Six In The City (2012)

Director (Jul-Sept 2012): 1 x 60’ factual entertainment pilot with Waka Productions, Dublin for RTÉ 2’s Format Farm, tx Sept 13, 2012

Six In The City was a one-off pilot for RTÉ television’s Format Farm, who now increasingly want to generate their own formats that can entertain Irish viewers potentially be exported around the world.

Shown on September 13th 2012, and subsequently commissioned as a series, on RTÉ TWO, in it three socially incompatible couples competed to show each other the ultimate nights out in Limerick, Galway and Dublin to win their dream ‘Big Night Out’ abroad.

The couples competing with one another were, from Dublin, Martin and Fiona, from Galway, Tom and Courtney and from Limerick, Tammy and Danny.

IT expert Martin and office administrator Fiona are immaculately coiffed, Algarve-tanned gym addicts who love fine dining, good wines, and the kind of discreet late-night piano bars where well-heeled Dublin socialites like to party with impunity into the wee small hours.

Professional musician Tom and his fiancé Courtney, who’s a medical secretary, love the Galway Indie music scene. They like to eat healthily and are fans of the ‘foraged food’ movement. Tom and Courtney also love Galway’s small but burgeoning burlesque scene.

Unemployed karaoke addict Danny and his partner Tammy, a full time mum, are unapologetic party monsters. They like drinking, raucous sing-a-longa Rhianna sessions and their idea of a slap-up meal is an all-you-can eat buffet; although they can stretch to a nice buzzy western-themed steakhouse if they’re out to impress.

And all three couples were out to impress as gourmands Martin and Fiona introduced buffet bandits Danny and Tammy to Dublin’s 5-star restaurant scene; boho duo Tom and Courtney introduced their guests to the tassle-teated joys of amateur burlesque; and Danny and Tammy flew the flag for alcopops, dog racing and extreme karaoke – Limerick style.

It all added up to a reality TV comedy of manners as the couples terrorised each other with their hilariously mismatched social agendas. As nights out progressed, strained politeness turned to incredulity, incredulity to annoyance, annoyance ratchets up into anger and anger to all out war.

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