Praise for RTÉ2 as it invests in female-driven drama


Yesterday the press and lucky invitees had the opportunity to attend the screening of Can’t Cope Wont Cope – RTÉ2’s newest drama-comedy.

Attendees got the chance to view the first two episodes and sit in on a Q&A with the Sunday Times’ Eithne Shorthall and those involved in the show.

The coming-of-age comedy is about female friendships, and has women both in front of and behind the camera lens. The two main characters are both women in their twenties that travelled up to the big smoke from Cork to study and work.

The show was written and created by Stefanie Preissner who saw a gap in Irish TV, we watch things like Girls and Sex and the City but they don’t really reflect us Irish women. Can’t Cope Won’t Cope is about Irish women, getting to grips with growing up, living for Coppers on the weekend and the tensions that can arise around female friendships.

The cast are sure that many viewers will see aspects of themselves in the two main characters – Aisling and Danielle, played by rising stars Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) and Nika McGuigan (Traders).

The show is produced by Ailish McElmeel of RTÉ’s Burning Wishes and directed by Cathy Brady who previously directed E4’s Glue.

Can’t Cope Won’t Cope features other well-known female actors such as Amy Huberman (The Clinic, Your Bad Self and Moone Boy) Norma Sheahan (Bridget & Eamon) and Eileen Walsh (Pure MuleCatastrophe).

The female-dominated set was welcomed by the cast but they unanimously agreed that female-led programming shouldn’t be seen as “the other” and seen more as the norm.

You can watch Can’t Cope Won’t Cope on RTÉ2 tonight at 10pm for a double bill.

Will you be watching? Let us know –@mediahqnews