Ciarán Dowd films Don Rodolfo for BBC Two

Wednesday 7th April 2021, 1:43pm

  • Ciarán Dowd has filmed a TV short based on Don Rodolfo, the character he won a Edinburgh Comedy Award for
  • The ten minute episode focuses on the "total butthead" who is barricaded inside a remote tavern
  • Don Rodolfo will be shown on BBC Two on Thursday 22nd April at 10pm
Don Rodolfo. Image shows from L to R: Don Rodolfo (Ciarán Dowd), Phillipo (Owen Roberts), Margarita (Abbie Hern), Pablito (Francis Ezekiel). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Ciarán Dowd has filmed a version of his critically acclaimed live show Don Rodolfo for TV. It'll air on BBC Two later this month.

Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2018, Dowd's performance focused on a character he described as "the grotesque love child of Don Juan and Don Quixote". The hour-long show was one of the best reviewed of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

Co-written with Tom Parry, the new ten-minute short for TV is directed by Tom Marshall (Ted Lasso) and produced by Avalon, the production company behind shows like Not Going Out and Taskmaster.

The producers explain: "Don Rodolfo is a total butthead, a shameless libertine and the greatest swordsman the world has ever seen. Now barricaded inside a remote tavern, surrounded by the Catalan army and facing almost certain death, Rodolfo has ten minutes to drink a bottle of Valdepañas and tell his epic tale..."

Don Rodolfo. Image shows from L to R: Philipo (Owen Roberts), Don Rodolfo (Ciarán Dowd), Pablito (Francis Ezekiel), Margarita (Abbie Hern). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Dowd stars as Rodolfo, with the TV short also featuring Abbie Hern as Margarita, Jayde Adams as Burke, Ariyon Bakare as Carlos, and Francis Ezekiel as Pablito. Owen Roberts, who was in sketch group BEASTS alongside Dowd, also appears, playing Philipo.

Don Rodolfo will be shown on BBC Two on Thursday 22nd April at 10pm.

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