Hardy Bucks


Hardy Bucks is an Irish media series, filmed in mockumentary style and following the fictional exploits of a group of young Irishmen living in small-town Ireland.

Hardy Bucks
Also known asHardy Bucks Ride Again
Written by
  • Martin Maloney
  • Chris Tordoff
  • Owen Colgan
  • Tom Kilgallon
  • Peter Cassidy
  • Mike Cockayne
StarringMartin Maloney
Owen Colgan
Peter Cassidy
Tom Kilgallon
Jamie Gartlan as Salmon
Chris Tordoff
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes32 (12 webisodes + 20 episodes)
Production
ProducerMike Cockayne
Running time26 minutes per episode (TV)
9 minutes per webisode
Release
Original networkRTÉ Two
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseWebisodes:
19 October 2008 (2008-10-19) 
2 May 2011 (2011-05-02)
TV Show:
10 October 2010 (2010-10-10) – present

It started out as an online series of largely improvised scenes. A six-part webisode series went on to win the 2009 Storyland competition held by Irish national broadcaster RTÉ Television.

Production


Hardy Bucks was created in 2007 when Chris Tordoff (Viper Higgins) filmed Martin Maloney (Eddie Durkin) and Owen Colgan (Buzz McDonnell) for a college project. After sitting on the footage for a year, Tordoff uploaded the shorts to YouTube. The show's popularity eventually got it commissioned by RTE who took editorial control of the show.

Hardy Bucks was entered into the RTÉ Storyland competition and from a total of 122 applications, nine projects were commissioned to make one episode each. These episodes were released in March 2009. With all nine projects on the website, the public could vote for their favourite and at the end of every month the shows with the fewest votes would be voted off, leaving the remaining teams to make the next episode with the same 8,000 budget per episode. Hardy Bucks made it all the way to the finals (final two teams) and ultimately won the competition with the largest number of votes.

The programme has been compared to Trailer Park Boys, a Canadian mockumentary, with Tordoff citing the show as an influence.[1] The show was filmed on location in Swinford, County Mayo.

In May 2010 director Mike Cockayne joined as a writer and producer. The Hardy Bucks have filmed a Christmas special and second series with director Liz Gill.

Irish Comedy series Created by Mike Cockayne was commissioned and broadcast by RTÉ from 12 October 2010 until 26 October 2010.[2] Following the success of their debut television series, the Hardy Bucks[clarification needed] were commissioned by RTÉ to produce a half-hour Christmas special which aired on 26 December 2010.

Starring Martin Maloney as Eddie Durkan, Chris Tordoff as 'The Viper'. It is written by and produced by Mike Cockayne, Hardy Bucks features Peter Cassidy, Owen Colgan and Tom Kilgallon, plus a cast of extras from Swinford and beyond. The series was directed by Liz Gill.[3]

The three-episode television series, written by the writing trio Tordoff, Maloney and Cockayne, was commissioned and broadcast by RTÉ from 12 October 2010 until 26 October 2010.[3] Following the success of their debut television series, the Hardy Bucks were commissioned by RTÉ to produce a half-hour Christmas special which aired on 26 December 2010. The Hardy Bucks' second series, a six-episode run, was broadcast by RTÉ during 2011.

The Hardy Bucks Movie was released by Universal Pictures in Feb 2013, achieving Box Office No 1 on its opening weekend and becoming the most successful Irish film of 2013.

Hardy Bucks returned with a third series in November 2015, and again with a fourth series in March 2018.

Characters


Protagonists

  • Eddie Durkan (Martin Maloney) — the main character, an unemployed and lazy youth with vague ambitions of emigrating to find a better life.
  • Billy "Buzz" McDonnell (Owen Colgan) — Eddie's best friend, something of a philosopher who often argues with Eddie. Almost always wears a Celtic shirt.
  • "Frenchtoast" O'Toole (Peter Cassidy) — known for his love of nature and fishing, and for making political statements.
  • Tommy "The Boo" Hagen (Tom Kilgallon) — a fitness lover with a mysterious past

Antagonists

  • Francis "The Viper" Higgins (Chris Tordoff) — the main antagonist, a vain and arrogant small-time drug dealer with ambitions of a musical or film career.
  • Stateside (Tommy Miller) — one of the Viper's henchmen
  • Dragon (Wayne Lynch) - The Viper's driver and henchman
  • Viper 2 (Paul Butler Lennox) — an actor hired by the Viper to act as a decoy
  • Jimmy 'The Hammer' Harrington (Andrew Williams) — Buzz's psychopathic, cross dressing, hammer-toting long lost cousin. Appears in Season 4, when he hides from the law in Eddie and Buzz's cottage.

