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Louise Lives Large

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TV series
Louise Lives Large
Release Date
Irish Partner
Tailored Films
  • WildBrain, Canada
  • Ketnet, Belgium
Funding Strand
TV and Online Content
Year Funded

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RTÉ's biggest ever drama commission for young people, launched on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on 3rd April, 2024. Louise Lives Large is an 8-part series that tells the story of 13-year-old Louise Edgar (Beth Fallon) who sets out to fulfil a 'Live Large List' after she recovers from cancer.

Louise Lives Large produced by Tailored Films received Creative Europe MEDIA funding in 2023 under the TV and Online Content funding scheme. Filmed on location in Kildare, this eight-part series is an international co-production with Canada’s WildBrain and Belgium’s Ketnet with Irish funding partners Coimisiún na Meán and Screen Ireland.

Created and written by Carol Walsh, Louise Lives Large is produced by Julianne Forde and Mairtín de Barra (Tailored Films); Maarten Schmidt (Storyhouse); Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint (Vérité Films), and co-produced by Xavier Rombaut (Polar Bear). The episodes are directed by Ruth Treacy (Tailored Films) and Laura Van Haecke.

The 8-part series tells the story of artistic 13-year-old, Louise Edgar, who gets the all-clear after a year of cancer treatment. Louise creates a 'Live Large List' to experience everything she missed out on while sick. She makes an unlikely partner-in-crime, school loner Jess. With Jess, Louise starts to tackle her list, one item at a time.

'Who hasn’t felt like they were on the outside at some stage? It’s part of the school experience. We wanted to create a show based around this concept of feeling left behind and counteracting that with a protagonist who wanted to take control of her life. Show creator Carol Walsh personally experienced being out of school for a prolonged period due to illness. From this starting point we developed this series, which has an empowering message about resilience.' Julianne Forde, Producer, Tailored Films
'RTÉ announce new Irish teen drama Louise Lives Large: Eight-part series filmed in Kildare,' 3rd April 2024.

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