Wednesday 28 September 2016

RTÉ plans second series of 'Rebellion'

Published 22/12/2015 | 02:30

'Rebellion' has already been picked up by Sundance TV, which was founded by Robert Redford
'Rebellion' has already been picked up by Sundance TV, which was founded by Robert Redford

With a budget of some €6m, RTÉ's 1916 centenary drama 'Rebellion' is one of the most expensive dramas ever produced by the national broadcaster.

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And according to writer Colin Teevan, RTÉ is already planning a second series.

"The ambition is to write a trilogy of the revolutionary period," he told the Irish Independent. "Series two is in development. It isn't green-lit yet but I am working on that.

"The last episode of the first series takes place on May 12, 1916 - so it only covers three weeks in quite a dense period of history."

Teevan wrote the script for RTÉ's political drama 'Charlie' which depicted the career of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey. It received impressive ratings but mixed reviews from critics. Teevan is aware the Rising will also prove to be contentious subject matter and he could receive some criticism.

"After 'Charlie' we told someone in RTÉ we were doing the Rising drama and [their response] was 'Why don't you just take up self-harm?'

"But I wouldn't want to write a drama that everyone thinks is fabulous...There are nice, cosy dramas out there," he said. "But important drama causes a stir."

'Rebellion', which stars Sarah Greene, Charlie Murphy and Ruth Bradley, has already been picked up by Sundance TV, which was founded by Robert Redford.

Depicting the Rising from a female perspective was of particular interest to Bradley. "After playing the girlfriend or the wife it's nice to play a part that is so three-dimensional and rooted in history and culture and truth."

Irish Independent

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