Well this sounds very promising indeed. We haven't even got a chance to see the much-anticipated new RTÉ series from the creators of 'Love/Hate' but already it has secured an international distribution deal.
Variety reports that Fremantle, who also distribute 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol', have bought the rights to sell 'Taken Down' and will introduce it to buyers at Mipcom, the international TV showcase set in Cannes.
The crime drama is written by Stuart Carolan and joining him on the creative team is Spiral Pictures' Suzanne McAuley (executive producer), David Caffrey (director) as well as best-selling novelist Jo Spain.
"'Taken Down' is a gripping and authentic drama which highlights the reality of living as a refugee in Ireland today," said Rebecca Dundon, director of international acquisitions at Fremantle. The executive said the series will have "global audiences transfixed with its emotionally charged storyline and complex characters played by an amazing ensemble cast."
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').
No word yet on exactly when we will get to see 'Taken Down' but it's expected to air on RTÉ in the coming months.