Rubberbandits make UK TV debut

Updated: 21 November 2012 15:19

Danny Dyer gets a drubbing, Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan sings and Father Ted actress Rose Henderson makes an appearance in The Rubberbandits' debut for Channel 4 next week.

Danny Dyer gets a drubbing, Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan sings and Father Ted actress Rose Henderson makes an appearance in The Rubberbandits' debut for Channel 4 next week.

Kinlan, who plays gangland patsy Elmo in Love/Hate, appears in a new Bandits video ridiculing British actor Dyer (watch it here). A 30-minute pilot from the Limerick duo airs on Channel 4 on November 30 as part of the station's new 4Funnies series and will feature new songs and sketches from the Limerick duo.

Channel 4 ordered a 30-minute pilot from Blind Boy Boat Club and Mr Chrome after the huge success of their online clips and their performances on three shorts for the station's Comedy Blaps which were aired last August.

The pilot was directed by Father Ted and Moone Boy director Declan Lowney and was made by Dublin outfit Sideline, making them the first Irish production company to have a scripted comedy commissioned by channel since Father Ted in the mid-nineties.

"It was a laugh making TV for the craic and tans, despite the fact that our cameras were haunted by the ghost of Dickie Harris," says Blind Boy Boat Club.

"We like to call the British the Craic and Tans now, because we've had so much fun performing for them. We're going to embrace the opportunity like a swan in need of help. It'll be musical but with lots of different characters."

The Bandits' rave notices in the UK have won them comparisons with Father Ted and New Zealand singing comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.

"It's a great honour to be compared to them," Boatboy has said. "But I try not to think about it because I don't need the pressure to try to be as good as Ted, that's impossible. It's like trying to be as good as The Beatles."

The comedy duo, who undertake more London shows next month, say they're surprised that their material travelled so well. "I went over thinking, they're not going to get the jokes but they started laughing exactly the same," says Boatboy.

"So that was a big eye-opener for us. We really love them, they're just like the Irish, except they're more used to seeing shows and not getting drunk and shouting. We're going to have to shock them with our minds, a bit of cleverness - Samuel Beckett- and Jimmy Joyce-style."