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Gritty Garda drama gets the blue light for second series

New Irish crime drama The Guards has been recommissioned for another six episodes -- even before the first one has been aired.

The programme, which is being tipped as Ireland's answer to US drama The Wire, has been deemed such a hit by TV3 bosses that they have decided to extend its airing, the Herald can reveal.

One of the show's stars, Caroline Grace Cassidy, who plays Emer Whelan, a victim of domestic abuse on the show, said the production team was still putting the finishing touches to the script, but hope to begin filming again in the next few weeks.

According to Cassidy, director Graham Cantwell said he got the call to continue with more episodes a month ago.

"The TV3 bosses were over the moon with the first episodes and we are supposed to go ahead with filming the next six now," she told the Herald.

"It's not 100pc written at this stage, we only got the call three of four weeks ago."

The show was initially proposed as a two-part series, but after getting the green light to continue, cast members are hopeful that it will be turned into a regular, prime-time series.

The Guards intends on showing the darker side of police life and was shot in various locations throughout Dublin. The first episode airs on February 18 on TV3.