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I TALK Moone Boy (Series 3)

Warm, funny and full of charm. That's the best way I can describe Moone Boy, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy set in the small Irish town of Boyle in 1989.

Written by Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd) and Nick Vincent Murphy, Moone Boy launched on Sky 1 in September 2012, won an IFTA, an International Emmy and returns this week for a third series.

The lead character is 12-year-old Martin Moone, and is played brilliantly by David Rawle, a real star of the future. He's charming, he's funny and the relationship with his imaginary friend Sean Murphy, played by Chris O'Dowd is a joy to watch.

The new series is now well into the '90s but Martin and his imaginary friend Sean are in no hurry to grow up. The new series sees some of the best adventures yet between Martin and his best mate Padraic, including becoming door-to-door salesmen selling Encyclopedia's in the first episode.

The Moone Household is at bursting point in the new series following the addition of Dessie (Ronan Raftery) and baby Rose to the already chaotic brood.

There are some fantastic guest cameos in the new series including Sir Terry Wogan, who plays the host of a home video show that inspires Martin and Padraic (Ian O'Reilly) attempt to film an hilarious clip in a bid to be featured on TV.

Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) appears in the first episode and plays the wonderfully named Sharon Morgan! She's a high powered, yoga-loving entrepreneur and Liam's ex- girlfriend. Having left Boyle for London many years ago leaving a madly in love Liam (Peter MacDonald) behind, it's fair to say Debra (Deirdre O'Kane) and Liam are less than happy to bump into her whilst on a 20th wedding anniversary break away.

Also appearing are John Sessions (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) who plays Dr Steven Gnot, a local conspiracy theorist and radio presenter of "Believe It Or Not with Dr Steven Gnot" and Bronagh Gallagher (Pramface) plays Pat O'Dwyer, Padraic's mother.

I'm also pleased to say that Johnny Vegas returns as Crunchie Danger Haystacks, the imaginary friend of Martin's best friend Padraic.

If you haven't watched Moone Boy before, then I'm a bit envious of you because you have two wonderful series to catch up on and discover for the first time, before getting your teeth stuck into the third series.

What I love most about Moone Boy is how effortlessly good it is. It doesn't play for laughs and it doesn't try too hard. It has a real authenticity about it and is easily the best comedy across all Sky channels at the moment and I would really like to see it run and run.

I've been lucky enough to see half of the new series and it's safe to say that O'Dowd and Vincent Murphy have not run out of steam or ideas, and if anything, the third series is their best work to date.

Moone Boy returns Mondays at 9pm on Sky 1


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