EXCLUSIVE: Irish actress and model Nadia Forde (Once upon a time in london, Republic of Telly) created the Dublin comedy The Lido for the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.
Based on Forde’s own family history, the series focuses on an Italian-run Fish and Chip store in the 1980s in Dublin, as well as family relationships and rivalries in the Italian-Irish community. Dealing with themes such as immigration, equality and family loyalty, he is described as heartwarming and charming.
Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair (Neon) has been attached as the lead writer, while Eamann Westland is also part of the writers’ room. The Lido is a co-production between Reflektor Media by Stephen McCormack and Play Human by Matt Scott, and will be produced in collaboration with Northern Ireland Screen.
McCormack and Scott are producing. Justin Healy, executive producer for the comedy commission at RTÉ, is the executive producer. Ursula Devine represents Northern Ireland Screen on the project.