724,000 viewers watched the opening episode of Charlie, RTÉ's new three-part dramatisation of the political career of former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey last night. 

An additional 21,000 watched the drama on RTÉ One+1. 

Starring former The Wire and Love/Hate actor Aidan Gillen in the lead role and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as spin doctor PJ Mara, the opening instalment covered Haughey's tooth-and-nail battle for power, his fraught negotiations with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over Northern Ireland, and the fall of his first government in 1981.   

In next week's episode, GUBU, Haughey seizes his opportunity to regain power and to lead Ireland onto the stage of world politics - but domestic complications conspire to bring him down.

The Top Ten most-watched TV programmes in Ireland over the past seven days were:

1 Mrs Brown's Boys: Mammy's Gamble (Wednesday) RTÉ One - 733.000
2 Charlie (Sunday) RTÉ One - 724,000
3 RTE News: Nine O'Clock (Sunday) - 644,000
4 RTE News: Six One (Monday) RTÉ One - 574,000
5 The Voice Of Ireland (Sunday) RTÉ One - 571,000
6 Fair City - RTÉ One (Sunday) - 560,000
7 New Years Eve Live (Wednesday) RTÉ One - 542,000
8 Weather Beaten Ireland 2014? (Monday) RTÉ One - 444,000
9 The Saturday Night Show (Saturday) RTÉ One - 440,000
10 EastEnders (Tuesday) RTÉ One - 435,000

Click on the video link above to watch RTÉ TEN's interview with Aiden Gillen. 

Charlie is still available to watch on the RTÉ Player