s interiors

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The wallpaper. The carpet. The biscuit tin on top of the fridge. Childhood… is that you?

Family carry-on

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There’s Tony and Carmel at the back with daughter Ciara (Amy Stephenson), son Rory (Rory Connolly) and Ciara’s fella Graham (Shane Langan). They all live in the family home, due to the dire state of the Irish economy.

The lad with the video camera is family friend Martin (Owen Roe), who accidentally gets trapped in the wall cavity at one point.

Real, actual Dublin scenes

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The show’s interiors were filmed in a UK studio – above – but the team also shot a number of exterior scenes on location in Dublin.

To prove it, here’s Tony hanging out with a Dennys truck:

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And deeply awkward situations

Here’s the first episode of The Taste Of Home. Skip to 1m10s for the moment when Graham arrives to pick Ciara up for her debs.

Deep, deep awkwardness and dad jokes ensue.


You can watch the other episodes of The Taste Of Home on Diet of Worms’ YouTube channel here. They’re very funny.

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