New TG4 series explores love in a time of lockdown

Greg Mulhall


Greg Mulhall


New TG4 series explores love in a time of lockdown

TG4’s young people’s platform, Bloc, has announced a new Covid-set web drama exploring young love in the time of lockdown.

Le Ceangal, a ‘Zoomcom’, is an eight-part mini series of five-minute episodes. Having met on Tinder, Galway-based Declan (24) and Dubliner Aoife (25) have gone on five tentative dates. 

Just as they are about to broach the tricky ‘should we both come off Tinder now?’ question, they are locked up in lockdown. In two different cities. With two different Wifi speeds. And their blossoming relationship is now on life-support…

With Aoife’s Dad suffering from MS, she has promised not to mix outside her family so a physical encounter is off the agenda. They try everything to keep their relationship from floundering, but Whatsapp memes, Zoom quizzes, even phone sex can’t substitute for real human contact, or can they?

From the producers of the IFTA winning Corp + Anam and EIPIC, Le Ceangal was shot this June in Galway under social distancing restrictions. Producer Paddy Hayes said of the series: “Throughout the Covid health emergency, I always wondered would it be easy for a young couple to maintain a relationship while being forcibly separated from their partners. And now I know it has its… challenges ”.

This brand new comedy series is devised and directed by Oisín Mistéil and stars Eva-Jane Gaffney as Aoife (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope) and Eoin Ó Dubhghaill  as Declan (Arracht).

You’ve heard of Sleepless in Seattle, well here you have Gormless in Galway, and Hapless in Howth…

The first 2 episodes will be available 1pm on June 26 and weekly thereafter. Watch the series HERE