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Emmet and Charlene - Sarah & Steve

Friday, 6 November 2009

According to RTE Publicity "Sarah & Steve is a new comedy from the makers of Dan & Becs which intercuts the video diaries of the two main characters as they discuss their struggling relationship, stagnant careers, and the unavoidable drama of an average night out in Tallaght.

Steve is unsure of what he wants out of life. It's not that he doesn't like living in Tallaght, he just doesn't want to settle down and live his parents' life just yet. Steve comes from a working class family who live on the Springfield estate. Instead of taking a trade like most of his friends, he opted for English in college but lasted all of four months. He wanted something different but found this to be just a little bit too different. Steve feels somewhat removed from his friends and family in Tallaght.

He feels at home there but at the same time somehow detached. He buries this feeling and his fears by living the life of any twenty something male. He and his mates exist in a world of messy sessions with little thought or eye on the future. Sarah has always seen through Steve's mad-lad routine, and knows he is smarter than he lets on. Recently Steve feels like he might like to go traveling, but he's fairly sure Sarah wouldn't come with him.

Sarah is in every sense of the word a Tallaght "bird" (as Steve insists on calling her). She lives with her mother on the Fettercairn estate and rarely ventures further than The Square. Since leaving school, she has been working as a "stylist" in Classy Cuts hair salon. She's very good at her job and could easily find a better-paid job in a more upscale salon, but she likes things fine where she is. Despite not really enjoying school, Sarah has real street smarts, and a sharp tongue that can put even the most hardened scumbag in his place. but beneath it all she has a vulnerable side that only Steve gets to see. Sarah's father left when she was only seven, and she has always craved a large family like Steve's.

She's starting to get frustrated with Steve who, although completely committed to her, has no desire to settle down just yet.

Over the course of the series, Steve and Sarah clash over what their future together holds. Steve encourages Sarah to widen her horizons beyond the borders of Tallaght, but it soon becomes clear that a chav-tastic trip to the Canaries and a messy weekend at the Electric Picnic may not have been the best first steps. Sarah struggles to help Steve appreciate the place he comes from and the people who love him, but he isn't particularly impressed with his surprise birthday party, planned by Sarah and his mother, complete with fairy cakes, streamers, and a heaping plate of curly kale. Amidst the madness of Steve's mates and Sarah's aggressive, GHD-wielding co-workers, can their relationship survive?"

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