A NEW two part series featuring Tipp comedian Pat Shortt is to be filmed on location in Kilcommon, near Thurles.
The filmmakers have already been in contact with the two pubs in the village, while local people are being called on to take part in the production, called ‘Mattie’, to be shot in late August, early September.
A spokesperson for Tipp’s premier funnyman, whose trademark catchphrase ‘dat’s rite!’ has come to epitomise Tipp to the rest of the country, said Pat hopes to expand the two 30-minute episodes about a small town garda into a full series.
“Mattie Dwyer is a cop. It’s a comedy drama,” said Miriam Garcia Mortell, who has to remain very tightlipped about the project as the script remains top secret for the time being. “I can’t give away too much about the actual storyline, but it’s a cop comedy.” A case of the Keystone Cops meets Killinaskully in Kilcommon? “Pat is the main character in it. It’s his own creation. We’ll be shooting from the 29th of August for two weeks.”
Local people are being invited to come along and audition for roles as extras, though it’s adult only.
“We wouldn’t be looking for anybody under the age of 20.” It’s unclear when viewers will get a chance to see Kilcommon on the small screen, as no definitive date has yet been agreed for RTE to air the two episodes, and it might be next year before we get see the country detective in action.
Six episodes of ‘Mattie’ were shot last year, when Pat’s character was teamed up with feisty female detective Sharon Kelly (played by Lesley Conroy). wReaders interested in auditioning for the roles in the coming weeks can contact L Town Films at 061 422278, or email firstname.lastname@example.org