London Irish

Tue Sep 24, 10-10.30pm, C4



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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

Episode one
Sampling a new cocktail is a moment of intense trepidation – will the sometimes random ingredients work together? Such concerns arise with C4’s latest binge-com, especially as it comes so soon after ‘Big Bad World’, which tried and failed with the culture-clash format. Judging by screenwriter Lisa McGee’s debut series however, the mix of flavours is both potent and promising.

We’re introduced to four mates – led by ‘Being Human’s’ Sinead Keenan as the hilariously fiery Bronagh – making their way through a succession of booze-fuelled nights, taking pops at British society as they go. The otherwise-unknown ensemble works superbly, with a charming dynamic impressively reminiscent of ‘The Inbetweeners’ as they consider everything from alcoholism to amputees.

‘London Irish’ is a controlled drinker, loose enough to indulge in risqué laughs yet sober enough to know when the joke goes too far. That’s a rare combination, and makes for a far more appetising brew than its competitors.

Tom Buxton, 19, is a student from North Kensington. He was selected to write this review as part of the Time Out Takeover – a special edition of the magazine written entirely by our readers.

Users say


I couldn’t disagree more. This is the most unlikeable and unfunny show since....UKIP party political broadcast. ‘ Hilariously fiery Bronagh’ do you mean bitchy, harsh, and unpleasant Bronagh ? Simply saying ‘c**t ‘ every two minutes doesn’t make you hilarious, it simply makes you into one. The cast all seem too old to be having these sorts of lives, less quirky students more adult out patients. It made me laugh zero times. Also making them all stupid and frequently drunk isn’t exactly crushing any typical Irish stereotypes either. Buíochas a ghabháil leat

Brenda Feeley
Brenda Feeley

Found one of the characters too angry nobody is that angry all of the time. Would like to know more about their jobs. Don't really believe that young Irish dwell on heavy drugs and sex as suggested.


Makes Ben Elton's latest effort at sitcom appear like Clement/La Frenais or Croft/Perry at their peak. Lazy stereotypes, a range of accents that made a mockery of them all coming from the same place "back home" and offensiveness masquerading at humour. Impossible to see why this was commissioned. And, above all, lacking a single moment that could be described, even in the loosest sense, as funny

Andrew Finlay
Andrew Finlay

London Irish. Two words for a title, here are two more 'Simply Awful'. I don't mind offensive humour. But this didn't have it, it had offence in spades, yet was simply not funny. It is one of those shows that you watch and whilst contemplating whether or not it is worth changing the channel after another programme is probably half way decide to stick with and get more and more frustrated in your decision to stick with it. I considered how it was actually made. So many wasted opportunities, walking through London and calling a character a C**** repeatedly, (each time I felt my IQ drop) would have been amazing if the police overheard him defending himself then arrested him for using bad language. I am no expert. I have some ideas that aren't useless and (like us all) have no chance of them being made, how was this rubbish funded? Lottery money? The EU? A dare? I won't even go on, but let's say poor depth of characters, poor script, bad casting, poor execution and a core running through it of un-funny disorganised pandering to an idiotic audience. I think the only people to like this will be 10 year old boys; sniggering at the swear words. Anyone with half a brain will find the portrayal of a generation like this to be offensive, the content is relatively tame compared to offence the wasted opportunity London Irish has squandered. Boom.


Sorry to disagree quite so vehemently, but I had to say it was one of the very worst things I’ve seen – I didn’t think it had any of the vibrancy or potential of the likes of early Inbetweeners, or for example, the fresher US sitcoms. The acting was incredibly poor, and felt like the output of a workshop of overly-enthusiastic drama students. The ultra-aggressive female character was the only one which was reasonably well portrayed, while a few others were mugging quite badly, so while the grey-scale settings suited natural performances, they got panto. The script was quite predictable and clichéd, and felt like a TV producer’s view of young adulthood. Parents can be annoying; we drink too much, and worst of all was the lengthy set piece where the angry character’s bag was too heavy at the airport, so they had to wear some of the clothes. This was presented as some kind of insightful innovation, when in fact most people have at some point had to do that (and look – here’s a man in a dress!). Then there was the Irishness. Pretty much all of the characters had specifically Irish names. The accents were appalling (despite most of the cast being from different parts of Ireland), and I genuinely couldn’t think of a single tired, 1950’s cliché which hadn’t been covered at least once. Every character jarringly dropped in incongruous phrases like “some craic, hi”; “so it is”; “begorrah”; “it’s a wee bit…”…and so on. Really poor stuff. It’ll have to get the patronage of a commissioner to get a second series, and may do, given that it’s being promoted quite strongly.

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