Finding Joy Gets The Highest-Rating Comedy Debut of the year on RTÉ.
Amy Huberman has written a six-part comedy series for RTE called Finding Joy. It follows a single woman called Joy who is looking for happiness after a terrible break-up.
#FindingJoy starts tonight & it feels v exciting & scary as this is my own baby that I wrote. And now I’m scheduled to give birth to that baby on @rteone 9.35 if could tune in your eyeballs and tell your friends, family, fourth cousins & all randomers I’d be fierce grateful xx pic.twitter.com/gMmKF2hyoa
— Amy Huberman (@amyhuberman) October 10, 2018
The comedy debuted on Wednesday night and an average audience of 378,000 people tuned in which is about 30% total audience watching TV at that time.
Not surprisingly it was most popular with women aged 35 to 54. With a reach of over 604,000 it reached a bigger audience than The Young offenders.
— RTE One (@RTEOne) October 11, 2018
Aisling Bea plays one of the lead roles in the comedy. Joining Bea on the show is MTV host Laura Whitmore who has turned her hand to acting over the past year.
Other actors involved include Lochlann O’Mearain, Jennifer Rainsford, Catherine Walker, Paul Reid, Hannah Scott and Mark Doherty.
She told RTE Entertainment:
“It was always a dream, I always wanted to write my own show and I look up to so many actor-writers who have done that,” she said.
“I feel really proud that we got it to this point because it’s competitive out there and it’s tough to get stuff made so I’m kind of pinching myself, I feel really lucky to be at this juncture.”
Just rub it RIGHT in there 😳
— RTE One (@RTEOne) October 5, 2018
“This was a great debut for Finding Joy,” said RTÉ Group Head of Drama and Comedy Shane Murphy.
“We were completely charmed by this homegrown series when we first read the scripts and are delighted that the audience enjoyed it – and engaged with it on social media – in such high numbers.”
The first episode is available to watch on RTE Player and the series continues next Wednesday at 9.35pm on RTE One.