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Housewives star to play Irish criminal

A major drama series filmed on the streets of Dublin and starring Desperate Housewives hunk Dougray Scott will hit the small screen next week.

RTE teamed up with ITV to commission Father & Son, a four part drama about a reformed criminal forced to confront his past.

It also stars Irish actor Stephen Rea, Sophie Okonedo, John Kavanagh and Flora Montgomery, and was writted by Emmy Award-winning Irish writer Frank Deasy.

Father & Son was meant to be filmed in Manchester, where much of it is set.

However, this schedule changed when the Irish Film Board intervened. Shooting began in October in locations around the city centre, with the former Tax Office building behind the Four Courts temporarily turned into a Manchester police station.

The series will see Scott playing ex-criminal Michael O'Connor, who returns from his quiet life in Ireland to Manchester to save his son Sean from a life in prison. He is joined by his pregnant girlfriend Anna, played by Flora Montgomery, and he also wishes to redeem his own troubled past.

Sean is sharing a cell with Barrington Smith (Terence Maynard), Michael's old partner in crime. Barrington's kidneys are failing, he needs to get out of jail so he can get an operation to save his life. Barrington believes Michael is the only person who can rescue him.


Forced to make a deal with Barrington, Michael is reacquainted with the ghosts of his past, including Augustine Conlon (Stephen Rea), an IRA gun dealer turned property magnate, and Greater Manchester Police DCI Tony Conroy (Ian Hart). Conroy has been pursuing Michael for years and is determined to put him behind bars for good.

Speaking about the drama Jane Gogan, commissioning editor for RTÉ Drama, described Father & Son as a rich and complex high-end drama.

"RTE's association with ITV in commissioning this series is an important development. While much of the drama was based in Manchester, it was filmed mainly in Dublin, creating revenue and employment for the Irish television industry," the station said.

The first episode of Father & Son will be screened on RTE One, Monday, June 29, at 9.30pm.