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Panti TV show looks set to be Dublin-based comedy


Panti Bliss, aka Rory O’Neill

Panti Bliss, aka Rory O’Neill

Panti Bliss, aka Rory O’Neill

The TV series telling the life story of Rory O'Neill, aka drag queen Panti Bliss, is expected to take the form of a scripted comedy drama starring O'Neill as his alter-ego.

The series, which will be set around Capel Street venue Panti Bar, is being developed by Colin Callender, a former president of US company HBO Films.

His production company Playground Entertainment previously made Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated TV series Wolf Hall, as well as producing BBC series The Missing.

O'Neill's memoir, published in 2014, tells the story of his life and work, including becoming an "accidental activist".

It also tracks his transition from childhood in rural Mayo to setting up one of Ireland's most popular gay bars in 2007.

Callender said he was "captivated" by O'Neill after learning of his role in campaigning for same-sex marriage.

"I was utterly captivated by Rory's ability to use the persona of Panti Bliss to talk about issues of homophobia, acceptance and tolerance in a bold, funny and very personal way that challenges all our easy preconceptions," he said.