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Tiger kidnap drama takes 'Love/Hate' slot

Jane O'Faherty

Published 17/09/2015 | 02:30

Dermot Murphy, who plays Snowy, Kellie Thornton who plays Corinna Mallon and Amybeth McNulty, who plays Jenny Raine, at the preview showing of RTÉ’s new drama Clean Break at the IFI in Temple Bar
Dermot Murphy, who plays Snowy, Kellie Thornton who plays Corinna Mallon and Amybeth McNulty, who plays Jenny Raine, at the preview showing of RTÉ’s new drama Clean Break at the IFI in Temple Bar

A new RTÉ mini-series penned by acclaimed playwright Billy Roche has been compared to 'Love/Hate' as it takes the coveted Sunday night slot this autumn.

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'Clean Break' will follow a small Wexford community over four episodes as they deal with the effects of a botched tiger kidnapping.

It tells the tale of Frank Mallon, a car dealer in Wexford town who finds himself cornered by debt.

After being told by his bank manager that he could lose his home, Frank becomes desperate and attempts to kidnap the manager's family.

Irish actor Adam Fergus plays Frank, and said that it was "an honour" to be likened with RTÉ's award-winning crime drama.

"'Love/Hate' changed the way drama is being done in this country," he said.

"They set the bar so high, so if we're compared or classed with them, good for us," he added.

The cast includes Irish actors Damien Molony, Aidan McArdle and 'Love/Hate' star Kelly Thornton. Teenager Amybeth McNulty joins them, and at just 13 is tipped to be an actress to watch.

Dermot Murphy (28) plays the role of Snowy and said the script was what first attracted him to the series.

"Billy is a genius, probably one of the best Irish playwrights around. It's always a privilege to be a part of any world that he creates," he said.

Bafta-winning director Damien O'Donnell and Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon are at the helm for two episodes each.

Roche said the screenplay has been four or five years in the making, and that it will be a marked change to other crime series.

"The characters are more important than the crime to me, and I think that's what will stand to it," he said.

Roche added that he hoped that the show could introduce audiences abroad to Irish productions.

"I think it's about time we reach out and sell our goods abroad. We've lots of talent here - writers, actors, directors, everything. It's all here," he said.

"We haven't managed to do it yet, but I'm hoping that 'Clean Break' will be the one to bring it to the world and carve a way."

Irish Independent

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