show_name = Killinaskully
caption = Killinaskully logo with, (l-r); Jimmy, Dan and Timmy
runtime = 26 minutes per episode
Pat Shortt Louis Lovett Páraic Breathnach Joe Rooney Pascal Scott
country = IRL
December 30, 2003
last_aired = present
num_episodes = 29, as of
September 28, 2008
imdb_id = 0395060
"Killinaskully" is an Irish
television comedywhich details the bizarre goings-on in a fictitious Irish villagecalled Killinaskully located in the hills of Ireland. It is actually filmed on location in the villages of Killoscullyand Ballinahinchin County Tipperary, the title being a fusion of these two placenames. The show's humour comes from the unusual characterisations of traditional, stereotypical rural Irish folk. The show is chiefly written by the comedian, Pat Shortt, who also performs many of his own roles.
Killinaskully is produced by Shortt's own company and has been broadcast by RTÉ as part of their Sunday night schedule since 2004. The first three series are available on
DVDand VHS. The show is currently in its fifth and final series, having begun transmission on September 28 2008.
Behind The Scenes At Killinaskully
making-offeature on the second season, broadcast in December.
eries three (2006)
eries five (2008)
Most receptions are postive. The show pulls in an average viewership of 500,000 for each episode and rising as high as 800,000 for Christmas specials. [" [http://www.medialive.ie/Television/top-tw.html RTE/TV3 Top 20 Programmes] " "Medialive". URL last accessed
2007-03-16] On 25 December 2005, 825,000 viewers tuned in to watch "A Killinaskully Christmas Carol" [http://www.nenaghguardian.ie/news/killinaskully-tops-the-polls-again-558553.html] . Christmas Day 2007 attracted viewing figures of 770,000 for "Christmas Special IV: The Last Round". [http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv-radio/killinaskully-top-holiday-draw-as-rte-hammers-tv3-in-ratings-1254606.html]
John Boland of the "
Irish Independent" has asserted that the characters lack depth: "I've never been much of a fan of Pat Shortt's broad brand of comedy, with its gallery of cartoon-culchie villagers wearing silly wigs and speaking in exaggerated mock accents." [ [http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/news-gossip/awful-sitcom-tops-on-the-box----but-do-not-adjust-your-mind-theres-a-fault-in-reality-115962.html Awful sitcom tops on the box . . . but do not adjust your mind, there's a fault in reality - News & Gossip, Entertainment - Independent.ie ] ]
* In Series Three: Episode 6 "The Lifeboat", it is revealed that Killinaskully is 117 km (73 miles) from the sea while neighbouring Bally is 134 km (83 miles) from the coast.
* In Christmas Special III: "The Christmas Concert", it is revealed that Timmy is 48 years of age. This occurs when Dan asks him his age after Timmy tries to convince him that Santa is real.
Jumbo Breakfast Roll
* [http://www.patshortt.com/Killinaskully/killinaskully%20welcome.htm Tourist's Guide to Killinaskully]
* [http://www.rte.ie/tv/killinaskully/index.html Killinascully on RTE.ie]
* [http://www.ireland.com/blogs/presenttense/2008/01/05/shortt-shrift-for-the-critics Review of Killinaskully]
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