Wednesday 20 September 2017

The New York Times treatment: Amy Huberman's Striking Out gets rave review

Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
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The national broadcaster’s output left a lot to be desired over the festive period, but RTÉ just about pulled it out of the bag with Amy Huberman’s new legal drama ‘Striking Out’
Rory Keenan as Eric and Amy Huberman as Tara in 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
Tweedy pie: Hubes and Morrissey
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Actress Amy Huberman promoting Striking Out on RTE
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey at the launch of Striking Out at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Picture: Andres Poveda
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The buzz around RTE legal drama Striking Out continues.

While the show was given a major international boost when it was acquired by Acorn TV to be screened in the US, and as predicted, the programme has been reviewed by American critics and it looks like they've got a winner on their hands.

After the first episode, the potential for international distribution was obvious and while it was generally well received by Irish audiences, the New York Times has also given its stamp of approval, describing it as "fairly appealing, if you like the idea of a legal soap opera done like a restrained British rom-com.

"Or if you like the travelogue style of drama that includes lots of slow-motion nighttime helicopter shots of dramatic riverside skylines and daytime scenes set in front of public- art installations. It’s as if Dublin were auditioning for a best-places-to-visit-in-2017 feature."

Rory Keenan as Eric and Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Rory Keenan as Eric and Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out

The publication also highlights TG4's Corp + Anam, which it considers "pulpy and pretty rough around the edges, with variable performances, but its energy is undeniable."

For once, the bi-annual, "Irish actor gets their big break in Hollywood" story might actually come to fruition.

As for what's next with Striking Out? It should come as no surprise that RTE have commissioned a second season, but will be making some adjustments in production.

Speaking in February, an inside source told the Herald that some changes will be made to the production team as programming chiefs make adjustments.

Image: Striking Out/RTE
Image: Striking Out/RTE

"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."

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