In hindsight, it was a genius decision.
Summer 2019, the world is basking in relative normality, blissfully unaware of what's brewing in Wuhan. Somebody suggests that, instead of the usual stint of filming one run of episodes,should actually make two seasons during the summer in Cork.
So, as other shows struggle with lockdowns and various Covid-19 restrictions, the loveable Leeside rogues are able to fill the scheduling gap with the six episodes of season three.
Here's a recap on the first instalment of the one they prepared earlier.
Episode one revolved around a caper conceived by Billy Murphy to steal a consignment of fancy televisions, where the compliant delivery driver would turn a blind eye to what was going on. For Conor and Jock, the situation was complicated by the fact that they were minding baby Star for the day. Solution? Ah, just bring her along for her first ickle robbery.
The end of last season brought the arrival of baby Star, and she looks like she'll be living up to her name through this series. Of course, practical considerations and strict regulations ensure it's not always easy to work with a baby on set, but the fact that Star is actually played by two junior actors — twins Penny and Nola Richardson — made the job easier all round.
has already won plenty praise for the exposure it has given to Irish artists, and the stat-bots at Shazam during episode one may have noticed a spike in searches that returned the answer 'Stupid Kid' by Cork band Sultans of Ping.
As usual, Dublin Hill and Mayfield were used for the houses of the main characters, while much of the main action took place around the EZ Living Furniture shop on Blarney Street.
Star's mother Siobhán rings to say hello to the baby, just as she's gone missing in the furniture shop. A panicked Jock hands the phone to Conor to pretend he's the infant. Putting on his best baby voice, he mumbles a garbled “How's it going?”.
While explaining his confused account to Sergeant Healy, driver Paul attempts to quote a classic movie line. “Keyser Soze ... the greatest trick the devil ever played was it wasn't him at all.”
It's a peculiar version of what was said in.
When they're all safe and happy at home again, proud dad Jock has Star in his arms as he points to Shandon and spins the story that's been told to generations of Leeside children, about how the fish on top is made of solid gold.
- Series three of began on Frday, July 24, 2020, and continues on Friday nights at 9.35pm on RTÉ One, and is also available to catch up on the RTÉ Player.