And the award-winning creator of the country’s runaway hit has compared the hysteria surrounding Ireland’s top crime drama this season to Beatlemania.
He assured fans yesterday on the Ray D’Arcy Show that the gangland series would be returning for a fifth season, and revealed he is in the middle of negotiations to write a pilot for the US.
The writer also poured cold water on speculation that actor Robert Sheehan would be making a Dallas-style comeback from the dead on the RTÉ smash hit after he was pictured back on the Dublin set a few weeks ago.
“It was true he was filming but he was shot dead last year. He is dead. There is no Bobby Ewing [storyline]. I would feel stupid saying otherwise. There is something happening but I won’t get into what we were filming.”
He said the reaction to the show during filming in the capital this year has gone “supersonic” with crowds turning up to set locations to watch the actors at work.
He said: “It was like the Beatles. You have maybe 200 or 300 people and everybody is on Facebook so there are swarms and swarms of people. But generally people are really great. The actors like to meet them.”
He said they have even worked their schedule around school hours to keep storylines from leaking out.
“We try to do some of the sensitive scenes in the morning. When school is over it suddenly happens.
“Last year when Darren was shot in the head we had to film it at 6.30 in the morning and we had to find a location that was not overlooked. That is a big consideration now — trying to balance those things.”
The unassuming writer paid an extraordinary compliment to Vaughan-Lawlor during the Today FM interview yesterday after recently viewing some of this season’s rushes, unedited footage.
He said: “Last year he was amazing. This year at one stage he was doing a scene and everybody stopped and started applauding him.
“I saw it afterwards and you would just get goosebumps. It was a Raging Bull moment.
“I think he is world class. I think he is better than anyone in the world in terms of an actor. I can’t think of anyone better. He is amazing, stunning.”