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Frank of Ireland: everything to know about Channel 4’s latest comedy TV series

Starring Peaky Blinders’ Brian Gleeson, comedy TV series Frank of Ireland comes to Channel 4 on 15 April. The show follows hapless hero, Frank Marron’s ill-conceived attempts at earning the world’s respect.

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime tend to get all the splashy headlines when it comes to buzzy new must-sees. But, that’s no reason for you to neglect the gems showing on terrestrial TV. Case in point, Channel 4’s latest addition to its comedy offering: Frank of Ireland.

The show introduces Frank Marron as a “32-year-old catastrophe”, whose life of high-jinks is wearing pretty thin on his mother – whose spare room he still lives in.

The show’s cast features a who’s who of Irish comedic talent, and is the brainchild of brothers and co-writers, Brian and Domnhall Gleeson.

If you’re in need of a show to lighten the mood or make you feel better about how your life trajectory, here’s everything you need to know about the hilarious Frank of Ireland.

Brian Gleeson laying in bed as character Frank Marron
Brian Gleeson plays hapless hero Frank Marron.

What’s the plot of Frank of Ireland?

Frank is a “misanthropic, narcissistic, fantasist in arrested development who thinks the world owes him something.”

The Dublin-set, six-part comedy series follows the 33 year old hapless hero on his misguided attempts at asserting his place in the world, with appearances from the long-suffering mother he still lives with, and his aptly-named wingman, Doofus,

Channel 4 – who co-produced the show with Amazon Prime – says viewers can expect each thirty-minute episode to be packed with “a physical and ridiculous brand of humour with an original twist.”

Is there a trailer for Frank of Ireland?

You can watch the hilarious trailer for Amazon Prime’s Frank of Ireland – co-written by Brian and Domnhall Gleeson here:

Who stars in Frank of Ireland?

Frank Marron is played by Brian Gleeson, who you might recognise from his more menacing role as Hughie in Peaky Blinders.

Brian’s brother and writing partner, Domnhall, who’s most recently starred in The Revenant, Ex-Machina, and The Force Awakens, plays Doofus.

Pom Boyd is Frank’s mother, Mary, (Rialto, Snakes & Ladders), while Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Normal People) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Dublin MurdersAvengers: Endgame) round out the supporting cast.

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What is Frank of Ireland’s release date?

For UK viewers the first episode of Frank of Ireland airs on 15 April at 10pm on Channel 4. The show is set to air weekly, but all six episodes will be available to watch on All4 immediately after the first episode is screened.

The comedy will be released on Amazon Prime Video from 16 April 2021 for viewers in the US, Canada, and Australia. 

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