Finally, there is a new show to fill the gaping hole 'Love/Hate' left in our TV viewing lives, almost four years since it went off the air. It comes from the same creative team that were behind the iconic Irish drama too, including the show's creator Stuart Carolan.
Currently with the working title of 'Taken Down', the series centres on Detective Jen Rooney (Lynn Rafferty - played Nadine in 'Love/Hate') who investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre, where refugees wait for political asylum. Her investigation is set to bring us into a twilight world of the new Ireland where slum landlords and criminals prey on the vulnerable.
The cast also includes Aissa Maiga ('Anything for Alice', 'Bianco e Nero'), Brian Gleeson ('Resistance', 'Phantom Thread'), Orla Fitzgerald ('The Young Offenders',) Jimmy Smallhorne ('Love/Hate', 'Clean Break'), Barry Ward ('End of The F*cking World', 'The Fall',), Enoch Frost ('Skyfall', 'The Desert') and Slimane Dazi ('A Prophet', 'Rengaine').
Joining Carolan on the creative team is Spiral Pictures' Suzanne McAuley (executive producer), David Caffrey (director) as well as best-selling novelist Jo Spain.
The series begins production today with the cast and crew filming for the next ten weeks at various locations across Dublin.
Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTÉ Television said, "This new series from Spiral Pictures has the promise of something special. The story of 'Taken Down' brings us into a world where opportunism meets the forces of Irish and globalised crime. This story is very much of the moment and I'm looking forward to introducing 'Taken Down' to RTÉ's audiences."
Executive Producer Suzanne McAuley said, "We have set out to create a world of unique characters in a modern Ireland but in the context of the globalisation of crime.To tell this story, we have brought together a team of highly talented cast and crew from Ireland and across the globe and we are excited to see our stories come to life."
No word yet on when we will get to see 'Taken Down' but RTÉ will announce further details about it at the broadcaster's new season launch in August.