Other characters

  • Salmon (Michael Salmon)
  • Seamie / Rama (Rhys Flinter)
  • Svetlana Salmon (Lisa McAllister) — Salmon's improbably attractive Russian girlfriend
  • Big Mick (Eugene Maloney) — Eddie's uncle
  • Seamus Mortimer (Michael Browne)
  • Ciara (Aoibheann McCaul) - Eddie's girlfriend in series 3 and 4
  • Sim Card (Kevin McGahern)
  • "Scorpio" Lyons (Alan Carter) - local DJ, head of the 'Almera Bois'
  • Noreen (Loretta Lee)- Eddie's girlfriend in series 1 and 2
  • Cowboy Lavin (Stephen Kelly)
  • Orla Flannery (Sheila Moylette)
  • Lexus (Paul Maloney)
  • Crowbar (Chris Kilcoyne) - leader of the sligo boys
  • Garda Koffi (Koffi Kuovi)
  • Aloysius Lavin (Micheál Mac Donnchadha)
  • Sligo Boy (James Durcan)
  • Ladybird (Kate Lawless)
  • Shady Ganly (Peter Ganly) - local man who was raised by crows

Episode list


Webisodes

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Eddie & Buzz"19 October 2008 (2008-10-19)
Introduces the two "hardy bucks" and the Viper. They visit the library where they meet "Ladybird" who runs a psychic book club. "The Boo" somehow finds his way into Eddie and Buzz's cottage, and teaches them about weapons. Eddie gets drunk and stoned the night before his Safe Pass test.
2"Safe Pass"19 October 2008 (2008-10-19)
Eddie sits the Safe Pass Course which he needs to get on the sites in Galway. Buzz has other ideas and runs away to meet new friends at Ladybirds workshop.
3"The Plan"20 October 2008 (2008-10-20)
It's time for a plan. Galway beckons but the lads have no money. With a bit of help from an unwitting buddy, they hatch a scheme that's guaranteed to at least cover the petrol money. The lads manage to escape the disturbing Aloisius Lavin but how will they throw a party if the Viper has their mushrooms?
4"The Mitzi Turbo Cup"16 March 2009 (2009-03-16)
The lads try to earn a bit of money "in the claw" by entering the Mitzi Turbo Cup - an annual underground boy racer tournament.
5"Foamy Nites"27 April 2009 (2009-04-27)
After getting laid off Big Mick's construction site, the lads try their hand at organizing a party to make some quick cash
6"Episode 6"5 June 2009 (2009-06-05)
Summer is upon Castletown, and the lads try their hand at speed dating. Buzz learns of Viper's relationship with Ladybird.
7"The Drink is a Curse"21 July 2009 (2009-07-21)
A lovely bit of sunshine descents upon Castletown. Eddie's cousin Lexus is introduced. The bucks gatecrash a party in the forest.
8"The Interview"31 August 2009 (2009-08-31)
Big Mick secures Eddie a job interview, but everyone in the town is trying for the same job. Buzz forgoes it in favor of a local festival.
9"Episode 9"29 September 2009 (2009-09-29)
Scorpio is hosting a karaoke party. The Viper has to corner the local drug market, and Noreen has some important news for Eddie.
10"Christmas in Castletown"27 December 2009 (2009-12-27)
The lads have to figure out how to make cash for Christmas. French Toast and Buzz teach an urban survival course in the handball alley; while The Boo brings Salmon out the forest to cut down Christmas trees and hopefully teach him about the ways of nature.
11"No One Shouted Shtop!"12 April 2011 (2011-04-12)
The bucks reflect upon the recession. The Guards seize 400k worth of hash from a local gaf, opening the market up for the Viper
12"The Lads of Summer"3 May 2011 (2011-05-03)
The Boo is trying to break into the security industry, as Obama is about to visit Ireland.

