US love for 'bodice-rippers' to bring a tourism bonanza
Tourism Ireland will be licking its lips next month as the US love affair with bodice-rippers continues.
With the highly successful 'The Tudors' having finished its filming run some time ago, along comes another US series to help show off Ireland's landscape.
Cable channel CW will next month begin airing 'Reign', a series based on a young Mary Stuart – aka Mary Queen of Scots. The usual palace intrigue, sexual tension and all the rest form the ingredients for the show, except this is a series aimed at teenage girls.
The 13 episodes of the first series have been shot at locations in Ireland, including Dublin's Christchurch Cathedral and Charleville Forest Castle in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo, has also formed part of the backdrop.
An elaborate sound stage in Canada has been used for much of the interior filming. 'Reign' stars the very easy-on-the-eye Australian actress Adelaide Kane (pictured), but it's already been criticised for playing fast and loose with the historical facts.
Still, that's very unlikely to bother Tourism Ireland, which will be hoping that 2014 will continue to lure US visitors in droves. 'Reign' might just provide a bit of help.