The much-anticipated Hardy Bucks TV show is almost upon us with the three-part mini series starting on RTÉ Two on tonight, Tuesday, October 12. When Hardy Bucks won StoryLand, RTÉ's drama competition, last year, the web series became an online phenomenon boasting 3 million hits and an instant word-of-mouth favourite. Tonight, the Bucks will be in the living rooms of the nation at the rather late slot of 10.55pm.
Hardy Bucks was written by Chris Tordoff and Martin Maloney and directed/edited by Tordoff. The films follow the lives of Eddie and Buzz, two "shturdy, reliable fellas", as they try to come to terms with life in the fictional hamlet of Castletown (which is a depiction of Swinford and neighboring town Castlebar). The long-term goal of Eddie and Buzz is to eventually move to "the big schmoke", a reference to Galway.
The series won the first Storyland on-line film competition run by the Irish broadcaster RTÉ and was shown at the San Francisco Irish Film Festival in March 2009. The cast members were also presented with a Student Choice Award of the University College Dublin Law Society in September, 2009.