Sunday 18 February 2018

'Love/Hate's' Fran will portray David Drumm in drama

Killian Scott as Tommy, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Peter Coonan as Fran
Killian Scott as Tommy, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Peter Coonan as Fran
David Drumm. Photo: Frank McGrath
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

ACTOR Peter Coonan, who plays toothless criminal 'Fran-the-Man' in 'Love/Hate', is to star as Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm in TV3's new drama 'The Guarantee'.

Written by Colin Murphy, the brother of actor Killian Scott, the drama takes place on the night of September 29, 2008, when the government decided to guarantee Ireland's banks to the tune of €440bn.

Originally a stage play, the film adaptation will see David Murray, who appeared in RTE drama 'Amber' and the DAA's memorable Terminal 2 advert, star as Brian Lenihan.

Well-known stage actor Gary Lydon will take on the role of Brian Cowen while actress Orla Fitzgerald will play Kate Walsh.

Both Mr Lydon and Mr Coonan are in the middle of rehearsals for The Gaiety Theatre's upcoming production of 'Borstal Boy' – in which they both star as Brendan Behan.

It's a tight turnaround for the two actors who will start filming TV3's drama on July 21 in TV3's Sony HD Studio.

Based on official documents and off-the-record interviews, the film will reconstruct Ireland's banking boom and bust – as it was seen from inside the corridors of power.

According to the film's director Ian Power, the first half of the drama is a "tale of hubris".

The second half shows the key players as they watch the global banking system buckle and the Irish economy begin to collapse.

Irish Independent

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