The long awaited three-part series Charlie arrived on our tellies last night, starring Aidan Gillen as the controversial political leader Charles Haughey. Although those tuning in (a whopping 724,000 of us) may have thought they were watching some sort of dream sequence from Love/Hate as there seemed to be an actor from that show at every turn, even Nidge and his killer were reunited on screen....
The first part of the drama was not short of criticism last night however, and as usual, Twitter was its harshest and most hilarious critic;
Hahaha HIPSTER NIDGE #Charlie
— KC (@kcredfm) January 4, 2015
#Haughey is like watching a Cabinet reshuffle of actors from Love/Hate
— Niamh Hassell (@niamhhassell) January 4, 2015
House of Cards-style music all over the gaff in this. #Charlie
— Jen Ronan (@JayRow) January 4, 2015
— Ian Dempsey (@IanDempsey) January 4, 2015
#Charlie It's like the cast of Love/Hate put on a panto and Pat Shortt supplied the wigs.
— The Karaoke Jogger (@KaraokeJogger) January 5, 2015
Tonight - a man who claimed to be from many places will be played by a man with an accent from many places #Charlie
— Richie McCormåck (@RichieMcCormack) January 4, 2015
— Niall O'Loughlin (@nialloloughlin) January 5, 2015
Aidan Gillen's performance of #Charlie is good fun, like he's channeling a young Mr Burns.
— Giles Brody (@GilesBrody) January 4, 2015
Dentist from Love/Hate playing Brian Lenihan. The feckin cat will show up next. #charlie
— Eoin Butler (@eoinbutler) January 4, 2015
As for us? We kind of thought it seemed a bit like Scrap Saturday with Hans Zimmer doing the score, but look, it's early days. Two more weeks until the final verdict!