The Walshes

The Walshes is an Irish comedy television series that was first broadcast on RTÉ One on 6 March and BBC Four on 13 March 2014. The three-part series was written by Graham Linehan and the comedy group Diet of Worms, and is based on the group's 2010 web series The Taste of Home. The show follows the Walshes, a tight-knit family living in the fictional West Dublin suburb of Strollinstown. Diet of Worms portray the family, reprising their roles from the web series.[1][2][3][4]

The Walshes
The Walshes Title Card.jpg
Created by
Based onThe Taste of Home
by Diet of Worms
Written by
  • Diet of Worms
  • Graham Linehan
Directed byGraham Linehan
  • Rory Connolly
  • Philippa Dunne
  • Niall Gaffney
  • Shane Langan
  • Amy Stephenson
  • Owen Roe
ComposerNeil Hannon
Country of origin
  • Ireland
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
ProducerRichard Boden
Production companies
  • Boom Pictures
  • Delightful Industries
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Original release6 March (2014-03-06) –
27 March 2014 (2014-03-27)
External links

The show was originally shown on BBC Four and was broadcast again on BBC Two in November 2014. The writer, Graham Linehan, has said that if the show gets higher viewing figures this time it may come back with a new series.[5]

In January 2015, Graham Linehan announced on Twitter that the show was cancelled, blaming "zero publicity" from BBC Two.[6]

The series has yet to be released on DVD.


  • Niall Gaffney as Tony
  • Philippa Dunne as Carmel
  • Amy Stephenson as Ciara, daughter of Tony and Carmel
  • Rory Connolly as Rory, son of Tony and Carmel
  • Shane Langan as Graham, Ciara's new boyfriend
  • Owen Roe as Martin, a family friend


The show is based on The Taste of Home, a five-episode web series released in 2010, starring and written by the comedy group Diet of Worms. In November 2013, it was reported that Linehan had directed a pilot based on the web series, marking his first non-audience sitcom.[7][8] The show is co-produced by Boom Pictures and Delightful Industries for RTÉ and the BBC, but was originally intended for ITV.[9] Richard Boden serves as producer.[10][11][12] Studio filming took place at Teddington Studios in London, while some location filming took place in Dublin.[13]

Episode listEdit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Doctor Burger"Graham LinehanDiet of Worms and Graham Linehan6 March 2014 (2014-03-06) (RTÉ One)
13 March 2014 (2014-03-13) (BBC Four)
2"Family Night"Graham LinehanDiet of Worms and Graham Linehan20 March 2014 (2014-03-20) (BBC Four)
3"Limbo"Graham LinehanDiet of Worms and Graham Linehan27 March 2014 (2014-03-27) (BBC Four)


  1. ^ Dowell, Ben (31 January 2014). "Mackenzie Crook to play metal detector enthusiast in one of four new BBC4 comedies". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ Considine, Pippa (31 January 2014). "BBC4 orders four comedies". Televisual. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ Brzoznowski, Kristin (31 January 2014). "New Comedies Coming to BBC Four". Worldscreen. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ Flynn, Fiona (31 January 2014). "Father Ted writer's new series 'The Walshes' coming soon!". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Graham Linehan on Twitter".
  6. ^ Loftus, Valerie (22 January 2015). "The Walshes was cancelled, and Graham Linehan is pretty mad". The Daily Edge. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ MacGregor, Rachel (28 November 2013). "Graham Linehan working on new Irish sitcom". Yahoo News. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  8. ^ "BBC4 reveals new comedies". 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Diet of Worms set for ITV series with The Walshes". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  10. ^ "New Graham Linehan comedy for RTÉ". RTÉ. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  11. ^ "BBC4 reveals new comedies". Chortle. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Graham Linehan working on Irish sitcom". Chortle. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Graham Linehan writing new Irish sitcom". RTÉ. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.

External linksEdit

Radio Times, The Walshes