Interview: Kate O’Riordan on why making Smother was a breath of fresh air

The author, playwright and screenwriter has gone from working in travel agencies to being a high-flying co-executive producer on period drama Mr Selfridge. But her latest work, the RTÉ hit drama Smother, is what’s really made her career soar

Kate O’Riordan: ‘The advice I give to everybody is it’s not enough to have an idea.’ Picture: Darragh Kane

“I don’t know that I ever had a moment where I said: ‘I’m going to be a writer’,” says Kate O’Riordan. The author/playwright/screenwriter has had a year most writers could only dream of. Her TV show, Smother, starring Dervla Kirwan and Séana Kerslake, came out in Ireland in March, and has just aired in Britain. Season two is currently filming in Clare.

“I didn’t flip over to full-time writing and actually making a living from ...