Monday 23 October 2017

Ray Winstone filming new Sky series in Ireland this summer

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

The English actor is leading the cast of a new Sky drama, filming in Dublin and Wicklow.

A brand new television drama starring actor Ray Winstone will film for two months in Ireland this summer.

Forthcoming Sky series ‘Moonfleet’ will begin shooting in Dublin and Wicklow next week and continue production into July, providing dozens of jobs in the area.

Element Pictures have come on board for the stint here and a Sky spokesperson told the Irish Independent that they will use an entirely Irish crew for their part of the family programme.

Written by Ashley Pharoah, the two-part adaptation of the author John Meade Falkner’s novel is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet.

It tells the story of a thrill-seeking man desperate to join the local band of smugglers.

‘Great Expectations’ star Winstone will lead the cast in the 18th century adventure and will feature alongside Dublin-born Lorcan Cranitch, ‘The Bill’ actor Anthony Ofoegbu, Martin Trenaman from ‘The Inbetweeners’ and Ben Chaplin, of ‘Mad Dogs’ fame.

“I can’t wait to start filming in Ireland and it’s a real honour to be bringing such an epic adventure story to life,” Winstone said.

Filming for ‘Moonfleet’ will take place in parts of central Dublin and Howth.

Wicklow beach Silver Strand has also been confirmed as ‘Moonfleet Bay’.

“This announcement again confirms Sky’s commitment to Ireland and to producing great original content here,” said JD Buckley, Sky Ireland Managing Director.

Meanwhile, Andrew Lowe, Managing Director of Element Pictures expressed his delight to see an endorsement of the  “the Government’s commitment to the sector through the provision of the tax incentive, Section 481.”

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