RTÉ and the BBC are to co-produce The Walshes, a new comedy series co-written and directed by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Count Arthur Strong).

Starring and co-written by the Irish comedy troupe Diet of Worms, The Walshes is a Boom Pictures production for RTÉ and the BBC and follows "a warm, tight knit family from the West Dublin suburb of Strollinstown".

RTÉ says of the non-audience sitcom's titular family: "Tony (Niall Gaffney) and Carmel (Philippa Dunne) are parents to Ciara (Amy Stephenson) and Rory (Rory Connolly), who are both still at home because the state of the Irish economy has forced them all back together."

RTÉ adds: "Even Ciara's new boyfriend Graham (Shane Langan) is forced to move in and family friend Martin (Owen Roe) always seems to be hanging around mending bits and pieces, as well as accidentally becoming trapped in the wall cavity."