The final teams of RTÉ’s pioneering online drama competition, 'Storyland', go head to head with their penultimate episodes.

Programme makers were invited to pitch for the 6-part webcast drama series from March this year.

The final two teams, 'Rental Boys' and 'Hardy Bucks' have recently been commissioned to create episode 5, competing against each other for the commission to make the sixth and final episode.

Newcomer Gemma Creagh penned the 'Rental Boys' series, which follows the daily struggles of Brian, a lethargic manager of a video store and features the Diet of Worms comedy troupe.

Also battling for the final episode is 'Hardy Bucks', written by Martin Maloney and Chris Tordoff. The series follows the lives of four lazy, but likable, lads from Mayo as they try and make enough money to make a fresh start in Galway.

Speaking about the semi-finalists, scriptwriter/actor and Chair of 'Storyland' Mark O’Halloran said: "It is gratifying and exciting to see the success of this competition and is certainly a sign of the depth of untapped talent out there.

"The finalists showcase such different approaches in style and content and their individual strengths make it almost impossible at this point to figure out who will emerge as the winner. Compelling and entertaining to the end no doubt."

Viewers will decide who wins the next round of the competition, when voting begins on 31 August. For further details visit www.rte.ie/storyland