Donegal's Keith lands lead in new RTÉ series
by sue doherty
Keith McErlean, who hails from Carndonagh, is clearly on a winning streak. He's already won legions of fans as Shane in the RTE hit-series Raw and as Barry in Bachelor's Walk. Now he's been cast as one of four leads in a new comedy-drama series, also for RTE. The show, Trivia, explores the relationships between the four members of a table quiz team in a small town in Monaghan as they close in on victory for 52 consecutive weeks.
David Pearse plays Lawrence, the overly-obsessed captain; Keith McErlean is his long-suffering best friend Adam; Olivia Caffrey is Cathy Boyle, who has feelings for Adam who is also her boss and Janet Moran plays the star recruit Molly who opens Lawrence's eyes to the world. Aoibhinn McGinnity plays Tara, the quiz master/MC.
Every week, the four join together as "The Team with No Name" to take part in a local pub quiz. Each of the four has their own particular reason for taking part. Lawrence is the only one who does it for the sake of the quiz itself. Almost everything Lawrence does, in fact, is done for some quiz-related reason. He has formed the mistaken opinion that his vast reservoir of useless knowledge is the only thing he has going for him and he goes out of his way to display it on a daily basis. His best (and only friend), Adam, tries to keep a check on these obsessive tendencies, but it's a thankless task. Adam's colleague Cathy, meanwhile, finds Lawrence laughable at best. Her motivation for taking part in the quiz is simple - she is in love (or in lust, at least) with Adam and wants to spend as much time as possible in his company.
Trivia is written by Damien Owens, directed by Tom Hall (Bachelors Walk, ‘Sensation') and produced by Grand Pictures for RT Television.
The first programme in the series goes out next Thursday, February 3rd at 10.15pm on RT One.