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Controversial new Irish drama is beating The Late Late in the ratings war

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 10/10/2021 Niamh Walsh
Nikita and Amanda, Kin. Pic: RTE © Provided by Evoke.ie Nikita and Amanda, Kin. Pic: RTE

Homegrown gritty gangland crime drama Kin is a ratings winner for RTÉ One, pulling in more viewers than the long-running Late Late Show.

The series, which follows the Kinsellas, a fictional Dublin family caught in a gangland war, is now topping Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Show and has an average audience share of 46% or 650,000 viewers per episode.

However, the series, which stars some of Ireland’s premier acting talent such as Aiden Gillen, Ciaran Hinds and Maria Doyle Kennedy, has been criticised for glorifying the gruesome reality of a life of crime.

But actor Keith McErlean, who plays Con Doyle has rubbished the controversy.

Charlie Cox in Kin. Pic: RTE © Provided by Evoke.ie Charlie Cox in Kin. Pic: RTE

‘It’s on at 9.30pm so I don’t see what the issues are,’ the Donegal actor said.

‘People who don’t want to watch the show or think it’s unwatchable or a disgrace or – “toxic” is one word an ex- Dublin mayor used – watch something else.’

The actor, who played Barry in the hit RTÉ series, Bachelor’s Walk, says people need to cop on.

Keith McErlean Pic: Supplied © Provided by Evoke.ie Keith McErlean Pic: Supplied

‘Kin is something that Irish people can be proud of. It’s a good drama, it’s well done. It was made in Dublin and it’s as good as anything else that you’ll see. I think that’s what Irish people really warm to, a good story, well told. So the 650,000 people who are watching it can take the violence and the drugs. It’s just silly really.’

Regardless of the criticism of the show, it certainly looks like the show is a hit with viewers and stars as well.

Charlie Cox previously told EVOKE that he is ‘desperate’ for a second season and with viewing figures so high it looks like that is definitely on the cards.

The series follows the Kinsellas, a fictional Dublin family caught in a gangland war Pic: RTE © Provided by Evoke.ie The series follows the Kinsellas, a fictional Dublin family caught in a gangland war Pic: RTE

‘I’m desperate to come back to Ireland. I’ve been waiting for a long job in Dublin for a very long time, so I was gutted that we couldn’t experience it because of lockdown. I’m really desperate for a season two so we can come back and experience it,’ the actor who plays Michael Kinsella said.

Kin continues on RTÉ One on Sundays at 9.30pm

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