Following the success of homegrown dramas 'Love/Hate' and 'Charlie', RTÉ and the Irish Film Board/Bórd Scannan na hEireann release five new original online dramas.
The new projects will launch for the new season of Storyland, a commissioning platform set up to identify new talent in Ireland, and will be released on the RTÉ Player (www.rte.ie/storyland) each Monday over the next five weeks.
The first, Burning Wishes, a black comedy about death, friendship and grave robbing by Deadpan Pictures, launches today.
This will be followed by Belfast-set Crime Drama Farr on January 26, Dublin-set thriller Ctrl on February 2, sci-fi drama Rapt on February 9, and Cork-based comedy/drama (R)onanism on February 16.
The Hardy Bucks series won the Storyland competition in 2009 and subsequently became a series on RTE 2 before the 'bucks' released a successful movie last year.
“Across writing, acting and directing, Storyland showcases the great breadth of Ireland’s creative talent and has proven to be a hugely important commissioning platform for RTÉ and the Irish Film Board to build working relationships with new and emerging creative entrepreneurs for the TV and film industry in Ireland.” said Executive Producer for RTÉ Television, David Crean.
This is the fifth season of Storyland and almost 200 aspiring and experienced production teams pitched their ideas with five winning commissions to create four six minute episodes each to be broadcast online.
The five production companies are Black Sheep Productions, Blinder Films, Deadpan Pictures, Fantastic Films, and Stirling Film and Television Productions.
Having arrived with a swagger worthy of the politician it sought to immortalize, the question going into the final episode of Charlie was whether RTE could pull off a tidy ending.
The RTé One drama 'Charlie' ended last night, with Charles J Haughey telling Brian Lenihan, "You never knew me, Brian. None of you ever knew me", and then quoting 'Othello' as he reminded the Dail that he had "done the State some service".