TG4 have de­servedly scored a big win with teen drama ‘Eipic’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Una Mul­lally

An Ir­ish mu­si­cal com­edy TV drama has plenty of cringe po­ten­tial. But four shows in, and TG4’s Eipic could be one of the best home­made dra­mas in re­cent times. Set in small-town Ire­land, where five teenagers are des­per­ately try­ing to break out in dif­fer­ent ways when they’re brought to­gether in band form. It’s fre­netic and funny, touch­ing and blunt, equal parts Pure Mule, Skins and Glee.

The se­ries is writ­ten by Mike O’Leary, who pre­vi­ously wrote for E4’s Mis­fits. O’Leary’s writ­ing is bril­liantly bois­ter­ous, and aside from five ex­cel­lent per­for­mances from the leads (in­clud­ing Róisín Ní-Chéileachair and Fion­nu­ala Gy­gax, right), the an­cil­lary char­ac­ters also shine: a crap mum drink­ing blue al­copops; a sleazy older brother try­ing to shift stolen TVs; a sage­like auld fella in a Pink Floyd T-shirt. But it’s also Louise Ní Fhi­an­nachta’s di­rec­tion that’s the star. The tone, pace, sound­track (Nir­vana, LCD Soundsys­tem, Die Ant­wo­ord and Nicki Mi­naj get a look in) and cre­ative choices through­out bris­tle with an en­ergy that’s been miss­ing from a lot of Ir­ish drama.

Eipic is an­other win for west-of-Ire­land pro­duc­tion com­pany Maga­me­dia, whose pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions in­clude the ex­cel­lent Corp+Anam, the drama-doc Am an Ghá­tar, and Rubaí, also di­rected by Ní Fhi­an­nachta, about a young girl who de­clares she’s an athe­ist ahead of her Holy Com­mu­nion.

Maga­me­dia has been a home to di­rect­ing, writ­ing and pro­duc­ing tal­ent in­clud­ing Paddy Hayes, Mary Red­mond, Laura Ní Cheal­laigh, Ní Fhi­an­nachta, Ciara Nic Chor­maic and Darach Mac Con Io­maire.

You can catch up on the se­ries on the the TG4 Player at tg4.ie.

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