Tuesday 16 January 2018

RTÉ commissions big-budget Rising drama

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTÉ have commissioned a five-part 1916 themed drama to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

'Generation' will go into production this May and will be broadcast on RTÉ One next year.

The big budget series will tell the story of the Rising through the eyes of a family who live on the outskirts of Dublin.

Casting director Maureen Hughes, who has worked on several RTÉ dramas including 'Love/ Hate' and 'Charlie', will cast the programme.

"The series focuses on the city from the outside," Ms Hughes said. "It focuses on people who live just outside the city. It is told through their optics and their perspective."

The news comes after RTÉ's head of drama, Jane Gogan, admitted she was constantly on the look out for drama that tells "the truth of its time".

"We are always looking for those big dramas that tell the truth of their time," Ms Gogan said. "Going back to the past to tell a story about the present is [something] we always look out for."

But before 'Generation' hits TV screens, RTÉ's heist drama 'Clean Break' will debut.

Written by Billy Roach, the four-part series stars Gus McDonagh and Ian Lloyd Anderson and has been described as a tale of "love, greed, status and revenge".

Irish Independent

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