Television

Season 1 (2010)
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TitleOriginal air date
11"The Shkyline"10 October 2010 (2010-10-10)
Eddie tries to earn some extra cash by running a taxi service, as well as entering a celebrity look-alike contest.
22"Zambezi Nights"17 October 2010 (2010-10-17)
The Bucks promote a Zambezi-themed restaurant. The Viper tries to harass Eddie.
33"King of the Town"24 October 2010 (2010-10-24)
The Bucks recruit Lexus in an effort to win the annual King of the Town competition, a day-long celebration of toughness and debauchery.
44"Christmas Special"26 December 2010 (2010-12-26)
The Bucks hit the 12 pubs of Christmas culminating in the ultimate hangover cure – a Hardy Christmas dinner.
Season 2 (2011)
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TitleOriginal air date
51"America"14 November 2011 (2011-11-14)
A lie told by Eddie in order to impress his ex-girlfriend sets his life on a new track. Meanwhile, Frenchtoast hopes to change his fortunes, but is finding it difficult to get help from the lads - especially Buzz, whose sex life has reached an unexpected high.
62"Broadband"21 November 2011 (2011-11-21)
Boo has an offer the gang cannot refuse, a plan that will see them bringing the cottage into the 21st-century, but they hit a stumbling block when Buzz's aunty decides to visit. Meanwhile, Viper schemes to bring his big plan to fruition, but realises he needs help from Simcard to make it happen
73"L.A. Pool Party"28 November 2011 (2011-11-28)
Having lost the cottage, the lads are homeless. Buzz and Frenchtoast move in with Simcard, leaving Eddie to move back in with his family. Eddie gets the lads work at an "LA pool party", organised by an unknown artist.
84"The Vision"5 December 2011 (2011-12-05)
Buzz visits Eddie in the middle of the night after experiencing a vision in a dream, but when the future does not pan out as Buzz imagined, it is up to Frenchtoast to bring the boys back together. Meanwhile the Viper gives Simcard his dream job.
95"The Stag"12 December 2011 (2011-12-12)
Eddie is asked to perform an important duty for Salmon, and considers Uncle Mick's surprise solution to his problems.
106"Salmon's Wedding"19 December 2011 (2011-12-19)
Buzz calls on the help of Boo when his sex-life causes him problems, and Viper goes into hiding after his insurance policy falls through. Meanwhile, the whole town turns out for a major event on the social calendar, and Eddie spots an opportunity to make amends when he shares an intimate moment with his ex.
Season 3: Hardy Bucks Ride Again (2015)
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TitleOriginal air date
111"Panic Attack"26 October 2015 (2015-10-26)
Eddie feels he needs a woman's touch to put him back on the straight and narrow, so tries to win back Noreen.
122"The Psych Ward"2 November 2015 (2015-11-02)
After ruining his chances with his ex, Eddie Durkan finds love in a psychiatric ward, and Boo offers the lads the chance to run their own pub.
133"Soft Lad"9 November 2015 (2015-11-09)
Castletown is about to witness its first ever interracial gay wedding, while Eddie has finally got a job. But can he cope with the pressure from his nymphomaniac girlfriend, the lads at work and his best mate, who all think he's gone soft?
144"Castle Con"23 November 2015 (2015-11-23)
When a minor celebrity lands in Castletown Eddie spots an opportunity and decides to put on a science fiction convention. Meanwhile Viper joins one of Ireland’s biggest gangs, but has he bitten off more than he can chew?
155"Oxogen"30 November 2015 (2015-11-30)
Castletown is hosting a major music festival and Eddie decides to organise a day out with the lads, but his plans for a bonding session go awry when his long-lost brother turns up.
166"The Intervention"7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)
With Frenchtoast still on the wagon, the lads decide to take drastic action and plan an intervention to get him back on the drink. Eddie and Buzz's love lives become very complicated. Meanwhile, Viper organises a fight with the Sligo boy's with help from the Chinese.
Season 4 (2018)
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TitleOriginal air date
171"Threeway"20 March 2018 (2018-03-20)
Ciara wants Eddie to move in with her, while the Viper acquires an ice-cream van and tries to use it to sell hash.
182"Jimmy the Hammer"29 March 2018 (2018-03-29)
Eddie is moving out of the cottage, but then Buzz's long lost cousin Jimmy 'The Hammer' Harrington shows up to cause trouble.
193"VR"5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
Viper tries to resurrect his business by gambling, while the lads attempt to set up a virtual reality pub.
204"The Viper"12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
The guys receive bad news from Bangkok.

Film


On 28 November 2012, a trailer was released to promote The Hardy Bucks Movie, scheduled for cinematic release on 21 February 2013. The film follows the Hardy Bucks as they travel to Poland to support the Irish football team during the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament. The film was partly funded by the Irish Film Board, which granted the project a 175,000 production loan and produced by Universal Studios. The film had a budget of €300,000 and was an Irish box office success. It grossed €176,887 on its opening weekend from 57 locations. To date, The Hardy Bucks Movie has taken over €500,000 at the Irish box office.

References


  1. INTERVIEW:The Hardy Bucks of Swinford Mayo News, 22 June 2009
  2. Hardy Bucks TV debut Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Connaught Telegraph, 12 October 2010
  3. "Hardy Bucks". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 20 February 2013.