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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Amy Huberman's 'Striking Out' for a second series of RTE's hit legal drama

Actress Amy Huberman promoting Striking Out on RTE
Actress Amy Huberman promoting Striking Out on RTE
Dublin legal eagles: (from left) Rory Keenan as Eric, Fiona O'Shaughnessy as Meg, Amy Huberman as Tara, Neil Morrissey as Vincent and Emmet Byrne as Ray in new RTÉ drama Striking Out
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Actress Amy Huberman will be Striking Out for a second time, as her hit RTE show has been recommissioned by the national broadcaster.

Pre-production has already started on series two of the legal drama, with RTE hoping to screen it towards the end of the year, the Herald can reveal.

Given the impressive viewing figures it pulled in during its four-part run last month, green-lighting the next series was a "no-brainer" for the station.

All the key characters are expected to return for the next season, including Dubliner Amy's errant former fiance Eric (Rory Keenan) and her new love interest Pete, played by Brahm Gallagher.

Dublin legal eagles: (from left) Rory Keenan as Eric, Fiona O'Shaughnessy as Meg, Amy Huberman as Tara, Neil Morrissey as Vincent and Emmet Byrne as Ray in new RTÉ drama Striking Out
Dublin legal eagles: (from left) Rory Keenan as Eric, Fiona O'Shaughnessy as Meg, Amy Huberman as Tara, Neil Morrissey as Vincent and Emmet Byrne as Ray in new RTÉ drama Striking Out

That means viewers will get to see if Amy's love-lorn character Tara Rafferty has a second date with the hunky barista, whose attempt to romance her in the last episode was thwarted by a call while she was on his houseboat.

Striking Out, which pulled in an average of 574,800 viewers for its finale on January 22, now has the possibility of the new series being extended from four episodes to six.

However, an inside source said that some changes will be made to the production team as programming chiefs make adjustments.

While the programme was praised for its lavish scenes of Dublin city, there were some glaring script problems, which are expected to be ironed out for series two.

"Bringing it back was a no-brainer as it did so well for RTE, ratings-wise," the source said. "Work has already started on the show and they are hoping to start filming in the summer.

"They are looking to air it towards the end of the year but it could even by January 2018 at this point.

"It's not a cheap series to make. It is an expensive production, so the decision to bring it back wasn't taken lightly. But there's definitely an appetite out there for another season.

"People want to see what happens with Tara and Pete and whether Eric will worm his way back into her affections, so maybe we'll see a love triangle unfolding in season two."

Last month's viewing figures showed Striking Out helped RTE to its highest audience for its Sunday night slot in more than 12 months.

The combination of the Striking Out finale, Dancing With The Stars, Fair City and the Nine O'Clock News pulled in 40pc of the available audience.

American actor Brahm recently told the Herald how he hoped the show would return.

"The decision lies with RTE at this point. I would definitely like to see it happening," he said.

A spokesperson said RTE was "happy with the reaction to the series" but was keeping tight-lipped about a secon

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